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Chorale Bel Canto
P.O. Box 451
Whittier, CA 90608
Toll Free 888-460-9222


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America Sings!

Claremont Chorale, Gregory Norton, conductor

Chorale Bel Canto, Stephen Gothold, conductor

Music from Testament of Freedom and Frostiana
by Randall Thompson

Two choruses from The Tender Land
by Aaron Copland

Plus a concert version of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess 130 voices with full orchestra and guest soloists: Janai Brugger, soprano Ralph Cato, baritone

June 7th, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Garrison Theatre, Scripps College
231 East 10th St. at Dartmouth, Claremont

June 8th, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Downey Civic Theatre
8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey

Our Director

Founder of Chorale Bel Canto, Stephen Gothold has been the group’s conductor and music director since 1981. A graduate of Whittier College, Dr. Gothold was director of Choral Activities there from 1977 until his retirement in 2005. He received his Master of Arts degree from Occidental College and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, where he also served two years as visiting Professor of Choral Music. He also served for four years as Director of Choral Activities at the University of La Verne. Dr. Gothold is Director of Music Ministries at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, and teaches and supervises the candidates for advanced dregrees in conducting at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Gothold studied under Helmuth Rilling at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, Germany, and participated in the Oregon Bach Festival. He also studied with Richard Lert, Daniel Lewis, Robert Shaw, Frank Pooler, Rodney Eichenberger, and Charles Hirt. He is past president of the American Choral Directors Association, Southern California Chapter, and has served as an officer in other professional organizations.

For almost fifty years Dr. Gothold has combined careers in concert music, music education, and musical theatre. He has served as musical director for more than one hundred musical productions in educational, community, and professional theatre on both coasts, and was twice recipient of the Dramalogue Critics Circle Award.

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