Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral & Vocal Studies

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Though a newcomer to the Drew faculty as of August 2012, I’m proud to join the chorus of voices commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Dorothy Young Center for Arts this spring.

As many times as I have passed through the rotunda on my way into the DoYo, I never seem to tire of its lofty wooden dome and enticingly reverberant acoustics that would catch any choral conductor’s attention.

I’ve often pondered the symbolism of the three hallways that converge at the rotunda. Theater to the left, art straight ahead, and music to the right – disciplines which diverge to some degree, but also intersect in ways that enhance and complete a liberal arts education. We, as faculty, endeavor to provide all our students with interdisciplinary experiences in the arts, within the walls of the DoYo and beyond.

The music wing itself is home to one of the most breathtaking spaces on campus. Our Concert Hall is widely recognized for its exceptional balance of aesthetics and acoustics (see “Looks Beautiful, Sounds Beautiful”).  It never fails to get “oohs” and “aahs” from prospective students and their families on our campus tours.  And I have the great privilege of calling it my workplace.

This is where I gather weekly with over 80 singers from the Drew Chorale and the newly formed Drew University Choral Union to share in the challenges and rewards of singing in a glorious space and prepare performances intended to enrich the artistic life of the Forest.

As musicians, we are charting some new territory this semester and invite you to join us as we showcase the full range of talent in our community. We begin on May 5 when the Choral & Vocal Studies program will present its first-ever operatic production, Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. There is hardly a musical genre that more thoroughly integrates artistic disciplines than opera, with its embodiment of musical, theatrical and visual elements in one artistic package. Faculty and students from theater, art, classics, history and women’s studies are collaborating on this adventure and, in doing so, are living out the liberal arts.

If you can’t get to campus, then you can hear the Drew Chorale on our May 19 to 23 tour, which includes performances in New York City, Boston, Worcester, MA, and New Haven, CT.  We would be thrilled to have alumni, parents and prospective students in the audience, and promise to share more details soon. You should also feel free to contact me directly at dbishop1@drew.edu.

Ten years in the DoYo have given us much to celebrate. We appreciate your ongoing interest and support, and look forward to sharing many more years of exceptional performance experiences with you, our Drew family.

For more information about concerts at Drew, go to In the Concert Hall.  

 

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