R. Christopher Teichler, Composer

MidCities Chamber Singers, Round 2!

It was last summer (while the Cubs were making their first championship run in over a century) that I was approached by D.J. Bulls about a new choral ensemble he was putting together. Bulls asked me if I would consider being the inaugural composer in residence for this new ensemble. 

(Now there is one thing that I have learned in my 20 years of writing music: when someone asks you to compose something for them, you say "yes," and you'd better have a monumentally good reason if you say no!)

So, after discussing the vision Bulls had for this ensemble, talking about repertoire and composers, concerts and recordings, I said yes. He sold me on the MidCities Chamber Singers without ever hearing a note. His passion was infectious, and I wanted to be a part of this. 

The inaugural season was fantastic. Bulls and the MCS premiered my new setting of The Star-Spangled Banner (recording coming soon!) and a setting of Emily Dickinson's poem If I Could Stop One Heart From Breaking (recording coming soon also!). In addition, performed some of my other choral works, which I felt was a great way for the choir to "get to know me better." It was a wonderful season of collaboration!

This coming weekend, September 30, 2017, marks the beginning of season two for the MCS, and I am thrilled to be working with them for another year. I just completed my first new piece for them, a setting of Shelley's text Love's Philosophy, which will be premiered later this year. A second new piece, for choir and orchestra, is currently in the works, and the choir will also be recording my cantata The Good Samaritan later this season as well. To have such a fine group so invested in my music is both exhilarating, and humbling. 

So, a quick shout out and "thank you" to Maestro Bulls for inviting me make music with this dynamic new choral group, and thank you to the choir, the every voice of the MidCities Chamber Singers, for all the time and work you've put into my music. I'm excited for round 2! 

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