American Composer's Choral Festival
With Guest Composer/Conductor Robert Lau
Mark your calendars now for the Third American Composers' Choral Festival on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Every other year, The Harrisburg Singers and Trinity Lutheran Church invite a noted composer to lead us, along with invited choirs from other local churches, in a celebration of his or her music.
At the first ACCF in 2010, we were joined by renowned sacred composer/arranger K. Lee Scott. In March, 2012 , we welcomed Dr. Mack Wilberg, the Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. On March 29, 2014, Central Pennsylvania's own Dr. Robert Lau, one of America's foremost composers of sacred music, will joins as our guest artist.
Also joining The Harrisburg Singers for what promises to be an evening of memorable performances will be members of the choirs of a dozen local churches, and a brass quintet. Dr. Lau will conduct the 250-voice Festival Choir in performances of some of his best known works. He will also direct The Harrisburg Singers in the world premiere of a new work commissioned especially for the Festival.
Tickets will be available in January. Last year's Festival sold out, so plan to get your tickets early!
About Robert Lau
Dr. Lau holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, a Master of Arts in Theory from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from The Catholic University of America. He has done additional graduate work at Teachers' College of Columbia University, Westminster Choir College and studied with the late Robert Shaw at the Carnegie Hall Workshops in New York City. A former member of the faculty at Lebanon Valley College where he taught music theory and chaired the Music Department, Dr. Lau also served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Penn State Harrisburg, teaching in the School of Humanities.
Dr. Lau is Organist/Choirmaster at Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church in Camp Hill, PA, a position he has held for more than 25 years. His more than 250 choral and keyboard works have been published by the leading music publishing companies in the United States, and he has been commissioned to write choral, keyboard and vocal works for a variety of institutions, churches and individuals. For his work in published choral and keyboard works he has won 15 Special Awards from ASCAP. In 2010 Paraclete Press published his book A Practical Approach to Improvisation for the Church Organist.
Dr. Lau annually presents a variety of choral and keyboard clinics and choral reading sessions for churches throughout the United States as well as for various chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He is a member of the Harrisburg Chapter of American Guild of Organists, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the American Choral Directors Association. He is the former Music Director of the Harrisburg Choral Society and former Artistic Director of Jubilate! Choral Ensemble of Gettysburg, PA.