Composer Colloquy Visiting Artist Series
Created in 2005, the Composer Colloquy Visiting Artist Series allows internationally recognized choral composers to visit KO as artists-in-residence. Both Middle and Upper School choral students gain rare access to professional artists and have the opportunity to learn about each guest’s life as a composer, conductor and performer. Every choral group studies and prepares music authored by the artist, often a commissioned work written specifically for the KO choral program. Past visitors include Ysaye Barnwell, Almeda and Jackson Berkey, Amy Bernon, Douglas Cuomo, Rollo Dilworth, Greg Gilpin, Neil Ginsberg, Stephen Hatfield, Philip White Hawk, Mark Hayes, Robert Hugh, Francisco Núñez, Nick Page, Jim Papoulis, Deke Sharon, Linda Spevacek, and Kirby Shaw. Since the Series’ inception, KO’s choirs have commissioned over 60 works ranging in various genres including contemporary classical, world music, spirituals, contemporary a cappella, jazz, and more.
New in 2016, the Colloquy Series branched out beyond compositions and master-classes to a new sub-category known as the Recording Residency. Andrew John Kim, Vocal Producer and Recording Engineer, spent two weeks with various KO ensembles recording and instructing students on the studio process. Tracks recorded include four contemporary a cappella songs, one show choir song, a Gospel choir piece with rhythm section, a woodwind trio, a brass quartet, a string quintet, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Upper School Jazz Combo, a duet from this year's musical "Sweeney Todd," and an original student composition for double bass and piano. In addition to recording and producing this album, Andrew Kim also arranged two new commissions for KO's vocal ensembles (a "Wicked Medley" for Voce Novissima and "Honeymoon Avenue" for the Oxfordians) and performed at the Choral Fest and KOnnections concerts with his professional a cappella group, Backtrack. Coming this fall, KO will release a Creative Arts album from these recordings which showcases what KO's Creative Arts does best. For now, enjoy the photos of this year's Colloquy experiences showing various takes of the recording process.