Two CCM choirs combine for an afternoon of diverse choral literature, spanning from the genius of Mendelssohn to the modern mind of Douglas Pew, current CCM doctoral student. This exploration of standards in the repertoire paired with a newly commissioned work takes place on Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Northside.

Conducted by CCM Professor Earl Rivers and Assistant Professor Brett Scott, CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale begin with standards of the choral repertoire. Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s simple but poignant hymn setting Ave Maris Stella and German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s majestic set of anthems, Sechs Sprüche, provides the basis for choral singing today.

CCM Composition student Douglas Pew will also be featured on the concert. “The piece that will be performed by the Chorale is called Rondas (‘Round Dances’ in Spanish). The texts of the 7 Rondas are poems by the Chilean poet and first Latin American Nobel Laureate in literature, Gabriela Mistral,” explains Pew. “In this piece, I try to capture the whirling and swirling of a group of round-dancing children. I use musical rounds in many different combinations to help achieve this feeling.”

Finally, a masterwork of the twentieth century completes the sampling of choral music. Alfred Schittke’s Concerto for Choir, sung in Russian, made a splash when it was premiered in 1986, marking a return to new simplicity in choral music. The work requires a large amount of singers for its luscious and expansive sounds.

CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale perform “A capella Classics and Premiere” on Sunday, May 22. A reception for CCM subscribers will follow the concert.

St. Boniface Church
1750 Chase Avenue, Northside


About Douglas Pew
The music of composer Douglas Pew (b. 1980) includes works for solo voice, solo instruments, choral ensembles, chamber ensembles, concert band and orchestra.

As the first prize-winner of the 2009 SCI/ASCAP student Composers Commission Competition, he was commissioned to compose a new song cycle, Sapiyuq Llaqtakuna, that was premiered at the SCI National Convention in November 2010. Other awards include a 2010 Tangeman Sacred Music Fund Grant, 2010 Susan and Ford Schumann Tuition Award from the Aspen Music Festival, a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, an honorable mention in the 2010 Finale composers competition for Eighth Blackbird, and an honorable mention in the 2008 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize.

Douglas has received commissions from the Society of Composers Inc., Concert:Nova, the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music Men’s and Women’s Chorus, CCM Concert Chorale, the Violin Futura project of Piotr Szewczyk and the Brigham Young University-Idaho Wind Ensemble. His works have been performed at Stowarzyszenie Festival in Poland, Florida State University New Music Festival, Music10 Festival in Switzerland, Aspen Music Festival, the SCI National Conference, the Festival of New Music at Florida State University and by ensembles at the University of Cincinnati, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Northern Kentucky Youth Symphony, and Temple Hill Symphony.

Originally from San Jose, California, Douglas is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho (BMA, 2005), University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (MM, 2009), and is currently pursuing a DMA in music composition at CCM. His composition teachers have included Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday and Darwin Wolford. He has participated in master classes with John Adams, Stephen Hartke, Martin Bresnick, Syd Hodkinson, Augusta Read Thomas, and George Tsontakis. He has also begun mentorships with Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer and Polish composer Pawel Lukaszewki.

Douglas is active as a teacher of theory, ear training, orchestration, and choral composition techniques. He is also a conductor and singer. While a faculty member at BYU-Idaho from 2005-2007, he founded and directed the Teton New Music Ensemble. He has participated as a solo and ensemble singer with the ensembles of CCM, BYU-Idaho, and the National Choir of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). He has works published by Boosey & Hawkes and arrangements of LDS hymn tunes for chorus and for solo string instruments by Jackman Music Company. He and his wife Janae have three children.

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