Wasatch Chorale names Ars Nova winners

On January 22, 2013

To celebrate the formation of Ars Nova, a new chamber choral ensemble in Orem, Utah dedicated to fostering and performing new music, the Wasatch Chorale (Dr. Reed Criddle, Director of Choral Activities at Utah Valley University) launched the 2012-2013 Ars Nova Emerging Composers Competition.

This week, Dr. Criddle announced Seth Stewart’s Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind  (SATB + piano) as the third-place winner in the competition. The performance is scheduled for April 27 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Provo Library Ballroom.

About the Wasatch Chorale:

Originating in 1974, the Civic Oratorio Society was founded by Jacob Bos, an emeritus BYU professor of music. The name of the organization was changed to Utah Valley Choral Society in 1980 when Lois Johnson became the director. She retained the baton for eighteen years and established a yearly concert series. The Choral Society performed in the musical, “Threads of Glory,” the Temple Square concert series, the Mozart Festival in Midway, and in Provo’s Freedom Festival.

In 1999, Dr. J. Arden Hopkin was appointed as the new Artistic Director. The Board of Trustees approved a shorter name for the choir: Wasatch Chorale. In 2001, the Chorale performed Mozart’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Jerold Ottley. A CD featuring original arrangements of folk songs and spirituals was released. Dyanne Riley was appointed as the Assistant Director in 2004 and became Artistic Director in 2005.

In May of 2007, members of Wasatch Chorale traveled to New York City to perform Durufle’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall as part of a 250-voice mass choir. The Chorale returned to Carnegie Hall in 2008 to perform Rutter’s Requiem under the baton of the composer, John Rutter, in a combined choir containing ten choirs from across the nation. In celebration of the Wasatch Chorale’s 35th Season, the choir toured England and Scotland in May of 2010.

Dr. Reed Criddle replaced Dyanne Riley as Artistic Director of Wasatch Chorale in September of 2010. Under Dr. Criddle’s direction, the Chorale has risen to new levels of discipline and musicianship. The Chorale has also widened its repertoire, performing works from throughout the world of music history, greater fulfilling its mission to perform high-quality, engaging music for the community.



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