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May 31, 2010
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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!

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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”

A summary of our performances for the 2008-2009 season:

“Motets, Madrigals, and Mayhem”
October 24 and 26, 2008

A stunning variety of works ranging from medieval songs, both sacred and secular, to contemporary choral pieces and arrangements of Broadway tunes.

“Colors of Christmas”
December 12 and 13, 2008

Sparkling a cappella gems, including majestic carols and works featuring harp, oboe, and violin. A special benefit for the Micah 6 food pantry.

“Harmonie and Thyme”
April 18 and 19, 2009

John Rutter’s magical “The Sprig of Thyme” for chorus, soloists, chamber orchestra, and harp. And Franz Joseph Haydn’s exuberant “Harmoniemesse” for choir, soloists, and orchestra.

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