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The American Prize Seal

NOTUS wins The American Prize in Choral Performance

NOTUS has been named the winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance in the college/university division for 2018-2019. Consisting of 30 students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and conducted by Dominick DiOrio, NOTUS shares this year's distinction of co-winner with the Westminster Kantorei and conductor Amanda Quist. The American Prize is a national non-profit competition in the performing arts that is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. View the press release



I am thrilled to announce that NOTUS has been selected to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2020. An invitation to perform at this gathering -- known as the "Olympics" of choral music -- is one of the highest honors a chorus can receive. NOTUS is one of only 24 choirs selected out of a global pool that included 179 choirs from 44 countries. Read more here.

NOTUS: Of Radiance & Refraction

NOTUS Debut Album Release

It is with much excitement that I announce the release of NOTUS: Of Radiance & Refraction with Innova Recordings. Available September 28, 2018, this album includes five world premiere recordings of commissioned works by composers Sven-David Sandström, Claude Baker, Aaron Travers, John Gibson, and myself. It also features a performance of Stravinsky's Trois pièces by the Zorá String Quartet, grand-prize winners of the Fischoff Competition. Major audio engineering work by D. James Tagg. Visual design by Jennie Moser. Click here for a preview track from John Gibson's In Flight, for chorus and electronics, featuring soprano Kellie Motter.

Happy 150, I

Happy 150 U Illinois!

The University of Illinois Sesquicentennial celebrations include a major new commission: Gathering for chorus, wind symphony, soprano and baritone. The work will be premiered in Chicago, New York City, and Urbana in the Spring of 2018 with the UI Chamber Singers, UI Wind Symphony, vocal artists Nathan Gunn, R. Todd Payne, and Yvonne Gonzales Redman, and conductors Stephen Peterson and Andrew Megill. Read more about the work here.