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Ola Gjeilo Choral and Dance Performance at Temple University

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Dear Colleagues in the Northeast,

Norwegian composer and pianist, Ola Gjeilo, will be our guest artist-in-residence at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, from Monday, November 26 through Wednesday, November 28, 2012.  (See biography below).

Mr. Gjeilo will be performing in a special collaboration between Music and Dance on Wednesday, November 28, with the Temple University Singers (Mitos Andaya, conductor) and the Gjeilo Project Dancers (Jillian Harris, choreographer) and Players.  The 7:30pm concert will also feature the University Chorale (Rollo Dilworth, conductor), Women's Chorus (John Sall, conductor), and Temple's premier chorus - the Concert Choir (Paul Rardin, conductor). The concert will close with the Gjeilo Project featuring his works, The Spheres, Dark Night of the Soul, and Luminous Night of the Soul.  This will be the first time Mr. Gjeilo's works have been choreographed and performed with dancers, choir, piano and string quartet.  This free concert is open to the public and will take place at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

In addition, he will also be giving two sessions that are open to all Temple Students and any interested members of the public.  Please share this information with your students and colleagues.

Tuesday, November 27   10:30am  Open session on his Choral Compositions (especially geared to conductors, music education)  (presently scheduled in Rock Hall Auditorium)

Tuesday, November 27  7:30pm  Open session with conTemplum on his Compositions (including instrumental)  Tuttleman 107

This project was made possible by the Dean's Grant, as well Choral Activities and the Department of Dance.  Special thanks to Dean Robert Stroker and the all the faculty and staff of the Boyer College of Music and Dance who helped make this residency possible.

Please join us for these events and the concert on Wednesday evening.   For additional information, please email or visit

I hope your holiday season is off to a great start, and hope you can join us here at Temple this week.
All best wishes,
Mitos Andaya
Associate Director of Choral Activities
Temple University
Center for the Arts
Boyer College of Music and Dance
Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo, is one of the rising stars in composition today.  His works have been performed and recorded in more than 30 countries worldwide in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Miami’s Knight Concert Hall and Jackie Gleason Theatre, the Copenhagen Opera House, and the National Galleries in London and Washington D.C. His music has been featured on PBS in America, and on all the major Scandinavian TV channels.

He has been commissioned by several ensembles, musicians and others worldwide, including Barbara Bonney, Solveig Kringelborn, Atle Sponberg, Philip Brunelle, the Edvard Grieg Society, St. Olaf College, Luther College, Ensemble Mendelssohn, and Chorale Arts Ensemble. His choral music has also been performed by elite choirs including the Kansas City Chorale, Conspirare, World Youth Choir, VocalEssence, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, BYU Singers, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, and the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation’s Radiokoren. His publishers include Walton Music (US), Gehrmans (Sweden), and Musikk-Huset (Norway).  Mr. Gjeilo’s piano recordings, Stone Rose (2007) and Piano Improvisations (2012) are available in stores worldwide.  Mr. Gjeilo was also composer-in-residence for the Phoenix Chorale who have released a CD of his works, entitled Northern Lights on Chandos (2012).
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