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Strimple in Choral Music in the Twentieth Century. His works are included on more than 100 recordings, three of which are Grammy® Award-winners. He was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1994-2001 and Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 35 years. Lauridson received the National Medal of Arts, the highest artistic award in the United States, and was named an

American Choral Master by the NEA. www.mortenlauridson.com

Alice Parker

Composer/conductor/teacher Alice Parker has spent the greater part of her life in choral and vocal music, combining

composing, conducting and teaching. Her arrangements of folksongs, hymns and spirituals form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world. She founded Melodius Accord, Inc., a non-profit organization that presents choral concerts, sponsors workshops, fellowships, symposia and her many professional appearances. The Fellows programs have provided training for composers, conductors and song leaders. Parker has also published books on melodic styles, choral improvisation

and church singing. www.aliceparker.com

Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre is a composer/conductor/lecturer who has become one of the most popular and performed composers of his generation. Though he had no formal music training before the age of 18, he completed his first concert work at the age of 21

and went on to the Juilliard School, earning his Master of Music degree and studying with Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award®-

winning composer John Corigliano. Many of his compositions are now part of the standard choral and symphonic repertories. As a conductor, he has led concerts throughout the United States and in Japan, Australia, China, Singapore, South America and

Europe. His first recording, The Music of Eric Whitacre, was hailed by The American Record Guide as one of the top ten

classical albums of 1997. Another album of a cappella music, Cloudburst and Other Choral Works, made the Top Ten on both Billboard and iTune’s Top Classical Albums charts. He recently received the Richard Rodgers Award for most promising musical theater composer. www.ericwhitacre.com

Pacific Chorale

Founded in1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for its exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-

focused programming and influential education programs. The Chorale presents a significant performance season of its own at the Orange County Performing Artscenter’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and

performs regularly with the nation’s leading symphonies. Under the leadership of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence. Pacific Chorale has a membership of 160 professional and volunteer singers. Ensembles of various sizes are selected from the membership according to the needs of the repertoire. In addition to its long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, the

Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena,

Riverside and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia as well.

For more information, visit www.pacifichorale.org.


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