World renowned artists Donald Nally ’87, Simon Carrington, Ruben Valenzuela and Jenny Wong will participate
This academic year, Westminster Choir College at Rider University will host four choristers in residence.
Donald Nally ’87, conductor of the Grammy-winning choir The Crossing, will be with Westminster Choir College for six weeks, ending in December. He will teach senior level conducting courses and seminars and work with the Westminster Choir on
Choral repertoire of the 21st century. Nally has served as Chorus Director for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Philadelphia Opera and Festival dei Due Mondi. Under Nally’s leadership, The Crossing has been nominated seven times for the Grammy Award in the Best Choral Performance category, winning in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Nally received an honorary doctorate from Westminster at its launch ceremony.
Simon Carrington joined Westminster Choir College for a second semester as Assistant Professor of Conducting. He will teach private conducting lessons to second-year graduate students of the Master of Music in Choral Conducting program. Carrington was a
a founding member of the King’s Singers, an internationally renowned British vocal ensemble, before moving to the United States and being appointed Director of Choral Activities at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Carrington was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir. He continues to teach workshops and master classes around the world.
Ruben ValenzuelaFounder and Artistic Director of Bach Collegium San Diego and Guest Conductor of Westminster Symphonic Choir’s
upcoming performance of El Mesías: Handel’s Messiah for a New World, will be an artist in residence for the week leading up to the November 20 performance. Valenzuela will give an open lecture on the importance of El Mesías, supported by the Kemp Church Music Endowment, the
Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Gill chapel. The conference will also be broadcast live.
jenny wang, associate artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will join Westminster Choir College for a week during the spring semester. Wong will work with graduate students from the choral conducting program and prepare a
performance of Carmina Burana with the Westminster Symphonic Choir. A Hong Kong native based in Los Angeles, Wong won back-to-back world champion titles at the World Choir Games in 2010 and the International Johannes Brahms Choral Competition in 2011.
Rider University’s Westminster Choir College is one of the best music schools in the world. The College frequently connects students with some of the best performing arts instructors and artists in the world through its Artist-in-Residence and Masterclass programs.