Posted by: Colin Britt | November 3, 2018

Fall happenings

Hamburg, Germany

My, what a year it’s been! I’m going to try to include as much information about everything that’s going on in as little space as possible!

  • I am well into my second full year (fifth semester) teaching at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, New Jersey. It’s really starting to feel like “my” program, in that I have developed a culture and rehearsal rhythm with my students. They’re singing exceptionally well this year, and I can’t wait for our December concert!
  • I am incredibly honored to be one of 5 composers involved in a collaborative large-scale oratorio, titled “The Same Word,” which celebrates the commonalities between 4 of the largest religions in the world. I was able to travel to Hamburg in October to meet with some of the other composers and producers of this incredible project, and I can’t wait to share more details soon!

With Travis Leland and Victoria Britt

  • I am in my third year with the West Village Chorale, and we are gearing up for our main holiday concert on Dec. 9, which is titled “Holidays Around the World.” We’re performing music from France, Haiti, Ireland, Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United States. Highlights include Whalum’s Betelehemu, Levine’s Lo V’chayil, Desamours’s Noel Ayisyen, and Rachmaninoff’s Slava from the All-Night Vigil, among many others! We also recently produced our third annual Oktoberfest fundraiser, which this year was Broadway themed.
  • Finally, I have some exciting premieres coming up! On Wednesday, November 14, my friend and colleague Dr. Arianne Abela will premiere one of my newest choral works, a setting of poems by Sara Teasdale, with the Amherst College Choir! Then, on Dec. 8-9, as part of the annual Rutgers Christmas in Carol and Song performances, my friend and former teacher Dr. Patrick Gardner will conduct the premiere of my “Once, as I remember.”

 

There’s a lot else to share, but I’ll save it for now – happy fall!!

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