I drove away after last night's concert to arrive in Virginia for a morning masterclass with two choirs at James Madison University. The Madison Singers, a select chamber ensemble of mostly music majors, sang gloriously... performing works by Palestrina and Ola Gjeilo, with such a clear tone and fabulous intonation, I could hardly believe they were still in college. We worked on freeing their sound and getting into the expressive possibilities of the text. Second was KOR, an all-male ensemble that was started a few years back by a student and his friends who wished to sing together (much like Chanticleer). Their small ensemble size and enthusiasm for singing together felt very familiar to me. It was a treat to help them open up their sound and dig into the German language on Schumann's Die Rose stand im Tau. Wonderful to hear so much enthusiasm for choral singing here in Virginia. I hope they all get a chance to hear our concert tonight, but it's sold-out... a good problem to have!

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