News and Notices
A group of Benedictine nuns who live in complete seclusion in the South of France are set to become divas of pop after signing a deal with Universal Music, the leading record company behind Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse.
After a worldwide search for the finest exponents of the art of the Gregorian chant, the Nuns of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de L’Annonciation have signed a deal with Universal’s Decca Records label. The enclosed order still communicates with outsiders through a grille to avoid intrusion into a life of religious devotion. As a result, the nuns in the abbey will have to photograph their own album cover, as well as provide the footage for their television advertisements.
Everyone who comes in contact with an ensemble and its musical leadership benefits from the teaching and learning the conductor directs. As we witness more school music programs in peril, as the study of (and the knowledge of) music becomes more of an afterthought, the conductor assumes a greater role than ever before in bringing the value of this great art to the attention of American society.
This year, The American Prize is pleased to recognize seven conductors, (four in choral music) whose work on the podium is an exemplar of the conductor’s vital role in music education. Winning Citations for Excellence in Music Education in The American Prize in Conducting, 2010 (choral division) are:
Christine Noel—Rhode Island Children’s Chorus Chamber Choir, Harrisville, RI (youth chorus division)
Kathleen McGuire—San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, San Francisco, CA (community chorus division)
Jeremy Faust—International Orange Chorale, San Francisco, CA (community chorus division)
James Reddan—Re-choired Element Chamber Choir, Albany, OR (college/university chorus division)
Eric Nelson: B.M.-Houghton College, M.M.-Westminster Choir College, D.M.-Indiana University. Currently Director of Graduate and Choral Studies at Emory University, Minister of Music at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church and Artistic Director of Atlanta Sacred Chorale. Recent past-president of Georgia ACDA and recipient of Emory’s Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. Emory’s Concert Choir and Atlanta Sacred Chorale have both performed at recent ACDA conventions. Memberships include ACDA, GMEA, AGO, and Chorus America.