Cleveland Chamber Choir Announces Top Choral Award
We are incredibly delighted and humbled to announce that the Cleveland Chamber Choir has won the top prize at the World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association’s World Choir Festival (www.wyccaa.com/2021wcf). The “Choir of the World Award” was presented to the top performing group in an online festival that saw competition by almost 200 international choirs and adjudication by 50 international jury members. In addition to this wonderful award, our performance of Andrew Rindfleisch’s I Sing to Use the Waiting and Linda Kachelmeier’s O vos omnes also earned us the award for “Most Musically Moving Performance,” and our Artistic Director Scott MacPherson was designated as an “Outstanding Conductor.”
Thank you to the WYCCAA and all of the judges for this wonderful recognition, and congratulations to all participating groups on their beautiful performances. We are deeply honored.
Cleveland Chamber Choir Announces 2021-2021 Seventh Season
As we return to live, in-person performances, the Cleveland Chamber Choir is pleased to announce our 2021-2022 Seventh Season.
On December 11 & 12, 2021, we will unveil a holiday program with music of thanksgiving as well as carols from around the world. Continuing our commitment to performing the music of living composers, this concert will include another Hannukah song commission by local composer Corey K. Rubin. This will complete his triptych, and we are proud to present it in its entirety.
Renowned and award-winning British composer Cecilia McDowall will travel to Cleveland in February for a series of master classes and rehearsals, which will culminate in “Cecilia and Her World”, with two performances on February 26 & 27, 2022. Central to these concerts celebrating her choral works will be a newly-commissioned piece. These concerts will also include music she considers influential to her own style. McDowall won the British Composer Award for Choral Music in 2014 and, more recently, the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection in 2021. Her works are performed worldwide.
From Cecilia McDowall, “It is a real pleasure to write for a choir like Cleveland Chamber Choir with its passion for making choral music a vehicle for good, and I very much hope that the piece that we will create together will live up to those expectations. I am looking forward to starting work on it in the coming months and later to meeting the choir and hearing it sung.”
Additionally, several collegiate choirs will join us, all performing McDowall’s music. Prior to the concerts, McDowall and CCC Artistic Director Scott MacPherson will do master classes with these choirs. Each choir will sing one McDowall composition by themselves and join CCC for a final, massed choir performance of one of McDowall’s other works. In presenting this concert, CCC is building on a model that was successful in their fifth season: collaborating with school choirs in concert, which helps to show younger singers that their singing can be a lifelong profession and avocation, and that they are able to make music at an extraordinary level throughout their lives, should they wish to do so.
Lastly, our June 11 & 12, 2022 concerts, “World of Doubt, World of Faith” appropriately closes our season with music both questioning existence and demonstrating the resilience of the human race. Central to this program is Adam Roberts’ (Kent State University) multi-movement work for 16-part choir, viola and percussion called Book of Doubt/Book of Faith, setting secular, feminist “psalms” by poet Claire Schwartz that are relevant to our time and connected to Jewish history. The concerts will also feature a diverse repertoire of music that amplifies the voices of all, including composers traditionally underrepresented in the classical music world.
Cleveland Chamber Choir is pleased to announce the hiring of Corey Fowler as the organization’s first Assistant Conductor. Now approaching their sixth season under Artistic Director and co-founder Scott MacPherson, Cleveland Chamber Choir has grown to include over ten performances and outreach programs each year, as well as frequent collaborations with other Northeast Ohio organizations, including BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, The Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland Composers Guild, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Oberlin Choristers, and Kent Roosevelt High School ChoralWorks.
“On behalf of the Board of the Cleveland Chamber Choir, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Corey Fowler as Assistant Conductor,” said Melissa Vandergriff, Board President. “Corey has been an invaluable member of the CCC family since our debut concert in 2015. He is well connected to our community as a Kent State University graduate, as well as being Director of Choirs at Kent Roosevelt High School and Director of Music at Kent United Church of Christ. His strong Ohio roots and links to the community will help CCC strengthen our commitment to being More than Music! in Northeast Ohio.”
The addition of this new leadership role and the strong choral background that Fowler brings will free MacPherson to focus more fully on creating the extraordinary musical experiences that define the ensemble. “As Founding Artistic Director, it has been incredibly gratifying to see this wonderful professional choral organization grow and evolve in the cultural arts scene of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio during our first five short years. Singer and choral conductor Corey Fowler has been with us from the beginning, assisting me with many of the artistic decisions and rehearsals that have made us so successful,” said MacPherson. “I am so excited at this time that in addition to calling him friend and colleague, I can officially now call him Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Chamber Choir!”
As Assistant Conductor, Fowler will work closely with MacPherson and Managing Director Kira McGirr in many of the artistic and logistical duties in planning for concerts and seasons. “As a singer in the Cleveland Chamber Choir over the past few years, I have come to love the wonderful music we make and the great people that make up our organization,” said Fowler. “I am excited to continue singing with CCC and assist our Artistic Director, Scott MacPherson, in advancing our mission and musical offerings to the Cleveland community.”
About Corey Fowler
Corey Fowler joins Cleveland Chamber Choir as Assistant Conductor effectively immediately. His other roles include Director of Choirs at Theodore Roosevelt High School and the Director of Music and Organist at Kent United Church of Christ. Fowler previously taught at Grand Valley Middle School and High School in Orwell, Ohio (Ashtabula County). He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, both at Kent State University. He is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and is an active vocal and choral adjudicator within the organization. Fowler has sung in the chorus of Opera Cleveland’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Giovanni, and La Bohème, and has performed with the Nightingale Opera Theatre in Hudson, Ohio. In addition to his new role, Fowler also sings bass in CCC, and is the graphic designer for much of the organization’s print and digital media. He lives in Kent with his wife, Katie, a classical vocalist and voice teacher and member of CCC; their daughters Clara and Nora; and their rescue pit bulls, Bruno and Suzette.