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  Concord Singers and Guest Artists at the conclusion of An American Te Deum
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Program
Featured the work of American choral masters Z. Randall Stroope and Eleanor Daly, including the New Jersey premiere of Stroope's An American Te Deum.

  • Beyond Winter, Keith Christopher

  • Music Down in My Soul, African-American Spiritual, arranged by Moses Hogan

  • The Virgin Mary had  Baby Boy, Traditional Trinidad Carol, arranged by Stephen Hatfield

  • The Angelic Greeting, Johannes Brahms, arranged by E. Harold Greer

  • Softly Little Child, Daniel E. Gawthorp, commissioned for a consortium of women's choirs

  • The Angels Will Guide You Home, Eleanor Daley

  • An American Te Deum, Z. Randall Stroope, commissioned for the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus. New Jersey premiere. With violin, cello and percussion.

  • Magnificat, Z. Randall Stroope

  • Ma Navu, J. Spivak, arranged by Barbara Wolfman

  • A Psalm of Praise, Eleanor Daley

  • What Sweeter Music, Eleanor Daley

  • Sunny Bank, Eleanor Daley. With flute and glockenspiel.

  • The Animals Carol, Felicity M. Williams

  • The Twelve Days of Christmas, Traditional English Carol, arranged by Peter Harvey

 
 

Guest Artists : Our  instrumentalists are students at New Providence High School

  • Alden Fan, senior - percussion
  • Tim Leonard, junior - cello
  • Jolie Chan, sophomore - violin
  Featured Composers

Z. Randall Stroope is the Director of Choral Studies at Rowan University. He is also Artistic Director and Conductor of summer music festivals in Europe, and frequently conducts in concert halls across the United States. He has directed 22 all-state choirs, and conducted a host of choral/orchestral works with collegiate choirs and professional orchestras.

In the last three years, he has led choral tours to China and eastern Europe, conducted at the American School in Singapore, the Vancouver Symphony in a concert titled “A Night at the Opera,” concerts in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, as part of those cities’ 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, conducted a one-week tour of Lithuania with Polifonia (professional chamber choir), performed at Carnegie Hall, Washington National Cathedral, conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and directed music festivals in 17 states.

Prior to his appointment at Rowan University, Dr. Stroope was Director of Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska, where he awarded “Distinguished Professor” for six consecutive years from 1999-2005, the only such honor ever given to a member of the College of Fine Arts at the University.

Dr. Stroope studied composition with Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of Nadia Boulanger (who was a student of Gabriel Faure'). Stroope has published 80 musical works and recorded 13 compact discs.

 

Eleanor Daley holds diplomas in piano and organ from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and Trinity College, England. She has been the Director of Music at Fairlawn Heights United Church in Toronto, Ontario since 1982.

A prolific composer, Eleanor has a remarkable gift for melody.  Her works are most notable for their sensitive interweaving of text and music. She has well over eighty published choral compositions and is commissioned extensively throughout North America. Included in her unpublished choral works are dozens of anthems, nine Missae Breves, three pageants, and hundreds of descants, introits, and psalm settings.  Her compositions have been widely performed, recorded, and aired throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, South Africa, and the Far East.

Two of her works received the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors National Choral Award for Outstanding Choral Composition of the Year. She was invited to be the first Composer-in-Residence at the 2005 international Festival 500 in St. Johns, Newfoundland.