Composer and conductor to visit Troy University

Posted: Friday, 25 February 2011

TROY, Ala.—An internationally recognized choral conductor and composer will set six original compositions for the Troy University College Signers and Concert Chorale Feb. 27 – March 1.

Hosted by the John M. Long School of Music and its Choral Department, Eric William Barnum’s work for TROY includes that of a piece commissioned by the Department for the Concert Chorale, based on the writings of St. Augustine.

“Barnum has masterfully set the text found in the 10th Book of Confessions for this wonderful piece,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, Directory of University Choirs.

The piece, along with other Barnum pieces, will be premiered at the Spring Choral Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 at Park United Methodist Church in Troy.

A Seattle, Wash. resident, Barnum’s work has been performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He was the commissioned composer for 2007 Minnesota All-State Choir. He also received honorable mention in the 2006 Morton Gould Young Composer Competition and was a winner of the 2006 Vocal Essence Essentially Choral Competition. He was a recipient of both a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship and a McKnight Foundation Grant in 2005. He was the Composer-in-Residence for Kantorei, a professional ensemble based in Denver, CO for the 2005-2006 season as well as the Composer-in-Residence for The Rose Ensemble, an acclaimed early music ensemble in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in 2004-2005. He received a JCCP Composers Grant (funded by the Jerome Foundation in association with the American Composer’s Forum) in 2004. He also was the winner of the Chanticleer Composer Competition in 2003 with She Walks in Beauty, premiered by the world renowned ensemble. With a growing list of published works, his pieces have been chosen for ACDA conventions and All-State’s nationwide as well as several international tours.

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