Friday, December 16, 2011

Roland Carter on Scott Joplin's 'Treemonisha' at UTC: '...we are using the T.J. Anderson orchestration.'

[Roland M. Carter; In Bright Mansions Above: The Choral Music of Roland M. Carter, vol. 1; The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chamber Singers; J. Kevin Ford, conductor (2009) (MP3)]

Earlier today AfriClassical posted: “Chattanooga Production of Scott Joplin's 'Treemonisha' on 40th Anniversary of First Modern Performance in 1972.” We sent the post to Roland Carter of the University of Tenneessee at Chattanooga, and he responded:

“Thank you so very much and please we are using the T.J. Anderson orchestration.”

We are delighted to learn that The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is making use of the orchestration done by composer T.J. Anderson for the first modern production of Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha in Atlanta in 1972.

“Teacher, Composer-Arranger, Conductor
“Carter is founder and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publisher specializing in music and traditions of African American composers, and a life member of the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc.(NANM).

Distinguished composer, conductor, educator, and pianist, Roland Carter is the Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music in the Department of Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). His accomplishments as a leading figure in the choral arts include concerts with major choruses and orchestras in prestigious venues nationwide; as well as lectures, workshops, and master classes. From presidential inaugurations to the smallest church, from scholarly presentations for national gatherings of musicians, educators, and preservationists to private coaching with individual singers, Mr. Carter lends his keen ear, bright mind, and talented hands to projects of every sort.

“In recognition of his stature, he has served on National Endowments for the Arts’ Heritage, Access and Choral Panels and received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Shaw University. He was one of the 2003 Tennessee Governor’s Arts Awards in the Distinguished Artist category. In 2004, Carter was elected to honorary membership of the internationally acclaimed Morehouse Glee Club, joining the ranks of only two other musicians so honored during the history of the award – Robert Shaw and Leonard DePaur. Historic Abyssinian Baptist Church (NY) honored Carter with a program of his arrangements and composition in July 2005. For his outstanding contributions to American Music, Carter was given honorary membership in the nation’s largest music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and elected to the charter class of Signature Sinfonians. Most recently, he served as guest conductor of the 2008 Yale University High School Festival, and his arrangements were featured in a special recognition program by the 175th Anniversary committee of the Metropolitan AME Zion Church of Hartford, CT. In summer of 2009, The Chamber Choir of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Ford, released the Volume I of THE CHORAL MUSIC OF ROLAND CARTER.

“Carter is especially noted as an authority on the performance and preservation of African American music, having produced and appeared on programs for national and international radio and television networks in support of these aims. He is founder and CEO of Mar-Vel, a music publisher specializing in the music of African American Composers and traditions. Carter has directed the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song for 19 years, and served as music advisor and principle guest conductor of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Houston, TX for twelve years.”

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