Stephen Caldwell, Director of Choral Activities in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, has been invited to present research to the National Collegiate Choral Organization at their Biennial conference in Charleston, SC. Dr. Caldwell’s lecture, “Music, Art, Poetry, and Absinthe in the choral works of Ernest Chausson,” will be on Thursday Oct 31, and is one of the headlining events of the conference.
Caldwell will explore five of Chausson’s great choral works, from small part songs set to Dante’s verse, to massive choral/orchestral works with texts from the darkest pages of the Rig Veda.
Caldwell is an experienced conductor who has rehearsed and conducted all of Chausson’s choral music. He has extensively researched each piece, and he has edited his own scholarly performing editions of Chausson’s works from the manuscripts held in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France. His editions have of Chausson’s music have been featured at concerts at Temple University, Lehigh University, Rutgers University, Florida State University, Millersville University, Wellesley College, and the University of Miami.