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Echoes: The Choral Music of Richard Stoehr

A Collaborative Project

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.


Bella Voce will join with Counterpoint Chorus and Solaris Vocal Ensemble on Sunday, February 18 at Saint Michael’s College to perform the works of Richard Stoehr, including worldwide debuts of his choral works. Stoehr [pronounced "shtir"] was a Viennese-trained composer who taught at Saint Michael's College after fleeing the Nazis.

The three choirs include Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont and Solaris Vocal Ensemble, both directed by Dr. Dawn O. Willis, and Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble, directed by Nathaniel G. Lew.

Richard Stoehr, (1874-1976), led an extraordinary life. Part of a prominent Jewish family, Stoehr was an eminent figure in Viennese musical life. He taught at the Vienna Conservatory for 35 years where his students, such as Herbert von Karajan, went on to brilliant international careers. His music was frequently performed in German-speaking lands. However, the 1938 Nazi annexation of Austria forced Stoehr to emigrate to the United States.

He taught for a time at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where his students included Leonard Bernstein.  He came to Saint Michael’s College in 1941, and taught there until 1950.

In Vermont he returned to composition, writing a great deal for local ensembles. Upon his death in 1967, Stoehr left all his compositions to Saint Michael’s, including seven symphonies, two operas, choral music, 150 lieder, fifteen violin sonatas, at least a dozen other major chamber works, and a great deal of solo piano music. He is buried in Colchester, Vermont.

"We are so fortunate here in his adopted home of Vermont to be able to participate in his rediscovery and debut these wonderful works," says Nat Lew, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at St. Michael’s College.

This exciting concert will feature choral works spanning half a century of Stoehr's creative activity.
Sponsored by Saint Michael’s College Fine Arts Department and a grant from the Marc and Dana vanderHeyden Endowment for the Arts at Saint Michael’s College

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Richard Stoehr

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