John Alexander, Conductor, Educator
Artistic Director (of the Pacific Chorale) since 1972, John Alexander is one of America’s most respected choral conductors. His inspired leadership both on the podium and as an advocate for the advancement of the choral art has generated international respect and acclaim.
Segment 1: John’s early years, beginning music at age 6; Son of a Choir Director and grandson of a Methodist minister from the South. Undergraduate study at Oberlin and Doctoral studies at University of Illinois. Teaching days at Cal State Northridge and Fullerton.
Music: Chanson Éloignée by Morten Lauridsen from the album American Voices with the John Alexander Singers
Segment 2: We talk about his 44 years with the Pacific Chorale, and their history before John AND after John!
Music: The Shore by Frank Ticheli recorded by the Pacific Chorale. The 3rd movement: The Black Gondola.
Segment 3: Pacific Chorale Tours..the Highlights!
Music: Motet No 3. Therry Escaich “Kyrie” recorded live with the Pacific Chorale and the composer as the organist.
Segment 4: Finally, John as College Educator, Master Conductor and Commissioner of new American Works for Choir. Hear about what is next for this amazing musician.
Music: There Shall Be Rest by Frank Ticheli recorded by the Pacific Chorale.