Cats to Take Carnegie Hall

The UA will be well-represented at Carnegie Hall during a May 5 concert.
April 30, 2012
The UA's Bruce Chamberlain and others with ties to the University will conduct at Carnegie Hall on May 5.
The UA's Bruce Chamberlain and others with ties to the University will conduct at Carnegie Hall on May 5.

Bruce Chamberlain, director of choral activities at the University of Arizona School of Music, will conduct the New York City Chamber Orchestra and Masterworks Chorus in an all-Brahms program in the famed Carnegie Hall.

The May 5 concert features Brahms choral masterpieces "Nanie, Op. 82" and "Schicksalslied, Op. 54." The Masterworks Chorus combines collegiate and community choruses from around the country and will include two choirs directed by UA alumni Adam Eggleston and Scott Finch.

Also featured in the first half of the concert will be UA alumnus Lee Nelson conducting a chorus of outstanding high school students from around the country in an all a cappella program. Lee, director of choral activities at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, was the 2005 winner of the National Choral Conducting Competition sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association during his doctoral studies at the UA.

Chamberlain, also director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, has more than 30 years  of professional and collegiate experience.

In addition to the standing-room-only performances by the Arizona Choir on campus this year, his guest conducting dates have included the Tennessee All-State Orchestra in February, an ACDA Central Division Conference in March, an all-Brahms concert with the New York Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall in May, followed by a performance with the National Arabian Choir in Dubai, UAE, and he will conclude the summer conducting concerti grossi of Handel, Bach and Stravinsky on the Saint Andrews Bach Society concert series in August.

Previously, Chamberlain has appeared with the symphony orchestras  of St. Petersburg (Russia), San Antonio (Texas), Jackson (Tennessee),  the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Florida), Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Czech Virtuosi Orchestra (Brno), Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Festival Orchestra of Iowa and most recently, the SoliAll Philharmonic and Ryul Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Korea.

Chamberlain won the National Conducting Competition sponsored by the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles in 1987 and in 1990 was selected from an international field of conductors as the only American to conduct on the final concert of the prestigious 21st Annual Oregon Bach Festival.

His reputation as a conducting pedagogue has attracted students from every region of the U.S. and from five of the seven continents to Tucson to study in the UA graduate choral conducting program.

Now recognized as one of the leading programs of its kind, participating UA graduate choral conducting students have been finalists in the last six ACDA National Conducting Competitions Graduate Division and winners in 2005 and 2011 along with winning the Julius Herford Prize for outstanding research in choral music in 2007.