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Two OUP Composers Featured at 2019 ACDA Conference

Released on December 3, 2018

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) has extended the invitation to acclaimed British composer John Rutter to headline, and has programed the North American premiere of Will Todd's Passion Music at the 2019 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, USA from February 27 to March 2, 2019.

In addition to composing and conducting a new work for ACDA's 60th Anniversary, Dr Rutter will lead four sessions during the four-day conference, including:

  • Two sessions on his newest major publication Sacred Choruses, a new, carefully researched collection of 28 renowned oratorio choruses and choral works from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.
  • "John Rutter's Anthems for All Seasons."
  • In conversation with Tim Sharp, ACDA's Executive Director.

"The American Choral Directors Association is thrilled to have John Rutter returning in a leading role for our biennial National Conference. John's work and career epitomizes the very best in choral music which we celebrate at our gatherings." says Tim Sharp.

Also featured at the conference is the North American premiere of Will Todd's Passion Music performed by Kantorei of Kansas City led by Chris Munce, a seven-piece jazz ensemble from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, gospel soloist Millie Edwards, and Will Todd on piano.

Passion Music continues the fusion of jazz and choral music so successfully blended in Will Todd's Mass in Blue.

While some sections are reflective, Todd also makes full use of his understanding of energetic jazz and gospel. The multi-movement work highlights different points in the Passion story, beginning with a new setting of 'Greater love has no man' and including an evocative 'Stabat Mater', a movement focusing on the seven last words of Christ, and a setting of 'Were you there when they crucified my Lord?'

About John Rutter

About Will Todd

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