In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music's Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California, where he conducts the USC Chamber Singers, teaches choral conducting and choral methods, and supervises the graduate and undergraduate choral program. In 2008, he assumed a new post as National President Elect of the American Choral Directors' Association.
No stranger to the ACDA, Scheibe previously served as the organization's Western Division President (1991-1993), as well as National Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Community Colleges (1980-1989). Ensembles under his leadership have sung at six national ACDA conventions (1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2007), as well as two national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (1996, 2000), and various regional and state conventions.
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Review: This is a lovely program by the University of Miami Chorale. Led by Jo-Michael Scheibe the choir explores sacred and secular love. The program begins with O vos omnes by Victoria and an Ave Maria by Steven Edwards. Scheibe puts a spin on the Mass. In an Eclectic Missa Brevis he pairs two movements from Byrd's Mass for Four Voices with two movements from the Messe by Frank Martin. Some interesting pieces are the five Hebrew love songs by Eric Whitacre. They are set to poetry by Hila Plitman and accompanied by string quartet. This CD is a nice mixture of styles and is well sung.
Review: An outstanding choir, the University of Miami Chorale sings great pieces from the modern choral repertoire. Included are pieces by such composers as Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Rene Clausen. The dramatically moving suite "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," by Joel Hardyk is based on poems written by children imprisoned in Terezin and is for unaccompanied treble voices with oboe solo. The choir is led by Jo-Michael Scheibe and Robert Gower, piano.
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