Westminster Choir College

A Beijing-based company that runs bi-lingual K-12 schools in China and has been expanding into sports and arts training is seeking to buy Westminster Choir College from Rider University for $40 million.

The announcement by Rider this week of the non-binding agreement with Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology Co. was the first time the university has revealed the name of the interested party or a price tag. No further time line was detailed, and additional details of the agreement were not made public.

Celebrating Our Musical Future this week presents a live broadcast of this year's Homecoming Concert of the Westminster Choir College of Rider University - with a special start time of 7:30 pm on Monday (1/22).

Four years into his studies at Westminster Choir College, senior John Franek was still finding himself caught up in the emotions and spirit of the school’s annual Readings and Carols as he prepared to chime the “basso profundo” D2 bell that rings in Joy to the World, the final carol on the program.

Westminster Choir College's Readings and Carols is celebrating its 25th 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.

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. 

Celebrating Our Musical Future this Monday (11/13) presents a performance of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers by Westminster Choir College's Westminster Kantorei under the direction of Dr. Amanda Quist. The Italian master who straddled the Renaissance and Baroque periods was always progressive and innovative, combining the worlds of early opera with the music of the church, and this monumental Vespers is a testament to his genius and stunning compositional skill. Join host David Osenberg for this broadcast at 8 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. 

Sounds Choral this week unveils a brand new format and panel of hosts that include some of the most accomplished and respected choral conductors and scholars across the country.

When the American Boychoir School abruptly announced its closing this past week, it sent shock waves through not only the local Princeton arts community, but the broader choral music world as well.  This week on A Tempo (Saturday at 7 pm), host Rachel Katz surveys some of the thoughts from around these worlds. 

Westminster Choir College may be one step closer to having a new owner, as Rider University announced it is set to begin negotiations with an interested “international partner” in its effort to sell the renowned choral institution.

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