Archive for the ‘2009-2010 Season’ Category

Rehearsals begin Jan 24th, 7:00pm at the Austin First Baptist Church.

Spring Program, featuring music by some of the greatest living choral composers (plus Bartok):

miserere Arvo Pärt
Five Hebrew Love Songs Eric Whitacre
The Lord is My Light and My Salvation John Rutter
Hungarian Folk Songs Bela Bartok
Untraveled Worlds Paul Halley

With a world premiere commission “The Road was lit with Moon and Star” by award-winning Austinite David Jones based on an Emily Dickinson poem!

The Austin Singers presents Arvo Pärt’s “miserere.” Along with some of Austin’s
finest vocal and instrumental sololist, this 20th century masterwork composed by one of the
world’s greatest living composers is a powerful display of musical genius. Pärt’s brilliance comes in
his ability to create new works using plainchant and early polyphonic techniques, skillfully bridging the
gap between early and contemporary music. This concert will also feature “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre and a newly commissioned work by award winning Austin composer David Jones. Concerts will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr., on April 8 and 9 at 7:30pm.

To audition, contact Jim Shepherd by clicking on the “contact us” link to the right and sending an email, or call 512-233-4008.


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The Austin Singers will be holding auditions for the upcoming season beginning the week of August 16th. The choir will be singing the Karl Jenkins “The Armed Man Mass: A Mass For Peace” with orchestra and video (see youtube clips below). The choir will combine with the Austin Community College Chorus to make a choir of over 130 singers. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7-9:30PM at the First Baptist Church downtown. Rehearsals begin August 23 and run until the concerts on November 19 and 20. The spring concert will feature the contemporary choral music of Eric Whitacre, Dan Forrest, Jonathan Dove, Morten Lauridsen, and a world priemere by Austin composer David Jones. The spring season will rehearse approximately from the end of January until the end of April. Please click the “contact us” link to set up an audition or for more information.

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Rehearsals for the new season begin August 23 at the Austin First Baptist Church at 7pm. The choir will be performing the critically acclaimed contemporary choral masterwork “The Armed Man Mass: A Mass For Peace” by world renowned British composer Karl Jenkins. This work, written in 2001, has quickly become a standard piece in the choral repertoire with over 800 performances in less than a decade. The Austin Singers will perform this work on November 19 and 20 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, with both concerts beginning at 7:30pm.

A few of the movements from the mass:

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May 31, 2010
Contact: Shannon Birk, (512) 314-5532

The Austin Singers Announce New Artistic Director

Dr. Jim Shepherd, the director of choral and vocal music at Austin Community College, will become the new Artistic Director for The Austin Singers at the start of the new 2010-2011 season. The appointment of Dr. Shepherd represents a major change for the 15-year old choral organization.

Originally, an outgrowth of Chorus Austin, the 50 voice group was founded in 1995 by Lanier Bayliss who directed the choir for its first ten years. Dr. Shepherd hopes to integrate his main choral group at ACC with The Austin Singers. This would both increase the numbers of The Austin Singers and provide diversity. He also hopes to tap the resources that he has access to as a member of the music faculty at ACC. Shepherd is an associate professor at the Northridge campus.

Before moving to Austin, he taught high school choral music at a Top 100 Grammy Signature School in Indiana. As an instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, he served as the director of the Longhorn Singers and assistant director of the Choral Arts Society.

Shepherd keeps a busy schedule presenting at conferences and workshops, as well as guest conducting choirs. His recent presentations were made at the Texas, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Southwestern MENC music conferences, as well as the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development International Conference. He earned a DMA in choral conducting in 2008 from The University of Texas at Austin. At ACC he teaches concert and jazz choral ensembles, as well as voice, conducting, and music fundamentals.

Dr. Shepherd will, no doubt, put his own stamp on the chorus. The Austin Singers have gained a unique position among Austin-area performing groups. Its innovative programming uniquely focuses on choral works from different cultures and countries, recognizing and reflecting the diversity of the Austin community and the power and beauty of music throughout the world and throughout time, a vision begun by the original director. According to choir leadership, Shepherd is keenly interested in keeping The Austin Singers closely involved in the local community and in strengthening the connections the group has formed with other non-profits, churches, and other performing groups.

For more information about The Austin Singers, visit http://www.austinsingers.org.

Dr. Jim Shepherd, New Artistic Director of the Austin Singers

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April Concerts

“Rejoice and Sing”

Come experience two magnificent master works with us: Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” and Handel’s “Dettingen Te Deum” with a chamber orchestra and soloists.

April 23rd, 8:00 pm, First Baptist Church located at 901 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701 ( View Larger Map in New Page )
April 24th, 8:00 pm, St. Albert the Great Church located at 12041 Bittern Hollow, Austin, TX 78758 ( View Larger Map in New Page )

Ticket prices are: $15 general admission, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students. For ticket information, please email Austin Singers at ASauditions@gmail.com.

*Contributions from this concert will benefit North Central Caregivers in Austin. For more information about this important charitable organization, click here

By supporting the Austin Singers, you support your local community!

First Baptist Church:

St. Albert the Great Church:

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November concerts

“A Poetic Portrait” will be given on November 21 at 8 p.m. and November 22 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of University Presbyterian Church.

Timothy Workman, Artistic Director

Congratulations to the winners of the Austin Singers High School Poetry Contest offered in conjunction with the their fall concert, “A Poetic Portrait”.

First Place:  Camille Peeples
“Ode to Three Muses”

Second Place: Emily Glickman
“Moment Lost”

Third Place: Kyle Obermann
“The Rock”

Honorable Mention: Alexandra Noll
“Soldier’s Pledge”

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