Engaging and Lasting: Music to Build Transcendent Worship
August 6 @ 9:00 am - August 7 @ 5:00 pm CDT
British composer and choral conductor Bob Chilcott will investigate individual movements from his major works, single pieces, and introduce new Oxford sacred music publications. He will also present a choral skills session for inspiring choirs to sing musically. University of Notre Dame (Emeritus) and Yale Organ Professor (current) Dr. Craig Cramer will examine sacred organ masterpieces useful for liturgical settings. He will also demonstrate effective, efficient organ practice regimens.
As a composer, conductor, and singer, Bob Chilcott has enjoyed a lifelong association with choral music, first as a chorister and choral scholar in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and for 12 years as a member of the King’s Singers. He became a full-time composer in 1997, and has produced a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs which is published by Oxford University Press. His most often performed pieces include Can you hear me?, A Little Jazz Mass, Requiem, and the St John Passion. In March 2021 Songs my heart has taught me received its world première from the BBC Singers in a virtual ACDA National Convention.
Bob has conducted choirs in more than 30 countries worldwide and has worked with many thousands of amateur singers across the UK in a continuing series of Singing Days. For seven years he was conductor of the Chorus of The Royal College of Music in London and since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers. In 2017 Bob was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal School of Church Music and in 2019 took up the role of Principal Conductor with Birmingham University Singers.
His music has been widely recorded by leading British choirs and groups including The King’s Singers, King’s College, Cambridge, Wells Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The Sixteen, Tenebrae, The BBC Singers, The Bach Choir, Commotio, and Ora. In 2016 he enjoyed a collaboration with the celebrated singer Katie Melua on the album In Winter. In 2017 two new discs were released by Commotio and Choralis – All Good Things on Naxos, and In Winter’s Arms on Signum, his first recording collaboration with an American choir. Newer recording projects are with the BBC Singers, Houston Chamber Choir, and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.
Craig Cramer recently retired after thirty-nine years as Professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame. He earned the DMA in Organ at the Eastman School of Music, which also awarded him the Performer's Certificate in Organ. One of the most traveled organists of his generation, Cramer maintains an active recital career across the country; his annual European concert tours have taken him to Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Scotland, and Switzerland. He has performed for regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists as well as for many AGO Chapters across the country.
Cramer has released twelve CD recordings including releases on the Arkay, Dominant, Dulcian, Motette-Ursina, Organeum, and Sonic Windows. He has recorded three CDs for Naxos, including a recording of works by Buxtehude on the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University. Cramer is currently Visiting Professor of Organ at Yale University.
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