Heather J. Buchanan, Conductor
The MSU Singers perform excerpts from the Mozart Requiem and contemporary choral octavos. The MSU Chorale will perform the New Jersey Premiere performance of Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest with guest soloists, children’s choir and instrumental artists. Jubilate Deo celebrates the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,” by setting it in seven different languages (Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu, Spanish, English) and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences.
Pre-concert presentation in the Alexander Kasser Theater, Studio 104 @ 7:00 pm
Heather J. Buchanan, PhD, conducts the 170-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice Vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their “vibrant sound,” “eloquence”, and for singing with the “crispness and dexterity of a professional choir.” Her choirs have collaborated with many international artists including Meredith Monk, Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin, Tarik O’Regan, Joseph Flummerfelt, Sarah Hopkins, Chen Yi, members of the Vienna Philharmonic strings, Richard Alston Dance Company, and conductors Neeme Järvi, Jacques LaCombe, John Maucceri, and Susie Benchail Seiter with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Buchanan holds degrees from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), Westminster Choir College of Rider University (USA), and the University of New England (Australia). A licensed Andover Educator, she teaches Body Mapping and somatic pedagogy for musicians. Her publications include co-editing and compiling Teaching Music through Performance in Choir (GIA), a chapter in Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (Springer), a DVD Evoking Sound: Body Mapping & Gesture Fundamentals (GIA), and choral octavos in the Evoking Sound Choral Series (GIA). A vibrant teacher, dynamic performer, and passionate musicians’ health advocate, Dr. Buchanan is in demand as a guest conductor, somatic educator, and choral clinician in the US and abroad.