Alice Parker on campus Tuesday thru Thursday!
Posted by Peggy Dettwiler for November 4, 2013
Alice Parker will be visiting the Mansfield University campus on November 5th through 7th. Parker is famous for her collaborative work with Robert Shaw. Hardly a choral concert is presented without an arrangement by this famous Shaw/Parker duo! Alice Parker was born in Boston, MA in 1925; yet, at age 88, she is still a force in the choral community! In the past two years alone, she has led sessions at the National Collegiate Choral Convention, the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, and the June convention of Chorus America.
Parker began composing early, and wrote her first orchestral score while still in high school. She graduated from Smith College with a major in music performance and composition, then received her masters degree from the Juilliard School where she studied choral conducting with Robert Shaw.
Her life-work has been in choral and vocal music, combining composing, conducting and teaching in a creative balance. Her arrangements with Robert Shaw of folksongs, hymns and spirituals form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world. She continues composing in many forms, from operas to cantata, sacred anthems to secular dances, song cycles to string quartets.
Parker has been recognized by Chorus America, the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, The Hymn Society and Choral Arts New England for her lifetime contributions to choral music. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and the Smith College Medal.
All of the choral ensembles at the University have been rehearsing and performing works by Alice Parker this Fall. The public is invited to any of her sessions. For more information, contact Peggy Dettwiler, Director of Choral Activities at 570-662-4721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule for Alice Parker residency at Mansfield University
Tuesday, Nov. 5:
1:00 – 2:15 pm Choral Conducting class (Butler 136)
“Working with Robert Shaw”
3:30 – 4:30 pm Student Composers’ Society (Butler 202)
7:00 - 8:50 pm Festival Chorus rehearsal (Steadman)
Wednesday, Nov. 6:
9:30 – 10:20 am Basic Music Theory class (Butler 102)
11:30 am-12:20 pm Concert Choir rehearsal (Steadman)
3:30 – 4:20 pm Chamber Singers rehearsal (Butler 102)
5:00 -6:00 pm Music Education student chapter meeting (Butler 163)
Thursday, Nov. 7:
Noon – 12:50 pm Speak to Music Department student body (Butler 163)
Community singing by rote with words of inspiration during trying times
6:00 – 6:45 pm Speak to ACDA student chapter meeting (Butler 163)
7:00 – 7:50 pm Women’s Chorus rehearsal (Steadman)
8:00 – 8:50 pm Men’s Chorus rehearsal (Steadman)
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