Emily Isaacson to take the baton at Oratorio Chorale

Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in Culture

Emily Isaacson to take the baton at Oratorio Chorale

Emily Isaacson, about to step into Peter Frewen's shoes at the Oratorio Chorale

Emily Isaacson, a native of Brunswick, has been chosen as Music Director for the Oratorio Chorale. Isaacson succeeds Peter Frewen, who retired after 27 years with the chorale.

 Isaacson brings a diverse background to the Oratorio Chorale podium, including orchestral and choral conducting, chamber and large ensembles in early to contemporary music.

She recently directed the Grammy-nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire, the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Chorus, and the inner-city youth choir Boston City Singers. Isaacson attended Williams College in Massachusetts, and majored in Political Science and Art History. Upon graduating, she attended Edinburgh University, Scotland, on an award from the St. Andrews Society Fellowship, and earned a Masters in Musicology.

In creating the 2013-2014 Oratorio Chorale program Isaacson titled the fall program  “Musical Fireworks.” It features a brass quintet, organ, strings and percussion, and a soprano soloist. For the winter season the chorale will present “Shakespeare in Concert,” with scenes and songs from the Bard’s comedies and tragedies. The spring program will include the Brahms Requiem with soloists, and Brahms’ own four-hand piano arrangement.

Auditions for this new season are set for Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., in Topsham. All voice parts are welcome. To schedule an audition, call Rachael Bairstow, (207) 329-5708, or email the chorale  at members@oratoriochorale.org. For more information about the Oratorio Chorale and the upcoming season visit www.oratoriochorale.org.

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