WYPR – Choral Arts Classics

On February 23, 2016 I participated in a show on WYPR titled: 50 Years of Choral Arts. From their website: “A retrospective look and listen as Choral Arts gets ready for its 50th Anniversary Concert (March 20, 2016). Tom talks to chorus members and special guests who have played an important role in the story of Baltimore Choral Arts, as well as Stacy Horn ….”

Choral Arts Classics is hosted by Tom Hall, who also hosts Maryland Morning on WYPR Radio. In addition to being a well known radio personality, and an Emmy award winner, Tom is the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

If you like you can listen to the show I was on here.

They’ve got some great shows coming up as well. This one speaks to me the most.

May 3, 2016 9:00 pm
Quest for Peace: On April 26, 2015, one day after the large protest against the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, and one day before the violence that erupted after Mr. Gray’s funeral, Choral Arts presented a concert entitled Quest for Peace. We’ll hear music from that concert by the Baltic composers Arvo Pärt and Peteris Vasks, and Tom welcomes Chic Dambach, a peace-builder who has worked to end conflict around the world to talk about music’s special role in peace building.

My brother Douglas has always been a generous supporter of my choir, the Choral Society of Grace Church, and that’s him in the audience at one of our concerts. Oh God, so many people have demon eyes in this photograph!


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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6 thoughts on “WYPR – Choral Arts Classics

  1. I listened to the whole show! Now that I am half way through your book, I got even more out of listening. I love the way you write. You are not prone to hyperbole and yet the way you present the facts is not dry in the least. I am learning a lot about music, choral music, choruses, NYC and you and yet it doesn’t feel like I am going to have to take a test at the end (as some of my books on philosophy do.) At the end of the chapter “Mass No. 11 in D Minor” when you wrote about Whiteacre, I went to the internet and watched that TED talk. How lovely. I sent the link to my sister who is in the middle of her MA in Applied Theatre in London and she had seen it before and thought it was wonderful too. Thank you for opening up this part of the human experience for me. I have always enjoyed choral music when I happen to hear it but I have never gone out of my way for it. Soon, I shall have to find a place here that does this and go listen live.

  2. Oh wow. Thank you. This is going to give me a much needed boost as I work on this next section of my new book. It’s turning out to be very tricky and I’ve been afraid of it! Afraid that I won’t pull it off.

  3. Last night at choir rehearsal, I thought about how much I loved singing in the choir (again). We are 10 days away from our performance of Ralph Vaugh Williams Dona Nobis Pacem – an antiwar piece based in part on the writings of Walt Whitman from his experience as a nurse in the Civil War. When we began rehearsing in January, I knew that eventually this difficult piece would come together and that I would be able to sing it…and last night, it did, finally. I thought too about Imperfect Harmony and the pleasure it gave me – and the pleasure of singing with you and 200 others at Carnegie Hall last summer! Thanks, Stacy..you work amplifies my enjoyment as a choir member.

  4. Hi Trudy!! Thank you! How nice to “see” you! I love the Ralph Vaughn Williams Dona Nobis Pacem. A very moving and beautiful piece.

  5. Late to the party here, but I was lucky enough to get to spend the day with Tom Hall– along with a hundred other singers–in Fort Wayne a couple of years ago. He was coaching us for Beethoven’s Ninth with the Philharmonic.

    The performances were glorious, but the day we spent prepping with Tom Hall was pure joy. What a neat, neat guy! Patient, funny, friendly, and with such a wealth of knowledge. It was a truly amazing experience and something I will never forget. Lucky you!

  6. Oh how nice to know, thank you for telling me! I haven’t met him in person, we’ve only emailed and spoken on the phone, but I’m not surprised to hear it. He seems like a very generous, decent guy.

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