Choral Conducting Senior Project

Biography

Ariel Antoinette Alvarado is a senior Music Major at Spelman College. Ms. Alvarado earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Integrated Studies from Clayton State University and her high school diploma from Rockdale County High School in May of 2018.

Ms. Alvarado is currently the  Student Conductor of the Spelman College Glee Club and the Student Conductor of the Georgia Tech Treble Choir. She is also a voice and beginning piano instructor of all ages for the Alvarado Academy of Music, and sings and plays percussion for many churches in and around the Metro Atlanta area including her home church Grace Church International.

Ms. Alvarado is an alumna of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir program where she studied under the baton of Dr. Martha Shaw for seven years. During that time, she traveled internationally to places such as Spain and Italy and performed in venues such as The Mormon Tabernacle, Carnegie Hall, and had the honor of performing evening mass at the Vatican. In January of 2019 Ms. Alvarado traveled with a small group chosen from the Spelman College Glee Club under the direction of  Dr. Kevin P. Johnson to Portugal for the Festival Terra sem Sombra on ambassadorial duties. In November of 2019, Ms. Alvarado was a part of a presenting group for the Society for Music Theory’s National Conference held in Columbus, Ohio. In February of 2020, Ms. Alvarado had the distinct pleasure to serve as a guest conductor and clinician for the Richmond County All County Middle School Chorus Concert.

Ms. Alvarado aspires to be a choral conductor, educator, and scholarly artist, that can “help leave the world a more beautiful place than she found it.”

Click here to see her resumé.

Choral Conducting Repertoire List

01

Medieval

‘Tonus Primus’ from the Liber Usualis

Hodie Christus Natus est (Gregorian chant)

Ave generosa – Hildegard Von Bingen (chant)

O viridissima virga– Hildegard Von Bingen (chant)

In nova fert – Phillipe de Vitry (motet)

La messe de Nostre Dame –Guillaume de Machaut (mass)

Quam pulchra es – John Dustable (motet)

02

RENaissance

Missa Se la face ay pale– Guillaume Dufay (mass)

Missa Mi-MiJohannes Okeghem (mass)

Missa fortuna desperata– Jacob Obrecht (mass)

Missa Pange lingua (mass);  Missa Ave Maria Stella (mass)- Josquin des Prez

If ye love me (anthem)- Thomas Tallis 

Veni Creator Spiritus (mass)- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (motet)- Andrea Gabrieli 

Sing Joyfully (english anthem)- William Byrd

Now is the Month of Maying (english madrigal)- Thomas Morley

Maria, mater gratiae (motet) – Carlo Gesualdo 

03

Baroque

Gloria from Messa a 4 (sacred work)- Claudio Monteverdi 

Exsultate Deo (motet)- Alessandro Scarlatto 

O sapientia (petit motet) Jean-Baptiste Lully 

Die Furcht des Herren (cantata)- J.C. Bach

Remember not, Lord, our offences (anthem)-  Henry Purcell 

B minor Mass– J.S. Bach 

And the Glory of the Lord & Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah –  George Frideric Handel 

Missa in D major– Giovanni Battista Pergolesi 

04

Classical

Te Deum in D major (sacred work)- Johann Adolf Hasse 

I am come into my garden (anthem)- William Billings 

Veni Sancte Spiritus K.47 Ave verum corpus (motet); Lacrimosa– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

C minor Requiem-Luigi Cherubini 

Mass in C major- Ludwig van Beethoven 

Petite messe solennelle (sacred work)- Gioachino Rossini 

Stabat mater (sacred work)- Franz Schubert 

05

ROMANTIC

Ave Maria– Franz Liszt 

Lift Thine Eyes– Felix Mendelssohn 

 Zigeunerleben (vocal chamber work)- Robert Schumann 

Christus factus est (motet)- Anton Bruckner 

Calme des nuits (secular work)-Camille Saint-Saens 

Requiem op. 48– Gabriel Fauré 

Stabat mater (choral/orchestral work); Antonin Dvořák

German Requiem op. 45– Johannes Brahms 

 As torrents in summer‘, from the cantata Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf (secular work)- Sir Edward Elgar 

06

20th CENTURY

Trois Chansons de Chalres d’Orléans (choral work)- Claude Debussy 

Christmas Day (choral work); In the bleak midwinter (a cappella work)- Gustav Holst 

Missa brevis (choral work)- Zoltán Kodály 

Carmina Burana (choral work)-Carl Orff 

Stabat mater (choral work); Ave verum corpus Francis Poulenc 

Alleluia (choral work); Mass of the Holy Spirit– Randall Thompson 

Requiem op. 9– Maurice Duruflé 

Rejoice in the Lamb; Missa Brevis; War Requiem; Cermony of Carols– Benjamin Britten 

A Jubilant Song (choral work)- Norman Dello Joio 

Chichester Psalms (choral work)- Leonard Bernstein 

O Magnum Mysterium; Dirait-On– Morten Lauridsen 

Candlelight Carol; Shepard’s Pipe Carol– John Rutter 

07

AFRICAN AMERICAN

Here’s One– William Grant Still 

Listen to the Lambs; I’ll Never Turn Back No More – R. Nathaniel Dett

Poor Man Lazarus– Jester Hairston 

Psalm 96-George T. Walker

Lily of the Valley; My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord; Elijah Rock; Ride On, King Jesus– Moses Hogan

Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit; Ain-a That Good News– William Dawson

Lily of the Valley arr. Wendell Whalum 

Life Every Voice and Sing arr. Roland Carter

O Praise the Lord– Adolphus Hailstork 

Keep Your Lamps– André Thomas

Ascribe to the Lord– Rosephanye Powell

08

21st CENTury

I Will Lift Mine Eyes– Jake Runestad

Glow– Eric Whitacre

Psalm 150– David L. Brunner

So Fair and Bright; Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day– Bob Chilcot

O nata lux– Rene Clausen

Days of Beauty; Ubi Caritas– Ola Gjeilo

Las amarillas– Stephen Hatfield 

Lineage; Truth-Andrea Ramsey

His Light In Us– Kim Andre Arnesen

Music For Covid Times: Seven Choral Pieces for the Virtual Choir

 

              Psalm 150                                                                                                                             David L. Brunner  [2:30’]

 

             ‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa’ from Stabat Mater                                                                     Giovanni B. Pergolesi [4:30’]

 

             Think on These Things                                                                                                         Robert Harris [3:55’]

  

             Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah                                                                                        G.F. Handel [4:00’]

 

             Come Sweet Death                                                                                                               Bach arr. Edwin London [5:00’]

 

             Ascribe to the Lord                                                                                                               Rosephanye Powell [2:30’]

 

             Ride on, King Jesus                                                                                                              arr. Moses Hogan [2:40’]

This concert will be performed for the completion of Ariel Alvarado’s music degree requirements and was crafted to provide suitable repertoire for an advanced high school/collegiate ensemble to perform during this virtual environment due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The first three pieces are written for a Treble ensemble with piano/organ accompaniment. The last four pieces are written/arranged for a SATB ensemble, three of them have piano/organ accompaniment.

This program features pieces from the Baroque era to Modern era and have been chosen with three main criteria: substantial accompaniment, regular rhythmic passages (no rubato, few ritardandos, etc), and length of the piece.