2015 Sarasota Choral Festival Concert 

New Voices in Choral Music

 

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Key Chorale’s Sarasota Choral Festival is a community event open to singers high school age and older. Last year 150 voices participated in the inaugural festival and it was such a success that Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins committed to continue with this important community outreach.

CLICK HERE to read a featured story about the Festival in West Coast Woman’s September 2015 issue.

It is an opportunity for singers who do not have the time to participate in a season of choral rehearsals and concerts, for choral groups that want the opportunity to sing with a larger vocal ensemble, and for those who do not wish to audition to join with other choral groups and the 100+ voices of Key Chorale. This year’s festival format includes the opportunity for private voice coaching sessions and informational programs in between rehearsals on the concert day. All singers high school age and older are invited to participate by registering online or calling 941/321.7372. Registration is open through October 1, 2015.

 

Key Chorale members will sing works by several contemporary composers including Fair Ines by Eric Barnum, Jubilate Deo by Peter Anglea, Peace Flows Into Me (Sara Teasdale) by Jake Runestad, and Lux Nova (‘Lux Aurumque’ Reimagined) by Eric Whitacre.

An exciting component of this year’s festival is the world premier of Prayer of St. Francis composed by long-time Key Chorale member and music librarian, Joseph Waldron. Waldron says he has been writing music for forty years and that “Joseph Caulkin’s insightful programming of contemporary choral works opened my eyes to a whole new sonic world, and inspired me to write specifically for Key Chorale.”

The concert will close with Festival participants joining Chorale members on stage singing two works, Now Talking God and a new Creation by renowned composer René Clausen.


 

Open to All Singers!

High school and older • Individuals • Choirs • Choral Groups

No Auditions Necessary

Registration Fee*: Adults $25 / Students $15

New Voices in Choral Music Repertoire
Featuring music by Eric Barnum, Jake Runestad, Eric Whitacre and more

Key Chorale Members:

Fair Ines – Eric Barnum
Jubilate Deo – Peter Anglea
Peace Flows Into Me (Sara Teasale) Jake Runestad
Lux Nova (‘Lux Aurumque’ Reimagined) Eric Whitacre
Prayer of St. Francis – Joseph Waldron (World Premiere)  

Key Chorale Member and Festival Participants:

Now Talking God – René Clausen (Key Chorale commissioned piece)*
a new Creation – René Clausen (includes Set Me as a Seal)*

Sarasota Choral Festival Schedule – New Voices in Choral Music

Tuesday, October 6, Registration/Check in 6:00 – 7:00 PM; Rehearsal 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Friday, October 9, Check-in/Pizza Party/Vocal Coaching 5:30 – 7:00 PM; Rehearsal 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday*, October 10, Vocal Coaching, Rehearsal & Performance 8:15 AM – 6:00 PM

* 8:15 – 9:00 AM Check in/Complimentary Donuts & Coffee
* 9:00 12:00 PM Rehearsal
* 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
* 1:00 – 3:15 PM Rehearsal
* 3:15-3:45 Change into concert attire
* 4:00 PM Performance
*Lunch Break 1:00 – 2:00
*Performance 4:00 PM

What is the Sarasota Choral Festival?
Last year 150 voices participated in the inaugural festival.  It is an opportunity for singers who do not have the time to participate in a season of choral rehearsals and concerts, for choral groups that want the opportunity to sing with a larger vocal ensemble, and for those who do not like to audition to join with other choral groups and the 100+ voices of Key Chorale. This year’s concert, New Voices in Choral Music, will be at 4:00 PM on October 10, 2015

Who can sing at the Festival?
There is only one requirement….you must love to sing! The festival is open to all singers, high school age and older. Choirs and choral groups are especially encouraged to join us too. All you need to do is register! The registration fee includes music and a pizza party on Friday, October 9. 

Why participate?
This is your chance to perform works by renowned American Composer and arranger René Clausen, a favorite of choral ensembles, and composer of over 100 commissioned compositions, including one of the festival pieces commissioned by Key Chorale.  “Life and Breath:  Choral Works by René Clausen” recorded by the Kansas City Chorale, won two Grammy Awards in 2013.  His compelling cantata A New Creation was first recorded in 1990 by the Dale Warland Singers, and has become a staple in many chorale repertoires.

Can my friends and family attend the concert?
Absolutely! 


 

New Voices in Choral Music Repertoire
Featuring music by Eric Barnum, Jake Runestad, Eric Whitacre and more

Key Chorale Members:

Fair Ines – Eric Barnum

Jubilate Deo – Peter Anglea

Peace Flows Into Me (Sara Teasale) Jake Runestad

Lux Nova (‘Lux Aurumque’ Reimagined) Eric Whitacre

Prayer of St. Francis – Joseph Waldron (World Premiere)  

Key Chorale Member and Festival Participants:

Now Talking God – René Clausen (Key Chorale commissioned piece)*

a new Creation – René Clausen (includes Set Me as a Seal)*

 

Sarasota Choral Festival Schedule – New Voices in Choral Music

Tuesday, October 6, Registration/Check in 6:00 – 7:00 PM; Rehearsal 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Friday, October 9, Check-in/Pizza Party/Vocal Coaching 5:30 – 7:00 PM; Rehearsal 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday*, October 10, Vocal Coaching, Rehearsal & Performance 8:15 AM – 6:00 PM

* 8:15 – 9:00 AM Check in/Complimentary Donuts & Coffee
* 9:00 12:00 PM Rehearsal
* 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
* 1:00 – 3:15 PM Rehearsal
* 3:15-3:45 Change into concert attire
* 4:00 PM Performance
*Lunch Break 1:00 – 2:00
*Performance 4:00 PM

 

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Following last year’s festival we asked Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins to share his thoughts about the experience.

What was your favorite moment during the festival?

As the singers arrived, they needed to check the seating chart and see where they we going to be seated. A few minutes before rehearsal started I looked at the long line forming down the aisle of Church of the Palms. It was a LONG line! Seeing the anticipation on the faces, as they waited in place, watching them making new friends with our Chorale members, I knew this was going to be a successful event.

Were you nervous about only having three rehearsals to prepare the community singers?

I certainly was anxious to hear the group for the first time. You just don’t really know what to expect with a first-time event like this. With an open invitation, you can never know for sure what the level of singers will be like. Once we did our first warm-ups, I was thrilled by the sounds we were creating.

There are so many people who love to sing in our community and we were very pleased with the number and quality of singers that participated. They brought a lot of joy and enthusiasm to their music making and that was really infectious all week!