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Announcement of a new commission:

Emerson Eads has formally begun writing a cantata profana based on the life of Romeo, Juneau's Wolf for Chamber Choir & Chamber Orchestra. Librettist is Dave Hunsaker, and Maestro William Todd Hunt and The Orpheus Project commissioned the project. For performance...

Minot Chamber Chorale Announces Virtual Choir project

On Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. the Minot Chamber Chorale will launch its first virtual choir concert singing “I Will Go On – Pandemic Poem.” The 5-minute concert will be streamed on the Chamber Chorale’s Facebook page and will be free to view, though charitable donations...

Portland FemLove Project

“Soulful” and “magical,” soprano Arwen Myers and mezzo Laura Beckel Thoreson said in unison in describing their upcoming concert, “Fem Love.” As co-directors of Northwest Art Song, they have put together a program of new music for voice and chamber ensemble that...

I Love Him premieres in Juneau Alaska

About 10 minutes of brand new music has been created with Alaska’s patron saint in mind, and the piece is coming to a nearby venue. St. Therese, who is the namesake of a shrine about 20 miles north of downtown Juneau, is the inspiration for new work composed by...

MSU Choir Norway 10 – Day 11

Today was our free day. We all spent the day as we wished, a welcome break from the rigorous travel schedule. I was particularly blessed to have a friend from Sweden, Anna Larson, a musician and singer, come to Oslo to visit. We rented a studio downtown with a piano...

MSU Choir Norway 19 – Day 10

Today was filled with museums and guided tours around Oslo. Our guide was fabulous and led us on a 4-hour tour of the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum, home of the Gol Stave church (a replica of which is found at the...

MSU Choir Norway 19 – Day 9

Today, we made the trip from Rauland to Oslo. We traveled through mountain passes, tunnels, forests and fjords and made it to Oslo. Our first stop was the Holmenkollen Ski Museum. I had contacted a choral conductor friend of mine, Thomas Caplin, who is the co-founder...

MSU Choir Norway 19 – Day 8

Today we said our goodbyes to the fabulous people at Raulandsakademiet, and set off for Notodden, in Telemark county. Notodden is on the shore of Heddalsvatnet lake, a truly spectacular view. It is also home to Norway’s largest stave church: Heddal Stave Church, which...

MSU Choir Norway 19 – Day 7

This morning, after breakfast, we sat in a lecture by our host here from the Raulandsakademiet, Laura Ellestad. She is originally from Calgary, Canada, but she fell in love with the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle and came to Norway to get her undergraduate and graduate...

MSU Choir Norway 19 – Day 6

We are staying on the Raulandsakademiet campus which is in a rather remote area in the west of Telemark County. Many of the wood cabin structures have sod roofs. The terrain is a bit mountainous, full of spindly spruce trees mixed in with birch and poplar which are...