First year graduate students in choral conducting, Andrew Liu, Sarah Shapiro, and Margaret Winchell, present repertoire by Buxtehude, Howells, Hindemith, Meditz, and others.
Dieterich Buxtehude, “BuxWV 78, Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott”
Jane Meditz, “Agnus Dei”
Jeffrey Van, “By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame (from A Procession Winding Around Me)”
Johannes Brahms, “Nänie (arr. Urs Stauble for chamber ensemble)”
Herbert Howells, “Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing”
Dieterich Buxtehude, “Ad latus (from Membra Jesu Nostri)”
Anton Bruckner, “Os justi”
Paul Hindemith “Six Chansons”
Andrew Liu is a conductor, organist, flautist, and composer who is currently in his first year pursuing a master of music degree in choral conducting at Yale University. He earned a BA in music at the University of Oxford, UK, graduating with first-class honors. While at Oxford, he was organ scholar at Hertford College, serving as conductor and accompanist for Hertford College Chapel Choir. As an organist, he was a prize-winning recipient of the Associateship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) in 2018 and is hoping to take the fellowship examination (FRCO) in the near future. His past conducting teachers include Steven Grahl and James Morley Potter, and he is currently studying under David Hill. Liu is also an avid composer and has recently been commissioned to compose music combining Chinese and Western instruments for Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association and Hong Kong Legends Chamber Orchestra (Hong Kong, China). He is currently enjoying the opportunity of working with such excellent choirs, outstanding colleagues, and distinguished faculty at Yale, all of which is preparing him well for a career in church music.
Sarah Shapiro is currently in her first year at Yale, pursuing a master of music degree in choral conducting. Originally from New York City and the Chicago suburbs, she was brought up in an Episcopal church choir through the Royal School of Church Music before attending St. Olaf College, where she earned a bachelor of music degree in music education and K-12 teaching licensure. Shapiro has attended a variety of summer music programs, including the Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp, the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, and the Amherst Early Music Festival. She has also been composing choral music since the age of twelve and was recently named a national finalist for the American Prize in Choral Composition for four of her pieces. She has loved her time at Yale so far and looks forward to further opportunities for music-making and learning from her amazing colleagues and professors.
Margaret Winchell is a choral conductor and music educator originally from Houston, Texas. She is currently in her first year at Yale in the DMA program in choral conducting. She holds a master of music degree in conducting from Western Michigan University and a bachelor of music education from Wheaton College. Before her graduate studies, Winchell taught high school for several years in the Chicagoland area, where she often returns in the summers for assorted musical, theatrical, and educational projects. She has presented at state and regional conferences on the use of theater education practices to enhance choral singers’ connections to text and meaning. She is delighted to be at Yale and to learn alongside such warm, insightful colleagues and faculty.