Hi Jonathon - so sorry but i only just saw this comment. I'm afraid that i've been neglecting this account too much. However, they actually went very well in the end. I've written a blog about them all if you want to check it out. http://babybeazletakesondramaschool.blogspot.co.uk/ But I'm actually most of the way through my first term at drama school in London studying Musical Theatre now! Also, a huge reason why i've been so negligent to this page is not only because i have been so busy with this course but also because i was actually cast as Johanna in a regional production of Sweeney Todd this Summer which didn't really give me any time to even breathe (especially in that corset!)! Hope all's well with you and the musical exchange!
Thanks Jonathan! I'm so excited to be playing at Carnegie Hall in April 2014! We don't have set pieces yet, but probably Hungarian Dance, Souvenir de Florence, and either Dvorak or Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings plus other chamber string pieces!
Thanks for featuring us! The Stanford was definitely faster than I would've liked, but given the number of pieces we learned in such a short time, I'm decently happy with it (17 pieces for two concerts in the two weeks we were there). Our conductor last year was Paul Tucker who currently teaches at KU, I think. Jeffrey Grogan conducted the orchestra, which performed the Forebird suite and Mahler 1. This year Andre Thomas is conducting the choir and Scott Parkman will conduct the orchestra. The camp's website is oaiquartz.org, if you want more information.
It's the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Chorus, which I had the immense pleasure of singing in last summer. And thank you! The paulus, I felt was a little on the fast side, but I rather think our conductor was erring slightly on the side of caution, as it's *very* easy to let the piece drag. As for the Rheinberger, I think it's almost a perfect tempo, though maybe a hair fast. It brings out the pleading in the text and doesn't sit too long or let any notes go stale. I the fuller passages I think we could've relaxed a bit more though.