The Choir Diary

Singing Together Again, Safely

Singing Together Again, Safely

We are excited to begin the 2021-2022 season rehearsals on Tuesday, August 31st. We will be rehearsing together in person, observing COVID-19 safeguards, and providing virtual rehearsal streaming for those choir members who are unable to join us in person. Our first...

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Songs That Speak to Us: Carol Nielsen

Songs That Speak to Us: Carol Nielsen

From soprano Carol Nielsen: In our family when I was growing up, we sang in school and church choirs but also played instruments in the school band in our small town in Minnesota (think Lake Wobegon). Among the five of us, we played flute, trumpet, french horn,...

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Spring 2021 | I Will Sing (Virtual Performance)

Spring 2021 | I Will Sing (Virtual Performance)

Choirs everywhere have found new ways to make music and reach audiences but this has not replaced what we truly love about singing. More than anything else, this innovation in performance was born out of the deep grief we have felt from the loss of being able to make...

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The Lake Isle Project: The Future

Artistic 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...

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The Lake Isle Project: We’re Not Alone

"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...

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The Lake Isle Project: We’re Not Alone

Why 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....

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The Lake Isle Project: Knitting it all Together

Artistic 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...

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The Lake Isle Project: The Choral Process

As 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...

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The Lake Isle Project: The Choral Process

Putting 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...

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The Lake Isle Project: Escape

The Lake Isle takes the listener to a beautiful place of tranquility. Artistic Director Brian Stone explains: This is really a difficult time, it’s just hard on musicians and arts patrons, on those who go to the arts a lot and on those who don’t go to the arts at all....

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