Location: Washington, USA
The music of award-winning composer Greg Bartholomew is frequently performed across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Australia. NPR reviewer Tom Manoff called Bartholomew "a fine composer not afraid of accessibility." A two-time Finalist for the American Prize in Choral Composition (2012 & 2013), he was the 2012/2013 Composer in Residence for the Cascadian Chorale.
Bartholomew was ChoralNet Composer of the Month for April 2012. In his ChoralBlog about the selection, Jack Senzig provided a detailed analysis of Bartholomew's The Tree and The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan). Discussing Bartholomew's use of word painting, Senzig wrote, "Greg Bartholomew weaves meaning into the poetry with every word he sets."
Bartholomew's works have been performed by such highly-acclaimed choral ensembles as the Cascadian Chorale, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Portland Vocal Consort, and the Pink Singers (London). Commissioned by the Esoterics, Leo was a Finalist in the 2007 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition. The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan) was named a Finalist in the 2003 Briar Cliff University New Choral Music Competition and has been released on commercial CD by Concora (Connecticut Choral Artists). The Tree was named a Finalist for the 2011 Seghizzi International Choral Festival composition competition and has been given the Silver Platter Repertoire Award by the editor of the ChoralNet Composition Showcase. Seattle Pro Musica selected Bartholomew's setting of Walt Whitman's To a Locomotive in Winter for their "Best of the Northwest" program (2003), and the Portland Vocal Consort programmed his An Open World and Song of the Mountains for their "Best of the Northwest" concerts (2012 and 2013).
Click here to view a complete list of Bartholomew's choral works. From there you may visit webpages with complete texts, performance history, recordings and purchase information.
Below is a video of The Claremont Chamber Choir under Charles Kamm performing Greg Bartholomew's The Tree:
Born in 1957, Bartholomew earned degrees from the College of William & Mary in Virginia and the University of Washington. His choral music is published by Ars Nova Music and Burke & Bagley, and is available on CDs released by the Langroise Trio, ERM Media, Vox Novus, Connecticut Choral Artists and Capstone Records. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum, the Society of Composers, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.