BYU Singers Fall Retreat 2015
On September 18-19, 2015, we met for our annual Fall Retreat with our new group of singers. We have greatly enjoyed learning from our new conductor, Dr. Andrew Crane. Dr. Crane always brings a good spirit to rehearsal. He is cheerful, hard-working, and incredibly knowledgeable about good vocal production and choral technique. We are becoming better singers and a better choir under his direction.
We met on Friday, September 18 for a delicious dinner catered by Rumbi Island Grill. After dinner, we rehearsed a few pieces from our repertoire, “Gaude et laetare,” “Spirits,” and “Certn’ly, Lord.” “Gaude et Laetare” is a Renaissance spiritual about rejoicing and praising Christ. “Spirits” is an original composition by Ryan Murphy that is set to a poem by the same name, written by Robert Seymour Bridges. “Certn’ly, Lord” is a rousing African-American spiritual featuring tenor and baritone soloists and a rocking piano accompaniment. Following our rehearsal we played get-to-know-you games and had sectional rehearsals with Dr. Crane. We enjoyed getting to know each other better and improving our sound as a choir.
On Saturday, we met at “The Barn” in Mapleton, UT for a pancake breakfast, generously provided by the Thueson family, who are BYU Singers alums. The Barn is located in a beautiful part of Utah Valley, right next to a pond with a clear view of the mountains. We spent a great deal of the morning rehearsing our repertoire in preparation for our first concert on September 25. At the end of the retreat, we went up to the loft in the Barn and performed “Spirits.” We love this song and the beautiful message that it contains. This was a great way to finish out a wonderful weekend of music-making and choir bonding. Here are some pictures from our Fall 2015 retreat:
About the BYU Singers
The Brigham Young University Singers is an exciting choir with impressive voices and a wide range of styles. Now conducted by Dr. Andrew Crane, the group performs pieces from nearly every musical genre as well as many original works written or arranged for the choir. Known as “one of the country’s finest choirs,” BYU Singers celebrated their 30th anniversary this past year with a gala reunion concert in March 2015. The choir also had a very successful tour to China in May 2015.
BYU Singers have performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Sydney Opera House and Town Hall, the Kapella in St. Petersburg, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. They have traveled throughout the United States and to 27 countries including Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England, Egypt, Australia, Ghana, Ireland and China. The choir was the United States representative at the Fourth World Choral Symposium in 1996, performed at the inaugural conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in 2006, and participated in the 2009 Cork International Choral Festival. BYU Singers have performed numerous times at both National and Regional Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association since 1985.
The choir consists of 45 students pursuing a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in such areas as physical science, law, accounting, social science, visual arts, and music. The group originates in the School of Music of the College of Fine Arts & Communications at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. BYU is one of the nation’s largest private universities with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students from all parts of the United States and 120 foreign countries.
Andrew Crane, conductor
Andrew Crane was named Associate Professor of Choral Conducting and conductor of the Brigham Young University Singers in 2015. Previous to this appointment, he served for four years as Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, and six years in the same position at California State University, San Bernardino. He is also the former choral director at Provo High School.
Choirs under his direction have appeared by invitation at multiple conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education; and have won top prizes in international competitions. In 2015, he led the East Carolina University Chamber Singers to a first place finish in the 13th Maribor (Slovenia) International Choral Competition Gallus, the only American choir to win in the history of the contest.
Additionally, Dr. Crane enjoys a career as a professional solo and ensemble tenor, having appeared with such groups as the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Yale Choral Artists, Vox Humana, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Master Chorale, Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, and others.
Dr. Crane is active as a conductor of honor choirs, clinician, guest lecturer, and accompanist. Additionally, he serves as editor of the Andrew Crane Choral Series through Walton Music. His degrees include the BM in Music Education and MM in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. Dr. Crane resides in Utah County with his wife Casandria, also a BYU alumna, and their four children.
Fall concert: Tuesday, November 17
“Journey to Light” with BYU Singers & Concert Choir
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