Many thanks to Laura Prichard for her insightful pre-concert talk for the “Annelies: The Voice of Anne Frank” performances by Conspirare Symphonic Choir on January 8-9, 2016 at University Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX.
We are so fortunate that she was able to join us in our presentation, and we are happy to now provide a recording for those who couldn’t attend or who would like to listen again.
Introduction by Paul Melroy, Conspirare Managing Director
About Dr. Laura Prichard
Laura Stanfield Prichard is the Principal Pre-Concert Speaker for the Chicago Symphony, Berkshire Choral International, and Boston Baroque, and has lectured regularly for the San Francisco Symphony and Opera since 1996. She is a series editor for 18th-20th-century orchestral scores published by Musikproduktion Höflich in Munich, Germany. Recent work includes presentations in Russia, Ireland, England, Newfoundland, and Hawaii on choral and ballet music and over a dozen entries for the Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music (2012), the landmark revision of the multi-volume New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013), and the forthcoming Music Around the World (2015).
Laura holds a PhD (Musicology) and MM (Choral Music) from the University of Illinois and BAs in Music and Modern Languages from Yale, where she played oboe in the Yale Bands and directed many choral and dramatic groups. She sings regularly with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony and was a board member of Choral Arts New England (2009-2015). Her twenty years of college teaching includes seminars in music, dance, and art history at CSU-East Bay (Hayward) and San Francisco State University (1995-2003) and at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts (2004-2015). She was the President of the Pacific Chapter of the College Music Society and Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Vance George (1997-2003).