Sing with members of the National Philharmonic Chorale under Artistic Director
Stan Engebretson and Associate Conductor Victoria Gau. Build your voice
under the expert guidance of Dr. Molly Donnelly. Singers with prior choral
experience perform in our excellent large ensemble while building musicianship
and vocal technique during four intensive rehearsals culminating in a
final performance in a beautiful concert hall. The Summer Choral Institute
is produced through a partnership between the National Philharmonic and
No auditions are necessary but singing experience is required. Experience
may include singing in a university or community chorus, or in a church choir.
For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Victoria
Gau at 301-493-9283 x116 or
Stan Engebretson –
Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic Chorale and Head of Choral
Music at George Mason University
Stan Engebretson has conducted and taught throughout the United States
and in Europe, and has studied with great masters of choral music, including
Robert Shaw, Gregg Smith, Richard Westenburg, Roger Wagner, and Eric Ericson.
A North Dakota native, he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of
Music degrees in Piano and Voice from the University of North Dakota,
and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Stanford University.
He has led choirs in Venice’s Cathedral or St. Mark and taught in
Cologne, Trier, St. Moritz, Barcelona, and Reykjavik. Engebretson is Director
of Music at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church; Professor
of Music and Director of Choral Studies at George Mason University; and
for 14 years has shaped the ensemble that is now the National Philharmonic
Chorale. Engebretson is also proficient and performs in the jazz medium.
Molly Donnelly –
Mezzo Soprano and Professor of Music at Montgomery College
Molly Donnelly has sung in major concert halls in New York, Paris, Berlin,
London and Washington, DC, performing as a soloist with Musica Sacra,
the Oratorio Society of New York, the National Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic
and many others. Of her title role in the North American premiere of Handel’s
Tolomeo, New Yorker music critic wrote: “Her voice has character-an
elusive quality, God-given, not acquirable, that makes people listen.”
A Fulbright Scholar, Donnelly holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the
University of Maryland; a Master of Music from the College-Conservatory
of Music in Cincinnati; and a Bachelor of Music from the University of
Colorado. At Montgomery College since 1997, she directs the Chamber Singers
and the College Chorus and can share her love of singing by teaching voice. .
Victoria Gau –
Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the National Philharmonic,
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Capital City Symphony, Artistic
Director of Takoma Ensemble
Victoria Gau is a familiar face in the Washington area, having conducted
such groups as the Alexandria Symphony, Washington Savoyards, the IN-Series,
the Other Opera Company (which she co-founded), and the Friday Morning
Music Club Orchestra. She has had past conducting positions with the Richmond
Philharmonic and the Akron Symphony, served as Adjunct Associate Professor
of Opera at George Mason University, and has worked as a pianist for Cleveland,
Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington Operas. In addition to the National
Philharmonic Chorale, Ms. Gau has guest conducted choruses including the
Capitol Hill Chorale, Congressional Chorus, and the Metropolitan Chorus.
She is an established vocal coach in the Washington area, having worked
for many years with the Crittendon Opera Studio. Guest conducting this
season takes her to Washington (State) and Vermont. Ms. Gau holds degrees
in Viola Performance and Conducting from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music,
where she received the Phi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship.
Theodore Guerrant –
Organist-Choirmaster at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, accompanist
for the Central Maryland Chorale and the National Philharmonic Chorale
and Accompanying Program Specialist in the University of Maryland School of Music
Guerrant began his piano studies with Regina Pudney at age five and began
organ lessons with Frank Willingham at age eleven. By the time he was
a high school senior, he was accompanying four choral groups and five
church services. He went on to receive degrees in piano, organ, and harpsichord,
as well as a graduate performance Diploma in Organ from the Peabody Conservatory.