Author: matthewculloton

The Singers: Launching the Second Decade!

We are one week away from The Singers’ first rehearsal of Season 11!  I am very excited to welcome a large “rookie class” to the organization – 11 new Singers and some re-shifting of sections has helped reshape the choir for a new season.

Highlights of The Singers’ upcoming season include 5 exciting concerts on the Subscription Series, a performance for the MN ACDA Fall Conference, educational collaborations, the René Clausen Festival (honoring one of my pivotal mentors!), and the world premiere of Craig Carnahan’s Ghost Camp in May 2015.

I hope that you will consider making The Singers a part of your musical life, whether it be through our recordings, videos, or best of all – live concerts!

In the meantime, enjoy a most fitting video: Dominck Argento’s So I’ll Sing with My Voice!

“Christmas with The Singers Choral Series” expands!

As of April, 2014, the “Christmas with The Singers Choral Series” has expanded nicely!  To see write-ups about each piece, as well as a link to the publisher’s website for the work, go to my Published Works List.

I am very proud to work with Morningstar Music Publishers as editor of this series!

Angels We Have Heard on High, arr. Matthew Culloton (SATB, div. a cappella)

Away in a Manger, arr. Matthew Culloton (SATB, a cappella)

God’s Mother Be, Matthew Culloton (SATB, div., guitar or harp/piano)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, arr. Matthew Culloton (SATB, div. a cappella)

If In Your Heart, Craig Carnahan (SATB, div. a cappella)

In Dulci Jubilo, arr. Matthew Culloton (SATB, div. a cappella)

I Wonder as I Wander, arr. J. Aaron McDermid (SATB, a cappella, with tenor solo)

O Little Town of Bethlehem, arr. Matthew Culloton (SATB, div. a cappella)

Silent Night, arr. Matthew Culloton (SATB, harp/piano, and flute or violin)

Still, Still, Still, arr. Matthew Culloton (SATB, div. a cappella, baritone solo)

We Three Kings, arr. Matthew Culloton (SATB, 3 male soloists, oboe or flute)



Matthew conducting The Singers: Live concert footage available

The Singers and I have been very busy since I last posted (way too long ago)!  Thanks to Ken Fitzer (video) and Mike Wolsted (audio), the following YouTube clips show some meaningful performances from Season 10.


MY SOUL’S REPOSE: APRIL 13, 2014, Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul, MN

Maurice Durufle: Ubi caritas

Eric Whitacre : i thank You God

Herbert Howells: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing

A SHINING NIGHT: 10th Anniversary Concert, October 25, 2013, Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul, MN

Dominick Argento: So I’ll Sing with My Voice

Morten Lauridsen: Sure on this Shining Night (from Nocturnes)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

Matthew Culloton, arr.: How Can I Keep from Singing

WHAT SWEETER MUSIC: Christmas highlights from 2012 and 2013

Matthew Culloton, arr.: In dulci jubilo

Matthew Culloton, arr.: Angels We Have Heard on High

Abbie Betinis, arr.: In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Craig Carnahan: If In Your Heart

Joshua Shank, arr.: Gabriel’s Message

Other Performances

Francis Poulenc: Sanctus (from Mass in G Major)

Dale Adelmann, arr.: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Matthew Culloton, arr.: Deep River

Paul J. Christiansen: Prayers of Steel

The Singers and I begin “New Landscapes” rehearsals tonight

Today I begin a most exciting project with The Singers that focuses on newer works by David Lang (of “Bang on a Can” fame), Tarik O’ Regan, Nico Muhly, Abbie Betinis, and Jocelyn Hagen. The concert is April 21-22, 2012 in St. Paul and Wayzata, and it promises to be an intriguing concert for singers and audience members alike.

David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion was the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner in music, and it combines the well-known story by Hans Christian Andersen with texts from J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, showing a parallel between the lives of the young girl and Jesus Christ. This work utilizes elements of minimalism and stark use of percussion instruments as the two narratives weave together.

The Artaria String Quartet, now celebrating their 25th Season, joins the choir for O’Regan’s exhilarating setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry in The Ecstasies Above. O’Regan’s score calls for eight vocal soloists, chorus, and string quartet, creating an irresistible palette of tonal colors befitting the wild imagination of Poe.

Nico Muhly is a rising star in the composition world, with new works in many genres premiering frequently. His 2005 work, I Cannot Attain Unto It, is a modern psalm setting that uses choral textures in a fresh, unique way.

Those who are familiar with The Singers know the names Abbie Betinis and Jocelyn Hagen for their innovative work as two of three composers-in-residence (along with Joshua Shank). The Singers will also be performing Abbie’s Carmina men cordis (“Songs of my heart”) and Jocelyn’s Laus Trinitati (“Praise the Trinity”) during their two performances at the Chorus America National Conference being held in Minneapolis in June of this year.

I hope that you are able to see The Singers perform these modern masterpieces as part of “New Landscapes” in April, 2012!

“Christmas with The Singers Choral Series” expands by three titles!

After a very successful launch in 2011, Morningstar’s “Christmas with The Singers Choral Series” will welcome three of my scores to the mix any day. Mark Lawson, the outstanding head of Morningstar Music, has been traveling from ACDA convention to convention, and I believe at least some of the new titles are good to go already! Stay tuned to the Morningstar site (linked above) to watch for these works:

In Dulci Jubilo (SSATBB, a cappella), written for The Singers in 2011 and commissioned by Erika Gesme for her parents Dr. Dean and Laura Gesme

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (SATB, div. a cappella), written for The Singers in 2009 and commissioned by Susan Mohs in memory of her parents Mathew and Helen Mohs

Away in a Manger (SATBB), written for The Singers inaugural season in 2004 and used as a traditional encore a number of times

These three scores will be joining my arrangements of Angels We Have Heard on High (2010) and O Little Town of Bethlehem (2003) which had a wonderful first year in print. I am so happy to see how many people are able to use these new arrangements across the country….. 9000 copies in the first year!

SBMP publishing new spiritual arrangement

I am really excited to announce that Santa Barbara Music Publishing is managing the release of my new arrangement of “Sinner Man,” commissioned by the Hopkins High School Concert Choir and its conductor Mr. Philip Brown. This was a meaningful commission because it was my first piece written for the choir that I led from 2000-2006, and the work was commissioned to be sung at the 2011 Minnesota ACDA Fall Conference at Gustavus College in St. Peter.

I look forward to two opportunities when I can conduct “Sinner Man” this spring – first with the Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble on our “American Spring” program in early May. I will then lead The Singers on the work in the Twin Cities in early June before recording a new American folk CD.

I am grateful to Barbara Harlow for her continued support of my work, and the work of Michael and I, primarily through the Matthew & Michael Culloton Choral Series, which boasts nearly 30 scores from some of this country’s most renowned composers.