CD166 Portrait of the Soul
Portrait of the Soul
University of Miami Frost Chorale
Better My Heart - Richard Nance
NOTES ON THE COMPOSERS
Richard Nance has been a member of the music faculty at Pacific Lutheran University since 1992, where he directs the University Chorale, University Singers, and Choral Union, and teaches music education courses. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association fro which he has served as the state president for Washington and as the Choral Review Editor of the Choral Journal. Dr. Nance also serves as director of music at St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Lakewood, Washington, and is active as a clinician and adjudicator. He was selected by ACDA to write the Raymond W. Brock memorial composition for 2002 and was also commissioned by the Washington Music Educators Association to compose a piece for the 2002 All-State Choir. Batter My Heart was commissioned in 2003 by the Coral Gables Congregational Church Chancel Choir in Coral Gables, FL and its director, Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe.
Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) is a Norwegian composer and pianist living and working in New York City. After having studied in Oslo and London, he completed his Masters degree in composition at The Juilliard School in New York City. He has studied jazz and classical piano and composition since the age of seven and is now focusing on writing music for the screen. The classical music of Ola Gjeilo has been performed and recorded in more than 20 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prelude is inspired by medieval influences and compositional techniques, evident in the drone effect from the altos and basses and fluid melodic contributions of the soprano and tenor.
Z. Randall Stroope is widely known as a conductor, lecturer, and composer, frequently conducting in well-known venues throughout the United States. Dr. Stroope's ensembles have performed at the 1999 ACDA National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, the International Society of Music Education in Pretoria, South Africa in 1998, and the North Central ACDA Regional Convention in 2004 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dr. Stroope studied composition with Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of Nadia Boulanger. He is Director of Choral Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he directs the Concert Choir, Women's and Men's Choruses, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Stroope's text painting in I Am Not Yours provides a poignantly beautiful and expressive setting of Sara Teasdale's poetry.
René Clausen (b. 1953) has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota since 1986. His compositional style is varied and eclectic, ranging from works appropriate for high school and church choirs to more technically demanding compositions for college and professional choirs. He is a regularly commissioned composer and is a frequent guest conductor and composer-in-residence across the nation.
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), born in the of Ávila in the southern part of Old Castile. Ordained a priest in 1575, he spent most of his life working in monasteries in Spain and Italy. Victoria is the most significant composer of the Counter-Reformation in Spain, and one of the most highly regarded composers of sacred music in the late Renaissance, a genre to which he devoted himself exclusively. His works have undergone a revival in the 20th century with numerous recent recordings. Stylistically his music shuns the elaborate counterpoint of many of his contemporaries, preferring simple lines and homophonic textures, yet seeking rhythmic variety alongisde sometimes intense and surprising contrasts.
Terry Schlenker studied music composition at the University of North Dakota and at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, from which he holds a Master of Arts degree in Composition. A composer of many orchestral, piano, and chamber works, Schlenker has focused much of his recent energy on a cappella choral music. His work has been performed at national conventions of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association, at the International Festival of GALA choruses, and at the National Choral Festival. An embryologist by profession, Schlenker co-founded and for twelve years directed one of the most successful human in vitro fertilization laboratories in the world. Several years ago he partially retired in order to focus on composing music.
Wolfram Buchenberg was born in 1962 in Allgäu, Germany. He studied music and composition at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich where he is now a lecturer. His compositions include works of diverse kinds and styles from solo to orchestral composition to stage music. He has been commissioned to write works from the Munich Broadcasting Orchestra, the Radio Choir of Bavarian Broadcasting, the World Harp Congress in Seattle, the German Working Group for Youth Music, and others. Buchenbreg is a frequent lecturer at choral events, conducting, and voice training workships in the southern part of Germany, Austria, and Northern Italy. The Magnificat is mainly homophonic in texture, but the addition of non-choral tones to the harmonic structure creates a decisively modern aura for an otherwise chant-influenced composition.
Composer, arranger, and conductor, Donald McCullough is the Music Director of The Master Chorale of Washington, a symphonic chorus with a core of professional singers that presents a concert series in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Maestro McCullough's compositions and arrangements are performed by choirs throughout the United States and Europe. He has led the MCW on two international tours, the latest at the invitation of German and Polish consular officials who invited MCW to be a featured guest chorus durng Europe's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII. On this tour, the Master Chorale performed the European premiere of McCullough's poignant and deeply affecting Holocaust Contata in Krakow's St. Katharina Church, the memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Originally in Polish, all of the songs in the cantata were found in the United Holocaust Museum archives and were written by prisoners who were incarcerated in Nazi camps.
Sydney Guillaume (b. 1982), originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, came to the United States at the age of eleven. In Miami, Florida, he attended the magnet program at Coral Reef Senior High School, where he began his studies in piano. Sydney earned his Bachelors degree in Composition with emphasis in Media Writing and Production at the Univeristy of Miami in 2004. Sydney takes great pride in his Haitian roots; his love for his homeland is one of his greatest inspirations. While his compositions are often personal, he also hopes that his music will serve as an ambassador for his country and create an awareness of the beautfiul Haitian culture that exists amidst the economic and political turmoil. Anmwe, his third choral piece, was a commission for the Young New Yorkers Chrous's first annual composition contest.
Petr Eben was a leading composer of the Czech Republic. He was born on January 22, 1929 in Zamberk, and spent his youth in the medieval South-Bohemian town of Casky Krumlov. As early as 1955 he took up a teaching post in the History of Music Department at Prague's Charles University. In 1978-79 he was professor of composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. From 1990 he became professor of composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and President of the Prague Spring Festival. Prior to his death in October 2007, he was active as a performing artist, and especially as an improviser on piano and organ.
Born in New york City of December 11, 1908, Elliot Carter became seriously interested in music in high school and was encouraged at that time by Charles Ives. He attended Harvard University where he studied with Walter Piston, and later went to Paris where, for three years, he studied with Nadia Boulanger. He then returned to New York to devote time to composing and teaching. With the explorations of tempo relationships and texture that characterize his music, Carter is recognized as one of the prime innovators of twentieth-century music. In 1960, Carter was awarded his first Pulitzer Prize for his visionary contributions to the string quartet genre. Stravinsky considered the orchestral works that soon followed to be "masterpieces." Hailed by Aaron Copland as "one of America's most distinguished creative artists in any field," Carter has received two Pulitzer Prizes and commissions from many prestigious organizations. Musicians Wrestle, written in 1945, is a five-voice madrigal set to the poetry of Emily Dickinson .
Jeffery L. Ames (b. 1969), Assistant Director of Choral Activiities at Baylor University, holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting and Choral Music Education and a Master of Choral Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree, with a double major in Vocal Performance and Piano Accompanying, from James Madison University. Dr. Ames is a popular adjudicator, clinician, accompanist, and composer. As a choral clinician, Dr. Ames conducted the inaugeral Florida Male All-State Chorus and has performed internationally in Italy and Costa Rica. As an accompanist, he has performed with well-known choral conductors such as André Thomas, Anton Artmstrong, Allen Crowell, Dan Krunnfusz, and Bradley Ellingboe. His music has been premiered by the Florida American Chroal Direcotrs Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Southern Division of ACDA, and in 2005 at the National ACDA Convention in Los Angeles. In 2004, Dr. Ames was the first recipient of the ACDA James Mulholland Choral Music Fellowship.
David Conte (b. 1955) is currently Professor of Composition and Conductor of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has received commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Dayton, Oakland, and Stockton Symphonies, and others. A Fullbright Scholar in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, a Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellow, and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow, Conte earned his Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Ruth Inglefield and Wallace DePue. His Masters and Doctoral degrees are from Cornell Univerity where he studied with Karel Husa, Robert Palmer, Steven Stucky, and Thomas Sokol. His composition The Nine Muses was commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association for their National Convention and was premiered in March 2007 in Maimi by the Frost Chorale of the University of Maimi under the direction of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe.
Frost Chorale of the University of Miami
Jeffrey M. Alban
Jesus De Hoyos
Korre D. Foster
Bethany L. Plissey
Jo-Michael Scheibe is Professor and Program Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami where he conducts the Frost Chorale, coordinates the choral program and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Ensembles under his leadership have sung at state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as at performances with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Marvis Martin, Salvatore Licitra, Maria Gulegina and Kenny Loggins. The Frost Chorale has appeared at the 1997 ACDA National Convention in San Diego, the 2003 ACDA National Convention in New York City, and the 2007 ACDA National Convention in Miami.
Dr. Scheibe is widely recognized for his work with contemporary choral literature, new music commissions and young composers, and he edits for publication a choral series distributed internationally by various publishers. His ensembles have previously recorded for the Albany, Cane, Naxos, and ANS record labels.
Dr. Scheibe serves as Music and Artistic Director of the Master Chorale of South Florida, which he founded after the demise of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. He also founded the Long Beach Master Chorale and the Los Angeles-based semi-professioal Abend Kammer Chor ensemble. Dr. Scheibe has prepared choruses for Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jahja Ling, Edoardo Müller, Franz Welser-Möst, James Judd, Max Valdez, Thomas Sanderlin and Alain Lombard. Dr. Scheibe was also Director of Music Ministries at Coral Gables Congregational Church, conducting the Chancel Choir and Vocal Ensemble.
Dr. Scheibe received his BA and MA degrees from California State, Long Beach and his DMA from the University of Southern California. Before coming to the University of Maimi, he was Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Scheibe is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, and previously served as Western Division President and National Repertoire and Standards Chaiperson. He is a member of Chrous America, the International Federation of Choral Music and several other professional and education organizations. He is in frequent international demand as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator.
Dr. Scheibe has been appointed Chair of Choral Music at the University of Southern California, a post he will assume in the 2008/2009 academic year.
Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
University of Miami
Shelton G. Berg, Dean
wishes to thank the following for their support of this recording:
• J. William Hipp, Former Dean, Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music •
• The University of Miami Voice Faculty; David Alt, Chair •
• Mark Spencer, Director of Music, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Miami Beach •
•The Very Rev. Douglas W. McCaleb, Dean, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami •
• Luis Ruiz, Manager, Gusman Concert Hall, Frost School of Music •
Music copyrights on this disc:
Track 1: © Colla Voce Music, Indianapolis, IN
Track 2 & 3: © Walton Music, Chapel Hill, NC
Track 4: © Mark Foster Music Co., Shawnee Press Inc., Nashville, TN
Track 6 & 14: © Santa Barbara Music Press, Santa Barbara, CA
Track 7: © Edition Ferrimontana, Frankfurt, Germany
Track 8, 9, 10: © Hinshaw Music, Chapel Hill, NC
Track 11: © Sydney Guillaume
Track 12: © Bärenreiter Verlag, Kassel, Germany
Track 13: © Theodore Presser Company, King of Prussia, PA
Track 14: © E.C. Schirmer Music Company Inc., Boston, MA