Last January, I led 30 music students on a trip to South Africa to study and perform black South African choral music. We relied on local choristers to help us understand not only this music’s unique textures, but also its unifying power.
Author: Kristina G. Boerger
Kristina G. Boerger is a vocal ensembles director, a chamber soprano, and the Schwartz Professor of Choral Conducting and Leadership at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. For full academic and professional biodata, discography, performance appearances, and more, please visit: www.kristinaboerger.com.
Vince Peterson is a musical hero of mine. Fans of Chanticleer will have grooved to his jaw-dropping a cappella arrangement of Freddie Mercury’s “Somebody to Love,” but Peterson is also the founding director of New York City’s Choral Chameleon, a program whose goal is to expand both the imagination and the materials for choral singing.
I’m falling in love with the artistry of singer/songwriter Rhiannon Giddens. She’s been making excellent music for a long time on a variety of projects, but it’s only now, when her individual star is on the ascent, that her work has reached my own soundscape and palpably reshaped it.