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Composer-in-Residence

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    The New Haven Chorale is pleased to have forged a relationship with Josh Sparkman, the 2018-19 Composer-in-Residence. The Chorale sought a stronger and broader relationship with Mr. Sparkman after it premiered two of his stunning compositions for the 2017-18 season: a new arrangement of “Here We Come A-Caroling”, and “I Shall Not Live in Vain”. The Chorale was thrilled to commission four new compositions for the 2018-19 season: "All Is Quiet (Winter Lullaby)", a wonderful arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High", "How Can I Keep from Singing", and "I Sing and Sing", which is written for choir, children's choir, two soloists, and wind ensemble. Josh Sparkman is a composer and music educator working in West Hartford who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and a master’s degree in composition from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Josh is also the music director at Farmington Avenue Baptist Church in West Hartford. The New Haven Chorale looks forward to singing one of his new creations at our December, 2019 concert.

    Josh's biography can be found here.

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The New Haven Chorale

  • The New Haven Chorale is an auditioned, 85-voice, professionally-conducted, volunteer chorus devoted to serving the Greater New Haven community by nurturing local choristers, presenting extraordinary performances, and using music creatively to make a difference in people’s lives. Our performances, which have been described as "electrifying" and "deeply moving," raise spirits and help fund local non-profits. Our educational initiatives and mentoring opportunities open doors for new generations. We expand the scope of choral art by commissioning music and showcasing Connecticut composers. Our devotion to musical excellence, nurturing local musicians, and serving the community through choral music has kept the Chorale unique and dynamic for 70 seasons in which its members have collectively donated over two million hours of their lives!

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