Choral Arts Classics

Last Tuesday of each month September-April

In addition to serving as the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society for 32 years, and maintaining a busy schedule of guest conducting engagements each season, Tom Hall is also a well-known broadcaster, teacher, lecturer, and writer.  He is the Culture Editor and co-host on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast, and he hosts Choral Arts Classics at 9:00PM on the final Tuesday of each month from September-April.

He is invited frequently to speak to professional and community organizations, including the Oregon Bach Festival, American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the College Endowment Association, the Baltimore Broadcaster’s Coalition, The Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute, the Johns Hopkins Community Conversations Series, and the Ewald Symposium of Sweetbriar College. He has also interviewed prominent authors and artists in public programs at the Baltimore City Lit Festival, the Baltimore Book Festival, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum. He has served as the President of Chorus America, the national association of professional and volunteer choruses, and he has appeared numerous times as a guest speaker at national conferences of that organization. His publications include articles in the Baltimore Sun, Style Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, Historical Performance Magazine, the Choral Journal, the American Choral Review, Voice Magazine, the International Choral Bulletin, and the SIDIC Review, an international journal which promotes understanding between Jews and Christians. In addition, he serves frequently as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts.

From 2010-12, Tom served as the host of the Maryland Morning Screen Test, and he now hosts public screenings of films in the Maryland Film Festival/WYPR Spotlight Series. In 2006, he received an Emmy Award for Christmas with Choral Arts, which is broadcast annually on WMAR television, the ABC affiliate in Maryland, and he has been a guest co-host of Maryland Public Television’s Art Works. In 2007, he was named Best New Broadcast Journalist by the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2009, the Baltimore City Paper named him Best Local Radio Personality. For the past 31 years, he has been the Director of Choral Activities at Goucher College, and he has lectured and taught courses at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Baltimore, Towson University, Morgan State University, and the Johns Hopkins University. Tom has been an Artist in Residence at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Temple University, and Syracuse University. He appears each year as the moderator of the Rosenberg Distinguished Artist Recital Series at Goucher College, and he has given pre-concert lectures for, among others, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Tom is a former member and chair of the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Choral Arts Classics
12:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop
Credit Grant Leighton

This month on Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for a conversation about two iconic choral works: John Adam's haunting cantata about 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls, and Beethoven's monumental 9th Symphony.

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Choral Arts Classics
3:02 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Conductor's Roundtable

Tom talks to Arian Khaefi, the recently appointed Music Director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, and Wendy Wickham the longtime Music Director of the Canticle Singers of Baltimore.

Next month on Choral Arts Classics, Tom welcomes Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for a conversation about two great masterpieces:  John Adam's haunting cantata about 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls, and Beethoven's monumental 9th Symphony.  Tune in Tuesday night, April 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

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Choral Arts Classics
1:10 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Mary Jo Salter II

Nola Richardson, Soprano
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February Choral Arts Classics

On the next episode of Choral Arts Classics, Tuesday night, February 25, 2014, the acclaimed poet Mary Jo Salter joins Tom for the second of two conversations about the relationship between poetry and music.

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Mary Jo Salter
3:32 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Choral Arts Classics - Mary Jo Salter

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The acclaimed poet Mary Jo Salter joins Tom for the first of two conversations about the relationship between poetry and music.

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Choral Arts Classics
1:26 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Choral Arts Classics - Negro Spiritual

Heritage Signature Chorale

Tom welcomes Stanley Thurston, the Founder and Music Director of the Heritage Signature Chorale, a chorus based in Laurel, MD that specializes in the art of the Negro Spiritual.

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Choral Arts Classics
12:09 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Choral Arts Classics - Bach's Mass in B Minor - Episode 2

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In this second of two programs devoted to Bach’s towering masterpiece, Tom welcomes back noted lecturer Ray Sprenkle to talk about Bach’s singular place in the pantheon of great composers.

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Choral Arts Classics
12:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Choral Arts Classics - Bach's Mass in B Minor - Episode 1

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In this first of two programs devoted to Bach’s towering masterpiece, Tom Hall welcomes back noted lecturer Ray Sprenkle to talk about JS Bach’s singular place in the pantheon of great composers, in advance of Choral Arts concert performance of The B Minor Mass on October 27, 2013 at Kraushaar Auditorium.

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