PSICA Intercollegiate Choral Festival

PSICA Intercollegiate Choral Festival

Saturday, March 9, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Pacific Southwest Intercollegiate Choral Association holds a festival every year where choirs from all twelve member universities perform for each other and build community. This year’s festival features adjudicator and guest conductor Dr. Amanda Quist, from the legendary Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

Free Admission

Schedule (check back later for details):
Noon - Directors Luncheon
1:00 - Directors Meeting
2:00 - Master Class
6:30 - Festival Performance
9:30 - Directors Reception

Warm-Up Schedule

Warm-Up Time TBD closer to the festival.

About the Adjudicator

Dr. Amanda Quist is Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College. She conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Kantorei and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. She is the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2018 Mazzotti Award for Women's Leadership. Westminster Kantorei, an award-winning early music ensemble, has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, and the American Handel Festival, and the choir just released its first commercial recording, Lumina. Dr. Quist has also collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan, and was chorus master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival. The New York Times and Charleston City Paper described the chorus’s performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.” Dr. Quist is also director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, and she was previously director of choral activities at San José State University. Her other honors include the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in choral singing, and she has presented lectures on the topic of choral sound across the country. A frequent conductor of honors and festival choirs, she has also served as headliner for music conferences across the United States. Dr. Quist is the National ACDA Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.

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March 9, 2019 - 6:30pm