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Photo Above: 2018 - 2019 Concert Season Conductors, David Mennicke and Ahmed Anzaldúa

Our 2018 - 2019 Concert Season

November 10 & 11, 2018 - David Mennicke, Conductor

"Crossing the Channel"

Dr. Mennicke and Singers in Accord will collaborate to produce a concert the features two stunning pieces of the choral canon: the beautifully melodic Requiem of French romantic composer Gabriel Fauré and the equally stunning masterpiece by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Five Mystical Songs".  

The concerts will be in two recently remodeled venues:  Beutow Auditorium at Concordia Unversity in St. Paul, and SIA’s new home, The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Edina, MN.

 

April 27 & 28, 2019  - Ahmed Anzaldúa, Conductor

"Oceana"- music by Golijov, Esenwalds, Whitacre

Ahmed Anzaldúa is a Mexican classical pianist, teacher, and conductor of Egyptian descent. He is an active musician, performing in Mexico and the United States frequently as a soloist and conductor with orchestras, choirs, in recitals, and as a collaborative pianist. Ahmed Anzaldúa has eschewed competitions in favor of constantly learning new repertoire and championing new music. He currently lives in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is part of the conducting graduate program at the University of Minnesota. He is the director and founder of Border CrosSing, an organization dedicated to integrating historically-segreated audiences, repertoire, and musicians through the performance of choral music. He is also an active freelance pianist, conductor, and teacher.

Mr. Anzaldua has put together a program that explores the awe and spiritual mysticism inherent in natural phenomena –the ocean, the Aurora borealis, the sudden cloudburst. The program centerpiece is the Minnesota premier of “Oceana” written by Argentinian composer, Osvaldo Golijov based on poetry of Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. It is written for double choir, orchestra, and jazz soloist and based on the structure of a Bach Cantata. The other pieces are, “Rivers of Light” by Latvian composer Erik Esenwalds and “Cloudburst” by American composer Eric Whitacre.

Concerts will be at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Edina.  

 

 

Three great reasons to sing in Singers in Accord:

  1. Each season allows the singers the opportunity to work with two different, top level choral conductors who are experts in that concert's genre.
  2. The season is divided into two, 10 week projects, which allows for mid-winter break around the holidays and mid-winter vacation.  Fall Project: Early September through Mid-November; Spring Spring: Mid-February to through Early May.
  3. While our ensemble emphasizes excellence and high performance standards, the culture of the group is welcoming and egalitarian. You'll enjoy the people you'll be singing with.

 

We are looking for Singers who:

  1. Have experience in choral singing at least at the college level
  2. Will conscientiously prepare in advance of each rehearsal
  3. Have the ability to learn music quickly and independently
  4. Can commit to sing for an entire concert season (preference is given to admitting these singers). 
  5. Are available to rehearse Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Rehearsals are held at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Edina [map].

 

Listen to selected audio samples from our past concerts.

 

Auditions during the summer will be by appointment.  We are currently auditioning men's voices - bass and tenor. 

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page, or call 612-597-5483 and leave us a messge. 

The 15-minute audition will include:

  • Performance of a one minute section of a solo (any genre, e.g. art song, folk song, hymn tune)
  • Sight singing a solo line
  • Preparing page 1 of "O Radiant Dawn" to be sung with a quartet of SIA singers. (Download here.)
  • Range testing
  • Short interview with audition team

After your audition request form is submitted, a member of the SIA audition team will contact you to schedule your audition.

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