Digital Series: University Chorale: The Ocean Between Us

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 4:00pm
  • Chorale

Students and faculty of the School of Music performance studios present music from across the ages in this digital-only concert series, special for Spring 2020. 

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The Ocean Between Us, 
I. The Prow
II. There Is No Sea
III. So Much to Seek

Music by Matthew Lyon Hazzard (b. 1989)
Text by Jonathan Talberg
University Chorale
Giselle Wyers, conductor

Jandrea Grobbelaar, violin
Andrew Spicciati, violin
Katie Tschida, viola
John Rice, cello

So much to sing and to dance
So much to gather and reap
So much to sow and to row
With only three score and ten
We should explore while we can
Seven seas.
Seven stars.
Seven continents.

This performance was recorded on March 5, 2020 at Meany Center for the Performing Arts. 

Director Bio 

Giselle Wyers is the Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professor of Choral Music at the University of Washington, where she conducts the award-winning University Chorale and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and music education. University Chorale’s latest CD, Resonant Streams (on the MSR Music Recordings label) was reviewed by Gramophone magazine last spring. Her semi-professional chorus, Solaris Vocal Ensemble, specializes in the performance of contemporary American choral literature. Their premiere album Floodsongs won the The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, in the professional ensemble division for 2017-18.

As a guest conductor, Wyers has led high school honor choirs and all-state choruses in New York (Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center), Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Connecticut, Nebraska, Texas, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Vancouver, Canada. She has conducted semi-professional ensembles across the United States and in Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Sweden. She will direct All-State choirs in Nevada, Wisconsin and Kansas in 2020.

Wyers is a leading national figure in the application of Laban movement theory for conductors. She has served as guest lecturer in conducting at Sweden’s Örebro Universitet, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Westminster Choir College, University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Portland State University.

Wyers’ choral works are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company as part of the "Giselle Wyers Choral Series," and have been performed across the United States, Canada, Australia, Cuba, and numerous European cities. Her latest premiere was a 30 minute choral cycle entitled And All Shall Be Well, commissioned by the Vashon Island Chorale. In 2020, four new choral works will premiere across the United States. She is also committed to mentoring scholar-writers in the field, and serves on the editorial board of ACDAs Choral Journal.

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