Monday, May 29, 2017 at 8pm
William Skoog, Conductor
William Skoog serves as Professor and Chair at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Previously, he taught at Bowling Green State University, Indiana/Purdue University, Fort Wayne IN, and Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI.
His choral ensembles have distinguished themselves at ACDA, IMC and MENC conferences; he is published in Choral Journal and Music Educators’ Journal. Skoog has conducted the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony (OH), Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (IN), Elkhart Symphony (IN), Prague Radio Symphony, and the Moravian Symphony. He has conducted International Choral Festivals in Lucerne, Rome, Prague, and will conduct the Dublin Choral Festival in 2018. He conducted a President’s Day Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C., and conducted the European premier of The Singing Rooms, by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon, in Paris France.
As a singer, Skoog participated in the Robert Shaw Festival and Institute Singers under Robert Shaw, also performing with Sir Neville Marriner, André Previn and Peter Schreier at Carnegie Hall.
The Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale
The Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale is a semi-professional choral ensemble who perform often with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1993, the chorale consists of music professionals, community members, faculty, staff, students and alumni. In 2016, they performed Brubeck’s To Hope, with Darius, Dan and Chris Brubeck. In 2014, they participated in the Paris International Choral Festival, in 2012, the Mozart Festival in the Salzburg, performing also in Prague and Vienna, in 2010, in the International Festivale di Roma. In 2004, the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale made its Carnegie Hall debut with a performance of Morten Lauridsen’s works.
Rhodes Singers originated in 1937 under the direction of Professor Louis Nicholas (‘34). Burnet C. Tuthill, co-founder of the National Association of the Schools of Music (NSAM), formalized choral music performance establishing Rhodes Singers as the concert choir for the college, and as a flagship ensemble. They tour annually across the country, and internationally, performing in England, Italy and France. They recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and in concert, by adjudicated invitations, at the National Cathedral and at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in NY.