Westminster Schola Cantorum Travels to Maryland and Washington D.C. in March
Westminster Schola Cantorum will travel to Maryland and Washington D.C. for its 2019 Spring Tour. The ensemble, conducted by James Jordan, will perform a program, titled “Abide with Me” in these locations:
Saturday, March 16 – 7:30 p.m.
The First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C.
1328 16th Street NW
Sunday, March 17 – 6 p.m.
Christ Church Easton
111 S. Harrison Street
Monday, March 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
15 Randolph Avenue
The program will include movements from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, John Tavener’s Funeral Ikos; and Johannes Brahms’ Geistliches Lied, as well as Morten Lauridsen’s setting of Dana Gioia’s Prayer and “The Stars Shine,” from Kile Smith’s The Consolation of Apollo. The ensemble will also perform John Hudson’s arrangement of Abide With Me, the 1847 Anglican hymn tune, with text by Henry Francis Lyte.
Westminster Schola Cantorum is one of three curricular choirs at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. Composed of all students in their second year of study at the college, this ensemble forms a vital link between the technique and artistry gained by students in their first-year experience at the college in the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Symphonic Choir, which performs with many of the world’s finest orchestras and is a cornerstone of the Westminster experience.
Westminster Schola Cantorum’s Grammy-nominated conductor James Jordan is recognized and praised throughout the musical world as one of America’s pre-eminent conductors, writers, music psychologists and innovators in choral music. He has been described as a “visionary” by Choral Journal, which cited his book Evoking Sound as a “must read.” His more than 40 books explore both the philosophical and spiritual basis of musicianship, as well as aspects of choral rehearsal teaching and learning and are considered to be essential books in the conducting profession. At Westminster Choir College he is professor and senior conductor, and he conducts Westminster Schola Cantorum and the critically acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices. He is also director of the Westminster Conducting Institute and co-director of the Choral Institute at Oxford.