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Erick Lichte Biography

Erick Lichte

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Living in: United States

In the last ten years, Erick Lichte has carved out a distinct niche in the vocal music world and concert life in America. As a founding member, singer, and artistic director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus, Lichte created and sustained one of the two full-time vocal ensembles in the nation.

2000-2009, Lichte's programming and artistic direction was heard in more than 60 concerts a year in such venues as Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Merkin Hall, San Francisco Performances, Oregon Bach Festival, UCLA, and Spivey Hall. His work has also been heard by hundreds of thousands of people through national and international broadcasts of hour-long Christmas programs distributed through American Public Media. He has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, the Boston Pops, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, James Sewell Ballet, and poet Robert Bly, to name a few.

His work with Cantus garnered him the 2009 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the highest honor for the professional choral organization Chorus America.

Lichte himself is an active arranger and composer whose music has been heard across the United States, especially as a co-creator and arranger of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. As a record producer, Lichte has been at the helm of eight highly acclaimed Cantus recordings as well as a forthcoming album of Schumann and Brahms works by Canadian pianist Robert Silvermann.

Lichte is currently on faculty of Augsburg College and St. Catherine University. He worked with the professional chorus of Chicago's Music of the Baroque and is the artistic director of the Great River Chorale, an auditioned 50 voice ensemble based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He also is a contributing editor to Stereophile magazine.