Webinars hosted by Jeffrey Brillhart
Singing City is offering a series of in-depth interviews with choral conductors, composers, and other artists. After the interviews, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. To learn more about each webinar, follow the links below.
Attendance for our 2020-2021 season events will be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no cost to participate, but you will need to R.S.V.P. and provide your e-mail address. Ahead of each event, you will receive an email from Singing City with information on how to login to Zoom, an online meeting platform where we will host our webinars. All Zoom events will begin 10 minutes before the program starting time. We hope you will join us!
Sunday, February 7, 2021, 2 p.m.–Making Music in the LGBTQ Community
With David Conte and Miriam Davidson
David Conte (b. 1955) is the composer of over one hundred and fifty works published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, including 7 operas, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, band, and chamber music. He has received commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Oakland, Stockton, and Dayton Symphonies, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra; and from the American Guild of Organists. In 2007 he received the Raymond Brock commission from the American Choral Directors Association, one of the nation’s highest honors in choral music. His work is represented on many commercial CD recordings, including in 2015 Chamber Music of David Conte, on the Albany label; in 2016 Choral Music of Conrad Susa and David Conte, on the Delos label; and in 2018 Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte on the Arsis label.
His opera, The Gift of the Magi, has received over 30 productions in the U. S., Canada, and Europe. He co-wrote the film score for the acclaimed documentary Ballets Russes, shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2005, and composed the music for the PBS documentary, Orozco: Man of Fire, shown on the American Masters Series in the fall of 2007. In 1982, Conte lived and worked with Aaron Copland while preparing a study
of the composer’s sketches, having received a Fulbright Fellowship for study with Copland's teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris, where he was one of her last students. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Cornell University. He is Professor of Composition and Chair of the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2010 he was appointed to the composition faculty of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. In 2014 he was named Composer in Residence for Cappella SF, a professional chamber choir in San Francisco. In 2016 his song cycle American Death Ballads won First Prize in the NATS Composition Competition, and was premiered by tenor Brian Thorsett and pianist Warren Jones at the NATS Conference in Chicago.
Miriam Davidson has been Artistic Director of ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir since 2012. She is proud of this thoughtful and passionate choir more than she can say. A multi-instrumentalist/ vocalist, singer-songwriter, author, recording artist as well as choral director, she joined synagogue choir rehearsals with mom and dad at age five. She attended Tyler School of Art at Temple University and Petrie School of Music. As a performer she has toured extensively throughout the US, garnered many awards from both the Folk and LGBTQ communities and has recorded and coproduced eight CDs, several of which have won national awards. She overcame her own performance angst by learning accordion and banjo and playing them both in public.
For the past eight summers, she has led a pick-up choir of seventy people at a Unitarian Universalist summer institute, who, after four short rehearsals, sing their hearts out to a standing ovation crowd. She has directed the Festival Choir at the National Women’s Music Festival, is Music Director at the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, and Makhelat Micha’el Community Choir at Mishkan Shalom.
She is married to Kim Singleton (their ceremony was on the rooftop of the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth, DE during the Sea Witch Festival) and together, they homestead in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
Photo: Water and Foam, Plate 8 from Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley, 1960; detail. Ansel Adams, c. 1955
Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Purchased with the Katharine Levin Farrell Fund, 1963
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