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FALL 2019 - "A Choral Harvest"
Concert: Sunday, November 17, 3PM
Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College

Rehearsals begin August 27
Tuesdays, 7:15 - 9:15
Westminster Church of the Brethren
Bond & Chase Streets, Westminster, MD
"I take great joy in bringing an interdisciplinary approach to choral singing, along with a practical and methodical approach that aims for suppleness of musical line, as well as rhythmic and intonational polish."
- Michael Holmes

Dear lover of choral singing...

It is my pleasure and honor to welcome you and your voice in the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County, now in its 42nd year. As your newly chosen artistic director, I am completely excited to lead this ensemble in its next path in the journey!

You may have noticed that I possess primarily an instrumental background, though I also have sung all my life, and have conducted and recorded with dozens of professional and volunteer choirs in the USA and in Europe for many years. I take great joy in bringing an interdisciplinary approach to choral singing, along with a practical and methodical approach that aims for suppleness of musical line, as well as rhythmic and intonational polish.

This year, we have some great music in store, and based on the results of the choir survey that so many of you filled out (thank you!), I’ve decided that we will explore some classics along with some contemporary gems.

For our Fall concert in November, we will present a program entitled A Choral Harvest in observance of the season. Works will include “The Promise of Living” by Aaron Copland, the opening chorus from J.S. Bach’s Cantata “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir” BWV 29, and the motet “Nun danket alle Gott” by Johann Pachelbel. Also on that program are two movements from Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana” and my own choral arrangement of “My Journey Yours” by Atlanta-based composer Elise Witt. The latter has been recorded by both the vocal ensemble Cantus and more recently by the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley live at the American Choral Director’s Association conference in Kansas City. You can hear all of these works on YouTube, if you happen to be curious and eager!

In the Spring, I have plans for us to perform “Ein Deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms, one of the most celebrated and transcendental choral masterworks in the entire repertoire. We will perform this with a live orchestra!

It will be my pleasure to take the helm after my esteemed colleague Margie’s retirement! She and I spent a good amount of time working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

So, we have lots of fun music-making in store for us! Register using one of the links below, and come join me for our first rehearsal on Tuesday, August 27.

Let’s sing on!

Michael Holmes
Artistic Director
Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County

Online Registration (Register & Pay online)
Paper Registration Form (Print & Mail w/check)

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