Panther Choir Newsletter 1/7/18

Happy New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday break and are ready for the exciting events that will occur for the Panther Choirs in the coming year. We had a wonderful first semester culminating in a busy December performance schedule in which the choirs made over 40 appearances in the community! We look forward to welcoming you back into the choir room on Tuesday. Chorale parents, please be aware that there is a required meeting on Tuesday evening to go over the mandatory information for overnight travel for both the San Antonio and Oklahoma City Performances. Please look over the information below for more details.


If you did not have a change to order a recording of our winter concert and would still like to, please fill out THIS form. If you made an order before the break the videos are in the choir office and will be distributed this week.


Chorale Parent Meeting

Tuesday, January 9 at 7pm

(There will be a brief booster club meeting preceding it at 6:40pm open to all choir parents)

Please reference the Chorale Parent Information page for updates about travel for our Convention performances. If you wish to travel separately and stay in our hotel at a discounted rate you will find information there.

Chorale Clinic with Dr. Z Randall Stroope

Thursday, January 11, 3rd-4th Periods

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Z Randall Stroope from Oklahoma State University to our campus on Thursday to work with Chorale on our music we are preparing for the convention performances.

Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and lecturer. He has had recent conducting engagements at the Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Rome), Hong Kong, Barcelona, Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Salzburger Dom (Austria), St. John (Canada), Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York), and seven performances for Mass at the Vatican. He is also the Artistic Director for two summer music festivals in Europe. Randall’s composition teachers were Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of the famous French teacher/composer, Nadia Boulanger (student of Gabriel Fauré). Principal publishers of his 165 works are Alliance Music Publications (Houston), Walton Music (Chicago) , Santa Barbara Music Press (California), Colla Voce (Indiana), and Oxford University Press (England). His shorter choral works — best known of which are Conversion of Saul, Lamentaciones de Jeremias, Magnificat, We Beheld Once Again the Stars, Go Lovely Rose, The Pasture, Revelation, Homeland, I Am Not Yours, Caritas et Amor, Song to the Moon and Inscription of Hope — have sold over three million copies. His choral cycle — Four Sonnets of Garcilaso (which contains Amor de mi alma) — is based on the poetry of Spanish poet, Garcilaso de la Vega and one of his most performed works. Extended works include Hodie! (This Day) for mixed chorus, brass/organ/percussion, his solo song cycle Love’s Waning Seasons, and American Rhapsody. He has published many instrumental works, including Fanfare (brass/percussion/organ) and Amor de mi alma (wind ensemble). Stroope is particularly drawn to the poetry of Sara Teasdale, George Herbert, Rainer Maria Rilke, James Agee and Robert Frost. He has conducted and produced 49 YouTube recordings of his works, and his works can be heard through social media.

Dr. Stroope is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University where he coordinates the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting program. The OSU Concert Chorale recently recorded his Song to the Moon, Go Lovely Rose, toured France and England (2013) and traveled to Italy in 2017, as well as performed at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association.

Dr. Stroope has received many awards, including the Douglas R. McEwen Award for National Choral Excellence (Arizona State University), Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair in Choral Music (Oklahoma State University, 2013-2017), and an OSU Regents Distinguished Professor of Research.

As a guest conductor, Randall directed 20 summer international music festivals in England, Germany, Spain and Italy, and conducted 41 American all-state choirs. He also taught lead summer sessions for FENIARCO (Italy) during the summer.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stroope completed a Master of Music (Voice Performance) degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree at Arizona State University. He did post graduate work with Margaret Hillis, Chorus Master of the Chicago Symphony. As a recipient of the Australian-American Fulbright, he has also done work in western Australia. He and his wife, Cheryl (a junior high choral teacher), love to travel and spend time with their sheltie.


There will be a very brief Booster Club meeting at 6:40pm on Tuesday, January 9th

If you purchased a yard sign, please stop by the OLD choir room to pick up!


Tuesday: Chorale Parent Meeting 7pm

Thursday: Chorale Clinic with Dr. Z Randall Stroope

Saturday: All-State Choir Auditions - UT-Arlington

Please see our CALENDAR PAGE for a complete listing of Panther Choir Events

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