Setting the standard for choral excellence for 94 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus.
The ensemble’s 2014-2015 season includes a concert tour of California, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton and its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA. Its performance of John Adams’ El Niño, conducted by Joe Miller, at the 2014 Festival was praised by The New York Times as “… superb. Meticulously prepared, the chorus was remarkable for its precision, unanimity and power.”
The Westminster Choir has made three recordings with Joe Miller. The most recent, The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder, was described by Classics Today as “first rate” and “highly recommended.” Their second recording, Noël, a collection of French Christmas music and sacred works, also features Westminster alumna Jennifer Larmore, the most recorded mezzo-soprano of our era, and organist Ken Cowan. It was the centerpiece of the PRI Radio broadcast Noël – A Christmas from Paris, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin.
The choir’s debut recording with Maestro Miller, Flower of Beauty, received four stars from Choir & Organ magazine and earned critical praise from American Record Guide, which described the Westminster Choir as “the gold standard for academic choirs in America.”
Praised by The New York Times for its “full-bodied, incisive singing,” the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time. The Symphonic Choir’s 2014-2015 season includes three series of performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection,” J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, as well as Carmina Burana with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Jacques Lacombe Johannes and Brahms’ Ein deutsches
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Joe Miller and composer Daniel Elder explore the Choir's new recording: The Heart's Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder.
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