Roy Harris “Chorale”, op. 3

Conducted by Music Director, Peter Stafford Wilson

Violin I
Erin Gilliland, concertmaster
Kathryn Stephenson
Angel Lacey
Matthew Boles
Davis Hoem

Violin II
Melissa Zigler
Alexandra Vargo
Laura Masonbrink
Elijah Simpkins
Lauren Absten

Meagan Cramm
Daniel Winfield
Andrea Tippery
Norman Cardwell-Murri

Sybil Baker
Tulia Spurgeon
Eden Davis

Jim Bates
Lydia Namakydoost

All Sound and Video Engineering by
Eric Van Wagner

American composer Roy Harris (1898-1979) was born in Oklahoma and grew up on a farm in an isolated part of the state. He studied piano with his mother and was a self-taught composer when he travelled to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1926-1929. Harris wrote the Chorale for Strings a few years after returning from Paris; it originated as the second movement of an unpublished Concerto for String Sextet. Harris cites the hymn singing of pioneers on the frontier as his inspiration for this work.

Roy Harris taught composition at several prominent music schools in the U.S., including the Juilliard School. His students include William Schumann, H. Owen Reed, Florence Price and Peter Schickele (better known as P.D.Q. Bach). 

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