Composer

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 : La farolera
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Mexican Baroque and Beyond 06/12/2007
REPERTOIRE : Plath Songs
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American Songs & Spirituals 06/02/2013
REPERTOIRE : Inscapes
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Today, Tomorrow & Beyond 06/08/2014
REPERTOIRE : I'll Be On My Way (from "Meet Me on the Mountain")
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Composers Live! 10/15/2015
REPERTOIRE : Wana Baraka
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28th Annual High School Choir Festival 04/21/2017
REPERTOIRE : Wana Baraka
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28th Annual High School Choir Festival 04/21/2017
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Big Sing L.A. (2017) 06/24/2017
REPERTOIRE : Songs of Ascent
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : I. Psalm 132: "Lord, remember David"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : Songs of Ascent
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : O! What a Beautiful City
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Festival of Carols with Eric Whitacre 12/07/2019
REPERTOIRE : II. Psalm 122: "I was glad when they said unto me"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : III. Psalm 131: "Lord, my heart is not haughty"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : IV. Psalm 127: "Except the Lord build the house"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : IV. Psalm 128: "Blessed is every one that loveth the Lord"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : V. Psalm 124: "If it had not been the Lord"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : VI. Psalm 120: "In my distress I cried unto the Lord"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : VII. Psalm 129: "Many a time have they afflicted me"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : VIII. Psalm 130: "Out of the depths"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : IX. Psalm 121: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : IX. Psalm 126: "They that sow in tears"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : X. Psalm 133: "Behold, how good and how pleasant"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : X. Psalm 134: "Behold, bless ye the Lord"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/23/2018
REPERTOIRE : I. Psalm 132: "Lord, remember David"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : II. Psalm 122: "I was glad when they said unto me"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : III. Psalm 131: "Lord, my heart is not haughty"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : IV. Psalm 127: "Except the Lord build the house"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : IV. Psalm 128: "Blessed is every one that loveth the Lord"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : V. Psalm 124: "If it had not been the Lord"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : VI. Psalm 120: "In my distress I cried unto the Lord"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : VII. Psalm 129: "Many a time have they afflicted me"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : VIII. Psalm 130: "Out of the depths"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : IX. Psalm 121: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : IX. Psalm 126: "They that sow in tears"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : X. Psalm 133: "Behold, how good and how pleasant"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : X. Psalm 134: "Behold, bless ye the Lord"
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The Mozart Requiem 09/22/2018
REPERTOIRE : Heavenly Home
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Big Sing California 07/21/2018
REPERTOIRE : Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
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Lux Aeterna (Choir Night) 06/22/2017
REPERTOIRE : I. Unclouded Day
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Lux Aeterna (Choir Night) 06/22/2017
REPERTOIRE : II. Angel Band
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Lux Aeterna (Choir Night) 06/22/2017
REPERTOIRE : III. Hallelujah
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Lux Aeterna (Choir Night) 06/22/2017
REPERTOIRE : Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
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Lux Aeterna (Gala) 06/18/2017
REPERTOIRE : I. Unclouded Day
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Lux Aeterna (Gala) 06/18/2017
REPERTOIRE : II. Angel Band
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Lux Aeterna (Gala) 06/18/2017
REPERTOIRE : III. Hallelujah
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Lux Aeterna (Gala) 06/18/2017
REPERTOIRE : Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
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Lux Aeterna 06/17/2017
REPERTOIRE : I. Unclouded Day
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Lux Aeterna 06/17/2017
REPERTOIRE : II. Angel Band
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Lux Aeterna 06/17/2017
REPERTOIRE : III. Hallelujah
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Lux Aeterna 06/17/2017
REPERTOIRE : O, What a Beautiful City
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Festival of Carols 12/10/2016
REPERTOIRE : O, What a Beautiful City
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Festival of Carols 12/03/2016
REPERTOIRE : Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas
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Rejoice! Brass Tidings 12/13/2015
REPERTOIRE : Memorare
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Made in L.A. 11/15/2015
REPERTOIRE : Songs of Ascent
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : I. Psalm 132: "Lord, Remember David"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : II. Psalm 122: "I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : III. Psalm 127: "Except the Lord Build the House"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : Psalm 128: "Blessed is Every One that [Loveth] the Lord"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : IV. Psalm 131: "Lord, My Heart is not Haughty"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : Interlude: Psalm 120 "In My Distress I Cried Unto the Lord"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : V. Psalm 130: "Out of the Depths"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : VI. Psalm 121: "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : VII. Psalm 133: "Behold, How Good and How Pleasant"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : Psalm 134: "Behold, Bless Ye the Lord"
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Songs of Ascent 03/08/2015
REPERTOIRE : As I Looked Out
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Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas 12/14/2014
REPERTOIRE : 1. The Windhover
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Today, Tomorrow & Beyond 06/08/2014
REPERTOIRE : 2. Inversnaid
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Today, Tomorrow & Beyond 06/08/2014
REPERTOIRE : 3. Binsey Poplars
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Today, Tomorrow & Beyond 06/08/2014
REPERTOIRE : 4. 'As kingfishers catch fire'
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Today, Tomorrow & Beyond 06/08/2014
REPERTOIRE : Unclouded Day
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50th Season Celebration 09/22/2013
REPERTOIRE : Behold New Joy
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Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/15/2012
REPERTOIRE : Behold New Joy
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Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/08/2012
REPERTOIRE : Tu Voz
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23rd Annual High School Choir Festival 05/04/2012
REPERTOIRE : Joy to the World with All This Night My Heart Rejoices
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Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
REPERTOIRE : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
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Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
REPERTOIRE : Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas
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Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/10/2011
REPERTOIRE : Joy to the World with All This Night My Heart Rejoices
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Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
REPERTOIRE : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
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Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
REPERTOIRE : Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas
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Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols 12/03/2011
REPERTOIRE : Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
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Lux Aeterna 10/16/2011
REPERTOIRE : 1. Unclouded Day
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Lux Aeterna 10/16/2011
REPERTOIRE : 2. Angel Band
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Lux Aeterna 10/16/2011
REPERTOIRE : 3. Hallelujah
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Lux Aeterna 10/16/2011
REPERTOIRE : Wana Baraka
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22nd Annual High School Choir Festival 04/15/2011
REPERTOIRE : Unclouded Day
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HSCF: Chamber Singers 04/15/2011
REPERTOIRE : Momorare
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Holiday Wonders 12/11/2010
REPERTOIRE : Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
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Americana 05/23/2010
REPERTOIRE : Unclouded Day
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Americana 05/23/2010
REPERTOIRE : Angel Band
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Americana 05/23/2010
REPERTOIRE : Hallelujah
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Americana 05/23/2010
REPERTOIRE : Bright Morning Stars
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Americana 05/23/2010
REPERTOIRE : The Holly and the Ivy
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Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
REPERTOIRE : Silent Night
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Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
REPERTOIRE : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
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Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
REPERTOIRE : As I Looked Out
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Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
REPERTOIRE : Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
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Holiday Wonders 12/05/2009
REPERTOIRE : Joy to the World with All This Night My Heart Rejoices
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Holiday Wonders 12/13/2008
REPERTOIRE : Joy to the World with All This Night My Heart Rejoices
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Holiday Wonders 12/06/2008
REPERTOIRE : The Holly and the Ivy
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Holiday Wonders 12/15/2007
REPERTOIRE : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
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Holiday Wonders 12/15/2007
REPERTOIRE : The Holly and the Ivy
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Holiday Wonders 12/08/2007
REPERTOIRE : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
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Holiday Wonders 12/08/2007
REPERTOIRE : Brightest and Best
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Rejoice! 12/10/2006
REPERTOIRE : Wana Baraka
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Holiday Wonders 12/11/2004
REPERTOIRE : Wana Baraka
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Holiday Wonders 12/07/2004
REPERTOIRE : O, What a Beautiful City
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Festival of Carols 12/15/2018
REPERTOIRE : O, What a Beautiful City
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Festival of Carols 12/08/2018
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