In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Calvin Hampton.
Calvin Hampton was best known for his music for organ and his talents as an organist, though he also composed beautiful sacred music for choir. He studied organ and composition at Oberlin College with Fenner Douglass and Joseph Wood and at Syracuse University with Arthur Poister and Earl George. From 1963 to 1983, Hampton served as Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church in Gramercy Park, New York, where he performed his acclaimed organ recital series “Fridays at Midnight”. His compositions include hymn tunes and harmonizations, orchestral and chamber works, organ works, and choral anthems. He had a gift for writing captivating and lyrical melodies.
Suggested choral pieces:
- All Glory, Laud and Honor (McAfee Music M1098)
- Christ is risen indeed (McAfee Music M1036)
- Sing, My Tongue (manuscript)