Professional & Performance Highlights

December 2004 – July 2016
As of August 1, 2015

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July 26

Brisbane Contemporary Church Music Festival

  • Lux Aeterna (Lauridsen) - St. John's Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane, Australia
June 4 - 14

Firenze 2015 

  • Fauré Requiem performance (June 10) at the Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte, Florence, Italy
March 21 - 26

Pacific Basin Music Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii (produced by World Projects)

March 11-12

North Harford High School, Maryland.  Australian repertoire guest residency

January 26 -27

MSU Vocal Accord, Steven W. Ryan accompanist, Vincent Carr organist, Heather J. Buchanan conductor. with Richard Alston Dance Company (UK)

  • Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten) for RADC 20th Anniversary Season Opening, Sadler's Wells, London



December 19 – 21 

Messiah (GF Handel) 

  • MSU Singers & NJSO Chamber Orchestra, Jacques Lacombe conductor

December 6

Gifts of the Season (Martin Sedek) World Premiere & Messiah highlights (GF Handel)

  • MSU Chorale (175 vv), Steven Ryan & Ruth Rendleman pianists, Taylor Goodson percussion, Heather J. Buchanan conductor
October 30, 31 &
November 1, 2

Great Britain! MSU Vocal Accord, Steven W. Ryan accompanist, Vincent Carr organist, Heather J. Buchanan conductor. with Richard Alston Dance Company (UK)

  • Rejoice in the Lamb (Benjamin Britten) for Peak Performances 10th Anniversary Season Celebration
October 2 – 5 

Malcolm Williamson Choir – State Honors Educational Program, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

  • 80-mixed-voice choir
July 10 – 16 

Voices Across the Pacific, Sydney & Brisbane, Australia. US-Australian Choral Festival produced by KI Concerts.

  • Two performances: July 13 –Sydney Opera House (162 vv. Choir); July 16 –St. John’s Cathedral, Brisbane (120 vv. Choir)
April 3, 5 & 6

Messa da Requiem (Giuseppe Verdi)

  • MSU Chorale (155 vv) & NJSO, Jacques Lacombe, conductor
March 8 

The Fine Art of Ensemble. Weill Recital Hall – Carnegie Hall, New York City. MSU Vocal Accord, Steven W. Ryan accompanist, Heather J. Buchanan conductor.

  • MidAmerica Productions Solo & Chamber Music Recital Series 31st Anniversary Season
January 9 – 11

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Choral Festival, Phoenixville, PA.

  • 160-mixed-voice choir.


November 19 – 23 

Morten Lauridsen Residency at MSU

  • Nov 22: Inaugural Cali Choral Composition Competition work day; MSU Vocal Accord & competition semi-finalists
  • Nov 23 Concert: Nocturnes – MSU Singers, Steven W. Ryan accompanist & Lux Aeterna – MSU Chorale, Vincent Carr, organist 

November 1 

Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses  2nd Quest, Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City

  • MSU Vocal Accord (40 vv), Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Susie Benchasil Seiter conductor
August 10

Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 1st Quest, Prudential Hall, NJPAC, Newark

  • MSU Vocal Accord (24 vv), NJSO, Susie Benchasil Seiter conductor
April 26 & 27

Ein Deutsches Requiem (Johannes Brahms)

  • MSU Chorale (175-vv), Valerie Bernhardt soprano, Peter A Stewart baritone, Steven W Ryan & Michael Sheetz pianists, Taylor Goodson timpani, Heather J Buchanan conductor
March 21 – 24  

Requiem (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

  • MSU Singers & NJSO, Jacques Lacombe conductor

American Voices Documentary release, Steve McCarthy producer

  • MSU produced documentary of Vocal Accord’s June 2012 European Tour (Austria & Italy). Subsequently broadcast on NJTV.
February 1 – 3 

BOCH Festival, Omaha, Nebraska

  • 160 mixed-voice honor choir. Hosted by University of Nebraska Omaha.
January 24 – Feb 9

NJMEA Region I Mixed Honor Choir, Secaucus, NJ

  • 250 mixed-voice honor choir auditioned from Northern New Jersey high schools


December 8 

Gloria! (John Rutter) & A Cappella choruses

  • MSU Chorale, Brass Ensemble, Vincent Carr organist, Heather J Buchanan conductor. Seasonal repertoire recorded for broadcast on NJN TV network 
December 13 16

A Ceremony of Carols - MSU Vocal Accord, Steven W. Ryan accompanist, Andre Tarantiles  harpist, Heather J. Buchanan conductor, with Richard Alston Dance Company (UK)

  • A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) for Peak Performances 2012-13 season subscription series
June 14 – 27

MSU Vocal Accord European Tour (Austria & Italy)

  • Residency at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (KUG), Institute 1, Graz, Austria, with performances at Seifenfabrik & annual Redoute.
  • Additional performances:
    • St. Peterskirche, Vienna (with guest artists Landesjugend Chor Wien)
    • Forum Kloster, Gleisdorf
    • KUG Schlosschor & ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic for HÖRgenuss 2012 festival, Ottendorf, Austria
    • Chiesa Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice, Italy
April 3 – 4 

Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.

  • Visiting Artist for Performance Wellness Institute
April 20 & 21

African Sanctus (Fanshawe)

  • MSU Chorale (175 vv), Indra Thomas soprano, Steven W. Ryan pianist, Donald DePaola, lead guitar, Thomas Warren,bass guitar, Matt Olsson, drum set, Taylor Goodsen & Ryan McCausland, percussion, Alan Buxbaum, Mike Deering, John DeMan, Mariam Kahn, & Leah Stark, ethnic drumming, Scott Ziegler, electric keyboard, Heather J. Buchanan,conductor
February 17 

ACDA Eastern Division Conference, Providence, Rhode Island.

  • MSU Singers performance with World Premiere 2012 Raymond Brock Memorial Commission Distance can’t keep us two apart (Chen Yi), & World Premiere She Walks in Beauty (Martin Sedek)
February 2012

Grammy Awards Nomination – Songs of Ascension, ECM Records, Manfred Eicher producer

  • Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Todd Reynolds Quartet, The M6, MSU Singers, Heather J Buchanan conductor.
  • This recording received 5 preliminary nominations and 1 final Grammy Award Nomination (Best Producer Classical).


December 11

2011 Crawford Concert – 9-11 Tenth Anniversary Tribute Concert

  • Parables (Robert Livingston Aldridge) – East Coast Premiere by MSU Chorale, Monica Yunus soprano, Janara Kellerman mezzo-soprano, John Lindsey tenor, Todd Thomas baritone, MSU Symphony Orchestra, Heather J Buchanan conductor
  • Memorial (René Clausen) – MSU Singers, Christopher Judd baritone, Cali Camerata, Heather J Buchanan conductor 


June 18 - 22

5th International Biennial Body Mapping Conference – Teaching the Art of Movement in Music

  • Conference chair & host
May 20 - 22

Symphony No. 3 (Gustav Mahler)

  • MSU Chorale Women, American Boy Choir, & NJSO, Jacques Lacombe conductor



Songs of Ascension CD release, ECM Records, Manfred Eicher producer

  • Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Todd Reynolds Quartet, The M6, MSU Singers, Heather J Buchanan conductor
April 26

Dona Nobis Pacem (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

  • MSU Chorale (175 vv), Lorraine Ernest soprano, Peter A Stewart baritone, Steven W. Ryan pianistRVW Chamber Orchestra, Heather J Buchanan conductor



November  3 – 5 &
November 14 

 New Jersey All-State Mixed Chorus Honor Choir Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey Prudential Hall, NJPAC, Newark, New Jersey

  • 369 mixed-voice choir.  Two performances (Atlantic City & Newark)

June 17 – 22

 Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (KUG) Graz, Austria

  • Institute 1 residency (lecture; coaching; concert & recording) Amerikanische Chormusik with the Studiochor det KUG

April 23 & 24

Saint Nicolas, Op. 42 (Benjamin Britten)

  • MSU Chorale (170 vv), Peter Gillis Saint Nicolas, The children’s Chorus of Sussex County gallery choir, Deborah A. Mello gallery choir conductor, Steven W. Ryan & Jacek Blaszkiewicz piano, Renée Louprette organ, Chamber Orchestra, Heather J. Buchanan conductor

January 29  31

Messa da Requiem (Giuseppe Verdi)

  • MSU Chorale (170 vv) & New Jersey Symphony Orchestra - Neeme Järvi, conductor



December 5 

Verdi Requiem Behind-the-Scenes

  • MSU Chorale (170 vv), Valerie Bernhardt soprano, Christina Carr, mezzo-soprano, Stephen Oosting, tenor, Kenneth Overton, bass-baritone, Steven W. Ryan, collaborative pianist, Heather J. Buchanan, conductor, Laura Dolp music historian


November 17

Songs of Ascension (Meredith Monk)

  • ECM Records CD recording.  University Singers, Meredith Monk & Company, Todd Reynolds String Quartet, Heather J. Buchanan conductor
April 24 & 25

Requiem Op. 48 (Gabriel Fauré)

  • MSU Chorale (170 vv), Renée Louprette organ, Professional Chamber Orchestra, Heather J. Buchanan conductor
March 5 

Songs of Ascension (Meredith Monk)

  • Guggenheim Museum, New York City; 2 performances; University Singers, Meredith Monk & Company, Todd Reynolds String Quartet, Heather J. Buchanan conductor


November 7 – 9 

Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)

  • MSU Chorale (160 vv), Moscow State Conservatory Student Chorus (30 vv), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Jacques LaCombe conductor 


July 8 – 12

2nd Biennial Australian Seniors Choral Festival

  • Sydney, Australia

May 21 – 31

Russian Tour (Moscow, Pushkin & St. Petersburg)

  • University Singers, Steven W. Ryan collaborative pianist, Heather J. Buchanan conductor

April 25 & 26 

Bernstein Festival (MSU Chorale)

  • Chichester Psalms
  • Highlights from West Side Story, Candide & Mass
  • Steven W. Ryan collaborative pianist¸ Jonathan Moyer organist, Heather J. Buchanan conductor 

January 23, 25 - 27 

Elmer Gantry (Robert Livingston Aldridge)

  • Regional Premiere new American opera. John Hoomes director, Heather J. Buchanan chorus preparation, Paul K. Hostetter conductor




December 8 

Gloria (Francis Poulenc)

  • MSU Chorale (160 vv), Steven W. Ryan & Ruth Rendleman pianos, Heather J. Buchanan conductor 


May 26, 27 & 30 

Dvořák Festival 2007

  • Performances in Zlonice & Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria
  • Duruflé Requiem & Schubert Mass in G
  • Singers from MSU Chorale, Jonathan W. Moyer organ, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra players, Heather J. Buchanan conductor 


April 1 &  April 27, 29

Saul (George Fredrick Handel)

  • University Singers opera chorus, Jeffrey Gall director, Heather J. Buchanan chorus preparation, Paul K. Hostetter conductor 



October 20, 22 & 24 

Symphony No. 9 - Choral (Ludwig van Beethoven)

  • MSU Chorale (160 vv), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi conductor
  • Broadcast WQXR, New York, April 20, 2007 


July 4 – 8 

Inaugural Australian National Seniors Choral Festival

  • Newcastle, Australia 


May 12, 13 & 14 

Madison’s Descent (Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin)

  • World Premiere
  • University Singers, Professional Chamber Orchestra, Heather J. Buchanan conductor


April 28 & 29 

Requiem, Op. 9 (Maurice Duruflé)

  • MSU Chorale (160 vv), Nancianne Parrella organ, Professional Chamber Orchestra, Heather J. Buchanan conductor




December 9 & 11 

Magnificat (J.S. Bach)

  • University Singers, MSU Symphony, Paul K. Hostetter conductor 


December 10 & 11

Let My People Go! (Donald McCullough)

  • Regional Premiere
  • MSU Chorale (130 vv), Angela Powell sopranoSylvia V.C. Twine mezzo-soprano, Keith Craig tenorVincent Stringer bass-baritoneRichard Bellazin actor-narrator 1, Trazana Beverly actor-narrator 2, Anna Gnatenko piano, Michale Lipsey percussionHeather J. Buchanan conductor

May 10 – 19 

Central European Tour

  • Prague, Bratislava, Debrecen, Budapest
  • University Singers, Anna Gnatenko pianist, Heather J. Buchanan conductor 

May 1 

 Lux Aeterna (Morten Lauridsen)

  • MSU Chorale (125 vv), Anna Gnatenko piano, Heather J. Buchanan conductor



December 3 & 4 

The Lord of the Rings Symphony (Howard Shore)

  • New York Metropolitan Premiere
  • MSU Chorale (160 vv), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, John Maucceri conductor