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Holden Choirs team keeps summer singing

As summer approaches, many of the staff members of the Office for the Arts depart for summers of art making and work outside of Harvard. The staff of the Holden Choirs (Harvard Glee ClubRadcliffe Choral Society, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum) are, in the words of Andrew Clark, Director of Choral Activities and Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard University, “phenomenal colleagues of great integrity, talent, collegiality, and leadership… We could not function without this world class team.”

Keep up with the Holden staff this summer and share a “virtual Holden whistle*” for these fantastic musicians’ accomplishments:

clockwise from top left: Harris Ipock, Michael Pfitzer, Joe Fort, Beth Willer

JOHN SULLIVAN, Accompianist, HRC,  has been appointed Assistant Conductor and Pianist of the Concord Chorus where he will work closely with Music Director Kevin Leong. John will continue to serve as the accompanist of the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and for Pan Holden projects and performances.

BETH WILLER, Resident Conductor, RCS, will be spending her summer as the Conductor of the Young Artists Chorus at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, one of North America’s premier music programs for high school students. If you’re in the area, take a day trip to the gorgeous Berkshires and check out her concert at the Tanglewood Shed.

JOE FORT, Resident Conductor, HRCM, has been selected as one of five conductors to participate in the Oregon Bach Festival Master Class with internationally renowned conductor and scholar Helmuth Rilling. This marks Maestro Rilling’s final year at OBF and he hand-picked Joe from a large pool of gifted conductors from around the world in one of the most competitive and prestigious programs for young choral conductors in this hemisphere.

HARRIS IPOCK, Resident Conductor, HGC, will be performing with two of America’s finest choirs, Conspirare (based in Austin, TX), and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Among many exciting projects, he’ll be singing the Beethoven Missa Solemnis, premiering a new work by Holden friend Robert Kyr, and a concert with Susan Graham, a world renowned mezzo-soprano. Both of these choirs bring the very best singers from around the country to Texas and New Mexico for their projects and recordings.

MICHAEL PFITZER, Choral Associate, has been appointed Artistic Director ad interim of the Cambridge Community Chorus.  This choir, of nearly 200 voices, performs choral-orchestral masterworks and engaging programs for our community. Mike has done amazing work for Choral Music at Harvard this year, especially with our own community choir, HRC. He’ll be a fantastic leader for the Cambridge Chorus and will continue to do work behind the scenes for our choral program.

ANDREW CLARK will be staying home this summer and preparing for the 2013-2014 season with the Holden Choruses. He will most likely be perfecting his BBQ recipes, teaching his daughter to swim, and conducting the Harvard Summer Chorus.

*If you understand what this is, you’ve most likely been a member of the Holden Choirs.

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