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Thomas Beveridge

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Thomas Beveridge

Thomas Beveridge, Music Director of the National Men's Chorus, has had a distinguished career in music. He has been recognized for his multi-faceted abilities: singer, oboist, keyboard player, composer, arranger, teacher, conductor. He attended Harvard College, studying composition with Randall Thompson and Walter Piston, and choral conducting with G. Wallace Woodworth. Vocal study was at the Longy School of Music with Mme. Olga Averino and, later, with Mme. Mascia Predit. He studied composition and conducting in France with the legendary Nadia Boulanger.

His career as a professional singer has included performances at the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, with the National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society, U.S. Army Band and Chorus, the Boston Opera Group, New England Bach Festival, the Cathedral Choral Society, the New Amsterdam Singers, the Bethlehem Bach Choir, and the Philadelphia Singers. He has appeared in solo recital throughout the U.S., and at Carnegie Recital Hall, Symphony Space in New York City, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, the Library of Congress, and three entire concerts of his own songs at the National Gallery of Art.

Mr. Beveridge is a prolific composer and arranger. Many of his over 450 compositions have been published, and he has received distinguished commissions from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation at the Library of Congress. His works have been recorded on numerous labels, including Turnabout/Vox, Centaur, RCA, and Crystal.

Mr. Beveridge's Yizkor Requiem, which received its world premiere in 1994, was hailed as "a major American work" in the press. That performance by New Dominion Chorale was singled out by Joseph McLellan, chief music critic of The Washington Post, as "one of the music season's most memorable events" in the Post's 1994 "Arts Roundup." Subsequent performances of Yizkor Requiem have been at Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Merkin Hall (New York) and at the Kennedy Center, with the Choral Arts Society and members of the National Symphony, conducted by Norman Scribner. A CD recording of that performance has been released on the Naxos International label. A recording by The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, was released in October, 2005.

Mr. Beveridge's work with men's choruses extends back to his undergraduate days during which he was a composer and soloist with the Harvard Glee Club. He was staff arranger and soloist with the U.S. Army Chorus for twenty years, and for eight years served as music director of Washington Men's Camerata.

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Washington Men's Camerata : Masters In This Hall - Christmas Music For Men's Chorus : 00  1 CD : Thomas Beveridge :  : 49063

Washington Men's Camerata : Masters In This Hall - Christmas Music For Men's Chorus

Review: Thomas Beveridge and the Washington Men's Camerata give glorious and joyful performances on this Christmas recording. The triumphant title piece "Masters in this Hall" begins with the chorus and a soft drum beat that eventually grows to include organ and virtuosic piano. This and most of the other pieces are arranged by Beveridge, who is very accomplished in writing for men's voices. Juxtaposing the male sound are several soprano solos sung by Rosa Lamoreaux including "The First Mercy" by Peter Warlock. Other highlights include Beveridge's arrangement of "The Shepherds' Farewell" from Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ and Biebl's peaceful "Ave Maria."

Songlist: Carol of the Drum, The First Mercy, O Maria, Diana Stella, The Three Holy Kings, Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming, The Shepherds' Farewell, Ave Maria, O Tannenbaum/Adeste Fideles, Wassail Song, The Holly and the Ivy, Carol of the Birds, March of the Kings, O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, El est ne, Quittez Pasteurs, In Dulci Jubilo/Angels We Have Heard on High

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7337c 00 1 CD $15.98 Men's Choir Christmas


Washington Men's Camerata : The Spirit of Freedom : 00  1 CD : Thomas Beveridge :  : G-49103

Washington Men's Camerata : The Spirit of Freedom

Review: "Spirit of Freedom" has received critical acclaim in all the major publications (Fanfare, American Record Guide, etc.) Several of the tracks have been featured on a PBS series called "Freedom: A History of US." In addition, those same tracks have been featured on a soundtrack recording and companion anthology released by SONY records. Gothic's original recording "The Spirit of Freedom" is the best anthology available of patriotic songs and the only complete recording containing all four verses of the Star Spangled Banner.

Songlist: The Star Spangled Banner, Hail to the Chief, National Hymn: God of Our Fathers, Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Yankee Doodle , When Johnny Comes Marching Home, You're a Grand Old Flag, Semper Paratus , The U.S. Air Force , Anchors Aweigh , The Marine Hymn , The Caissons Go Rolling Along, America ("My Country, Tis of Thee") , Chester, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean, The God Who Gave Us Life, This Land Is Your Land, The Yankee Doodle Boy, God Bless America , America, The Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner (Complete) , This Is My Country, Battle Hymn of the Republic

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4257c 00 1 CD $15.95 Patriotic A Cappella

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