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Sarah Bryan Miller is the classical music critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Local choral organizations commissioned an anthem in her honor. | 2/7/20
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

“I was stunned. I was gobsmacked. I had never expected anything like this.”

That’s how Sarah Bryan Miller, classical music critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, recalls feeling when she heard that British composer Judith Bingham would compose a new work in her honor.

Miller’s high praise for the piece never made it to print — and it won’t. The critic attended a private performance last September. This Sunday will be the first public performance of the choral anthem. And Miller won’t be writing the review.

Philip Barnes is artistic director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus. | 12/20/19
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

While many St. Louis-area residents are accustomed to celebrating Christmas during winter, it’s just the opposite in Australia where it’s summer.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with Philip Barnes, artistic director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, about the organization’s “Christmas Down Under” concert. 

The St. Louis Chamber Chorus' composer-in-residence, Melissa Dunphy, smiles with artistic director Philip Barnes on "Cityscape."
Aine O'Connor | St. Louis Public Radio

The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus begins its diamond jubilee season Sunday, September 27, in celebration of its long tradition of introducing a cappella music—familiar, unfamiliar, new, traditional—to St. Louis audiences.

William Bascomb

This Sunday, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus will perform “The Ancients Speak: Old English.” It’s the third in a series of concerts showcasing compositions inspired by ancient languages, from Greek to Slavic.

William A. Bascomb

Host Steve Potter talks with Philip Barnes.  Barnes conducts the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus in “Today, a Rude, Brief Recitative” on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Second Baptist Church.

Philip Barnes is the Artistic Director of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus.