LET'S MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER AT GHOST RANCH!
A different kind of cathedral
Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico is an enchanting place. Early in the 20th century, it captured the eye of Georgia O’Keefe, who chose to make her home within its present boundaries. The ranch continues to entice visual artists, in addition to musicians, poets, philosophers and theologians.
For over twenty-five years, during the first full week following the Fourth of July, Ghost Ranch has resonated with the sounds of magnificent choral music, as singers from around the country converge to explore and perform a varied repertoire ranging from world premieres to traditional extended works. Once known as "Vocal Camp," the group has been re-Christened the Ghost Ranch Chorale.
The 2007 Ghost Ranch Chorale performs to a packed house
in the Agape Center.
It has been my privilege since 2003 to lead the Ghost Ranch Chorale. During that period the repertoire has consisted of fresh settings of sacred and liturgical texts, world music, songs from the Jewish tradition, rarely-heard extended works by Francisco Durante and Ignacio de Jerusalem, in addition to the occasional chestnut. While the name "Chorale" may give the impression of a permanent ensemble with a set membership, such is not the case at all. We have many singers who do return year after year, but the group is open, without audition, to all singers.
THE GHOST RANCH CHORALE: JULY 9-15, 2017
The 2017 Chorale will explore three deep veins of the American singing experience: songs that emerged from the unique musical cultures of the Shaker and Quaker religious traditions respectively, and those emerging from the advent of shape-note singing in the 19th century. Repertoire will include both a cappella and accompanied selections and the mixed-voice premier of a suite of Shaker songs arranged by director David Poole. The Chorale requires no audition, but the pace of rehearsal will favor those with singing and/or music-reading experience. If you have questions, please email me using the contact form on this page.
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