South Holland Master Chorale welcomes new Music Director

By | September 22, 2022

South Holland Grasp Chorale begins its 2022-23 season with a brand new Music Director.

Conductor Philip J. Bauman assumed the position after Albert M. Jackson retired after 23 years.

“I’ve all the time been concerned in vocal music in a method or one other, working with choirs or with sure opera corporations that I’ve labored with previously, so I’ve all the time had an affinity for voice,” mentioned Bauman, a longtime resident of Bolingbrook, Illinois, who now lives in South Bend, Indiana.

“I really like working with singers and singers. I do know it is an important choir and an distinctive choir, so when the place opened up I used to be curious to see the place it’d go.

South Holland Grasp Chorale opens its season with Songs of Celebration Oct. 2 at First Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois; and Oct. 16 at St. Thomas Extra Church in Munster, Indiana; beneath the course of Bauman and longtime accompanist Marilyn Bourgeois from Frankfurt.

“We have fun issues as well timed as right this moment’s headlines, just like the coronation, so we sing a coronation hymn. We sing picks that might be at a marriage. We have fun patriotism and biblical leaders,” he mentioned.

“I needed to have a wide range of issues that remember life and the instances we discover ourselves utilizing tune to specific ourselves.”

Tracks embody the coronation anthem “Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened” by George Frideric Handel, “Easy Presents” by Aaron Copland, a medley of Armed Forces songs known as “American Heroes” organized by Carl Strommen and “Whole Reward” by Richard Smallwood.

The autumn live performance additionally contains “Elevate Each Voice and Sing” organized by Heather Sorenson, which Bauman says celebrates the African-American voice, and “The Final Seven Phrases of David” by Randall Thompson.

“There are a number of songs the place they are going to be requested to affix us. There may be some viewers participation,” Bauman mentioned.

“John Rutter’s ‘The Lord Bless You and Preserve You’ is a gorgeous piece that makes use of the voice extraordinarily effectively. I hope when the viewers hears this and the place it’s positioned within the live performance, they may really feel blessed with what now we have introduced to them.

When he was Music Director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, Bauman collaborated with Jackson and the South Holland Grasp Chorale for performances of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 2007 Symphony No. Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff in 2008.

The latter is what Bauman, who can also be Music Director and Conductor of Michigan Metropolis Messiah in Indiana and Manufacturing Supervisor of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, cited as considered one of his main accomplishments.

“It was an excellent celebration. It was such a problem to tackle,” he mentioned.

“Everybody walked away from this being so happy with the achievement and people hiding behind the scenes understand how tough it was to make this occur. We congratulated one another throughout for that one, in order that second has all the time caught in my thoughts.

The choir has over 100 members, together with Illinois residents of Beecher, Blue Island, Bourbonnais, Calumet Metropolis, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Nation Membership Hills, Crete, Dolton, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Kankakee, Lansing, Lynwood, Matteson, Manteno, Mokena and Oak Park.

Illinois members of Olympia Fields, Orland Park, Park Forest, River Forest, South Holland, Thornton and Tinley Park and Indiana members of Cedar Lake, Chesterton, Dyer, Griffith, Hammond, La Porte, Munster, St John, South Bend, Schererville and Valparaiso are additionally a part of the choir.

“I’m struck by their ardour and dedication,” Bauman mentioned.

“They ship nice outcomes with each rep, which is rewarding, so I like attending to know them. Their dedication and musicality are fairly exceptional.

The South Holland Grasp Chorale’s 2022-2023 4 p.m. live performance season continues with Hymns of Reward on Nov. 20 on the Parish of Ss. Joseph, Anne, and Emeric, 17951 Dixie Freeway, Homewood, Illinois; the place newcomers are welcome at 7 p.m. on Mondays for rehearsals.

The Music of Residing on Could 14, 2023, at St. Maria Goretti, 500 Northgate Drive, Dyer, Indiana; and Could 21, 2023, at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 10701 Olcott Ave., St. John, Indiana; finish the season.

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“I positively need to preserve alive the custom of singing nice choral music,” Bauman mentioned.

“One among my important targets is to usher in youthful voices. We’re all the time in search of new voices.

Social gathering songs

When or: 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at First Reformed Church, 15924 South Park Ave., South Holland, Illinois; 4:00 p.m. Oct. 16 at St. Thomas Extra Church, 8501 Calumet Ave., Munster, Indiana

Tickets: free

Data: 708-210-2913;

Jessi Virtusio is a contract journalist for the Each day Southtown.