Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of its Executive Staff: Ted Sperling & Edward Barnes
The Collegiate Chorale announces the addition of two new members of the company's executive team. Ted Sperling and Edward Barnes join Music Director James Bagwell and Executive Director Jennifer Collins as Artistic Director and Producing Director, respectively, effective immediately.
The Collegiate Chorale has presented in recent years a number of successful and innovative explorations of opera-in-concert, new music, choral classics and musical theater, often across genres and in collaboration with other organizations and artists. Formalizing The Chorale's fruitful relationship with two such collaborators, The Board and Music Director James Bagwell take great pleasure in announcing the addition of two members to its artistic team-Ted Sperling as its Artistic Director and Edward Barnes as its Producing Director. These appointments demonstrate The Chorale's commitment to innovation, diverse programming, strong production values and music education.
"The Board and Staff of The Collegiate Chorale have decided that an expanded structure for artistic leadership reflecting the full range of The Chorale's programmatic vision best serves the organization moving forward," said George Grumbach, Co-Chair of The Board of Directors. "Ted and Edward have distinguished and varied artistic backgrounds and we are thrilled to have them join our excellent Music Director James Bagwell in charting the course for The Chorale well into the future."
"Ted and Edward have collaborated on six critically acclaimed Chorale productions, including The Mikado, The Grapes of Wrath and Knickerbocker Holiday, among others" said James Bagwell, who will continue in his role as Music Director for The Collegiate Chorale. "I am thrilled by the possibilities for the future as the three of us work together to create dynamic programming for the tastes of a well-informed concert-going public and to expand our education programs to further invest in the next generation of artists and audiences."
"My concerts with The Collegiate Chorale have been among the highlights of my career so far," said Maestro Sperling. "This is a wonderful organization with a rich history, and I'm honored and delighted to be appointed Artistic Director. Working with the terrific team of James, Edward and Jennifer, and with the support of our dedicated and dynamic Board of Directors, I know we have even more exciting and innovative programs in store for our singers and our audiences. I am particularly excited to have the opportunity to return to my classical roots, and look forward to exploring repertoire in all genres, from Baroque to Broadway."
One of today's leading musical artists, Ted Sperling is a director, music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, singer, pianist and violinist. Mr. Sperling's projects with The Chorale have included concert performances of The Firebrand of Florence(Conductor, 2009), The Grapes of Wrath (Conductor, 2010), Knickerbocker Holiday(Director, 2011), Something Wonderful: A Broadway Evening with Deborah Voigt(Conductor/Director, 2011), The Mikado (Conductor/Director, 2012) and Song of Norway (Conductor/Director, 2013).
Mr. Sperling comes from a deeply musical family and began his violin and piano studies at the age of five. He attended the pre-college program at The Juilliard School where he received the Faculty Prize on graduation. While majoring in music at Yale, Mr. Sperling was the principal violist in the Yale Symphony for three years, sang in the professional chapel choir, and was countertenor soloist in many concerts with the Bach Society, Glee Club and other groups.
Since moving to New York, Mr. Sperling has distinguished himself in a range of artistic genres and has had an active concert career, working with singers such as Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O'Hara, Nathan Gunn, Paulo Szot and Deborah Voigt. He has appeared regularly as conductor of the New York Philharmonic, has performed with most of the major American symphony orchestras, and appeared with the Houston Grand Opera.