Katja Stokley

The Lake Isle Project: The Future

 Posted by on Tuesday, February 23, 2021  The Choir Diary
Feb 232021
 

The FutureArtistic Director Brian Stone:

How will [the experience of putting together The Lake Isle] change my conducting? When I conduct I know where the challenging bits are for the performers, at what spots I need to be listening and where I need to be helpful, so I am as much of a resource as possible. Compiling a piece like this is done with a layering effect. After listening to every line and every performer’s recording, all of the relationships in Lake isle are so clear to me now. So, to that end, this process has impressed upon me how important it is for me to understand the intricacies of a piece of music…I will be curious to see how my ears have changed. I think that I will be using this different kind of listening when we perform together again. I will be a more detailed listener but also have a larger appreciation of the whole piece, and I will be looking at that throughout the practicing process.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.

The Lake Isle Project: We’re Not Alone

 Posted by on Sunday, February 21, 2021  The Choir Diary
Feb 212021
 

“I hoped that a project like this would be inspiring because there are others feeling the same way were are,” explains Artistic Director Brian Stone.

We talk about how we miss singing together…Connecting with one another through this struggle is especially important. But if we can open that up even further there is even another level of “I’m not alone, we’re not alone,” which is really what we need in this time. We need for people to connect with people and relate to each other. Lake Isle seems to get say “Yes, I’m feeling that too, but I know I’m not alone.” That’s really important.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.

The Lake Isle Project: We’re Not Alone

 Posted by on Friday, February 19, 2021  The Choir Diary
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We are not AloneWhy did Artistic Director Brian Stone pick The Lake Isle to record virtually?

I picked this piece because we all loved singing this music in concert with Altius [last year]. Our singers connected with it…and we connected with the other musicians in performance. When we meet at our virtual rehearsals during the pandemic, we talk about how we miss singing together, so I knew that we would connect now because we are all struggling with this new paradigm of being alone.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.

The Lake Isle Project: Knitting it all Together

 Posted by on Wednesday, February 17, 2021  The Choir Diary
Feb 172021
 

Knitting the Voices TogetherArtistic Director Brian Stone worked countless hours compiling the individual performances that make up this virtual performance, sewing the layers of instrumental accompaniment together with the unique qualities of each individual singer’s track.

The voices are all lovely…and I am truly not just saying that. It’s lovely to add everyone’s voice individually. Each one has a lot of beauty. The process is lonely, but it is really heartening, especially at the end when everybody is knitted together, and hear the fabric of everyone all together. You hear it in a way that you don’t hear in person.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.

The Lake Isle Project: The Choral Process

 Posted by on Monday, February 15, 2021  The Choir Diary
Feb 152021
 

Performing The Lake IsleAs a virtual conductor compiling this performance in a unique way, Artistic Director Brian Stone directed a live performance of the instrumental musicians (the Altius Quartet, pianist Stella Pradeau and guitarist Gabriel Santiago), and then combined a recording of the instrumentalists with individual tracks from over forty singers performing their vocal parts recorded at home. He explains that his job:

…was to knit it all together and that was a huge learning curve. Of all the virtual performances I have produced, I am the proudest of this one. It has so many layers of complexity…The instrumentalists together without the vocal pieces feel incomplete, almost hollow at times. The process is a struggle, it’s lonely and it’s hard, but I think the thing that makes it easier is that all the singers are there with me. Adding everyone’s voice individually is like having the choir together with me.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.

The Lake Isle Project: The Choral Process

 Posted by on Saturday, February 13, 2021  The Choir Diary
Feb 132021
 

Rehearsing together at the YMCA, Estes ParkPutting this music together was a unique challenge for Artistic Director Brian Stone. He explains:

[The rehearsal process] lacked the natural push and pull that comes from live collaboration from everyone being in the same room. We had the instrumentalists together but without the vocal performers in the same room…it’s incomplete. It felt hollow at times because I love the choral rehearsal process. Performance is fun but I miss the process of rehearsal.

Learn more about the Lake Isle Project and listen to Cantabile’s virtual performance along with the Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago, guitar.