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Nazareth Chamber Singers gain international attention for a special performance

Published January 07, 2022

Nazareth College Chamber Singers gained international attention after Sweden’s premier music publisher, Gehrmans Musikförlag, featured the choir’s November 2021 performance of There is no Rose by Agneta Sköld. The publisher highlights international choirs committed to performing Swedish choral music in its 2021 “Swedish Choral Music — The Choirs.

The Nazareth Chamber Singers are one of only seven choirs worldwide (and the only U.S. choir) selected for this honor, alongside the renowned BBC Singers and the St. Stanislaus Girls' Choir from Slovenia.

Sköld, the composer, set music to the evocative 15th Century text There Is No Rose in 2004. The Nazareth choir often performs Swedish choral music and music of contemporary female composers.

Nazareth Chamber Singers Director Brian Stevens said that the music publisher Gehrmans and composer Sköld “were very pleased and excited about our performance, noting the warmth and color of our ensemble sound.” 

Nazareth first-year music education major Matthew Pollic, a choir bass, recorded a video introduction of the piece for the special collection. Pollic says it’s one of the most impactful songs he’s ever performed. “I’m very thankful for whomever discovered the original manuscript in the Trinity College archives, and for the opportunity to sing it for all of you.”

Within weeks of the recording being released, the Chamber Singers received many notes of support from choral artists, colleagues, and composers from around the world.

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