ALISSA RUTH Suver

Soprano

About

Texas-based soprano Alissa Ruth Suver's warmth, clarity, and flexibility have allowed her to perform a wide variety of repertoire across the United States, both as a soloist and ensemble singer.

Alissa can be heard with professional choral ensembles around the country, including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale (Joshua Habermann, conductor), Skylark (Matthew Guard, conductor), Conspirare (Craig Hella Johnson, conductor), The Crossing (Donald Nally, conductor), and True Concord (Eric Holtan, conductor). She is also frequently on the roster for the Beckenhorst Press recording choir at Aire Born Recording Studio (Craig Courtney, conductor).

 

As a soloist, Alissa's most recent solo credits include Handel's Messiah, Bach's Mass in B minor, Scarlatti's 7 Arie con Tromba Sola, and Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres. She performs regularly with early music ensembles across the country in addition to her collaborations with both the choral and instrumental ensembles at her alma mater, Capital University (Lynda Hasseler and Jeff Gershman, conductors).

 

In addition to her performance work, Alissa is an active teacher and conductor. She has successfully taught middle and high school choir in both Ohio and Tennessee (and was named "Young Teacher of the Year" for her work in Louisville City Schools), and most recently, she accepted the Assistant Choir Director position at Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth, Texas. As the child of two music teachers, a love of music and music education was central to her upbringing (and she can't remember a time when she wasn't in rehearsal!). 

She also also frequently sings as a church soloist and section leader and is regularly hired as an administrative assistant for various performance projects. 

Alissa holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University in her home state of Ohio. 

 

MEDIA

Goodnight Moon - Eric Whitacre - Capital University Symphonic Winds, Jeff Gershman, Conductor
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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, Mov't 1 - J.S. Bach - Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Carlton Monroe, Conductor, with Douglas Lindsay, Trumpet
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Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083, Mov't 2 - J.S. Bach - Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Carlton Monroe, Conductor
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Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083, Mov't 10 - J.S. Bach - Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Carlton Monroe, Conductor, with Jill Phillips, Mezzo-Soprano
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Signor, Signor - Claudio Monteverdi - with Chad Baker, piano
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The Hope of Loving V. My Soul is a Candle - Jake Runestad - Capital University Choral Union, Chapel Choir, and Gemini Quartet, Lynda Hasseler, Conductor
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Louisville High School 1
Upper Arlington High School - Fall Folli
4th of July with the Dallas Winds 2
Santa Fe Desert Chorale 3
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Conspirare Recording Session
4th of July with the Dallas Winds
Santa Fe Desert Chorale 2
Louisville High School 2
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The Road Home

Santa Fe Desert Chorale

discography​

with Grammy-winning

producer Blanton Alspaugh

Grammy-Nominated

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Kile Smith:
Canticle

VAE Cincinnati

Jake Runestad:
The Hope of Loving

Conspirare

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Once Upon a Time

Skylark

 
 

2020 performances

Feb 09, 2020

3:00pm

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time"

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind 'choral-theatrical' experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way! 

Atlanta, GA

Feb 13, 2020

7:30pm

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time"

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind 'choral-theatrical' experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way! 

New York, NY

Feb 15, 2020

7:00pm

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time"

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind 'choral-theatrical' experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way! 

Chestnut Hill, MA

Feb 16, 2020

4:00pm

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time"

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind 'choral-theatrical' experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way! 

Newburyport, MA

Feb 28, 2020

4:00pm

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Strength and Refuge: A Joyous Exploration of the Psalms"

The psalms have long been a source of comfort and inspiration to people of many faiths, woven into the cultural heritage of the Abrahamic religions. They were written not only as poetry, but as songs to be sung; the word itself comes from the Greek psalmoi, meaning "words to accompany music," and many great composers throughout history have taken the opportunity to have their own music work in partnership with these timeless words. This program includes works by Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Sergei Rachmaninov (two movements from his All Night Vigil), as well as many other wonderful pieces in this same tradition.

Santa Fe, NM

Feb 29, 2020

2:00pm

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Strength and Refuge: A Joyous Exploration of the Psalms"

The psalms have long been a source of comfort and inspiration to people of many faiths, woven into the cultural heritage of the Abrahamic religions. They were written not only as poetry, but as songs to be sung; the word itself comes from the Greek psalmoi, meaning "words to accompany music," and many great composers throughout history have taken the opportunity to have their own music work in partnership with these timeless words. This program includes works by Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Sergei Rachmaninov (two movements from his All Night Vigil), as well as many other wonderful pieces in this same tradition.

Albuquerque, NM

Mar 01, 2020

6:00pm

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Strength and Refuge: A Joyous Exploration of the Psalms"

The psalms have long been a source of comfort and inspiration to people of many faiths, woven into the cultural heritage of the Abrahamic religions. They were written not only as poetry, but as songs to be sung; the word itself comes from the Greek psalmoi, meaning "words to accompany music," and many great composers throughout history have taken the opportunity to have their own music work in partnership with these timeless words. This program includes works by Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Sergei Rachmaninov (two movements from his All Night Vigil), as well as many other wonderful pieces in this same tradition.

Dallas, TX

Mar 20, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Kinnara - "Immortal Bach"

Join a chamber consort of Kinnara singers and baroque instruments for a journey through Bach’s repertoire and the works that came before, were inspired by, and written in reflection of his incredible choral oeuvre.

Princeton, NJ

Mar 21, 2020

7:30pm

(CANCELLED) Kinnara - "Immortal Bach"

Join a chamber consort of Kinnara singers and baroque instruments for a journey through Bach’s repertoire and the works that came before, were inspired by, and written in reflection of his incredible choral oeuvre.

Basking Ridge, NJ

Mar 22, 2020

4:00pm

(CANCELLED) Kinnara - "Immortal Bach"

Join a chamber consort of Kinnara singers and baroque instruments for a journey through Bach’s repertoire and the works that came before, were inspired by, and written in reflection of his incredible choral oeuvre.

Toms River, NJ

Mar 29, 2020

4:00pm

(POSTPONED) Element - "The Four Seasons"

Sewanee, TN

Apr 21, 2020

7:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Exeter, NH

Apr 22, 2020

7:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Falmouth, MA

Apr 23, 2020

7:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Wellesley, MA

Apr 24, 2020

7:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Newburyport, MA

Apr 25, 2020

6:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Great Barrington, MA

Jul 17, 2020

2:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "If Music Be the Food of Love: Vocal Chamber Concert"

This vocal chamber program brings the superb musicians of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale into close collaboration with Maxine Thévenot, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque. British composer Henry Purcell’s If Music be the Food of Love gives title to this program of Baroque masters. Love songs by Purcell (1659-1695) are performed alongside works by his compatriots George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and John Blow (1685-1759). Johann Sebastian Bach’s well-known Bist du bei mir, geh ich mit Freuden mir, BWV 508 and “Quia Fecit Mihi Magna” from his Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 add to this delightful program.


Vocalists:
Alissa Ruth Suver, Soprano
Kate Maroney, Mezzo-soprano
Steven Soph, Tenor
John Buffett, Baritone

Harpsichord and Organ: Maxine Thévenot

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 19, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Jew and the Gentile: Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi"

Explore the compositions of Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) and his Christian counterpart Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Both employed at the Court in Mantua, Monteverdi and Rossi came from different backgrounds, but they shared a common musical language. Excerpts from Rossi’s Hashirim Asher Li-Sh’lomo and Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale demonstrate that our common shared artistic heritage is greater that our cultural divisions. Sixteen of the Desert Chorale’s Early Music specialists will be joined by period instrumentalists: Maxine Thévenot, Organ; Stephen Redfield, Violin; Lorenzo Colitto, Violin; and Katie Redman, Cello.

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 26, 2020

4:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Roaring 20s"

Santa Fe, NMWith this program, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale looks back 100 years and compares works by classical and popular composers of the 1920s. Representing the classical genre, Lili Boulanger’s Hymne au Soleil, Claude Debussy’s Salut Printemps, Francis Poulenc’s “Lenten Motets,” and movements from Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir contrast with American Songbook arrangements by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern. Popular Los Alamos native Nathan Salazar will be the collaborative pianist.

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 28, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Jew and the Gentile: Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi"

Explore the compositions of Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) and his Christian counterpart Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Both employed at the Court in Mantua, Monteverdi and Rossi came from different backgrounds, but they shared a common musical language. Excerpts from Rossi’s Hashirim Asher Li-Sh’lomo and Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale demonstrate that our common shared artistic heritage is greater that our cultural divisions. Sixteen of the Desert Chorale’s Early Music specialists will be joined by period instrumentalists: Maxine Thévenot, Organ; Stephen Redfield, Violin; Lorenzo Colitto, Violin; and Katie Redman, Cello.

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 30, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "East Meets West"

Contrasting musical styles by composers representing China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines are featured on this multi-cultural program. The Santa Fe Desert Chorale will premiere a commissioned work for mixed chorus and tabla by its first female Composer-in-Residence in over a decade, Indian-American musician Reena Esmail – a program highlight!

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 31, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Jew and the Gentile: Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi"

Explore the compositions of Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) and his Christian counterpart Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Both employed at the Court in Mantua, Monteverdi and Rossi came from different backgrounds, but they shared a common musical language. Excerpts from Rossi’s Hashirim Asher Li-Sh’lomo and Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale demonstrate that our common shared artistic heritage is greater that our cultural divisions. Sixteen of the Desert Chorale’s Early Music specialists will be joined by period instrumentalists: Maxine Thévenot, Organ; Stephen Redfield, Violin; Lorenzo Colitto, Violin; and Katie Redman, Cello.

Santa Fe, NM

Aug 01, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Roaring 20s"

Santa Fe, NMWith this program, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale looks back 100 years and compares works by classical and popular composers of the 1920s. Representing the classical genre, Lili Boulanger’s Hymne au Soleil, Claude Debussy’s Salut Printemps, Francis Poulenc’s “Lenten Motets,” and movements from Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir contrast with American Songbook arrangements by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern. Popular Los Alamos native Nathan Salazar will be the collaborative pianist.

Santa Fe, NM

Aug 02, 2020

4:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "East Meets West"

Contrasting musical styles by composers representing China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines are featured on this multi-cultural program. The Santa Fe Desert Chorale will premiere a commissioned work for mixed chorus and tabla by its first female Composer-in-Residence in over a decade, Indian-American musician Reena Esmail – a program highlight!

Santa Fe, NM

Aug 04, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Roaring 20s"

Santa Fe, NMWith this program, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale looks back 100 years and compares works by classical and popular composers of the 1920s. Representing the classical genre, Lili Boulanger’s Hymne au Soleil, Claude Debussy’s Salut Printemps, Francis Poulenc’s “Lenten Motets,” and movements from Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir contrast with American Songbook arrangements by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern. Popular Los Alamos native Nathan Salazar will be the collaborative pianist.

Santa Fe, NM

Aug 05, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "East Meets West"

Contrasting musical styles by composers representing China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines are featured on this multi-cultural program. The Santa Fe Desert Chorale will premiere a commissioned work for mixed chorus and tabla by its first female Composer-in-Residence in over a decade, Indian-American musician Reena Esmail – a program highlight!

Santa Fe, NM

Aug 06, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Jew and the Gentile: Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi"

Explore the compositions of Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) and his Christian counterpart Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Both employed at the Court in Mantua, Monteverdi and Rossi came from different backgrounds, but they shared a common musical language. Excerpts from Rossi’s Hashirim Asher Li-Sh’lomo and Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale demonstrate that our common shared artistic heritage is greater that our cultural divisions. Sixteen of the Desert Chorale’s Early Music specialists will be joined by period instrumentalists: Maxine Thévenot, Organ; Stephen Redfield, Violin; Lorenzo Colitto, Violin; and Katie Redman, Cello.

Santa Fe, NM

Aug 07, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Roaring 20s"

Santa Fe, NMWith this program, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale looks back 100 years and compares works by classical and popular composers of the 1920s. Representing the classical genre, Lili Boulanger’s Hymne au Soleil, Claude Debussy’s Salut Printemps, Francis Poulenc’s “Lenten Motets,” and movements from Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir contrast with American Songbook arrangements by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern. Popular Los Alamos native Nathan Salazar will be the collaborative pianist.

Santa Fe, NM

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2019 PERFORMANCES

Conspirare - "The Hope of Loving" - Concerts and Album Recording

January 2019

The beautiful, socially conscious choral works of Jake Runestad take center stage for this January concert series and Conspirare’s next recording. 

Capital University Symphonic Winds Collaboration

February 2019

Featuring Nelson’s Aspen Jubilee and Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon.

Variant 6 - "Fall and Decline"

February 2019

Variant 6 presents the world premiere of Greg Brown's "Fall and Decline," a new work for voices and electronics. The work contemplates the inevitable decline of all things natural and manmade.

Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra - "Brahms and Bernstein"

March 2019

Bernstein "Chichester Psalms" and Brahms’ "Symphony No. 4" 

Conspirare - "March Moderns"

March 2019

Vanguard: Launch your March Moderns journey with "Vanguard," showcasing extraordinary works for voices by three of today’s boldest compositional voices: Caroline Shaw, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Andrea Clearfield.

Songs for Muska: Join us for the world premiere of Jocelyn Hagen's"Songs for Muska." Hagen’s musical textures and colors sing in these settings of poems by young Afghani women.

Canticle: Kile Smith’s ethereal new work, a setting of St. John of the Cross’ Spiritual "Canticle" for voices, three cellos, and vibraphone, will surround listeners in a sensual sound bath to close the festival.

Skylark - "Masterpiece"

April 2019

Over the centuries, art has inspired music, and music has inspired art. In this innovative multi-faceted program, we will offer musical reflections and reactions to the visual arts from the ancient to the modern. 

Baldwin-Wallace University - "Bach Festival"

April 2019

Four of J. S. Bach's motets will be sung by an ensemble of 16 voices in an intimate setting, fused together with cello suites performed by Apollo's Fire cellist Rene Schiffer. 

Vocal masterclass with Alissa Ruth Suver.

The BW Motet Choir is joined by professional soloists and orchestra in a program featuring Bach’s most beloved cantata contrasting with the rarely heard Ich lasse dich.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Illuminating the Dome"

April 2019

This program is devoted to Orthodox a cappella repertoire from the 17th century through a reprise of Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s 2015 commission "Aflame" by Ivan Moody.

Chattanooga Bach Choir - "Mass in B minor"

May 2019

Skylark - "Remembrance"

May 2019

In honor of our veterans, and in remembrance of the many wars fought across the centuries, Skylark offers a war remembrance program.

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time" - Concerts and Album Recording

June 2019

We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "In the Court of the Sun King"

July / August 2019

The splendor of the Reign of the Sun King, France’s Louis XIV, shimmers throughout this program as the early music specialists in the Santa Fe Desert Chorale shine a light on the French Baroque. Favored at the Palace of Versailles, François Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres is a central work on a program which also features compositions by contemporaries Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Long-Enduring Pensive Moons"

July / August 2019

In 2019 we celebrate the bicentenary of Walt Whitman, whose verse is at the heart of the American experience. In response to Whitman, composer Paul John Rudoi sets Francisco X. Alarcón’s poem “Canto” in a world premiere for the Desert Chorale. Also included is music on poetry of Emily Dickinson and e.e. cummings, as well as William Averitt’s Afro-American Fragments on words of Langston Hughes.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival -"Luminosity: The Nature of Celestial Light"

July / August 2019

James Whitbourn’s 25-minute work Luminosity gives title to the final program in the 2019 Summer Festival. “The word ‘luminosity’ describes the nature of celestial light, and the music of composer James Whitbourn is a celebration of that light — peaceful, radiant, and clear.” (NPR’s All Things Considered)

Mendelssohn’s Ave Maria, Op. 23 and J.S. Bach’s motet Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 are followed by the “Santiago” movement from Joby Talbot’s pilgrimage composition Path of Miracles(with movement directed by Nicola Bowie), which completes the journey.

Southern Virginia University - "The Hope of Loving"

October 2019

Skylark - "Rachmaninoff Vespers"

October 2019

An apocryphal story recounts that when conductor Nikolai Danilin first heard Sergei Rachmaninoff play the score for his All-Night Vigil (‘Vespers’), Danilin said “Where am I to get such basses? They are as rare as Asparagus at Christmas!" In the fall of 2019, three giants of the choral world will join Skylark to present the greatest masterwork of a cappella music as it has never been heard before: a performance of the finest professional vocalists in the United States anchored by three world-renowned basses joining forces for the first time ever. 

Skylark - "Bach and Forth"

November 2019

Join Cape Symphony Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak and Skylark Artistic Director Matthew Guard for a stirring celebration of the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and his influence on music over the last 400 years. The GRAMMY®-nominated artists of Skylark will join instrumentalists of the Cape Symphony to present a mesmerizing mix of Bach’s most famous concertos, chorales, and cantatas, as well as to explore several stunning modern re-interpretations of Bach’s works (including performances by Skylark of arrangements by Ward Swingle, founder of the Swingle Singers). You are sure to be entertained, moved, and exhilarated by this “back and forth” between two premier musical organizations.

Capital University Symphonic Winds Collaboration - "Still I Rise"

November 2019

Bourbon Baroque - "Messiah"

November 2019

Bourbon Baroque presents its seventh annual Thanksgiving weekend performances of Handel's celebrated oratorio, "Messiah."

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Winter Festival - "Sacred Fire: The Celtic Tradition"

December 2019

In the darkness of mid-winter, when the sun seems to stand still, we warm the hearth with traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and other Celtic lands. Celebrate the solstice with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale at concerts throughout New Mexico.

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2018 PERFORMANCES

Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati - Kile Smith's "Canticle"

January 2018

“The breathing of the air, the song of the sweet nightingale, the grove and its beauty in the serene night, with a flame that is consuming and painless.”

Returning by popular demand! VAE presents the intimate and sensuous "Canticle" by Kile Smith. “Following the tradition of the biblical Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs), St. John personifies, with symbolic and beautiful imagery, the journey of the soul, through the travails of the world, to union with her bridegroom.”

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - ACDA Chicago and ACDA Los Angeles

February / March 2018

The American Voices concert repertoire spans three centuries: from Shaker music of the 1800s to works by leading 21st century composers including Sydney Guillaume, Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus,and including a world premiere of Reflections by Jake Runestad, set to journal writings by Henry David Thoreau.

Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas - "Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden"

March 2018

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is one of the crown jewels of Baroque sacred music, and Bach appreciated it enough to make his own arrangement with changes to help make the piece more suitable for his Lutheran congregation. The result is Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünde, BWV 1083, a cantata-like work for two soloists and strings. 

Lancaster Chorale - "The Seven Stars"

April 2018

Including the music of Jonathan Dove

Skylark Ensemble - "Lieder and Lovesongs"

May 2018

A charming program that pairs melodies from romantic masters Brahms, Schubert, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns with American songwriters Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin.

Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas - "Oxford Enlightenment Festival"

June 2018

An hour of chamber music by Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel, including "Susse stille, sanfte quelle" from Neun Deutsche Arien, HWV 205 (Handel) and selections from "7 Arie con Tromba Sola" (Scarlatti). Featuring musicians from the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and the Cincinnati Symphony in collaboration with Miami University.

Skylark Ensemble - "An Evening with Skylark"

July 2018

Get to know the members of Skylark and preview our exciting upcoming season.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Bernstein, Bolcom, and Barber: Twentieth Century American Masters"

July / August 2018

Conducted by Craig Jessop, Guest Conductor

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the 80th birthday of William Bolcom, and the music of Samuel Barber.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Sure on this Shining Night"

July / August 2018

Music that evokes the beauty of the natural world.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The New World: Journey from the Inca Trail"

July / August 2018

Latin American Baroque repertoire from the 1600 and 1700s performed in collaboration with Caminos del Inka instrumentalists and enhanced with multi-media images from the Caminos del Inka archive.

The Crossing - "Of Arms and the Man"

September 2018

"Can heav’nly minds such resentment show, Or exercise their spite in human woe?"

The Crossing - "The National Anthems"

September 2018

"Where does patriotism end and nationalism begin?"

Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas - "In Concert at the Sorg"

October 2018

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas presents a concert of Baroque gems at the historic Sorg Opera House, including Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, BWV 51 (Bach), selections from Neun Deutsches Arien (Handel), and more.

True Concord - "Northern Lights"

October 2018

Choral Music of Scandinavia and the Baltics
with Dale Warland, guest conductor

Skylark Ensemble - "Saga"

October 2018

Skylark once again welcomes storyteller Sarah Walker to help open our season with a dramatic evening of music and tales from Norse Mythology and the land of the Vikings.

Capital University Symphonic Winds

November 2018

Featuring Nelson’s Aspen Jubilee and Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Winter Festival - "Celebremos El Niño"

December 2018

Join the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for this annual celebration of carols and lullabies from around the world.

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2017 PERFORMANCES

 

Santa Fe Desert Chorale on Tour: "American Voices," and Recording Session: "The Road Home"

October 2017

The American Voices concert repertoire spans three centuries: from Shaker music of the 1800s to works by leading 21st century composers including Sydney Guillaume, Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus,and including a world premiere of Reflections by Jake Runestad, set to journal writings by Henry David Thoreau. The recording, entitled "The Road Home," is the Desert Chorale's first commercial recording, and will be available in February 2018.

Lancaster Chorale and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra - Mozart's "Requiem"

November 2017

ProMusica, Lancaster Chorale, and guest vocalists present Mozart’s powerful and final masterpiece, his "Requiem." Soprano Kathrin Danzmayr sings Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs to complete this program of musical intimacy, intensity, and imagination.

Fior Angelico - "Spanish Songs for Lamentation and Rejoicing"

November 2017

Fior Angelico presents their 2017 program with works by Francisco Guerrero, Alonso Lobo, and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Featured works on the program include Victoria's Lamentations of Jeremiah for Good Friday and Lobo's complete Missa Maria Magdalene.

Lancaster Chorale - "In Dulci Jubilo"

November 2017

The Lancaster Chorale presents their annual Christmas concert.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Winter Festival: "Home for the Holidays"

December 2017

Throughout its 35-year history, the all-professional Santa Fe Desert Chorale has programmed works by Hispanic and American composers. The 2017 winter festival “Home for the Holidays” continues that tradition, presenting carols and lullabies from North and South America led by Music Director, Joshua Habermann. Included in the concert repertoire is Oregon native, Bryan Johanson’s O Magnum Mysterium. Santa Fean Debra Ayers joins as the collaborative pianist.

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