Shawn Kirchner

 
Seasons with Chorale: 17
Previous LAMC solos:
Voice Part CHORALE: Tenor
Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
Education/Training:
MA in Choral Conducting (University of Iowa); BA in Peace Studies (Manchester University); voice with Elsa Charlston (Chicago)
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do? I keep out of trouble (and get into some) writing music.  After a number of years of running my own publishing, I'm in the process of handing my choral catalog over to Boosey & Hawkes.  Oxford and Santa Barbara have my ea
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
I often work with choirs that are performing/commissioning my pieces; I share leadership of the vibrant church music program at La Verne Church of the Brethren with LAMC mezzo Niké St. Clair.
Guest Appearances: This last year, I performed with Atlanta Master Chorale at the national ACDA convention on a new piece of mine; composer residencies with Lorelei Ensemble (Boston), Cal State LA, Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey, and San Diego Summer Choral Festival.
Recording/TV/Film:
My Neruda settings Tu voz and Tu sangre en la mia are featured on Conspirare's Grammy-nominated recording Pablo Neruda: the Poet Sings; a brief appearance as a church choir singer on an episode of Transparent; choral singing on two dozen feature film soundtracks
Highlights of your musical career:
Serving as LAMC's Swan Family Composer in Residence (2012-2015) and the subsequent world premieres of Plath Songs, Inscapes, and Songs of Ascent; having my arrangement Wana Baraka featured in celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle, sung by the Nairobi Chamber Choir; directing music for a nationally-broadcast CBS Christmas Eve special in 2004, "Enter the Light of Life"; writing and recording my bluegrass album Meet Me on the Mountain.
Favorite choral work(s):
James Macmillan's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Arvo Pärt's The Beatitudes; works of Heinrich Schutz and J.S. Bach, Irving Fine's Have you seen the white lily grow?
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
LAMC's amazing 2004 Duke Ellington Sacred Services collaborative concert with the Luckman Jazz Orchestra and the mesmerizing Darius de Haas, the beaming, show-stealing tap dancer Ardie Bryant, and the incomparable Nolan Shaheed on trumpet
What are you listening to these days? In general, I can't listen to much, because I'm always in deadline-mode trying to finish a new composition.  But I really enjoyed some Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles, and Dolly Parton on a roadtrip this summer.
Online Headshot: bio-kirchner-shawn.jpg
Where do you live in L.A.? La Verne
CONCERT LINKS DATES
Composers Live!
Tenor, I'll Be On My Way (from "Meet Me on the Mountain")
10/15/2015
Renaissance: Reawakened
Tenor, Western Wind Mass Sanctus/Benedictus
11/16/2014
Minimalist Masterworks
duplum, Sederunt principes
04/06/2014
Tribute to Lauridsen
Tenor, Ave Dulcissima Maria
03/16/2014
50th Season Celebration
Piano, My Love's in Germany
09/22/2013
50th Season Celebration
Piano, I'll Ay Call in by Yon Town
09/22/2013
American Songs & Spirituals
Piano, Plath Songs
06/02/2013
American Songs & Spirituals
Piano, Tarantella
06/02/2013
Americana
Tenor, Bright Morning Stars
05/23/2010
Americana
Tenor, Cindy
05/23/2010
Soundscape: Monk & Pärt
Tenor, Miserere
04/11/2010
Folksongs: Brahms + Copland
Tenor, Karelian Destiny, a Cycle of Runic Songs
03/29/2009
Lauridsen and Friends
Tenor, Ching a Ring Chaw
03/10/2009
Lauridsen and Friends
Tenor, Zion's Walls
03/10/2009
Ignite: Haydn + Ramirez
Tenor, Misa Criolla (Creole Mass)
04/22/2007
Rejoice!
Tenor, Brightest and Best
12/10/2006
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