Tom Hall and Baltimore Choral Arts
In the summer of 2007, Tom Hall led the Chorus in a successful, 3-city tour of France including sold-out performances in Paris and Aix-en-Provence, and the Chorus has also appeared at Spain's prestigious Festival of the Costa del Sol.
For the past 17 years, WMAR Television, the ABC network affiliate in Maryland, has featured Choral Arts in an hour-long special, 'Christmas with Choral Arts," which won an Emmy Award in 2006. Mr. Hall and the chorus were also featured in a PBS documentary called "Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith," broadcast nationwide, and on National Public Radio in 2001. On local radio, Mr. Hall is the host of "Choral Arts Classics," a monthly program on WYPR that features the Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra, and he is the Culture Editor on WYPR's "Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast."
Baltimore Choral Arts' latest CD is "Christmas at America's First Cathedral," released on Gothic Records in September 2010. A recording with Dave Brubeck, featuring Brubeck's oratorio, "The Gates of Justice," was released internationally on the NAXOS label in 2004. Choral Arts has two other recordings in current release: "Christmas with Choral Arts" and a live recording of the Rachmaninoff "All-Night Vigil." Mr. Hall produced "Let Freedom Ring!," a highly successful recording for Gothic Records featuring the Washington Men's Camerata, as well the soundtracks for "Legends" on the Learning Channel.
Choral Arts appears regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The chorus has also performed with the National Symphony, the Reading Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, and many other ensembles. Acclaimed artists collaborating with Choral Arts have included Chanticleer, Dave Brubeck, the King's Singers, Peter Schickele, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Anonymous 4, and others. Tom Hall's innovative programs often feature both choral and orchestral music, stage and theater works.
Tom Hall is one of the most highly regarded performers in choral music today. Appointed Music Director in 1982, Mr. Hall has added more than 100 new works to the BCAS repertoire, and he has premiered works by contemporary composers including Peter Schickele, Libby Larsen, Robert Sirota, James Lee, III, Rosephanye Dunn Powell, and many other internationally acclaimed composers.
In addition to his position with BCAS, Mr. Hall is active as a guest conductor in the United States and in Europe including appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Berkshire Choral Festival, Musica Sacra in New York, and Britten Sinfonia in Canterbury, England. His 2005 concert with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris was broadcast on French television. Mr. Hall has prepared choruses for Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and others, and he served for ten years as the Chorus Master of the Baltimore Opera Company.
Mr. Hall is also a well known teacher, lecturer, and writer. He has served as the President of Chorus America, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been an Artist in Residence at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Cincinnati, Temple University, and Syracuse University. He was Director of Choral Activities at Goucher College for 32 years, and has also taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Baltimore, Towson University, Morgan State University, and the Johns Hopkins University.
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The voices rang out with resplendent confidence, and the sopranos had no apparent difficulty reaching the cruel and challenging high B's in the piece. The chorus's performance was the best part of the concert….the thunderous power of this unique masterpiece never fails to stir the blood, and the ovation was loud, long and well deserved.