Sounds Choral

Sundays at 2 pm
  • Local Anchor Hosted by Gabriel Crouch, James Jordan, Amanda Quist, Deborah Simpkin KIng and Ryan Brandau

A weekly exploration into the colorful world of choral music.

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Host James Jordan welcomes conductor Gary Graden back on Sunday (12/16), as they discuss Graden's new release of a recording of Handel's Messiah with the St. Jacob Chamber Choir and ensemble REBaroque. Hear this new episode Sunday at 2 pm.

James Jordan, professor at Westminster Choir College and director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/9 at 2 pm) in a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of choral conductor and educator Eric Ericson. Jordan welcomes conductor Gary Graden, a student of Ericson, as they discuss Ericson's legacy and present selections from Ericson's recordings with the Stockholm Chamber Choir.

Deborah Simpkin King, Founder and Artistic Director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, hosts this week's Sounds Choral (11/25 at 2 pm). This week she explores the ways various cultures, genres and musical styles are coming together in choral music and performance.

Host Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, explores Robert Shaw's recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, including material and commentary from Shaw's notes and letters. Sounds Choral can be heard Sunday (11/18) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/11 at 2 pm) features selections from  Songs of the Questioner, the new CD from The Same Stream Choir, conducted by James Jordan, who is also this week's program host.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/4 at 2 pm) is hosted by Amanda Quist, chair of conducting, organ and sacred music at Westminster Choir College and will focus on the music of Palestrina and JS Bach, featuring Palestrina's Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas and Bach's Cantata BWV 45.

Host Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, presents some rarely heard choral works by Johannes Brahms this Sunday (10/28) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm. The musical selections will include Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, Nanie and Schicksalslied.

Schola Cantorum on Hudson founder and Artistic Director Deborah Simpkin hosts this week's Sounds Choral (Sunday 10/21 at 2 pm), featuring selections of music remembering and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistace.

Sounds Choral host Gabriel Crouch, Director of Choral Activities at Princeton University, welcomes Westminster Choir College's Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Joe Miller, as his guest to sample from Miller's new recording on the Westminster Choir College label of Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir with the Westminster Choir.

Westminster Choir College professor James Jordan is joined by music scholar, organist, choirmaster, conductor and composer Edward Higginbottom on Sounds Choral (9/30 at 2 pm) in a program devoted to the choral music of Francois Couperin. 

Sounds Choral welcomes Deborah Simpkin King to its rotating roster of hosts this Sunday (9/23 at 2 pm). In this episode, she explores the myth that holds that all choral music is religious music.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (9/16) presents Rossini's Petite messe solennelle. Join host Gabriel Crouch, Director of Choral Activities at Princeton University, at 2 pm.

Host Gabriel Crouch surveys the rich, often unknown world of Russian sacred choral music this Sunday (6/24) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm. Enjoy a variety of works that are familiar, forgotten and rarely heard.

Join host Amanda Quist, Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College, as she surveys some of the many choral works based on poem settings. Enjoy this program Sunday (6/17) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (6/10 at 2 pm) features settings of Walt Whitman's Drum Taps. Host Ryan Brandau presents Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem and works by Jeffrey Van.

Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau presents excerpts from Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt this Sunday at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/13 at 2 pm) highlights The Princeton Singers, a professional chamber choir celebrating its 35th anniversary, including an interview with Artistic Director Steven Sametz.  Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, hosts this week's program. 

Host James Jordan presents the premiere of Peter Relph’s Requiem this Sunday (5/6 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral, performed by Westminster Williamson Voices. This program will also feature two motets sung by Same Stream Choir from their upcoming CD release.

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (4/29 at 2 pm), enjoy a discussion between host James Jordan, Westminster Choir College professor and Director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, and American composer Jackson Hill on his Japanese Songs. The program includes performances by Chanticleer, Westminster Williamson Voices and The King's Singers. 

Gabriel Crouch and Ryan Brandau co-host this week's Sounds Choral (4/22), sharing different recordings of Britten's War Requiem. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm.

Join host Ryan Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica, as he presents Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. Tune in at 2 pm.

Join Amanda Quist, associate professor of conducting and chair of conducting, organ and sacred music at Westminster Choir College, as she hosts this week's Sounds Choral Sunday at 2 pm, sampling some symphonic psalms and prayers from a new release by the ensemble Tenebrae.

Ryan James Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica and adjunct assistant professor at Westminster Choir College, shares some of his favorite Easter motets and anthems this Sunday (4/1) on Sounds Choral. Tune in at 2 pm to hear Easter music from the Renaissance era and 19th and 20th centuries, plus Baroque works by Bach and Handel.

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (3/25), Amanda Quist, associate professor and chair of the Conducting, Organ and Sacred Music department at Westminster Choir College, surveys Mozart's Requiem. Tune in at 2 pm.

Host Gabriel Crouch presents some of the choral treasures of 17th century Italy by Carlo Gesualdo on Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/18) at 2 pm.

James Jordan, Westminster Choir College Professor and director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, continues his survey of the new CD "Silence into Light," recorded by Westminster Williamson Voices, this Sunday (3/11 at 2 pm) with a focus on Arvo Part's Kanon Pokajanen.

This Sunday (3/4) on Sounds Choral, join host James Jordan, Westminster professor and director of the Westminster Choral Institute, as he features selections from the latest release by the Westminster Williamson Voices, Silence into Light. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm. 

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (2/25), host Ryan Brandau surveys recordings of Monteverdi's Vespers 1610.  Tune in at 2 pm.

Your host for Sounds Choral Sunday (2/18), Ryan Brandau, will present Hubert Parry's Songs of Farewell, in tribute to the 100th centennial of Parry's death. Tune in at 2 pm.

Brandau is Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Music and and adjunct assistant professor at Westminster Choir College.

Join host James Jordan, Westminster Choir College professor and director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, this Sunday (2/11) on Sounds Choral for an interview with composer James Whitbourn about his work Annelies, based on the diary of Anne Frank.

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