THE SINGERS NOW ACCEPTING AUDITION MATERIALS FOR 2022-2023
April 20, 2022
The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, led by Artistic Director Matthew Culloton, announces auditions for the 2022-2023 concert season. The Singers share inspiring, innovative choral artistry that evolves with the changing world. The 2022-2023 season includes the following subscription series events:
OCTOBER 2022: Dominick Argento’s Walden Pond, Adolphus Hailstork’s Nocturne, and other works reminding us of the inspiring beauty of nature – and why we must work harder to save it!
DECEMBER 2022: What Sweeter Music: Christmas with The Singers is one of the Twin Cities’ beloved holiday traditions. Familiar carols and hot-off-the-press works make for a melodic and celebratory concert experience.
MARCH 2023: My Soul’s Repose: Music of Bach & Pärt features a collaboration with organist Aaron David Miller. Enjoy the musical and spiritual contrast of these two composers, one of whom employs a lot more notes than the other!
MAY 2023: Mars & Venus II: Music for Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus brings back a concert concept that audiences loved wildly a number of years ago. In addition to hearing our choir split in two, enjoy a few out-of-this-world moments from Timothy Takach’s HELIOS.
The Singers organization strongly encourages audition submissions from minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and anyone who can add to the artistic merit and vision of The Singers!
The Singers’ Mission
The Singers deliver compelling and thought-provoking performances and educational opportunities that can bridge cultural differences and invite appreciation of the choral art.
Our Core Values
These values will guide The Singers’ organization as it brings its mission and vision to life:
Respect & Openness
Learn how to complete this spring’s online audition application at:
Application deadline is Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 5 PM.
“This modern-day Passion will move many listeners to tears even as it reaches beyond tragedy to peace, understanding, and forgiveness.” – Chicago Tribune
SAINT PAUL – April 6, 2022 – The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists under the direction of Artistic Director Matthew Culloton, will bring the powerful story of Matthew Shepard to life with performances of Considering Matthew Shepard, May 8 at St. Andrews in Mahtomedi and May 15 at Ted Mann on the University of Minnesota Campus.
The oratorio composed by Minnesota native, Craig Hella Johnson tells the true story of Matthew Shepard, a young gay student in Wyoming who was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die. This powerful work masterfully uses song, narration, and video, to move audiences through the details of the event, arriving at a place of forgiveness, acceptance and in the end, love.
“Matt Shepard and his story have led me on an inspiring, challenging and deeply meaningful journey that I continue to this day,” says Johnson. “In composing Considering Matthew Shepard I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration, and unity around his life and legacy,” Another Minnesotan native, Poet Michael Dennis Browne, co-wrote the libretto with Johnson. Additional texts are drawn from Lesléa Newman’s collection of poetry “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard.” Elliot Forrest created the moving video and a small orchestra will accompany this production.
“Bringing this piece to life, one that is musically intricate and challenging, but also carries a powerful message of tragedy as a force for change is vital for healing that still takes place today,” says Culloton, “I knew programing this piece would be an important reminder, as well as a mirror for issues that remain prevalent even 20 years later.”
A panel discussion will directly follow each performance with some very special guests and surprise moments for the audience, including members of Minnesota’s One Voice Mixed Chorus. The Singers are grateful to Rick and Linda Glasgow’s eLJay Foundation for their generous support of this production and The Singers.
For more information on tickets and The Singers, please visit www.singersmca.org or call (651) 917-1948. This concert will be performed under the health controls set by each venue.
Considering Matthew Shepard:
Sat 05.08.22, 3:00p | St. Andrew’s Lutheran, Mahtomedi
Sun 05.15.22, 3:00p | Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota*
About The Singers:
The Singers, Minnesota Choral Artists is a 40-voice professional choir dedicated to giving world-class performances of the finest choral literature. Formed in 2004 and led by Artistic Director Dr. Matthew Culloton, The Singers is nationally recognized for their musical excellence, innovative programming, and commitment to new music.
Now in its 18th Season, The Singers have premiered and commissioned nearly 80 new works by composers including Stephen Paulus, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Timothy Takach, Linda Kachelmeier, Abbie Betinis, Jocelyn Hagen, Joshua Shank, Craig Carnahan, and conductor Matthew Culloton. The 10th CD recording, Come to the Woods, was released in the fall of 2021.
THE SINGERS CELEBRATE CHORAL ICON DALE WARLAND WITH 90TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT, ALUMNI CHOIR, AND WORLD PREMIERE WORK IN HIS HONOR
SAINT PAUL—January 19, 2022—The Singers and Artistic Director Matthew Culloton present ‘Dale Warland at 90: A Legacy Celebration’ to honor choral icon Dale Warland’s impact on artists and the Twin Cities community at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Sunday, March 13 at 3 PM.
For 32 seasons, Dale Warland led his internationally acclaimed ensemble, the Dale Warland Singers, leaving an indelible mark on professional choral music making in this country. The organization commissioned 270 works and made 29 recordings while providing an artistic home for singers here in the Twin Cities. After disbanding the choir in 2004, he went on to conduct the SPCO Chorale, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale, and continued composing for choirs around the country. Read more
(St. Paul, MN) The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists (“The Singers”) has enthusiastically appointed Janette Davis to the position of Executive Director.
Ms. Davis brings over two decades of arts and nonprofit leadership experience, having guided organizations through program growth, innovation, and strategic execution.
The season launches in October with Music in the Park, returning to live performances in both outdoor and indoor locations, followed by the beloved What Sweeter Music Christmas performances in December. 2022 brings two marquee concerts: Dale Warland at 90, a Legacy Celebration at Orchestra Hall March 13, honors the celebrated career of Minnesota’s choral icon on the eve of his 90th Birthday. The choir will perform some of Dale’s favorite works and share the world premiere of Changed By Beauty by Composer-in-Residence Timothy C. Takach set in the poetry of Brian Newhouse, himself an alum of the Dale Warland Singers. In May, the choir presents composer Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard.
THE SINGERS WILL PERFORM OUT AND INDOORS THIS WEEKEND!
SAT October 2 at 2pm,Minnehaha Falls Bandshell;
CANCELLED DUE WEATHER! SAT October 2 at 6pm, Centennial Lakes, Edina;
SUN October 3 at 3pm, House of Hope, St. Paul (indoors)
Enjoy Season 1 of The Singers’ Vault, hosted by Matthew Culloton and featuring live performances and interviews – lots of footage never heard before!
Members of The Singers organization share their favorite songs during the month of August.
As we’re spending so much time at home or away from concert halls, we’ll be sharing some playlists from our singers, board and staff members these coming weeks. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and you’ll get a notification whenever a new playlist is added. The first playlist comes from our newly-elected Board President Joe Osowski and you can find it HERE
8/11/2020 Listening Series # 2: Jessica Bandelin, alto
8/18/2020 Listening Series #3: Krin McMillen, soprano
8/24/2020 Listening Series #4: Eeva Savolainen, operations manager