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S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir Stockholm, Sweden www.choir.nu S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir was founded in 1980 and consists of approximately 32 singers. Gary Graden has been the choir’s conductor since 1984. The choir performs regularly at services and concerts in S:t Jacobs church in the center of Stockholm. Reknowned for its church music, former musicians in S:t Jacobs church include the conductor Eric Ericson and organists such as Anders Bondeman and Waldemar Åhlén. The S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir tours regularly and enjoys an excellent reputation all around Europe. The choir has won several prestigious choral competitions, such as Tolosa, Spain (1991) and (1993) (25th anniversary com- petition), Gorizia, Italy (1992), Arezzo, Italy (1989) and Debrecen, Hungary (1988). The choir has been invited to appear at many national and international festivals and conventions. In 2001, the choir inaugurated the famous Tolosa Choral competition in the Basque region of Spain, and per- formed the final concert at the Chamber Music Festival in Stenungsund, Sweden. S:t Jacobs church, Stockholm, Sweden In 2002 the choir performs at the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis, USA, and contributes to lectures on the thesis ”The Swedish Choral Miracle” with Richard Sparks and Eric Ericson. The choir’s repertoire consists of a cappella works from a wide range of national styles and periods, as well as larger works, such as Bach's Mass in b-minor, St. John's Passion and Magnificat, Mozart's Requiem and c-mi- nor Mass, Haydn's Theresien Mass and Nelson's Mass, Duruflé's Requiem, Bruckner's e minor Mass, Stravin- sky's Mass, and Pärt's St. John's Passion. The choir has commissioned and premiered many new works, includ- ing compositions by Sven-David Sandström, Thomas Jennefelt, Georg Riedel, Bo Hansson, Gunno Södersten, S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir, 2002 Johan Hammerth, Kjell Perder, Joakim Unander, Javi Busto, Urmas Sisask, Edward Thompson, Anders Pauls- son, Jonas Bohlin and Johan Jeverud. 1982, Fano, Italy - Concert tour; 1985, USA - Concert tour; 1986, Croatia - Concert tour; 1987, Tours, France - Tours International Choir Compeition, 2nd prize: mixed choir; 1988, Debrecen, Hungary - Bela Bartok International Choir Competition, 1st prize: mixed choir, 1st prize: youth choir; Caen, France - International Choir Festival; Sweden - Scandinavian Youth Choir Competition, (Swedish Radio), 1st prize; 1989, Arezzo, Italy - Concorso polifonco "Guido d'Arezzo", Grand Prize, 1st prize: mixed choir, 1st prize youth; Sweden - "Let the peoples sing" (EBU) 1st prize: mixed youth choir; 1990, Finland - Sympaati festival, XIX ISME World Conference; Tallinn, Estonia - Concert tour; 1991, Tolosa, Spain - Tolosa International Choir Competition, Grand Prize, 1st prize: polyphonic, 1st prize: folklore; 1992, Gorizia, Italy - European Grand Prize; Fano International Choir Festival; 1993, Tolosa, Spain - 25th Anniversary Choir Competition, Grand Prize; Legnano, Italy - International Choir Festival; 1994, Pescara, Italy - International Choir Festival; 1995, Raapla, Estonia - International Sacred Music Festival; Porto Torres, Italy - International Choir Festival; Stockholm, Sweden - Arvo Pärt festival; Västerås, Sweden - Conference for Swedish Choral Conductors; 1996, Skien, Norway - International Choir Festival; Göteborg, Sweden - Scandinavian Symposium for Sacred Music; 1997, Alba, Italy - International Choir Festival; 1998, Marktoberdorf, Germany - Musica Sacra International; Skinnskatteberg, Sweden - Choir festival; 1999, Cagliari, Italy - International Choir Festival; Porto Torres, Italy - International Choir Festival; 2000, Ejea, Spain - International Choir Festival; 2001, Stenungssund, Sweden - Chamber Music Festival; 2001, Tolosa, Spain - Inaguation of Tolosa Choral Competition; 2002, Minneapolis, USA - Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music The choir performs regu- larly with orchestra and has enjoyed collaboration with the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra (SNYKO), the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra, the Swedish Baroque En- semble, the Ensemble Philidor, France, and the Vega Brass Ensemble, and has performed under the direction of Eric Ericson, Howard Shelley and Nicho- S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir and Gary Graden, 2002 The choir’s repertoire consists of a cappella works from a wide range of national styles and periods, as well as many larger works for choir and orchestra. The choir’s work is documented on a number of critically acclaimed CD-recordings. They have also made several recordings for the Swedish Radio. Gary Graden is the choral director at S:t Jacobs Fondazione Guido d´Arezzo in Italy. He is in demand church (Stockholm’s Cathedral Parish) in Sweden. He as guest conductor, lecturer, and adjudicator throughout is also on the faculty of Stockholm’s Musikgymnasium, the world, and is the recipient of the ”Johannes Norrby a secondary school specializing in choral singing. medal” for excellence in choral conducting. The S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir and the Stockholm’s Musikgymnasium’s Chamber Choir have, under his direction, won grand prizes and first prizes in several of Europe’s most prestigious competitions, including Debrecen, Arezzo, Let the peoples sing, Tours, Tolosa, Riva del Garda, and Gorizia (European Grand Prize). Together with these choirs, he has also participated in a large number of national and international festivals. His work as a conductor and singer is documented on a number of critically acclaimed CD recordings (BIS, Proprius, Phono Svecia, Gehrmans). He was born in the USA and studied at Clark University, the Hartt School of Music, and the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Graden studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm, 1983-85, under the legendary Eric Ericson. He has guest-conducted the Ave Chamber Choir in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as well as the Köln and SWR Radio Choir. In 1999, he conducted the IFCM World Youth Choir. Among other teaching positions, he has taught a Gary Graden, 2002 3-year course for professional choral conductors at the Andetag Spirituals Contemporary romantic music ”Spirituals and other for choir and instruments related stuff ” music by Bo Hansson S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir Anders Paulsson, soprano Lena Willmark, Bo Hansson, guitar saxophone, Andrew Canning Nilsgunnar Palm, double-bass, organ, Steve Dobrogosz, piano Marymal Holmes, soprano Conductor Gary Graden John Williams, baritone Proprius PRCD 9026 (1990) BIS NL-CD 5006 (1997) Conductor Gary Graden, tenor Maurice Duruflé Sonority The Complete Music for Choir Swedish contemporary S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir choral music a cappella Peter Mattei, baritone S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir Paula Hoffman, mezzosoprano Mattias Wager, organ Conductor Gary Graden Elemér Lavotha, cello Conductor Gary Graden BIS-CD-602 (1993) BIS CD-789 (1997) Welcome Christmas Mass and chamber music S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir Portrait of composer Steve Vega Brassensembl Dobrogosz Peter Mattei, baritone Steve Dobrogosz, piano Anders Bondeman, organ S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir Stockholm Chamber Orchestra Conductor Gary Graden and Annika Skoglund Andreas Hanson The Yggdrasil Quartet The Vadaux Quintet Proprius PRCD 9138 (1995) PSCD-107 (1998) Conductor Gary Graden, Vindens Barn Michael Haydn Sacred Choral Music ”Kärnord” by Margareta Melin arrangements Bo Hansson, St Jacobs Chamber Choir Ensemble from S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir Ensemble Philidor (France) Steve Dobrogosz, piano Miah Persson, soprano Anders Paulsson, soprano-saxophone Katija Dragojevic, alto Fredrik Strid, tenor Conductor Gary Graden Lars Johansson, bass Conductor Gary Graden Gehrmans CGCD 7343 (1996) BIS CD-859 (1998) Fri som en fågel Music composed by Georg Riedel S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir Adolf Fredriks Music School Jeanette Lindström and Camilla Tilling soloists, Georg Riedel, double-bass Stefan Nilsson, piano, Joakim Milder, sax Jan Allan, trumpet, Mats Bergström, guitar Photos of the choir on page 1,2 and top of page 3: PerÅke Byström André Ferrari, percussion Photo of the church on page 2: Staffan Engwall Gehrmans CGCD 7344 (1996) Conductors Gary Graden and Sara Sjöholm Photo of Gary Graden on page 3: David Pekkari S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir Västra Trädgårdsgatan 2A, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden +46 8 723 30 34, fax +46 8 20 97 92 email@example.com www.choir.nu
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