Choral Arts is saddened to announce Dr. Jace Saplan has decided to resign from their role as Artistic Director of Choral Arts. We are thankful to have had Dr. Saplan at the helm of Choral Arts. They brought a wealth of accomplishments and extensive understanding of culturally responsive programming and community building. We wish them the very best in their future endeavors.


To close out the rest of this season, we are excited to partner with two outstanding musicians:


For our performance of Eric Whitacre’s “The Sacred Veil” on May 6, we will be led from the podium by Joel Rinsema, Managing Artistic Director of Kantorei. Joel and Kantorei commissioned and premiered the orchestral version of this piece in October 2022 with Eric Whitacre at the podium. Joel is a frequent collaborator with choral organizations around the globe, and prior to Kantorei, he led the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale.


For our final concert of the season, Haydn’s “Mass for Troubled Times” on June 11, we will be led from the podium by Dr. André J. Thomas. André is a renowned composer and conductor, and was most recently Visiting Professor of Conducting at Yale University and Interim Conductor of the Yale Camerata. The London Symphony Orchestra recently named him to a three-year term as LSO Associate Artist and is introducing emerging Afro-American composing talent to U.K. audiences.


Learn more about these exciting experiences.


The Board of Directors will begin a search for a new Artistic Director immediately. More information about that process will be available soon. As we plan for the future, we remain committed to continually advancing the story of choral music and welcoming people into it.


February 17, 2023