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Choral conductor Simon Carrington in residence at IU Jacobs School of Music

Dec. 13, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Choral Conducting Department will host a series of two master classes and a concert with conductor Simon Carrington, professor emeritus from the Yale School of Music, Jan. 12 through Jan. 20. All three events are free and open to the public.

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As part of the Five Friends Master Class Series and the Zachary Novak Visiting Conductor Program, Carrington's visit will include guest lecturing and teaching in a number of the school's classes.

"We are very pleased and excited for the Five Friends Master Class Series and the impact it will have on future musicians," said Misty and Dan Novak. "And we are very grateful for this opportunity to have these classes in our son's honor. Zachary would be so touched; we know he would be."

Carrington will conduct a joint concert with Jacobs' Pro Arte Singers and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Auer Hall. The program, "Atlantic Crossings," will draw on music by American and British composers. The Pro Arte Singers will also perform a selection of J. S. Bach's motets with director William Jon Gray.

Carrington will also lead a master class with graduate choral conductors at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Auer Hall and a session with voice majors in the Early Music Institute at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Ford Hall.

"I am delighted to be coming to the Jacobs School of Music for a week's residency," said Carrington. "Many years ago, I sang a concert on the main stage with The King's Singers, and I have always hoped to return to Bloomington. Over the last dozen or so years, I have been lucky enough to work with a number of superb singers, instrumentalists and conductors -- all graduates of IU -- and I look forward to witnessing firsthand the institution that nurtured and trained them."

"I am thrilled that my students will get to sing a concert program with Simon Carrington," said Dominick DiOrio, assistant professor of choral conducting and director of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. "Simon was one of my principal mentors during my studies at Yale, and he is unquestionably one of the greatest living choral conductors and vocal artists."

Carrington has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor. From 2003 to 2009, he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir which he brought to international prominence.

Prior to coming to the United States, he was a creative force for 25 years with the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King's Singers, which he co-founded at Cambridge University.

The King's Singers gave over 3,000 performances at many of the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls, made more than 70 recordings and appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including nine appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."