Thanks for visiting The Singers! As you can imagine, The Singers are facing a very difficult time in its history, and we are extremely grateful for any help you can share. Even though live performances are not happening, our entire Board and staff have been hard at work strengthening the organization for our return to in-person activities as soon as possible. During this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors has teamed with Forte Leadership (Nadine Wethington, founder) out of Washington D.C. to create new a Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and codify our Organizational Values. At the same time, Matthew Culloton has presented his Artistic Vision, steering the organization into the next decade. These documents will be approved by the Board in November 2020 and then shared with our community of supporters.
We hope you have a chance to listen to the new podcast, The Singers' Vault, hosted by Matthew Culloton (and available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and other outlets). Each episode features rarely heard live concert footage from 2004-2020, as well as interviews with our singer artists and favorite composers. We are proud to host a digital concert season this year, highlighting Minnesota composers Timothy Takach, Jocelyn Hagen, Craig Carnahan, Edie Hill, and others! Check out singersmca.org to learn more.
All of us at The Singers wish you and yours good health and as much optimism as you can muster in these difficult days. Our "constant" remains the impactful presence of choral music in our lives. We are continually embracing the silver linings that from time to time do appear, and we are hard at work considering how we will continue to evolve in this changing world.
ABOUT THE SINGERS
Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Matthew Culloton, The Singers organization is dedicated to giving world-class performances of the finest choral literature. The Singers, a professional choir of 40 members, exists to serve as artists, educators, and ambassadors of the choral art. Recognized nationally for their innovative programming, commitment to new music, educational offerings geared toward high school singers, and peerless artistic quality, The Singers made their debut at the renowned Ravinia Festival (summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) in June 2013 and followed that with a second performance in the summer of 2014. The choir has since performed two more times – a Christmas program in December 2015 and in June 2016 honoring conductor/arranger Robert Shaw. In 2017, the choir made their debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, teaming on Handel’s Messiah. The remarkable collaboration led to two engagements with the SPCO in The Singers’ 15th Anniversary Season: Bach’s St. John Passion in November 2018 and Handel’s Messiah in December 2018. Messiah was again be presented in December 2019, and online in December 2020.
Artistic Director Matthew Culloton taught public school vocal music in outstate Minnesota (Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Schools) and in the Twin Cities (Hopkins High School). Creating meaningful collaborations with student-aged singers remains one of our highest priority. Educational partnerships in Minnesota have allowed thousands of high school students to sing shoulder-to-shoulder with our artists. These partnerships have brought The Singers to most regions of the state to collaborate with high school choirs in Virginia, Blue Earth, Owatonna, Saint Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Duluth, St. Michael- Albertville, Buffalo, and more. Artistic Director Matthew Culloton, himself a former public school music educator, donates his time to do classroom visits to schools throughout Minnesota, often providing masterclasses ahead of concert performances, district festivals, or similar events.
NEW MUSIC & RECORDINGS
The Singers have premiered and commissioned nearly 90 new works by composers including Stephen Paulus, Abbie Betinis, Jocelyn Hagen, Joshua Shank, Craig Carnahan, and conductor Matthew Culloton. From 2004-2014, Betinis, Hagen, and Shank served as Composers-in-Residence with the ensemble. Large-scale commissions have included Timothy Takach’s Helios (2019) and At Home (2019), Joshua Shank’s He Was Singing (2012) and Jocelyn Hagen’s amass (2011). Nine CD recordings have been released, including Lauridsen: Mid-Winter Songs which is featured prominently in Shining Night, about the life of internationally recognized composer Morten Lauridsen. Splendid Jewel: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus contains the world premiere recordings of ten works written by one of Minnesota’s most-beloved composers. The latest recording is René Clausen: Tonight Eternity Alone, celebrating Clausen’s work as one of America’s leading composers.
Learn about some of the impactful educational work that The Singers offer! WWW.SINGERSMCA.ORG/EDUCATION