Sounds Choral

Sundays at 2 pm
  • Local Anchor Hosted by Gabriel Crouch, James Jordan, Amanda Quist and Ryan Brandau

A weekly exploration into the colorful world of choral music.

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Westminster Choir College's Readings and Carols is celebrating its 125th anniversary season, and Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/10 at 2 pm) looks back on this treasured Princeton musical tradition. Westminster Professor James Jordan, director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, is joined by Kathleen Ebling Shaw, director of the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, as they share recordings from past years.

Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, continues his exploration of Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles this Sunday (12/3) on Sounds Choral. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm.

This Sunday (11/26) on Sounds Choral, Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, presents Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm.

Host James Jordan welcomes one of the most popular and performed contemporary choral composers in the world, Eric Whitacre, on Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/19). Whitacre will share some recordings of his music that he particularly enjoys, and also will discuss some of his current projects. 

This week's Sounds Choral (11/12) features the motets of J.S. Bach. Join host Amanda Quist, Chair and Associate Professor of Conducting/Organ/Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College, as she shares some of her favorite recordings Sunday at 2 pm.

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (11/5), Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica, will lead listeners through a spotlight on Cambridge. He’ll sample some vintage recordings of the choirs of King’s College under Willcocks and Ledger and St. John’s College under George Guest. He’ll also share some recent sounds from Cambridge’s excellent mixed voice choirs, including recent recordings from Clare College Choir and Trinity College Choir. This beautiful afternoon of music highlights the astonishing diversity of sounds produced within one square mile! 

Amanda Quist, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Conducting, Organ and Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College, hosts this week's Sounds Choral (10/29). She'll present choral music composed by women, reaching back to Hildegard von Bingen. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm. 

Sounds Choral welcomes Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, former Music Director of the American Boychoir School and Artistic Director Designate of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, as its next host this Sunday (10/22).  This week's program will survey choral music inspired by Genesis' Creation story. Tune in at 2 pm.

Ryan James Brandau, Westminster Choir College Professor and Artistic Director of Princeton ProMusica, is joined by Westminster Associate Professor and Chair of Conducting, Organ and Sacred Music Amanda Quist this Sunday (10/15 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral. They will discuss the new CD Lumina, released last month by Westminster Kantorei and conducted by Quist, which features works of Hildegard von Bingen, J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, Thomas Tallis, Felix Mendelssohn and Joseph Rheinberger. 

Westminster Professor James Jordan welcomes Stephen Darlington on Sounds Choral Sunday at 2 pm. This week's program will feature a discussion with Darlington, president of the Royal College of Organists, about the choral music of Ralph Vaughan Williams.