St. Paul’s Concert Chorale
John Smedstad, director
Henry Lowe, organist
Monday March 19, 2012
Herrngasse 91541, Rothenburg o.d.T. (map)
Program to be selected from
Ave verum — Gabriel Faure
Ave Maria — Gabriel Faure
Maria, mater gratiae — Gabriel Faure
Selections from Nine Psalm Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter — Thomas Tallis
Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen — Heinrich Issac
Die Nacht — Franz Schubert
Ich Schwing mein Horn — Johannes Brahms
Jefferson, a traditional American Shape-Note Hymn
Wondrous Love — Betty Bertaux
The St. Paul’s Concert Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble on the campus of St. Paul’s School for Boys, an independent day school located north of Baltimore, MD. The St. Paul’s Concert Chorale is an auditioned male chorus comprised of boys whose ages range from 15 to 18 years old. Their primary focus is on the performance of meritorious choral repertoire from throughout Western Music History. Every two years, the St. Paul’s Concert Chorale embarks on a choir tour. Past tours have included Germany, Iceland, and, most recently, the U.S. Desert Southwest. The choir is tremendously grateful for the opportunity to sing throughout Southern Germany and Austria.
Mr. John Smedstad is in his sixth year as Director of Choirs at St. Paul’s School for Boys where he also teaches International Baccalaureate Music and Theory of Knowledge courses. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Smedstad was the director of the Women’s Choir at Oklahoma State University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Smedstad is an active clinician and performer. He currently holds the Music Chair for the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
The choir will be accompanied by acclaimed organist Henry Lowe. During his forty-five-year career as church musician, Henry Lowe has served parishes in Baltimore, New York City, Hamilton, Massachusetts and Cincinnati, Ohio. He came to The Church of The Redeemer in 1984 where he leads choirs of children and adults in weekly rehearsals and liturgies. For twenty-two-years he has enriched a strong musical tradition with monthly concerts of choral, organ and instrumental music including such masterpieces as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Under his leadership the Adult Choir has been invited to sing at many churches in the Baltimore-Washington area as well as Carnegie Hall, New York City. His recital career has taken him to many parts of the United States, England, Holland and France, playing at such noteworthy places as St, Paul’s Cathedral, London and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.