On March 20, 2011, the first ChoralQuest piece, Through All Things by Stephen Paulus, was featured in the “Everybody Sing” Bloomington Choir Festival in Bloomington, Minn. Paulus selected text for the piece from William Wordsworth’s poem, “Tintern Abbey.” The world premiere and subsequent performance in studio at Classical Minnesota Public Radio were performed by the Oak Grove Singers from Oak Grove Middle School, directed by Bryan Blessing. This energetic and rhythmic work celebrates “a motion and a spirit that runs through all things.”
Meet The Composer
Stephen Paulus (August 24, 1949 – October 19, 2014) was one of the most prolific and successful composers of our time. With over 400 works to his credit, he wrote ten operas, over fifty orchestral works, more than 150 choral works, plus numerous works for chamber ensemble, keyboard, and solo vocal works.
Performers and ensembles for whom he was commissioned to write include Thomas Hampson, Deborah Voigt, Doc Severinsen, Elizabeth Futral, The New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Berkshire Opera Company, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Friends of Music at the Supreme Court, William Preucil, Robert McDuffie and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, to name a few.
Paulus was a Co-Founder of the American Composers Forum (formerly known as the Minnesota Composers Forum) and was a member of the ASCAP Board of Directors for over twenty years. He was a recipient of both Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, and his works were recorded on numerous CDs. His works were published by his own publishing company, Paulus Publications, Inc., and also by Schott Music in New York.
About The Premiere
On March 20, 2011, the first ChoralQuest piece, Through All Things by Stephen Paulus, was featured in the “Everybody Sing” Bloomington Choir Festival in Bloomington, Minn. under the direction of Bryan Blessing.