A Joyous Cacophony: Jean Ahn on the Collective Power of Individual Voices

A Joyous Cacophony: Jean Ahn on the Collective Power of Individual Voices

Recall your favorite Christmas carol—you’ve probably called up a strong, striking melody sung in joyful unison. What if a carol could instead captured the fragmented, unique wonder of many perspectives on one miracle? Join Composer-in-Residence Jean Ahn as she reflects on her new work, her relationship with the Choral Artists, and the multifaceted spirit of Christmas. 

Robinson McClellan on Future Classics and Christmas Transformation

Robinson McClellan on Future Classics and Christmas Transformation

The holidays aren’t always happy for everyone—for many, it is  a complicated emotional season.  Robinson McClellan shares his thoughts on the complex nature of winter and on the similarly complex relationship between composer, performer, and listener. Robin is this year’s Composer-Not-in-Residence; his new work, “Comfort and Joy,” will premiere at “Jingle! Angels! Silent! Merry!”.

Sylke Zimpel on the powerful, personal nature of song

Sylke Zimpel on the powerful, personal nature of song

As the Choral Artists presents a rich concert of American music, you might wonder what our Dresden-based Composer-Not-in-Residence has been up to. What does it mean to compose across the boundaries of language and culture? How is music changed by the identities of the people writing or performing it?  Below, Sylke Zimpel shares her thoughts

De Profundis Reflection

De Profundis Reflection

by Katie Bent, alto “…was that right?” The first time we “sang” Schoenberg’s De Profundis, that question was met with a whole lot of nervous laughter. We’d made it through all of seven bars, and even the most confident readers among us weren’t sure if we’d sung any of the right notes, much less if