(a slide show in the time of COVID-19)
During this battle against COVID-19, people across the globe are facing profound losses of so many kinds. Personal to me, and close to my heart, my choral world is grieving deeply our loss -- for now -- of the life-giving and nurturing gift of singing together, breathing as one, and spinning music out of the very air. The spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" has been on my mind lately, addressing the pain of lost lives, but also our acute feelings of disorientation and displacement. As always, I look to song to work out my deepest emotions, and in this project I have paired a recording from a few years back with searing images of the day. Perhaps my effort to grapple with my own emotions will resonate with you, too! ~Tim Harbold
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Conductor, arranger, and pianist, Tim Harbold is a Professor of Music and Choral Director at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, where he has conducted the Wheaton Chorale and Chamber Singers since 1995 in repertoire ranging from classical masterworks to world folk songs, spirituals, and jazz. Under his direction, Wheaton's choirs have hosted masterclasses with leading vocal groups such as Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, the King’s Singers, and Rockapella, and have collaborated with visiting artist specialists to explore music traditions spanning the globe. Harbold also directs the Gospel Choir at the historic Old South Church in Boston, working with soloists Sayida Rivers Farmer and Jordan Pettis and the Willie Sordillo jazz trio. The ensemble has twice performed at Boston's Martin Luther King Breakfast, attended by the Boston Mayor, the Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Senators, and other dignitaries. Tim's previous choirs include the Oure Pleasure Singers and the Concert, Chamber and Gospel Choirs at UMass Dartmouth. Harbold’s arrangements of spirituals and folk songs have been performed by groups such as the New England Conservatory Chorus and the 2017 Arkansas All-State Mixed Choir, and are published by Hinshaw Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and E.C. Schirmer. As a pianist, Mr. Harbold specializes in American song, performing regularly with vocalist Valerie Anastasio. The duo have paired with Benjamin Sears and Bradford Conner to create several popular shows that have toured New England and New York. Their CD tribute to Noel Coward and Cole Porter, Noel & Cole: Together With Music, was lauded by Billboard for its charming, enthusiastic pairing of songwriting greats. Their second show, Fred & Ethel: Great Songs of Astaire and Merman, was selected by Bay Windows as one of the year's Top 10 cabaret event and nominated for an IRNE award for Best Cabaret by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Mr. Harbold studied music at Williams College, and conducting at New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Tamara Brooks and an Assistant to Lorna Cooke DeVaron.