Using the training I received in children’s choir, I did not move a muscle during the first four movements of Mahler’s Resurrection symphony. I sat perfectly still, staring (probably without blinking) at Yoel Levi as he, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and two soloists led the music to our inevitable entrance in the fifth movement. When it was time to stand, or Aufersteh’n (Arise), I took great pride in the Atlanta Symphony Chorus’ perfect unison. We even stood with rhythmic precision! We were the Rocketts of choruses. Every single action we […]
I’ve been thinking about Atlanta. Just today, a performance that I conducted was on the local radio – Missa Solemnis, made possible by the generous spirit of several in Atlanta who guided me through the difficult work. Tomorrow, I rehearse my chorus in Mahler Second Symphony – a piece I performed, recorded, toured, and passed out in with the Atlanta Symphony. And Wednesday, I have to finish programming my holiday concert – always inspired by the perfection of the Atlanta model. Also, I’ve been asked by several to make a […]
Wintergreen Performing Arts recently named Erin Freeman at its Artistic Director. Nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen Performing Arts’s flagship programs are the Summer Music Festival, which features professional musicians and artists from around the world, and the Academy, which offers music students education and pre-professional training in their chosen field. Freeman will artistically lead these endeavors as well as other programs through the year. PRESS: Press Release Nelson County Times, 8/21/14: Wintergreen Performing Arts announces new artistic director LetterV, Clarke Bustard, 8/18/14: Freeman takes Wintergreen post Daily Progress, 8/18/14: Wintergreen […]
On May 28, 2014 the Richmond Symphony and Virginia Commonwealth University announced an exciting new partnership – a joint position of Director of Choral Activities at VCU and Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus. Erin Freeman, who has been Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus since 2007, will hold the position which comes with a faculty rank of Assistant Professor. NEWS STORIES: Richmond Times Dispatch: Symphony Official To Stay in Richmond Letter V, Clarke Bustard: New Director Takes VCU-symphony post Commonwealth Times, Chris Suarez: New Director Unites VCU and Richmond Symphony Chorus PRESS RELEASES: […]
As I study my scores for this Friday’s performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chieftains, I’m reminded of the last time I met a Paddy from Ireland. I knew this Paddy for an hour, but he will forever be my Uncle Paddy. My mother took me to Ireland before my senior year in college. Thrilled to visit the isle that inspired my name, I died my hair red (and from the looks of the picture, packed all of my mom jeans). As we drove from the East Coast […]
On February 22, the Richmond Symphony held a party to thank me for my 7 years of service as Associate Conductor. The event included performances, auctions, speeches, and the gift of a facsimile of the Kyrie from Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. With over 250 people in attendance, I didn’t even get the chance to see and thank everyone in person, so I offer this open letter of gratitude to the planners, performers, sponsors and attendees who gave so generously of their time and funds to make the evening a success! ~ Dear […]
On January 19, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus had the great honor to participate in the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration program at Kleinhan’s Music Hall. Organized by Bessie Patterson and the Concerned Citizens Following the Dream, the event included the BPChorus, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Soprano Karen Saxon, and a large chorus of singers from around the Western New York area. On the first half of the program, nearly 300 people filled the stage under the baton of BPC Music Director Erin Freeman to sing, play, and […]
It was my first teaching job, at the illustrious Savannah Country Day School. As most first teaching jobs are, it was certainly a learning experience. My classes included choir and drama grades sixth through twelve, plus advising, carpool, and directing (musical and theatrical), producing, accompanying, set-designing and building, and even teaching choreography for the high school and middle school musicals. In my first year, I lost my voice and had to go on vocal rest for two weeks (the best thing to ever happen to my teaching, but that’s another […]
The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Erin Freeman, perform Handel’s Messiah at Our Lady of Victory Basilica on Sunday December 1 at 8pm. Click here to read the preview article in Buffalo Spree holiday article. Listen to Erin’s interview with Peter Hall at WNED. Watch Erin’s appearance on Winging it, Buffalo Style!
On January 19, 2014, Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY will be filled with music of celebration, reflection, and remembrance as Erin Freeman leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and a community-wide chorus organized by Bessie Patterson in a celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Repertoire includes works by Still, Verdi, Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor, and more.