Composing Conversation

Published: July 1, 2017   •   By: ArtDesk Conversation


Moderated by violinist and Bee Vradenburg Foundation executive director David Siegel, this ArtDesk Conversation was all about the music. Deborah Teske, founder and artistic director of the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, and composer Timothy Takach, discuss their new symphonic works. As a special festival performance, Takach's latest composition was performed by the CVAE later that evening in a Green Box debut.

Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, Timothy Takach has received commissions from various organizations including the the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Olaf Band, Roomful of Teeth, Cantus, Pavia Winds, Lorelei Ensemble, VocalEssence, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, The Rose Ensemble, and numerous high school and university choirs. He is a co-creator of the theatrical production of All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914, by Peter Rothstein. The critically adored show has had over 100 performances since its premiere in 2006. He was also selected for the 2014 Nautilus Music-Theater Composer-Librettist Studio. Takach studied music composition at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where he graduated with honors. He has frequent work as a composer-in-residence, presenter, clinician and lecturer for conventions, schools and organizations across the country. He is a full-time composer and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.

Manitou Springs native David Siegel has served as executive director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation since 2013. In this capacity he works with businesses, arts organizations, and community leaders to continue the success of the arts in the Pikes Peak region. David is a trustee of the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation, serves on the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) board of directors, and co-chairs the Pikes Peak Funders Forum. As music advisor for the Green Box Arts Festival, he works with the Festival to commission original compositions to premiere during the annual summer festival. He is a member of several performing ensembles including Grass it Up and Mango fan Django, named best bluegrass and jazz bands respectively by the Colorado Springs Independent.

Deborah Teske, founder and artistic director of Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble (CVAE), has lifelong connections to choral music in the Pikes Peak region and has based her career on a deep commitment to choral singing as an essential part of any strong and vital arts community. Through her work with choirs of all ages, she has gained a reputation for creative programming and excellence in performance. Ms. Teske is also Artistic Director for the Colorado Springs Chorale, a 140-voice auditioned choir that is the premier symphonic chorus in the Pikes Peak region. As Director of Choirs at Colorado College, a position she has held since 2003, Ms. Teske conducts the Colorado College Choir and Chamber Chorus and teaches conducting. As a conductor of opera and musical theater in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs, Ms. Teske’s credits include Madama ButterflyThe Magic FluteFiddler on the Roof, and Camelot. She serves regularly as chorus master for Opera Theatre of the Rockies.

This ArtDesk Conversation was moderated by David Siegel.

Photo credit: Tom Kimmell

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