Professional & Performance Highlights

December 2004 – July 2015
As of August 1, 2015


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
February 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


May 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 pianist, RVW 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 soprano, Sylvia V.C. Twine mezzo-soprano, Keith Craig tenor, Vincent Stringer bass-baritone, Richard Bellazin actor-narrator 1, Trazana Beverly actor-narrator 2, Anna Gnatenko piano, Michale Lipsey percussion, Heather 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