Setting the standard for choral excellence for 93 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, in Princeton, N.J. 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 2013-2014 season includes a concert tour of Texas and Oklahoma, the release of a new recording, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton and its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA.
The Heart’s Reflection, the Music of Daniel Elder, the Westminster Choir’s third recording with Maestro Joe Miller, will be released in October. 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 2013-2014 season includes performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Andrew Manze, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and Christopher Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert.