News and Notes about the students, faculty and alumni at Westminster Choir College and Westminster Conservatory, our community music school.
Noteworthy at Westminster Choir College
Westminster Conservatory Children's Choir performs at the White House
Cantus, Westminster Conservatory’s Children’s Choir, and its conductor, Patricia Thel, performed for diplomat’s reception at White House on December 6. LEARN MORE.
Westminster Offers Online Master's Degree in Sacred Music
This new program emphasizes practical pedagogy, and all courses will be offered online, except for one three-week experience either on the Westminster campus in Princeton or at Westminster’s summer Choral Institute at Oxford in Oxford, England. LEARN MORE
Westminster Choir Tours the Midwest in January
The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will begin the new year with a series of concerts in seven cities in January. They’ll also present several workshops in area schools. The program, titled Listen, is centered on Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir, one of the 20th century's great masterworks. LEARN MORE
Westminster Students Perform Opera in Croatia
Margaret Woods and Katie Elliott performed Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in a 14th-century Venetian fortress in Grožnjan, Croatia last August. LEARN MORE.
Westminster Conservatory Announces Concerto Competition Winners
Congratulations to the winners of Westminster Conservatory’s 2017 Concerto Competition: Alex Liu, clarinet student of Kenneth Ellison; Clarissa Cheung, flute student of Katherine McClure and Hope Lacson, voice student of Nancy Froysland Hoerl. They’ll perform with the Westminster Community Orchestra as part of the Conservatory’s showcase at Richardson Auditorium on Sunday February 25, 2018.
John Franek’s Composition Performed in Russia
Mithridates, composed by senior composition major John Franek, will be premiered by the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra in Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Hall in Krasnoyarsk on November 25. Mithridates is the final movement of his first symphony. Reflecting on his success, John thanks faculty members Jay Kawarsky (composition) and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer (piano), saying, “Without them I would not be half the musician or person that I am today!” Learn more about John at johnfranekmusic.com.