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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Farewell Waterford

Here are a few pictures from the Waterford High School Concerts.
Impressive, isn't it?

All told, Derek Machan had almost 200 singers on stage, with an
orchestra of 75 pulled from cities as far away as Milwaukee and
Chicago. Not bad for a town of only 3000. This orchestra signed on to
perform this as volunteers--none of them were getting any pay when
they agreed to the concerts (although ultimately Derek was able to
raise enough funds to give them all a small stipend). I'm told that
many of them agreed to play after hearing the music--if that's the
case, then I'm really honored.

I spent all of Monday visiting all of Derek's various choir and music
theory classes. Waterford Union High School is a school of about
1000, and about 200 of them are enrolled in choir. I spent the day
answering questions about the album, about composing in general, and
just getting to know the students better. Really, this was the
highlight for me. They were just so enthusiastic and fun, that it was
a welcome break from my life in LA.

It really is a great story... how this school and this community all
pulled together to make this happen. Local business chipped in funds
to pay for instrument rental, and for paying for my flight and lodging
out to Waterford. The parents of choir members helped with my meals
and transportation (thanks to the Gabrhels!). A friend of Derek's
(and longtime Facebook friend of mine) Eric Carlson and his daughter
Kayla helped with the live sound and recording the concert. A small
town came together and made it happen. And look how packed that stage
is! It really blows my mind that they made this happen.

In a sense, the fact that Waterford did this proves to the rest of the
world--and me--that it *can* be done live. Sure, every composer
dreams that their works will be premiered at Carnegie Hall. But for
me, I couldn't be prouder that the world premiere of Calling All Dawns
was given by the Waterford Union High School Choir. These students
came together and made it happen, led by their fearless choral
director... and the results were FANTASTIC. (YouTube videos to
follow, once they post them.)

Bravo, Waterford!

(Photos by Chuck Frey)


Blogger Unknown said...

Any vids of the performances, Chris?

And when are the scores gonna be available for the rest of us to buy?!! -__- :( XD


- Danny K.

January 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Blogger derek said...


The link to the live broadcast (now archived) is still available:

The sound isn't the greatest, since it was our first ever live webcast, and the tech was making adjustments to sound throughout.

But, if you do want a mastered DVD sent, there is also a link to the order form on that same page.

Once the mastered DVD is finished, it'll be sent to Chris, who can upload to YouTube as he wishes.

Derek Machan, choral director
Waterford High School

January 18, 2011 at 1:03 PM

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