Chanticleer, the top choral performing ensemble of the Starr’s Mill High School Department of Choral Music, recently accepted an invitation from Choirs of America to be one of a handful of elite high school choirs to participate in the 2013 American Music performance Nationals for Top Choirs. Other high school choirs selected come from California, Utah, Delaware, Maryland, Colorado, Maine, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina.
“We carefully research, and then select only top choral programs from around the United States,” says Choirs of America Artistic Director, Christopher Scott Olin. “These choirs then come together for unprecedented choral education opportunities and performances.”
Chanticleer will be attending the AMP Nationals April 11-14 in New York City. Dr. Anton Armstrong, the Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and one of the world’s most respected choral conductors, will be the AMP Nationals Master Conductor. Events include adjudicated performances, observational opportunities, full one-hour clinics, school exchanges, and engaging workshops and master classes for the singers. Chanticleer was one of only four choirs chosen to perform as part of the Aaron Copeland School of Music’s Concert Series at Queen’s College as part of the AMP Nationals activities. For this performance, Chanticleer will perform choral works by Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Gyorgy Orban, and Sergei Rachmaninov.
On the final day, Dr. Armstrong will lead all the selected choirs in a prism concert in Carnegie Hall. During the prism concert, Chanticleer, under the direction of their conductor, Dr. John Odom, will perform selections from Rachmaninov’s Áll Night Vigil” Opus 37 on the Carnegie Hall stage. This will be Dr. Odom’s conducting debut at Carnegie Hall.
This event marks yet another national, invitational performance by choirs from the Starr’s Mill High School Department of Choral Music. Past performances, of which the choirs were selected by audition to perform, include the Prelude to Evensong service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., being a part of the Distinguished Visiting Choir Series of the St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York; where they served as the choir for the Sunday Eucharist service in the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.
For information about the choral program at Starr’s Mill High School, please contact Dr. John Odom, Director of Choral Activities at email@example.com. The chorus website is www.starrsmillchorus.org.
Submitted by: Dr. John Odom, Director of Choral Activities at Starr’s Mill High School. Phone: 678-773-5195. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Starr’s Mill Chanticleer Chorus