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Past Events

In Conversation: Jessie Montgomery, composer

Rewatch the live virtual interview hosted by Matthew Swanson, Associate Director of Choruses, with the acclaimed composer Jessie Montgomery and special guest Christopher Eanes, Executive Director of Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, D.C.

Yoga + Breath with Rachel Roberts

Consider anew the foundation of singing: breath. Rachel Roberts of The Yoga Bar led a contemplative and breath-focused class of yoga, mantra and pranayama featuring a musical performance by Sarah Folsom.

In Conversation: "American Music in Times of Crisis"

Two leading authorities on American music, Dr. Tammy Kernodle of Miami University and Dr. Doug Shadle of Vanderbilt University, join forces to explore moments of crisis in American history and the musical responses that followed. Click the video to begin watching.

In Conversation: "Ensemble Singing & COVID-19: Choir, Reimagined"

Join our distinguished panel of Cincinnati arts leaders on May 29 at 7 pm as they discuss how choral organizations can creatively address the challenges of COVID-19. A live Q&A will follow, and we welcome your questions. Return here on May 29 at 7 pm to watch the live stream.


Dr. Wendy LeBorgne, Voice Pathologist & Singing Voice Specialist
Dr. Joe Miller, Director of Choral Studies (incoming), UC-CCM
Robyn Lana, Managing Artistic Director, Cincinnati Youth Choir
Jason Alexander Holmes, Artistic Director, Cincinnati Boychoir
Todd Duesing, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati Arts Association
Betsey Zenk Nuseibeh, Executive Director, Melodic Connections
Host: Matthew Swanson, Associate Director of Choruses, Cincinnati May Festival

In Conversation: John Adams, composer

John Adams, the 2020 May Festival Artistic Partner, chats with May Festival Associate Director of Choruses Matthew Swanson about his choral music, his past collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, and his life as one of the world's leading composers.

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