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The American Prize in Choral Performance
—community chorus division
The American Prize winner:
CHORAL ARTS INITIATIVE
Brandon Elliott, music director
Orange County CA
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Among judges' comments: "I found myself wishing I could be a part of this musical family."
BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY
Tom Hall, music director
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Choral Arts is featured in an annual television special that won an Emmy Award in 2006. The chorus was also featured in a PBS documentary called Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, broadcast nationwide, and on NPR’s Special Coverage. The ensemble has also been featured nationally on The First Art, Performance Today, and VOX. In Europe, it was featured on Radio Suisse Romande.
Choral Arts has four recordings in current release, including Christmas from America’s First Cathedral on Gothic and The Gates of Justice on NAXOS. Choral Arts has appeared with the National Symphony, and it makes regular appearances with the Baltimore Symphony.
Among judges' comments: "Dynamics. Lyric articulation. Blended vowels. Balanced parts. Musical excellence."
Robert Bode, music director
For twenty-one years Choral Arts has distinguished itself as a significant contributor to the art of choral music and has consistently achieved artistic excellence in its music and programs. In drawing singers exclusively from the Seattle region, Choral Arts has maintained its community-based roots while reaching a level of excellence in musicianship and performance that has earned them national recognition and critical acclaim. In 2010 Choral Arts was awarded the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the American Prize for best choral performance (community division), and placed second in the 2013 American Prize for choral performance (community division). Choral Arts currently has five CD released under the Gothic record label.
“Above all, we hope to bring people together through the unmatched power of singing, to express those things that define and particularize us, and to celebrate all that we share.” - Robert Bode, Artistic Director
Among judges' comments: "...exquisite phrasing and dynamic control…"