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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
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“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
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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. 

Conductor Philip Barnes (left) and composer Ēriks Ešenvalds talked about their musical collaboration for the St. Louis Chamber Chorus' "States of Being" season.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Chamber Chorus (SLCC) opens its 2018-2019 season, “States of Being,” with the world premiere of “On Friendship” by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. It was commissioned by the St. Louis Chamber Chorus with a gift from Nancy Kranzberg and Alison Ferring in honor of former SLCC member Alice Sherwood.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, Ešenvalds joined host Don Marsh, alongside SLCC’s artistic director Philip Barnes, to talk about his work set to words from “The Prophet” by poet Khalil Gibran.

Philip Barnes (left) and Francis Pott (right) talked about the St. Louis Chamber Chorus' concert highlighting the theme of love.
Mary Edwards | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Chamber Chorus' will explore the human condition at a performance commemorating Valentine’s Day. The concert is highlighted by the world premiere of "Ardor Amis," a work the chorus commissioned from British composer Francis Pott.

Pott joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh alongside Philip Barnes, artistic director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, for Friday’s segment to talk about the concert.

Listen to the full discussion:

Mårten Jansson and Philip Barnes discussed the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus' 62nd season on St. Louis on the Air.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh learned more about the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus’ 62nd season, which begins Oct. 1. The first performance of the six-concert season will feature a world premiere by Swedish composer Mårten Jansson.

Joining us in studio were Jansson himself as well as Philip Barnes, the artistic director of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, to preview the concert and what’s coming up in the 2017-2018 season.

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in St. Louis opened in August 2015.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus continues its 2016-17 season February 12 with a concert at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.  The centerpiece of the program is  composer-in-residence Melissa Dunphy's “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?” which was inspired by the testimony in favor of the Marriage Equality Bill by 86-year-old World War II veteran Phillip Spooner.

Composer Francis Pott and Phillip Barnes, aristic director, Saint Louis Chamber Chorus.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

Love is not all sunshine and roses, especially when it comes to Valentine’s Day. That is something Saint Louis Chamber Chorus artistic director Phillip Barnes was very aware of when booking this year’s concert to be held on Feb. 14 at Second Presbyterian Church.

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.

St. Louis Chamber Chorus Focuses On Composers

Oct 3, 2014
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Instead of following a theme, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus' 59th season will focus on composers. 

“In the early years, we’ve put together programs on ideas, on literature, on great cities, on different poets,” said Philip Barnes, the chorus’ artistic director. “We’ve performed in a wrestling arena because I wanted to sing ‘Musicians Wrestle Everywhere,’ words by Emily Dickinson. This is the first time we’ve put together a season where the composers themselves have been the driving force.”

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 Bascomb

Philip Barnes conducts the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus in "Wonder Upon Wonder Will Arrive to Me,"
the third concert of the ensemble's 57th season, on Sunday, December 23.  The a cappella chorus will perform three major works to explore the wonder of the mystery of Christ's birth including Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Missa O Magnum Mysterium," a series of motets for the Nativity and the Epiphany by French composer Francis Poulenc and another setting of "O Magnum Mysterium" by Sir Maxwell Davies. 

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.

Preview: Chamber Chorus promises variety and value

Nov 8, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 8, 2010 - Regional admirers of a cappella music will have their second chance of the season to savor its splendors this Sunday. The St. Louis Chamber Chorus will offer a characteristically imaginative concert that afternoon at 3 p.m., at Congregation Shaare Emeth (at the corner of Ladue and Ballas Roads). The theme chosen by Artistic Director Phillip Barnes for the 2010-11 season is "Progressions - Transitions." For this concert, that means the selections all deal with the notion of exile (the Jewish captivity in Babylon) balanced with the idea of a return home, to joy, or to a sense of completion.