Graduate Conductor Parker Bowen Leads the A Cappella Choir

March 10, 2020
Parker Bowen, a graduate student from Amarillo, Texas, will conduct the Baylor University A Cappella Choir on Friday, March 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This concert is led by Mr. Bowen in partial fulfillment of the Master of Music degree in Conducting, under the tutelage of Baylor’s Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Graduate Choral Studies, Dr. Brian A. Schmidt. Performing as pianist will be Baylor alumnus Dr. John Elam, and the organist will be Holden Miller, a graduate student from Greeneville, Tennessee.
The program, called “With Great Thanksgiving,” will open with two pieces that the choir will sing under the baton of two additional graduate conductors. William McLean, a Master of Music candidate from Duluth, Minnesota, will lead the choir in Eric William Barnum’s “Responsorial I” from 2010, and David Warren, a Master of Divinity candidate with a certificate in Music Leadership in Worship, will conduct Elaine Hagenberg’s setting of “O Love” from 2017.
Parker Bowen will be on the podium for the balance of the program. He will begin his portion with Hugo Distler’s arrangement of the powerful hymn tune “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” by Baroque composer Joachim Neander.
Also to be heard are John Leavitt’s setting of “A Song of Thanksgiving” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and then three pieces by contemporary Latvian composer 'riks Ešenvalds: “This Is My Father’s World,” “The Heavens’ Flock,” and “Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.”
The A Cappella Choir will sing the earliest accompanied choral work of Johannes Brahms, his “Geisliches Lied,” Op. 30, written in 1856 when the composer was twenty-three years old.
Two lively spirituals will close the program: “Ain’-a That Good News!” by William Levi Dawson and “I Can Tell the World” by Moses Hogan.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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