Concert with Tapiola Chamber Choir – June 20, 2015
Novi Cantori and the renowned Tapiola Chamber Choir of Finland performed a historic joint concert to a capacity audience at the The Church of the Atonement (36 Court Street, Westfield) last June, as part of the Tapiola Choir’s first-ever United States tour.
The possibility of Novi Cantori performing with the Tapiola Chamber Choir first emerged in January, when Voth and the Tapiola tour manager discussed a visit to MA as part of their East Coast tour. “The opportunity to bring together choirs from opposite sides of the world is rare and incredibly inspiring,” says Voth. “We were thrilled to culminate our 2014-15 season with this one-of-a-kind event, and to present it in Westfield, a community that has long shown enthusiastic support for Novi Cantori.”
The program included highlights from Novi Cantori‘s spring program, Visions of Peace, followed by Tapiola’s presentation of music of Sibelius, Mäntyjärvi and other Finnish composers, under the direction of Hannu Norjanen. Together the choirs performed Bruckner’s “Os Justi Meditabitur” at the close.
Composers’ Masterclass – March 28, 2015
Four composers – two undergraduates and two professionals – were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to participate in a special composition masterclass hosted by Novi Cantori.
“This masterclass was an outgrowth of the success of our Call for Scores in our 2013-14 season,” says Artistic Director Ellen Gilson Voth. “It gave us the opportunity to have composers and singers present together and share input on a piece-in-progress, which is rare and incredibly beneficial. We’re delighted by the enthusiastic response.”
The participants selected for the masterclass were composers Izzy Chen, student at Smith College; Joshua Loell, student at Westfield State University; Kean Southard of Bennington, VT, and Steve Murray of Richmond, MA. The special event was held on Sat., March 28, 2015 from 10 am-noon at the Second Congregational Church in Westfield.
News from our 35th Anniversary Season Call for Scores:
Novi Cantori was pleased to receive music from 35 composers representing sixteen states and six countries outside the U.S. – all pieces worthy of consideration. In the spring of 2014 the review panel announced the winner, Julian Mörth, from Mainz, Germany, for his setting of “Jubilate Deo.” An honorable mention was awarded to Sarah Jaysmith (Vancouver, British Columbia) for her setting of “The First Spring Day” (text by Christina Rossetti).