Vox Nova Chamber Choir

January 12, 2013

Concerts January 26, 7:0o PM and January 27, 3:00 PM at Bowdoin College

Vox Nova Chamber Choir, a Midcoast-based ensemble dedicated to the creative exploration of contemporary vocal music, will present Heaven on the Horizon, a concert of modern choral music on January 26, 2013, at 7:00pm and on January 27, 2013 at 3:00pm in the Bowdoin College Chapel in Brunswick, Maine. The program features works describing the transcendence of the human condition composed by Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Blake Henson, Eriks Esenvalds, and Hubert Bird, among others.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at voxnovachoir.com, or at the door. Bowdoin students receive free admission with student I.D.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir was founded in 2009 by Drs. Shannon Chase and Karen Topp and features members of the Maine Midcoast musical community, including Bowdoin College faculty and alumni. The group champions the expansive body of modern and contemporary choral music, and seeks to provide singers and audiences with new ways of hearing the oldest instrument in human experience.

Dr. Shannon M. Chase holds degrees in choral music and music education from The Florida State University, The University of Maine, and The University of Southern Maine. She studied choral conducting and literature under such notable conductors as Rodney Eichenberger, André Thomas, Dennis Cox and Robert Russell and completed professional training with such notable conductors as Helmut Rilling, Anton Armstrong, Donald Nuen, Doreen Rao, Weston Noble, Robert Shaw and Sir David Wilcox. She has held the position of Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oregon, and served on the music faculties of Bowdoin and Colby colleges. Chase is currently Director of The Rutgers University Choir and teaches choral music and music education on the faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. In addition to her frequent work and travel as choral conductor, adjudicator and clinician, Chase maintains a private voice studio, Sotto Voce.

Jennifer Hand Runge received the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory, and the Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. She has studied conducting under Robert Greenlee, Tamara Brooks, Stephen Kushner, Doreen Rao and James Jordan. Her choral music teaching experience includes Poly Prep Country Day School, Phillips Exeter Academy and The Pingry School. In addition to conducting, she has sung in numerous community choirs throughout the Boston and New York metropolitan areas, and is a charter member of Vox Nova.


Dr. Shannon M. Chase, artistic director  – smchase@mac.com, 207-462-5669

Matthew Kuhrt, manager  – matt@voxnovachoir.com, 617-513-9340

Concert Title:           HEAVEN ON THE HORIZON

Adam Lay Ybounden, Hubert Bird

O Magnum Mysterium, Morten Lauridsen

Gloria, Franz M. Herzog

Libera Me, Bárdos Lajos

My Flight for Heaven, Blake R. Henson

Sleep, Eric Whitacre

Horizons, Peter Louis Van Dijk

A Drop in the Ocean, Êriks Esenvalds

Kasar Mie La Gaji, Alberto Grau

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