2013 Essentially Choral Reading Session
Saturday, April 6, 10am-1pm
Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Open and free to the public
VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum invite you to the eleventh annual Essentially Choral reading session. The following emerging composers were selected for this opportunity, which culminates in having their works-in-progress premiered at this public reading session.
Rich Campbell, New York, NY—If Ever There Is (SATB, a cappella)
Ian A. Cook, Minneapolis, MN—Missa Brevis Pro Pace (SATB, a cappella with divisi)
Brian Coughlin, New York, NY—Sanctus (AAAA a cappella) & Lux Aeterna (SSAATTBB, a cappella)
Andrew McKenna Lee, Brooklyn, NY—Thread and Fray (SSATB, electric guitar, percussion, cello, contrabass)
Caroline Mallonée, Buffalo, NY—I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail (SSAATTBB, a cappella)
Michael Schachter, Ann Arbor, MI—Herbst (SATB, a cappella)
A unique opportunity for talented, emerging composers, Essentially Choral invites composers to submit works-in-progress, selecting up to seven winners each year, five chosen from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City and two from anywhere in the U.S. During the weekend of April 4-6, the composers will participate in professional development, mentoring and reading sessions with VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle, composer/conductor Francisco Núñez and the 32-voice professional VocalEssence Ensemble Singers to develop their skills in writing for choral ensemble.
This program is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
For more information about Essentially Choral, contact VocalEssence Director of Community Engagement Kimberly Meisten (612-547-1456, firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Essentially Choral was a true workshop experience—I arrived with one piece and left with an even stronger one. Thanks for such a generous program and for such warm hospitality in the Twin Cities!"
“Essentially Choral is an invaluable program for emerging composers. It will no doubt help many composers break into the next section of their careers.”
“What a great opportunity for composers to witness the rehearsal process of their creations!”
“Essentially Choral gives young and emerging composers a chance to hear their compositions in a setting where work can be made and performed in real-time.”