Salt Lake Children’s Choir singing “Benedictus” from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s “Te Deum laudamus” at the 2007 Christmas concert. Sung in the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City, Utah 12-1-2007
Founded in the fall of 1979 and long regarded as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the nation, the Salt Lake Children’s Choir consists of singers generally from 8-15 who hail from around the Salt Lake Valley and beyond. It emphasizes natural vocal production and works of the immortal masters, as well as oustanding folk and contemporary music from around the world (including the music of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Namibia, Zambia, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Korea, China, Italy, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, the Middle East and Native and African American). A prize winner in international competition, the choir has appeared with many internationally celebrated artists and organizations — including Grant Johannessen, Frederica von Stade, Marvin Hamlisch, Pete Seeger, and on numerous occasions with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony (with whom it has also recorded). It has been featured at several conventions of the American Choral Directors’ Association, and has been heard on Public Radio International and PBS. Its singers are also regularly requested for major sound-tracks and promotions (which have included projects for such entities as CBS, NBC, and Walt Disney Productions).
The son of an internationally renowned choral conductor, director Ralph B. Woodward is an accomplished singer, horn player, composer and an authority on the care and development of the young voice. He has played in the American Wind Symphony, and also with the Rheinische Philharmonie and the Utah Symphony, performed with jazz greats, Chuck Mangione and J.J. Johnson, studied and recorded with horn virtuoso, Herman Baumann, and worked in close collaboration with pianist, Grant Johannessen and folk singer, Pete Seeger. His own considerable writing for the choir often reflects his extensive multi-cultural/lingual background in Europe and Latin America. In 1999 he was awarded special recognition for his teaching, arrangement, and conducting at the Golden Gate International Children’s Festival and Competition.
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir holds general auditions in early August (for boys and girls ages 8-15).