In 1969, St. Paul Academy and the Summit School merged their faculties, traditions and curricula to found a new school designed to create a superior educational environment for young men and women in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today they are lauded as one of the top independent schools in the nation, so it is no surprise that their music program is on par with the best in the country.
Reaching the Summit of Music Education
St. Paul Academy and Summit School boasts a number of distinct music groups between the high school and middle school. Eight of these ensembles fall under the direction of Anne Klus, who has brought the school’s choirs to perform three times in New York’s Carnegie Hall since she joined the faculty in 1988. A fourth concert is scheduled for early 2017. In each of her classes, Klus aims “to see students connect with the spirit and intricate discipline of the musical art,” and by any account she has succeeded. For her first concert in Carnegie Hall, in 2005, fewer than 60 students performed on the main stage, but the roster for her upcoming concert has increased to well over 100 performers, a sure sign that her student-first approach has had a profound impact on her pupils.
The Academy Chorale, Summit Singers, and members of the SPA Community Chorale will perform Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs in February 2017 at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. The piece was originally commissioned by the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, for its bicentennial, and it is comprised of a setting of seven poems by Robert Frost for combined chorus and piano. Thompson’s composition is relatively unique in that men and women sing together in only three of the seven movements, with the other four movements scored exclusively for male or female voices.
Although their concert is not until February 2017, we at MidAmerica are proud to highlight such an inspiring and talented music educator and her performers. To learn more about the St. Paul Academy and Summit School music program, visit their website: http://www.spa.edu/
If you are interested in performing at Carnegie Hall or in purchasing tickets to one of our upcoming concerts, call us at 212-239-0205, or visit our website at www.midamerica-music.com. We hope to see you soon.