Composer Jonathan Santore serves as professor of Music Theory and Composition and chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University. In 2010, he was named Individual Artist Fellow by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
Dr. Santore is known for settings of texts with strong New Hampshire connections, and was named New Hampshire Composer of the Year in 1999 and 2006. His works have been performed by professional ensembles including Minnesota’s VocalEssence Chorus, the Choir of Rochester Cathedral, England, and Austin’s Conspirare.
Music director Dan Perkins is professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University. He is also director of the Manchester Choral Society and was principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi from 2004-2009. Perkins is a co-founder of the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative, and pianist for the Trio Veritas.
Dr. Perkins is known for developing programs based in repertoire that is multicultural, and encourages work by contemporary composers such as Santore.
While looking forward to this release, check out some live recordings of The New Hampshire Master Chorale performing works commissioned by Santore over the course of his 12 seasons as composer in residence.