Harold Rosenbaum's latest projects and initiatives
Posted 3/24/2015

Harold RosenbaumConductor Harold Rosenbaum is always on the move. In addition to concerts, tours, residencies, collaborations and recordings with his choirs, he has launched several new projects and programs, and is planning others. In 2014 he founded The Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute at the University at Buffalo, where he directs the choirs and runs the graduate program in choral conducting. The institute sponsors 1-, 3-, and 5-day workshops and has expanded to Columbia University and Adelphi University, with others coming soon. I recently asked him about his latest projects and initiatives.

Jeffrey James: Tell me about your ChoralFest USA project.

Harold Rosenbaum: I recently created ChoralFest USA – A Celebration of American Choral Music. This event, which we plan to make an annual event, will be held at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in Manhattan, and will feature a dozen or more choirs from the New York region and beyond, singing in a free marathon concert. We’ve selected the choirs by either application or invitation. Audience members may come and go, or remain the entire time. More...

Matthew Lewis talks about Honegger's King David
Posted 3/16/2015

Matthew LewisSt. George’s Choral Society (SGCS), founded in 1817, will present Arthur Honegger’s King David on Sunday, April 26 at 3 PM at the Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Avenue at 35th Street. Matthew Lewis, the group’s Artistic Director, shares his insights on this piece.

Laura Daly: What was behind your selecting King David for SGCS’s Spring Concert?

Matthew Lewis: This is a piece I have wanted to do for some time now! It is really an ideal fit for our choir. I first heard it many years ago and have loved it ever since. It has it all: great choral writing, beautiful solos, colorful orchestration and...drama.

LD: Honegger was an interesting person and seemed very much a part of his age, Paris in the twenties. What about him as a person interests you?

ML: Honegger was one of Les Six, a group of six composers in Paris who were followers of Jean Cocteau. More...

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  • CONCORA has announced the appointment of Christopher Shepard as its second Artistic Director, succeeding Artistic Director Emeritus Richard Coffey, who founded the ensemble as Connecticut's first all-professional choir in 1974. For more details, visit concora.org/. (2015-2-9)
  • Ward Swingle, founder of the Swingle Singers, famed for their scat renditions of Bach, Mozart and other classical composers, has died at age 87. Read his obituary in The New York Times. (2015-1-25)
  • Canterbury Choral Society has announced the death of its founder and longtime conductor Charles Dodsley Walker on January 17. Mr. Walker was 94. (2015-1-18)
  • On Saturday, January 24, Q2 Music presents the first of its monthly 24-hour marathons of 2015 with "Raised Voices," a tribute to today's wild, ravishingly beautiful music for vocal and choral ensemble. Hosted by Helga Davis, the marathon repeats Friday, January 30. Q2 Music is WQXR's online music station devoted to dynamic contemporary classical music, trailblazing ensembles and vibrant, live performances from New York City's leading new-music venues. Have a favorite contemporary choral work you'd like to hear? Submit your suggestion at www.wqxr.org/#!/story/choral-fixation-24-hours-new-music-voice/. (2015-1-13)
  • Read "Is Faith Required to Perform Sacred Classical Music," an article by Brian Wise and Naomi Lewin, at www.wqxr.org/#!/story/faith-required-perform-sacred-classical-music/. (2014-11-30)

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  • March 15, 2015: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Suffolk County-based Huntington Men's Chorus.
  • March 4, 2015: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Island Hills Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International in Hauppauge, NY.
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  • February 12, 2015: New Choir Directory listing for Shore Voices, a women's a cappella ensemble based in Middletown, NJ.
  • February 2, 2015: New link for the Yale International Choral Festival, coming up in June 2015 in New Haven, CT.
  • January 29, 2015: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for North River Sing, a community chorus in Jersey City dedicated to the Great American Songbook.
  • January 26, 2015: New link for The Singing Experience, workshops for aspiring singers conducted by Linda Amiel Burns.
  • January 22, 2015: New link for ChoirFestivals.info, an online directory of choir festivals.
  • January 13, 2015: New link for Choir-Mart Accessories, offering concert-wear for choirs. New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Children's Jazz Choir of NYC.

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