An acclaimed guest conductor, a world-premiere commission from an acclaimed composer-in-residence, and choirs from all over the country come together to create an unforgettable performance filled with musical artistry and visual projections. Audiences have never seen a choral concert like this before. A performance at Carnegie Hall made even more inimitable in this one-time collaboration!
ABOUT THE GUEST CONDUCTOR
As conductor, pedagogue, and scholar, Sandra Snow is widely acknowledged as one who brings singers of all ages and abilities to artful performance through an understanding of the music and its context in the world around them. As Professor of Choral Conducting and Music education at the Michigan State University College of Music, the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble has appeared as featured performers at American Choral Directors Association conventions at state, regional, and national levels. As guest conductor, she travels extensively in North America and abroad.
Snow is the Chair of the MSU Music Education Area and the Artistic Director of the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education produced annually at MSU. Snow is author of the DVD "Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success" published by GIA (2009), a resource for conductor-teachers at all levels of teaching. She edits the choral music series In High Voice published by Boosey & Hawkes.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE
Dr. Zanaida Stewart Robles is an award-winning American composer, vocalist, and teacher. She is a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education and performance. Authentic interpersonal connection and relationship-building are core principles of her teaching and performance methods. Born, raised, and educated in Southern California, she is in demand as a composer, vocalist, clinician and adjudicator for competitions, festivals, and conferences related to choral and solo vocal music.
As a composer, Dr. Robles primarily writes choral music, songs, and keyboard works. Her music has been performed by professional ensembles, community choirs, educational institutions, churches, and individuals world wide. Select works are published by MusicSpoke, E.B. Marks Music, Pavane Publishing, and Stainer and Bell. Most of her works are self-published and are available in digital format directly through her website. Her compositional style can be described as “progressive classical”: energized, soulful, harmonically colorful, rhythmically driven, heavily modal with African elements and touches of progressive rock.