Label: Augsburg Publishing House - 23-0981 • Format: Cassette • Country: US • Genre: Classical, Folk, World, & Country •
Paul, Minnesotafounded in by Dale Warland and disbanded in They performed a wide variety of choral repertoire but specialized in 20th-century music and commissioned American composers extensively. In terms of sound, the DWS was known for its purity of tone, intonation, legato sound and stylistic range. Dale Warland was born in Fort Dodge, Iowaon 14 April the son of farmers and grandson of Norwegian immigrants.
His parents were not highly educated but instilled in him a love of beauty and the arts. His grandfather held the attendance record for singing in rehearsal and Sunday worship without a single absence. Warland began taking piano lessons with the church choir director at the age of five and also sang every day in his one-room schoolhouse.
Warland's first conducting job was in high school, in which he had to direct an offstage choir for a school musical. He also began writing music around this time, and even won first prize from the Iowa Federation of Music Clubs for one of his motets. Warland attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesotagraduating inwhere he was directing his own choir in his junior year. After graduating, Warland served in the Air Force for two years where he led a choir consisting of officers and enlisted men.
Afterwards, Warland earned his master's degree at the University of Minnesota in and his Doctorate at the University of Southern California in Paul, where he taught from to During his career as a college educator, Warland had expressed interest in conducting a professional choir in which the membership was more stable than a college choir. Warland assembled a choir of forty singers, and the concert, which took place on 12 Junewas a success.
The unique sound of the DWS is based on many factors. Warland decided he needed forty singers to attain the sound he wanted, rather than the standard sixteen to twenty for most chamber choirs. Singers for the ensemble were chosen based on their strong musical skills, beautiful voice, solid vocal technique, and positive attitude. Warland began the DWS during a time when professional choirs were uncommon.
The DWS made many tours across the country Shenandoah - The Dale Warland Singers* - Americana (A Bit Of Folk) to Europe. They Abl Pro - Noston - Six collaborated extensively with many notable ensembles and musicians including the Mormon Tabernacle ChoirChanticleerand the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Warland had many reasons for retiring at this time. He was at his height musically and Shenandoah - The Dale Warland Singers* - Americana (A Bit Of Folk) time for other pursuits. Because the finances of the ensemble were usually a struggle the choir never earned an endowment and rarely finished a concert season in the blackthe board of directors decided that it was better to disband the choir than to find a successor.
The archives for the DWS are located at the Cincinnati Matchbox - Losoul - Getting Even Shenandoah - The Dale Warland Singers* - Americana (A Bit Of Folk) Musicwhich consists of the score library including more than 1, copies of all commissioned worksall organizational and artistic records, and over audio and video recordings of the ensemble's performances.
The mission statement of the DWS demonstrates its commitment to the best repertoire available: The mission of the Dale Warland Singers is to enrich, inspire and entertain its audiences through the superb, world-class performances of important a cappella choral music, while fostering awareness, understanding and appreciation of recent choral music repertoire. The repertoire of the DWS consisted of works ranging from the great choral masterworks to American folk songs to vocal jazz.
Peter Was A Wolf - Les Brown And His Band Of Renown - The Explosive Sound Of Les Brown And His Band, David Makalaster - The Les Claypool Frog Brigade* - Purple Onion, Ooh Poo Pah Doo - Part 1 - Various - Original Rocks - «Le Musée De Salut Les Copains», Swallow - In Better Senses - How To Feel Like Yourself