"Present" is a concert of new and contemporary music for treble voices presented by the Mount Holyoke College Glee Club and Chamber Singers featuring a number of world premieres, plus a post-concert Q&A with featured composers. Directed by Stephanie Council. Free and open to the public.
The Glee Club and Chamber singers present two new choral compositions by Nathan Jones, a collaboration with Professor Thomas Ciufo, and a second performance of the 2017 commissioned piece by Gregory Brown with text by MHC alumna poet, Lee Ann Dalton. The program will also include works by Abbie Betinis, Rhona Clarke, Andrea Ramsey, Joan Szymko, Kadri Voorand, and Lisa Young. An open Q&A discussion with composers Gregory Brown, Thomas Ciufo, and Nathan Jones will follow the concert.
Director of Choral Ensembles
Stephanie Council conducts the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. Stephanie is passionate about choral pedagogy, specifically the development of individual music literacy and building collective sound in the choral ensemble context. She is developing a sequential curriculum of sound building exercises and exploring the impact of conducting gestures on vocal production. Stephanie academic specialties include choral conducting and early music performance practice. Her research centered around the text painting in the five-voice settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Orlande de Lassus.
Assistant Professor of Music
Thomas Ciufo is a sound artist, composer, improviser, and music technologist working at the intersections of electronic music, electro-acoustic performance, sonic art and emerging digital technologies. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Music and New Media from Brown University where he focused on computer-mediated improvisational performance and interactive instrument design.
Additional research interests include audio recording and production, acoustic ecology and listening practices, and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and career development. Ciufo also works as a freelance electronic musician and audio engineer/producer. He has performed and presented his work at numerous national and international experimental music festivals and conferences. His recent collaborative CD project, Sonic Constructions was released on the innovative pfMENTUM record label.