International Orange Chorale of San Francisco

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The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) is an auditioned all-volunteer chamber choir devoted to performing established repertoire of all periods, with particular attention to 20th-century music—including newly commissioned works of promising composers. Since its inception, the group has been committed to performing free concerts featuring challenging and imaginative choral a cappella programming. [1] The ensemble is based in San Francisco.

Origins and management[edit]

The group was founded in 2003 by Jeremy Faust, Elaine Robertson and Cole Thomason-Redus [2] and continued under the direction of Jeremy Faust. Several IOCSF members have conducted selected pieces. In 2007, after having conducted several pieces each season as a member of the group in 2006 and 2005, Paul Kim joined Jeremy Faust as co-director. [3] During the 2007-2008 season, choir member Zane Fiala also conducted several pieces; [4] Fiala became co-director as of the 2008/2009 season, [1] [5] joining Faust upon Kim's departure from the San Francisco Bay Area. [6] Fiala now directs and conducts the group, while Faust maintains a role as Director of Artistic Outreach.

The ensemble is named after International orange, the official color of the Golden Gate Bridge

Publishing, premieres and other programming[edit]

In 2011, IOCSF launched a new choral music publishing series partnership with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, with the release of "Peace," by Aaron Pike.[7] Additionally, several of the compositions listed below have been published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, G. Schirmer, and Hal Leonard after IOCSF premiered the works.

World premieres/commissions[edit]

  1. Cole Thomason-Redus: Nigra Sum (2004)
  2. Jeremy Faust: Concord Hymn (2004)
  3. Georgia Stitt: De Profundis (2004)
  4. Sarah George: Cors de Chasses (2005)
  5. Elizabeth Baker: One, Two, Three (2006)
  6. Jason Bush: Alma Redemptoris Mater (2007)
  7. Jeremy Faust: Croyez-vous (2007)
  8. Jason Bush: A Beautiful Day (2008)
  9. Jason Bush: Leaves are Falling (2008)
  10. Jeremy Faust: Atah Echad (2008)
  11. Georgia Stitt: Joyful Noise (2009)
  12. Eric Tamm: Kyrie (2009)
  13. Zane Fiala: Es la Mañana Llena (2009)
  14. Schaffer McGee, The Bird of Night; Death of a Ball Turret Gunner (2009); The Breath of Night (2010)
  15. Robert Chastain: Ave Verum Corpus (2010)
  16. Nicholas Boland: Gentle Lady, Do Not Sing (2010)
  17. Jed Bogan: The Moment (2010)
  18. Harry Whitney: In Memoriam [aka, "Sweet Poplar"] (2010)
  19. Aaron Pike: Peace (2010)
  20. Joshua Saulle: i am a little church (2010)
  21. David Harris: Presence (2010)
  22. Mari Esabel Valverde: Månskenskväll ["Moonlit Evening"] (2011)
  23. Aaron Pike: Alleluia (2011)
  24. Nicholas Weininger: Deeper Than All Roses (2011)
  25. Jeremy Faust: Issa (selected movements) (2011)
  26. Zane Fiala: Cosmos (2012)
  27. Dominick DiOrio: Chrysopylae (2012)
  28. David Conte: Facing West (2012)
  29. Vasken Ohanian: Ave (2012)
  30. David Gottlieb: Come, Heavy Sleep (2012)
  31. Mari Esabel Valverde: Oracle of Spring (2012)
  32. Elliott James Encarnacion: We Sat Down and Wept (2012)
  33. Caroline Shaw: Fly Away I (2012)
  34. Daniel Kohane: Sonnet (2012)

American/regional premieres[edit]

  1. Thomas Ades (UK): Fayrfax Carol (USA West Coast premiere)
  2. Algirdas Martinaitis (Estonia): Alleluia (Western Hemisphere Premiere)
  3. Jake Heggie (America): Faith Disquiet (California Premiere of revision)
  4. Milton Babbitt (America): Music for the Mass (Western USA Premiere—Second performance ever, first ever a cappella as composer intended) (2010)
  5. Fredrik Sixten: There is no Rose of such Vertu (2012)
  6. Uģis Prauliņš: Credo from Missa Rigensis (2012)
  7. Sarah Kirkland Snider: Unremembered (first five movements, USA West Coast premiere) (2013): The Guest, The River, The Girl, The Song, The Orchard

Other repertory highlights[edit]

  1. Frank Martin: Mass for Two Choirs
  2. Herbert Howells: Requiem
  3. Claude Debussy: Trois Chansons D'Orleans
  4. Paul Hindemith: Six Chansons de Rilke
  5. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs
  6. Matthew Harris: Shakespeare Songs
  7. Gustav Holst: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
  8. Gustav Holst: O Spiritual Pilgrim
  9. Benjamin Britten: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
  10. Otto Olsson: Ave Maris Stella
  11. Alberto Grau: Kasar mie la gaji
  12. Johannes Brahms: Op. 74, Nos. 1, 2 "Warum ist das Licht gegeben?"; "O Heiland reiss"
  13. Johannes Brahms: Op. 109, No. 2. "Wenn ein starker gewappneter"
  14. Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes
  15. Johann Sebastian Bach: "Ich lasse dicht nicht du segnest mich denn"
  16. Hugo Distler: Singet dem Herrn ein neues lied
  17. William Henry Harris: Faire is the Heaven
  18. Samuel Barber: The Reincarnations
  19. Samuel Barber: Heaven Haven
  20. Samuel Barber: To be sung on the Water
  21. Olivier Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium
  22. Francis Poulenc: Four Motes for Noel
  23. Maurice Durufle: Four Gregorian Motets
  24. Sven-David Sandström: A New Heaven ("En Ny Himmel")
  25. Jānis Peters: Kalējs kala debesīs
  26. David Conte: Ave Maria
  27. Steven Paulus: The Road Home
  28. Emma Lou Diemer: Verses from the Rubaiyat
  29. Robin Estrada: Awit sa Panginoon
  30. Halsey Stevens: Go Lovely Rose
  31. Joseph Gregorio: Dona Nobis Pacem

Other collaborations/assistance[edit]

Awards, reviews[edit]

  • ASCAP "Adventurous Programming" Award 2011, received at Chorus America conference[13]
  • San Francisco Classical Voice review of June 17, 2011 concert [14]
  • San Francisco Classical Voice review of May 1, 2009 concert [1]


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