It all Started 45 years ago...About Minot Chamber Chorale
photo by Josh Strong
The Minot Chamber Chorale is a 40+ piece, mixed chorus that performs four concerts per year around the Minot area. Each concert has a different theme and concerts are performed in different venues around the city. Usually the concerts are in October, early December, mid February, and late April. After more then forty-five years, the Minot Chamber Chorale is dedicated bringing quality choral music to the Minot area, and is still the only volunteer, community mixed chorus in Minot.
The Minot Chamber Chorale was founded in 1972 to fill an unmet need in the community — a mixed chorus to present quality choral literature. The singers make a commitment to perform in every concert during each season because they have a deep love for chorale music and know that with choral music, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The only paid artists are the accompanist and the director. The spirit of volunteerism has kept the Chorale going and their cooperation fosters a spirit of goodwill and camaraderie.
The Minot Chamber Chorale is supported in part by the ND Council on the Arts. And is a proud member of the Minot Are Council of the Arts.
Meet Our Artistic DirectorDr. Emerson Eads
Dr. Emerson Eads, currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Minot State University. As a composer and conductor, Emerson has devoted himself to music of social concern. His Mass for the Oppressed, a setting of the Ordinary of the Mass featuring textual interpolations by his brother Evan Eads, and a Credo adapted from the diary of Pope Francis before his ordination, holds particular poignancy for the social issues of our time. The Mass was written for the release of the Fairbanks Four (native Alaskan’s from the composer’s home town) who spent 18 years in prison wrongfully. His cantata “…from which your laughter rises.” for mezzo-soprano, oboe, and orchestra, was written for the mothers of the Fairbanks Four, and was paired in a concert featuring Haydn’s Stabat Mater, conducted to acclaim. His newest opera, The Princess Sophia, about the sinking of the SS Princess Sophia in October of 1918, was premiered in Juneau, Alaska on October 25th, 2018 to rave review in Opera Magazine. His most recent project, A Prairie Cantata with poetry by North Dakota poet, Huldah Lucile Winsted will be premiered in November with the Minot State University Choir.
Dr. Eads studied choral conducting with Carmen-Helena Tellez at the University of Notre Dame working with eminent choral conductors such as, Joseph Flummerfelt, Stephen Cleobury, Anne Howard Jones, and Peter Phillips among others. He studied composition with Alaskan composer, John Luther Adams.
For more information on Dr. Eads and his compositions, please visit http://www.emersoneads.com/
Check out the Minot Chamber Chorale through the years