Guest conductor in residence with Grinnell Singers; concert Apr. 17

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Guest conductor Simon Carrington will be in residence at Grinnell College, Apr. 10-17, and will direct The Grinnell Singers on Sun., Apr. 17 at 2 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall on the Grinnell College campus.

Carrington will conduct the Grinnell Singers in a program that includes distinctive choral selections from the 16th to the 21st century. The concert also includes selections by Professor of Music John Rommereim, who directs the choir; Tarik O'Regan; and Arvo Pärt, as well as folk song arrangements by Zentner, Rubtsov, and Carrington. Choir members and student conductors Mark Mercier '11, Sarah Goff '11, and Kathleen Murphy-Geiss '11 will be conducting selections on the program. The Singers recently completed a spring break tour in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas with performances in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

Carrington has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor, first in the U.K. where he was born, and later in the U.S. From 2003 to 2009, he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir that he has brought to international prominence. Now a Yale professor emeritus, he maintains an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes around the world. This season he has conducting engagements in England, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Japan, South America, and New Zealand, as well as concerts and recordings with his own ensemble, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.