Westminster Choir College

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.

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.

Allison Vulgamore, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra, this week announced her plans to step down at the end of December, when her contract expires. During her tenure, she led the orchestra through bankruptcy proceedings and oversaw the expansion of community engagement initiatives, including its HEAR (Health, Education, Access and Research) program. This week on A Tempo (6/24), host Rachel Katz interviews Vulgamore about her legacy and the orchestra's next steps.

The effort to keep Westminster Choir College intact and on its Princeton campus as Rider University seeks a buyer for the institution received a boost this week, as former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean Sr. stepped up as an honorary chairman of the movement.

Westminster Choir College Professor James Jordan presents some of the recent research about the science of the human voice and how it can be applied to choral singing and teaching in the new book, The Anatomy of Tone, written together with some of his colleagues, and this week on A Tempo (Saturday 7 pm), host Rachel Katz will chat with him about some of these findings. Jordan will also discuss two of his other upcoming books - The Conductor as Prism, and Inside the Choral Rehearsal.

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