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Internationally known English choral director in residence at USC

Dr. Paul Spicer presents graduate seminars and clinics in October

Dr. Paul Spicer, hailed as one of the leading choir conductors in the UK and noted conductor of the Finzi Singers, the Birmingham Bach Choir, and professor at the Birmingham Conservatory, will be in residence at the USC School of Music October 28–30, 2013. Dr. Spicer will present graduate seminars and clinics with USC ensembles and will work with graduate conducting students.

Dr. Spicer, internationally known English choral director, is the author of a highly acclaimed biography of Herbert Howells, which was published by Seren Books in 1998 and has since been reprinted twice.

The Finzi Singers, founded by Spicer in 1987, was for many years universally acclaimed as one of the leading choral groups performing in the world and was the leading exponent of British 20th-century choral music, Spicer's field of expertise. Under his direction the choir became renowned for their quality of sound, their vivid and characterful performances, and the thoughtful musicianship that communicated to audiences across the globe.

On October 28, 7:30 p.m., at Anglican Church of the Epiphany (2512 North Beltline Boulevard, Columbia, S.C.) Dr. Spicer will conduct a rehearsal, free and open to the public, of the Colla Voce ensemble on Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia” and Howells’ “Take Him Earth for Cherishing.”

This residency was funded by the Provosts doctoral graduate awards.