Our 36th Season Commissioned Composer
is this year's composer
composition, Voice of My Song
, is set to a 2008 text by Scott P. Lounsbury. This exciting new work for treble voices, cello and piano,
the Ensemble's 35th commission, will be premiered at the concert of May 14, 2017. An earlier piece by Sam, All This Night
, was written for the Ensemble in 2007 and performed in December of that year.
Founder and managing artistic director of the critically acclaimed choir Singers Companye, Dr. Samuel Gordon has dedicated his life to the pursuit and creation of artistic expression through choral art. His career is an eclectic journey through a spectrum of singing, conducting, composition and choral-arts excellence both in this country and abroad.
The former director of choral studies and professor emeritus at the University of Akron, the University of Maryland and Missouri State University, Dr. Gordon devoted his professional career to the training and education of future vocalists and musicians. He was the tenor in the Vocal Arts Quartet at the National Gallery of Art from 1985 until 2003, while also serving as conductor-in-consortium with the Maryland Camerata at the NGA.
Dr. Gordon’s fresh, evocative leadership at the podium has garnered notable appearances throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to directing his own groups, he has conducted festival choruses in 38 states, Europe, Africa, Central America, Canada and Asia, and he is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator.
An avid composer, Dr. Gordon’s Noel
was performed by the Washington Choral Society at the Kennedy Center, receiving a stunning review from the Washington Post
. His Motets for the Ladymass
was commissioned by the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, and many of his works have been premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He is a Koch International Classics and Telarc recording artist, and he is published by National Music Publishers (now Lorenz Publishing) under the Samuel Gordon Series (available on the Hal Leonard website).
A decorated musician and conductor, Dr. Gordon is the recipient of the Studio Lauda Award at the International Early Music Festival (Yugoslavia) and a first-prize winner at the prestigious International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales), as well as at the Concorso Polifonico Guido d'Arezzo (Italy), where he also received the Fiat Conducting Prize. He was the first American to win first prize in the madrigal division at the Welsh National Eisteddfod, singing the entire repertoire in Welsh. Dr. Gordon has performed at major international festivals on five continents and prepared many symphony choruses. He conducted the Dvorak Stabat Mater
for the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in 2007. Dr. Gordon received his doctorate from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. His work with Robert Shaw played a major role in his development as a conductor.
Dr. Gordon is married to Dr. Lynn Turner, and they live with a sweet white cat named Puppy and a rambunctious Poochon, who answers to Teddy.