ACDA Conference

March 3, 2014

Marguerite L. Brooks

ISM alumni and friends were well represented at the recent ACDA eastern division conference in Baltimore.  Yale was represented by Jeffrey Douma, Jenna-Claire Kemper, and Marguerite Brooks, who filed this report.


Two ensembles were invited to perform: Seraphic Fire, directed by Patrick Quigley (M.M. ‘02), on whose roster were Derek Chester (M.M. ‘06), and Estelí Gomez (an alumna of Yale Schola Cantorum and Yale College). The other invited ensemble was TENET, who performed at Yale last fall. In Baltimore, they performed Bach motets, as well as several instrumental pieces, under the direction of Andrew Megill, who often works with Schola, while Daniel Lee (a graduate of Yale School of Music and current student at Yale Divinity School) played the violin and Michael Wisdom (M.M. ‘12) sang.


Current choral conducting student Mark Biggins was one of two graduate students invited to participate in an open master class taught by Simon Carrington (ISM faculty emeritus).


The Penn State Glee Club premiered a piece by Joseph Gregorio (M.M. ‘04), commissioned for the conference. The ISM alumni reception, as you may imagine, was well attended!