Singing Baroque Choral Music

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Presenter: Chris Shepard

There is a wealth of Baroque choral music that is wonderful for a wide range of choirs, from children to adult.  It is also the perfect repertoire to introduce singers to the concept of performance practice, particularly in regard to vocal technique and articulation.  In this session, we will explore a number of movements by Bach, Handel and others that are appropriate for a variety of age levels.  Professional singers from CONCORA (CT Choral Artists) will demonstrate different concepts of Baroque performance practice, and participants will sing through several pieces.

Chris Shepard is in his third year as CONCORA’s Artistic Director; he is also Music Director of the Worcester Chorus and the Masterwork Chorus of Morristown, New Jersey. With these choirs and the Dessoff Choir (which he led from 2010 to 2016), Chris has performed a wide range of repertoire, collaborating with a number of major orchestras in venues that include Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015, conducting the Masterwork Chorus in their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.

A conductor with a particular affinity for the choral music of J.S. Bach, Chris founded the Sydneian Bach Choir in Sydney, Australia, an ensemble that has performed all of Bach’s choral cantatas and major choral works.  He has taught at the Taft School, Sydney Grammar School and Holy Cross College.  Also a pianist and keyboard continuist, Chris holds degrees from the Hartt School, Yale and the University of Sydney.  His PhD dissertation won the American Choral Directors Association’s 2012 Julius Herford Prize for outstanding doctoral thesis in choral music.



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