Opus, under the direction of Dr. Kevin L. Baker, will perform selections by Benjamin Britten, Thomas Morley, John Dowland and John Farmer. The Wasatch Chorale, under the direction of artistic director Dr. Reed Criddle will perform a series of pieces of many faiths.
Originating in 1974, the Wasatch Chorale was first known as the Civic Oratorio Society and in 1980 became the Utah Valley Choral Society. In 1999, the Board of Trustees approved a shorter name for the Choir: Wasatch Chorale. Under the leadership of Jacob Bos, Lois Johnson, Dr. J. Arden Hopkin, and Dyanne Riley, the Wasatch Chorale established itself as the premier community chorus in Utah Valley. The Wasatch Chorale has performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City three times, performing Mozart's Requiem in 2001, Durufle's Requiem in 2007 and John Rutter's Requiem in 2008. In May 2010, in celebration of the Wasatch Chorale's 35th season, the choir toured England and Scotland. Dr. Reed Criddle became artistic director of the Wasatch Chorale in 2010. Under Dr. Criddle's direction the chorale has continued to rise to new levels of discipline and musicianship. The chorale has also widened its repertoire, performing everything from great masterworks to jazz, contemporary pieces, world music, and more. In performing music of this variety and caliber, the Wasatch Chorale fulfills its mission to perform high-quality, engaging, entertaining music for the community. In 2012 Dr. Criddle formed a new chamber ensemble from within the ranks of the Wasatch Chorale: Ars Nova. Ars Nova means "New Art," after an innovative musical style of composition that marked the transition from the late Middle Ages to the early Renaissance. Ars Nova's mission is to further this spirit of innovation in the twenty-first century.
Kevin L. Baker, Ph.D., joined the faculty at Southern Utah University as Director of Choral Activities in the fall of 2011. He directs the Concert Choir and Opus as well as teaches choral conducting, choral techniques and studio voice. A native of Missouri, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University and earned a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and the Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He has studied conducting with Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Duncan Couch, and Mr. Edward Dolbashian; voice with Dr. Lee Snook; and has performed master classes with or sung under Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Dr. Douglas McEwen, Mr. Rodney Eichenberger and Dr. Charlene Archebeque. His teaching career has encompassed nearly every educational level from elementary
through junior high and high school and to two-year colleges and universities. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, and has lectured at the Missouri Choral Directors Association state convention presenting a workshop on “The Care and Feeding of the Adult Amateur Voice.” He has adjudicated for the Six Flags over America Corporation, judged contests across the state of Missouri at both the district and state level, and worked with numerous all-conference, district, and local choral groups in festivals and clinics in Wisconsin, Missouri and Utah.
Experience the sounds of two distinctive choral ensembles by attending this remarkable musical evening. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.