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Kristina G. Boerger

Director

Kristina Boerger

Kristina Boerger received her formative musical training from pianist Annie Sherter and holds the doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. Having directed independent choirs in Urbana-Champaign and New York City, public-school choirs in Wisconsin and Illinois, and college choirs at Lake Forest College and the Millikin University School of Music, she was recently appointed Director of Choral Activities at Carroll University.

Based in New York City from 2000 through the spring of 2009, Dr. Boerger divided her professional activities among her three principal loves: choral conducting, singing, and academic teaching.

Dr. Boerger served nine seasons as Artistic Director of the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, one of New York's most highly regarded volunteer choirs. With this group she commissioned works by several New York composers, performed at the 2006 Eastern divisional convention of the American Choral Directors Association, collaborated with the Christopher Caines Dance Company, and recorded on John Zorn's new-music label Tzadik. Also in New York, she served during three seasons as Music Director of AMUSE and two seasons as Associate Conductor of the Collegiate Chorale.

Dr. Boerger has appeared as guest conductor at the invitation of the New York Summer Music Festival, the Chicago Children's Choir, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, the University of Illinois Chamber Singers, the Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, the Christopher Caines Dance Company, and Alarm Will Sound. She has also served as guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in several U.S. cities, in Quebec City, and in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Boerger's work as Founding Director (1990-1999) of AMASONG: Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus is the subject of Jay Rosenstein's acclaimed documentary, The AMASONG Chorus: Singing Out, produced with grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Independent Television Service. The film has toured festivals worldwide and enjoyed repeated local PBS broadcasts since its national broadcast debut in June of 2004. With AMASONG, Boerger directed and produced two award-winning recordings (Over Here the Water is Sweet, 1998 GLAMA for Best Choral Performance; and Amai, 2000 GLAMAs for Best Classical Composition and Best Choral Performance), performed at several national venues, and toured the Czech Republic.

As a singer in a variety of styles, Boerger toured, recorded, and coached for nine years as a member of the Western Wind a cappella sextet, also concertizing regularly with the Renaissance choir Pomerium and with the Vox Vocal Ensemble, specialists in music of the 16th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Other recording credits include projects with Early Music New York, Bobby McFerrin, Rocky Maffit, and Pan Morigan. She has enjoyed guest appearances with The King's Noyse, the Tallis Scholars, and Urban Bush Women. In the 2006 and 2009 seasons at the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Harvey Theater, she appeared in the critically acclaimed runs of Sir Jonathan Miller's semi-staged production of J.S. Bach's Saint Matthew Passion. She remains active with Pomerium as her schedule permits and will seek ensemble-singing opportunities in the greater Milwaukee and Chicago areas once settled in her new position at Carroll.

Throughout her years in New York, Dr. Boerger lectured in music history at Barnard College, also serving as academic adviser to first-year and sophomore students and thesis mentor to seniors. From 2005 through 2009, she was the instructor of the undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting at the Manhattan School of Music. She also co-taught a summer graduate course at Columbia University comparing oral and written musical and literary forms as consolidators of cultural identity. Dr. Boerger has been invited to speak on the topic of her dissertation, Whose Music Is it, Anyway? Black Vocal Ensemble Traditions and the Feminist Choral Movement: Performance Practice as Politics. This study explores racial and gender identity formation through choral performance and examines the effects of racism on White and Black performers' beliefs about authenticity, ownership, and theft of oral-tradition materials.

Discography

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Amasong : Amai : 00  1 CD : Kristina G. Boerger : 

Amasong : Amai

Review: "Amai", the title of Amasong's second CD release, means "mother" and "woman" from the Shona Language in Zimbabwe. Amasong is a 60 women strong Premier Lesbian/Feminist chorus from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Graced with traditional arrangements from around the world, this CD is both enjoyable and educational. Favorites include; "The Stove," a short and humorous Feminist composition, Four Russian Peasant Songs by Igor Stravinsky, and "Cradle Song," an Amasong original of prayer and inspiration. Intense emotion and sensitivity are generated through dynamic movement and rhythmic expression. Having chosen so many languages the degree of difficulty is incredible, yet these women sing with ease. Their diction and sympathetic perception of the music are right on the money, and their dedication is admirable.

Songlist: Blood and Gold, Women of Ireland , Lauluja Merelta , Draum om Nedsnodde Bruer , Orientis Partibus , There is no Rose , The Stove , Four Russian Peasant Songs , On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius , Fisher Lid, J'ai Fait Mon Idee / La Danse de Marti Gras, We Will Walk with Mother and Mourn , Cradle Me , All is Well , Shenandoah , Keep Your Lamps , Job, Job, Amai

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Amasong : Laulu Voim: The Power of Song. : 00  1 CD : Kristina G. Boerger : 

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Laula Voim

Amasong : Laulu Voim: The Power of Song.

Review: The pride of Champaign-Urbana, IL, premier lesbian/feminist chorus Amasong, over 100 strong, brings us an exuberant collection of 21 folk songs, some accompanied, from many different traditions. "Laulu's" smorgasbord of cultures begins with Brazilian (the joyful "O Xote Das Meninas"), Chinese (the love song "Kangding Qing Ge"), Estonian (the lilting "Tantsides"), Afghani (the mourning dance song "Lailaw"), Scottish ("Gone the Boat"), Finnish ("Taivas On Sininen" The Sky Is Blue), Quaker, Sephardic, Italian, Provencal, Guadeloupe, Bulgarian, American Indian and others. Beautiful, extensive liner notes with all lyrics. Amasong's third excellent CD-"Laulu" is a sumptuous joy!

Songlist: O Xote das Meninas, Kangding Qing Ge , Laulu Voim , Lauliku Lapsepolv , Tantsides , Lailaw , A Waulking Trilogy: Gone the Boat, Hame oor Bottachan, and Na Himbo , Taivas on Sininen , Song from Cymbeline and Ballade with. Skydellh Christine de Pisan , How Can I Keep from Singing? , Puirt a Beul

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Amasong : Over Here the Water is Sweet : 00  1 CD : Kristina G. Boerger : 

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Strange Fruit

Amasong : Over Here the Water is Sweet

Review: Amasong is an inclusive women's chorus that brings together women from all lifestyles and experience in the pursuit of choral excellence. Largely a cappella, though several of the tracks are judiciously accompanied (e.g., the horns, trombones and bells of "Ave: Meditation on Two Marian Chants"), this recording integrates works from a variety of cultures, be it from the World War II Jewish ghettoes of Lithuania ("Unter Dayne Vayse Shtern") or "Strange Fruit," written for Billie Holliday. The interpretation is exclusively Amasong's (as directed by Kristina Boerger, their founder), though thoroughly consistent with classical values in structure and arrangement. A 1998 GLAMA winner.

Songlist: Caritas Abundat, Dios Te Salve, Maria, Ave: Meditation On Two Marian Chants, Unter Dayne Vayse Shtern, Strange Fruit, Poor Man Laz'rus, All My Trials, Soon I Will Be Done, Coventry Carol , Greensleeves, Grey Funnel Line, Doffin' Mistress, Hotaru Koi , Dig My Grave Both Long And Narrow , Todor Todorka, Pajdu Vydu , Burial Society Song , Asikatali, Vesle Kari Rud , Vesi Vasyy Lumen Alle

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