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American Choral Music, "Let Me Fly" - Works by Stephen Chatman, Jocelyn Hagen, Jonny Priano, Z. Randall Stroope / David Holdhusen, The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
>Priano, Jonny : Psalm 23, for chorus
>Hagen, Jocelyn : Someplace, for chorus
>Erb, James : Shenandoah, for chorus
>Hogan, Moses : Elijah Rock, spiritual setting for chorus
>Traditional, American : Dixie
>Anonymous : Windham, folk song
>Priano, Jonny : Do Not Fear, for chorus
>DeCormier, Robert : Let Me Fly, for choir
>Chatman, Stephen : In Flanders Fields, for chorus
>Hogan, Moses : My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, for chorus & piano
>Stroope, Randall : I Am Not Yours, for chorus
>Traditional : Abide with Me, hymn
>Jackson, Richard : Look What Dey Doin' to Jesus, for soloists & chorus
>Traditional Spiritual : Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?
>Priano, Jonny : There Is a River, for chorus
>Christiansen, F. Melius : O Day Full of Grace
>Swingle, Ward : Country Dances, invention for vocal ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

LET ME FLY showcases the extraordinary talents of the University of South Dakota Chamber Singers in a compilation of American choral music under the direction of Dr. David Holdhusen. The album, recorded from 2014 to 2016, primarily draws on two mainstays of contemporary American choral repertoire – traditional folk song and spiritual arrangements and new works featuring a lyrical, lush harmonic language. It is the traditional works which form the true heart of the collection. Beloved favorites like Elijah Rock, Shenandoah, Dixie, Windham, and Go, Tell It On The Mountain are given fresh interpretations through expert, inspired arrangements which highlight the strengths of the ensemble and its leader. These interpretations are sure to delight lovers of folk and spiritual material, but they also stretch into new sonic territories and present these cherished tunes in an exhilarating, inspirational manner. Country Dances, a lively medley of folksy tunes arranged by Ward Swingle, contains references to several well-known American folk songs and includes playful vocalizations that conjures memories of the often-entertaining repertoire of collegiate glee clubs. An English setting of Psalm 23 is one of three works by Jonny Priano featured on the album (along with Do Not Fear and There is a River). These selections represent the composer’s highly melodic, traditional aesthetic, as well as the lush harmonic language present in mainstream American choral composition. The deep, personal relationship between the composer and the ensemble is apparent in the passion with which the music is performed. Someplace, by Jocelyn Hagen, expresses a marked pop influence, featuring beatbox throughout. Beyond the clear associations to various styles of pop music, the piece also borrows from certain genres of a cappella vocal music, and has a sophisticated structure, with several sections that change mood, texture, and tempo. I am Not Yours, by Z. Randall Stroope, deliberately establishes and maintains its harmonic language, breaking diatonic boundaries only in its climactic middle section to emphasize its most important moments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall, Vermillion SD (03/2014); Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall, Vermillion SD (03/2015); Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall, Vermillion SD (03/2016).



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Works Details

>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Ensemble: The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1900

>Priano, Jonny : Psalm 23, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hagen, Jocelyn : Someplace, for chorus
  • Performers: Sean Pierce (Voice); Autumn Simunek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Erb, James : Shenandoah, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hogan, Moses : Elijah Rock, spiritual setting for chorus
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, American : Dixie
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous : Windham, folk song
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Priano, Jonny : Do Not Fear, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>DeCormier, Robert : Let Me Fly, for choir
  • Performer: Daniel Bellis (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Chatman, Stephen : In Flanders Fields, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Hogan, Moses : My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, for chorus & piano
  • Performer: Mickey McGrann (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Stroope, Randall : I Am Not Yours, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional : Abide with Me, hymn
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jackson, Richard : Look What Dey Doin' to Jesus, for soloists & chorus
  • Performers: Deshonte Helm (Voice); Hannah Lambertz (Voice); Kirsten Wahl (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional Spiritual : Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Priano, Jonny : There Is a River, for chorus
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Christiansen, F. Melius : O Day Full of Grace
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.

>Swingle, Ward : Country Dances, invention for vocal ensemble
  • Conductor: David Holdhusen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern