The range of Eric’s work crosses conventional borders between different musical genres. It’s beautiful to see someone focused like that.”, “Whatever it is,” he replies, “it’s essential to what you do.
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The album Cloudburst and Other Choral Works received a Grammy nomination in 2007 for Best Choral Performance. I didn’t have any grand designs or even know what college meant.” The second revelation came when he auditioned for the music department and was asked by conductor David Weiller to join the school’s choir. Student Britlin Losee sent her a cappella video of Whitacre’s 2000 work, “Sleep,” into the YouTube ether, and the link was quickly brought to its composer’s attention.

Composed in 2018, The Sacred Veil is a new 12-movement work from Whitacre and poet/lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri. I married the love of my life Laurence Servaes.

“We had no story, just writing arias out of the blue. In 2015, he returned to the Proms to conduct a program of all-American music with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers, and BBC Chorus. Eric was honored with the prestigious Richard D. Colburn Award from the Colburn School in Los Angeles, 2020, joining previous honorees Esa-Pekka Salonen, Benjamin Millepied, Frank Gehry, Valery Gergiev, Elizabeth Segerstrom and Michael Tilson Thomas. Multiple workshops are provided for the singers in the Virtual Choir. Ironically enough, Corigliano makes another guest appearance in their life story: his Mr. Tambourine Man netted Plitmann her Grammy. In its staged version, Paradise Lost gives Plitmann a chance to not only show off vocally, but physically. “We both can talk to one another in a way that’s a little too comfortable,” Plitmann explains of their working relationship. His collaboration with Spitfire Audio in 2019 resulted in a trail-blazing vocal sample library, became an instant best-seller and is used by composers the world-over.


On the other hand, however, the comfort allows them to work harmoniously.

NJ At 21, he wrote his setting of "Go, Lovely Rose" for his college choir and presented the composition as a gift to David Weiller. The rest of the “McPaycheck” went, as intended, to studies at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. This album won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance in 2012. He taught them only the words [because] he knew if he taught them the melody, everyone in town would be singing it before the show.”, In a discussion between the two couples, with the idea of creating an opera that carried the spirit of Verdi’s time but in the context of the 21st-century zeitgeist—essentially making the art form seem new—Whitacre deduced that “what you really need is a rave opera.” The idea of source material came up quickly after, and Noroña and Whitacre volleyed old texts back and forth with the idea to do a West Side Story-like update. “I believe there is an essence of it in the things he writes that maybe it doesn’t quite hit the scholastic [or] academic world in the way they like things to be, but it is absolutely genuine and thought filled and has a lot of form to it and structural building behind it.”. In 2011, he conducted the winning entries of the Abbey Road 80th Anniversary Anthem Competition, recording the London Symphony Orchestra and the Eric Whitacre Singers, in the Abbey Road Studio 1.

Among them in 2020, Ashley Ballou-Bonnema – a singer who lives life with cystic fibrosis – gave practical advice and solutions for those suffering with lung-limiting conditions in Virtual Choir 6.

Whitacre's music for the song departs somewhat from his common harmonic practice of creating rich and luscious tone clusters, though the fundamental oscillation between tonic and subdominant chords remains. Sign up for the free CS Music Newsletter to get online articles and audition listings, plus every issue of Classical Singer magazine in PDF format. For the final lines of Rumi's poem, Whitacre takes a predictable but strangely moving approach.


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