2020 COA Masterworks Dan Forrest

COA Masterworks Series
The Music of Dan Forrest

Dan Forrest, Composer-in-Residence
Dr. Sandra Snow, Conductor

NYC + Lincoln Center
March 19-21, 2020


The COA Masterwork Series is designed for choirs looking to perform a major, extended masterwork from a well-known, living composer in a massed choir setting. Join us in New York City with Composer-in-Residence Dan Forrest for a concert production of his new work Lux or Jubilate Deo (participating choirs will be assigned to the massed choir performing one of these two works).

Event highlights include extensive collaborative massed choir rehearsals with the composer and COA’s Master Conductor, Sandra Snow, significant interaction with the composer, singing with Dr. Snow, performing with a professional chamber orchestra in world-famous David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, and celebrating with others on our optional, post-concert dinner-dance celebration cruise! This event is open to all choral ensembles. Join Dan Forrest, Sandra Snow, and choirs from across the country in the “Big Apple” for this once in a lifetime experience!

Festival Inclusions (pre-trip preparation):
    • Festival chorus development and preparation assistance from COA’s staff
    • Professionally curated part tracks (mp3)
    • Rehearsal notes from the composer, curated by COA’s Artistic Director, Christopher Scott Olin
    • Concert advertising and audience development
    • Concert poster with ensemble name listed
Festival Inclusions (pre-concert preparation):
    • Rehearsal venues in NYC
    • Three massed choir rehearsals (one dress) for each participating choir led by Sandra Snow and Dan Forrest
    • Professional collaborative pianist for all rehearsals in NYC
    • Soundcheck at concert venue
Festival Inclusions (concert performance):
    • Professional production team dedicated to the performance (stage crew, house management, ushers, box office personnel, etc.)
    • Composer-in-Residence: Dan Forrest | Conductor: Sandra Snow
    • Massed Choir Concert Performance of either Dan Forrest’s Lux or Jubilate Deo (per massed choir assignment) in Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall (formerly, Avery Fisher Hall)
    • Concert performance accompanied by professional chamber orchestra and soloists (according to repertoire)
    • Opportunity to attend performance to hear other concert part
    • Official concert program with ensemble bio and singer names
    • Official concert photographer with option to purchase concert photos after residency weekend
    • One archival recording of your performance
    • Commemorative plaque for each ensemble with Director’s name and the name of the ensemble
    • (Optional) DJ Brunch / Dance cruise celebration on Sunday morning

Festival Itinerary:

March 19, 2020 – Morning or Afternoon Rehearsal with Dan Forrest and Sandra Snow
March 20, 2020 – Morning or Afternoon Rehearsal with Dan Forrest and Sandra Snow
March 21, 2020 – Rehearsal, Sound Check, and Concert Performance with Dan Forrest, Sandra Snow, and a professional chamber orchestra (Optional DJ Brunch / Dance Celebration Cruise on Sunday, March 22, 2020)

♬ Festival Only Rate: $199.00 per performer
♬ Directors & Chaperones (1 for every 10 performers): Free
♬ Optional DJ Brunch / Dance Cruise: $54.00 each (Director free)

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Dan Forrest (Short Bio): Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as “a composer of substance,” whose works have been hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture,” and “superb choral writing…full of spine-tingling moments.” Since his first publication in 2001, Dan’s music has sold more than a million copies. His music is already firmly established in the repertoire of choirs throughout the United States and abroad. Dan’s choral works have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, the ALCM Raabe Prize, and many others. His commissioned choral works have been premiered in major venues around the world, ranging from the World Choral Symposium (Argentina) to Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan) to Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and ACDA conventions. Dan is highly active in the choral publishing industry (maintaining a choral series in his name with Hinshaw Music), and has published with more than a dozen publishers. For Dan’s more detailed bio, please Click Here

Dr. Sandra Snow (Short Bio): Sandra Snow holds appointments in conducting and music education in the Michigan State University College of Music, where she interacts with undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of conducting, choral pedagogy, and choral singing. She conducts the Michigan State University Women’s Chorale, an ensemble that appeared at consecutive ACDA conferences a few years ago. She also conducts All-State and honor choirs across the United States annually. She also regularly presents at state conferences, headlining sessions for ACDA and NAfME. Professor Snow is author of the DVD “Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success” (GIA, 2009), a resource for conductor-teachers at all levels of teaching. In addition, she is a contributing author of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choirs, Vol. 3 (GIA, 2011) and Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success (GIA, in press). She edits the choral music series In High Voice by Boosey & Hawkes and is the Artistic Director for the Choral Music Experience Institute (http://www.choralmusicexperience.com/). For Sandra’s more detailed bio, please Click Here