In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Founded in 2004, The Singers organization is dedicated to giving world-class performances of the finest choral literature. The Singers exists to serve as artists, educators, and ambassadors of the choral art. Choir members are drawn from the region and come from all walks of life. Some are music educators, computer programmers, composers, bankers, woodworkers, artists, and church musicians.
In 2006, The Singers sang for the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Minnesota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2008, The Singers performed at the North Central Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists National Convention, and shared the stage with the world renowned Harvard Glee Club under the direction of Jameson Marvin.
Dedicated to the work of today's composers, The Singers has premiered and commissioned nearly forty new works since its founding. The ensemble has been honored to debut works by Stephen Paulus, Eleanor Daley, Craig Carnahan, as well as from three composers-in-residence, Abbie Betinis, Jocelyn Hagen, and Joshua Shank.
The Singers believes in the value of artistic collaborating, and they have shared the stage with many of the Midwest's most beloved performers including baritone Peter Halverson, guitarist Jeffrey Van, flutist Linda Chatterton, harpists Min Kim and Judith Kogan, and the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester. Conductors Rene Clausen and Kathy Romey will share the podium with Artistic Director Matthew Culloton to kick-off the choir's 5th Anniversary season in October 2008.
The Singers has produced several recordings, most recently a collection of newer choral works of Stephen Paulus. Earlier recordings include Shout the Glad Tidings and My Soul's Repose, both of which have been heard on radio stations across the country.
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Review: Since their founding in 2004, The Singers has premiered and commissioned nearly forty new works, debuting pieces by such composers as Stephen Paulus, Eleanor Daly and Craig Carnahan, as well as three composers-in-residence, Abbie Betinis, Jocelyn Hagen and Joshua Shank. Founding Artistic Director and Conductor Matthew Culloton has an impressive resume, including being a member, Music Advisor, Assistant Conductor and Bass Section Leader of the Dale Warland Singers. "Mid-Winter Songs" is a 21-song collection of the works of Morten Lauridsen, including the 5-song "Les Chansons des Roses," "Three Psalms," "Four Madrigals on Renaissance Texts," five "Mid-Winter Songs" and four "Nocturnes," some are piano accompanied. We have always loved Lauridsen, and enjoyed every cut of the album, as well as reading the extensive liner notes, which contain all the lyrics and some very interesting notes by Morten about his music.
Review: "Shout the Glad Tidings" is a beautiful, sumptuous Christmas album by Minnesota-based "The Singers," led by founding Artistic Director and Conductor Matthew Culloton. The 25 songs include traditional carols like "Once in Royal David's City," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "Angels We Have Heard on High;" and lesser known but equally lovely works like "Of the Father's Love Begotten," Morten Lauridsen's "O Nat Lux," William Walker's "The Babe of Bethlehem," "El Rorro" (The Babe), Ned Rorem's title tune, Arvo Part's "Bogoroditse Dyevo," Jack M. Jarrett's "Go, Pretty Child," and Culloton's nice piece, "God's Mother Be." The 40-strong, mixed-voice Singers are drawn from all around the state of Minnesota, and some songs have light accompaniment. We loved this varied, finely-crafted collection and bet that you will too!
Review: Talented and renowned founding Artistic Director and Conductor Matthew Culloton founded The 40-strong, mixed-voice Singers in 2004, and since then they have proven their dedication to the work of contemporary composers by premiering and commissioning nearly 40 new works by such names as Eleanor Daly, Craig Carnahan and Stephen Paulus. Paulus, one of our favorite composers, is the focus of "Splendid Jewel," which features 14 of the composer's pieces. Ten songs are World Premiere recordings, "Arise My Love," "Alleluia," "God's World," "The Spring and the Fall," "Kin to Sorrow," "Afternoon on a Hill," "Calming the Storm," "All Things are Passing," "Hymn to the Eternal Flame" and "The Day is Done." Beautiful and moving new Stephen Paulus pieces from the talented Singers!
Review: Renowned founding Director and Conductor Matthew Culloton has led his 40-strong, mixed-voice ensemble through five years of remarkable live performances in their native Minnesota and other concert venues, and "Wanting Memories," (the song itself written and composed by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock) is a "best of" album of work since the group's founding in 2004. Other favorites among these 17 pieces are J. Aaron McDonald's "Te lucis ante terminum," "Three Motets, Op. 37" by Charles Villiers Stanford, Abbie Betinis' "To the Evening Star," a pair by Gerald Finzi, "My Spirit Sang All Day" and "I Have Loved Flowers that Fade," Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," Rodgers & Hart's "My Romance," Stephen Schwartz' "For Good" (from Wicked) and Dubin/Warren's "Lullaby of Broadway." A beautiful and fun collection from The Singers, one of the midwest's great Choral ensembles!