This new partnership will allow Loyola’s fine and performing arts students the opportunity to observe the operation of a professional choral ensemble first-hand, through open rehearsals and internships, the university said in a news release. With the addition of this new Artist-in-Residence, Loyola will continue towards its goal of creating a vital performance presence at the University, the release stated.
The William Ferris Chorale was founded in 1971 by composer and conductor William Ferris and tenor John Vorrasi. Since then, the chorale has performed more than 175 concerts and received accolades for its exciting performances and world-premiere recordings of contemporary music. Some of the 20th century’s greatest composers have been guests at their concerts—including Gian Carlo Menotti, William Schuman, John Corigliano, Vincent Persichetti, Ned Rorem, William Mathias, and David Diamond—and the ensemble has performed at both the Spoleto and Aldeburgh Festivals. Since 2004, the ensemble has been conducted by Paul French, a distinguished composer in his own right, and a rising star on the national choral conducting scene.
“We are thrilled to welcome the William Ferris Chorale as our Artist-in-Residence. We expect their presence on campus will encourage our students to participate in internships and other experiential learning opportunities, which is one of our key missions in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts,” April Browning, director of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts said in the release. “Additionally, the chorale’s performances in Madonna della Strada Chapel will enhance the cultural landscape of the Lake Shore Campus, making it a destination spot for audiences from the surrounding areas who enjoy classical music.”
As the Artist-in-Residence, the chorale will perform three concerts during the 2010–2011 season, all of which will be held in the Madonna della Strada Chapel beginning this December. The chorale will also provide discounted concert tickets to Loyola faculty, staff, students, and alumni.