The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is one of the newer conferences we’ve added to our summer rounds, and we couldn’t be more excited about it collaborating with this great group! In 2018 we loved hosting a showcase of Juliana Hall‘s music, performed by soprano Amy Petrongelli and pianist Blair Salter, as well as watching Matt Boehler perform his own Foursquare Cathedral.
American composer Juliana Hall is well known for her gorgeous and meticulously-crafted art songs, which have been described as “beguiling” (Times of London), “beautiful in ways both traditional and strikingly original” (Austin Chronicle), and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Boston Globe). Singers and audiences alike take delight in her songs, whose brilliant tonal, textural, and rhythmic language makes her work immediately recognizable and wonderfully familiar, and show her to be “a composer who savours lyrical lines and harmonies peppered with gentle spices” (Gramophone). Meet the composer at this live performance by soprano Amy Petrongelli and pianist Blair Salter, and find out why the art songs of Juliana Hall are “positively magical.”
“A Birthday” from Christina’s World
“Some Things Are Dark” from Night Dances
“Silver Bells” from The Bells
“Hiding” from A World Turned Upside Down
“Dream” from Propriety
“Under the Harvest Moon” from When the South Wind Sings
“Sonnet” from Night Dances
“Papa above!” from In Reverence
In addition to the showcase, we’re proud to have several NATS award winners in our catalog. Most recently they are:
2018: Tawnie Olson, Three Songs on Poems by Lorri Neilsen Glenn (second prize)
2017: Matt Boehler, Foursquare Cathedral (first prize)
2016: David Conte, American Death Ballads (first prize)
We’re also pleased to release a new 2-disc album just in time for this event: Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte.
We hope to see you there!