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Greetings Westminster Choir Blog Readers,

My deepest apologies for such a long period of silence from my end. The second semester at Westminster Choir College catapults from the beginning of the school term and moves quickly toward the finish line. Like many other students, I fell victim to many great projects and required school directives that required the bulk of my attention. From this point forward, you have my undivided attention.

A lot has happened since last I wrote. Westminster Choir diligently defeated the “snowpocalypse” and gave a wonderful Spoleto Festival USA Preview Performance in Richardson Auditorium in March. Usually a homecoming concert featuring our tour repertoire, this concert featured two choral-orchestral works that we’re performing at the Spoleto Festival USA in May: the Dettingen Te Deum by G. F. Handel and Te Deum by Arvo Pärt. We were challenged by many missed rehearsals due to snow days and ice warnings, but we prevailed as an ensemble and made beautiful music.

Since then, many additional projects have occurred: my colleagues gave beautiful voice, conducting, and performance recitals, Westminster Choir has been working carefully to memorize El Niño by John Adams for another Spoleto Festival USA project, Schola Cantorum – the sophomore ensemble on campus – gave a wonderful tour in the South for three days, and many other performances eagerly awaiting as the days dwindle nigh. The past couple months have moved so quickly for all of us here that it’s no wonder that Westminster Choir College breeds success on a daily basis. Our professionalism, standards of excellence, and commitment to honest music-making stand strong throughout our stressful times. As the performances continue and the days for our pilgrimage to Charleston, S.C draw nearer, we continue to change the lives of those who come to hear our music.

Spoleto Rehearsal

First El Niño staging rehearsals with director John Labouchardiere at Westminster.

About Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a center for music study in Princeton, N.J.
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