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SCU Chamber Singers Selected To Perform at California All-State Music Educators Conference

The SCU Chamber Singers have been selected to perform at the upcoming California All-State Music Educators Conference (CASMEC) in San Jose this February 2018. Choirs are chosen for performance from applications across the state and very few ensembles are selected each year. Being selected for performance is a great honor and acknowledges that the SCU Chamber Singers are among the best choirs in the state of California. The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Director of Choral Activities Scot Hanna-Weir, will perform a 25-minute set of music in San Jose's Basilica during the conference for an audience of conductors and music educators from across the state.
More about the SCU Chamber Singers:
The Santa Clara University Chamber Singers is a mixed ensemble of highly select, experienced singers and is the University's premiere choral ensemble. Their repertoire includes a variety of sophisticated chamber choral music from the renaissance to the present day, often including new commissions and premieres. In addition to quarterly concerts, the Chamber Singers are regularly featured in special performances. Recent collaborations have included a performance with the Grammy™ Award Winning Silk Road Ensemble and the world premiere of Andres Solis' contemporary requiem, XLIII, a concert-length work for choir, organ, electronics and dance.
More about Scot Hanna-Weir
Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir is Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University, where he oversees the choral program, directs the SCU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and teaches other courses within the music department He also serves as the artistic director of the Santa Clara Chorale, a 90-voice auditioned community choir. As a conductor, singer, pianist, and teacher, Hanna-Weir is known for his insatiable desire for artistic excellence and his deep connection to the personal joy of music making. Hanna-Weir regularly conducts the combined choirs of Santa Clara University and the Santa Clara Chorale in the performance of masterworks with orchestra. Recent performances include works by Haydn, Mozart, Fauré, Corigliano, and premieres of works by contemporary composers including Scott Gendel’s new concert length oratorio, Barbara Allen. Hanna-Weir holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin, and a Bachelor of Music in choral music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His major conducting teachers have included Matthew Halls, Helmuth Rilling, Edward Maclary, James Ross, Beverly Taylor, William Carroll, and Welborn Young.