Shawn Kirchner

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Born: b. 1970
Nationality: American
Education/Training:
MA in Choral Conducting (University of Iowa) with William Hatcher and Richard Bloesch; BA in Peace Studies (Manchester College); recently mentored/inspired by study with Alice Parker and Steven Stucky
Best Known For:
his arrangement of the Kenyan song Wana Baraka, now performed throughout the choral community world-wide, including Her Majesty Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Celebration in May 2012 at Windsor Castle
Notable Compositions:
recent projects include Songs of Ascent, psalm settings for chorus/strings for LAMC; Plath Songs, settings of the late poems of Sylvia Plath for chorus, piano, and percussion; Behold New Joy, a Latin carol suite commissioned by LAMC in 2011 and expanded to an orchestral version at the request of Oxford University Press; arrangements for chamber orchestra, children’s choir and soloists of movements from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5  for Jacaranda; We Need A Little Rain, a jazz songwriting project
Assignments:
appointed Swan Family Composer in Residence for LAMC from 2012-2015; professional chorister with the Oriana Singers, Chicago Choral Artists and Rockefeller Chapel Choir; pianist for the Lyric Opera's Center for American Arts and LAMC; Director of Choral Activities at the University of La Verne; Minister of Music/composer-in-residence at the La Verne Church of the Brethren
Curious Facts:
13 seasons as a tenor with LAMC, also appeared as a soloist in works of Pärt, Monk, Ramirez, Lauridsen, and Pérotin, and as pianist for various concerts; his first LAMC commission was the Neruda sonnet setting, Tu Voz, for the 2007 High School Choir Festival; special interest in folk music (plays guitar and banjo) and has performed widely with the folk group Kindling; in 2006 wrote Meet Me on the Mountain, a set of bluegrass/country songs inspired by Brokeback Mountain (CD available in the concert hall’s gift store); published by Oxford, Boosey & Hawkes, Santa Barbara and Shawn Kirchner Publishing
REPERTOIRE : Sweet Little Jesus Boy
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/08/2007
Holiday Wonders 12/15/2007
A Carolful Christmas 12/17/1982
A Carolful Christmas 12/18/1982
A Carolful Christmas 12/19/1982
REPERTOIRE : The Holly and the Ivy
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/08/2007
Holiday Wonders 12/15/2007
Home for the Holidays 12/17/1995
Sounds of the Season 12/12/1992
Sounds of the Season 12/13/1992
Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
Holiday Wonders 12/11/2010
Festival of Carols 12/05/2015
Festival of Carols 12/12/2015
REPERTOIRE : Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/08/2007
Holiday Wonders 12/15/2007
A Children's Holiday Celebration 12/17/1994
Home for the Holidays 12/18/1994
Christmas with the Chorale 12/17/1972
Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/08/2012
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/15/2012
REPERTOIRE : Brightest and Best
CONCERTDATES
Rejoice! 12/10/2006
Holiday Wonders 12/13/2008
Holiday Wonders 12/06/2008
Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/08/2012
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/15/2012
Festival of Carols 12/07/2013
Festival of Carols 12/14/2013
Festival of Carols 12/13/2014
Festival of Carols 12/05/2015
Festival of Carols 12/12/2015
REPERTOIRE : Tu Voz
CONCERTDATES
18th Annual High School Choir Festival 05/03/2007
Mexican Baroque and Beyond 06/12/2007
23rd Annual High School Choir Festival 05/04/2012
Composers Live! 10/15/2015
REPERTOIRE : La farolera
CONCERTDATES
Mexican Baroque and Beyond 06/12/2007
REPERTOIRE : Wana Baraka
CONCERTDATES
47th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration 12/24/2006
Holiday Wonders 12/07/2004
Share 05/21/2006
Holiday Wonders 12/13/2008
Sierra: Missa Latina 05/31/2009
Holiday Wonders 12/06/2008
Rejoice: Respighi + Rutter 12/14/2008
Lauridsen and Friends 03/10/2009
16th Annual High School Choir Festival 05/03/2005
Holiday Wonders 12/11/2004
Masters In the Chapel 05/16/2009
Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
22nd Annual High School Choir Festival 04/15/2011
Festival of Carols 12/07/2013
Festival of Carols 12/14/2013
REPERTOIRE : Bright Morning Stars
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/13/2008
Holiday Wonders 12/06/2008
Americana 05/23/2010
REPERTOIRE : Joy to the World with All This Night My Heart Rejoices
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/13/2008
Holiday Wonders 12/06/2008
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
REPERTOIRE : Silent Night
CONCERTDATES
Rejoice! 12/13/2009
Festival of Carols 12/05/2015
Festival of Carols 12/12/2015
REPERTOIRE : As I Looked Out
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas 12/14/2014
REPERTOIRE : Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
Holiday Wonders 12/11/2010
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/08/2012
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/15/2012
LA County Christmas Eve 12/24/2009
Festival of Carols 12/07/2013
Festival of Carols 12/14/2013
Festival of Carols 12/05/2015
Festival of Carols 12/12/2015
REPERTOIRE : Unclouded Day (from "Heavenly Home" Suite)
CONCERTDATES
Americana 05/23/2010
HSCF: Chamber Singers 04/15/2011
Lux Aeterna 10/16/2011
50th Season Celebration 09/22/2013
The Ascending Voice III: An International Symposium of Sacred A Cappella Music 05/09/2013
Lux Aeterna 06/17/2017
Lux Aeterna 06/18/2017
REPERTOIRE : Angel Band (from "Heavenly Home" Suite)
CONCERTDATES
Americana 05/23/2010
Lux Aeterna 10/16/2011
Lux Aeterna 06/17/2017
Lux Aeterna 06/18/2017
REPERTOIRE : Hallelujah (from "Heavenly Home" Suite)
CONCERTDATES
Americana 05/23/2010
Lux Aeterna 10/16/2011
Lux Aeterna 06/17/2017
Lux Aeterna 06/18/2017
REPERTOIRE : Memorare
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders 12/11/2010
Lux Aeterna at St. Andrew's 11/06/2011
Made in L.A. 11/15/2015
REPERTOIRE : Once In Royal David's City
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
REPERTOIRE : One Sweet Little Baby
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/08/2012
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/15/2012
Festival of Carols 12/07/2013
Festival of Carols 12/14/2013
Festival of Carols 12/05/2015
Festival of Carols 12/12/2015
REPERTOIRE : Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/08/2012
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/15/2012
Rejoice! Brass Tidings 12/13/2015
REPERTOIRE : Who am I, Child of Wonder?
CONCERTDATES
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
REPERTOIRE : Plath Songs
CONCERTDATES
American Songs & Spirituals 06/02/2013
REPERTOIRE : Rocking Carol
CONCERTDATES
Festival of Carols 12/07/2013
Festival of Carols 12/14/2013
REPERTOIRE : Pat-a-Pan
CONCERTDATES
Festival of Carols 12/07/2013
Festival of Carols 12/14/2013
Festival of Carols 12/13/2014
REPERTOIRE : Songs of Ascent
CONCERTDATES
Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : Inscapes
CONCERTDATES
Today, Tomorrow & Beyond 06/08/2014
REPERTOIRE : Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
CONCERTDATES
Festival of Carols 12/13/2014
REPERTOIRE : I'll Be On My Way (from "Meet Me on the Mountain")
CONCERTDATES
Composers Live! 10/15/2015
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