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Willoughby to Conduct Choruses in Carnegie Hall April 17
Judith Willoughby, Wanda L. Bass Professor of Conducting and Choral Education and artistic director of Canterbury Youth Choruses, will head to New York for her third conducting appearance at Carnegie Hall. The 8:30 p.m. concert on April 17 will be held on the historic Perelman Stage of Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. Under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International, Willoughby will lead auditioned university and civic choruses from across the United States, soloists from New York City, and orchestral musicians in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem.” “This work, set to the poetry of Walt Whitman is a universal statement for peace and against war,” Willoughby said. It is scored for mixed chorus, symphony orchestra, soprano and bass soloists. In addition to her duties at OCU and with Canterbury, in 2009-10 Willoughby served on her 17th panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., in October; conducted Texas District 20 regional all state choruses in Dallas in November; conducted all state choruses in West Virginia in January and in Texas in February; headlined an in-service conference for high school teachers at the University of Central Arkansas in March; and spent two days in Cobb County, Georgia, serving as clinician for 32 high school choirs over two days in March. Upcoming engagements include leading a concert at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago in May and headlining an international choral festival in Somerset, England in July.