We are still singing!

Like so many things, our 43rd Season has been altered by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Piedmont Chamber Singers is recording in small groups that we are mixing into a finished recording. Each recording will be released weekly and we’ll share them right here. We hope you enjoy each performance! We long to be together where we can sing for a full audience and we hope you will be there when we are able to gather again!

Spring Session 1: “How Can I Keep from Singing?”

How Can I Keep From Singing?” is an American folksong originally composed as a Christian hymn by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry. The original composition is now public domain and appears in several hymnals and song collections, both in its original form and with a revised text that omits most of the explicitly Christian content and adds a verse about solidarity in the face of oppression. Though it was not originally a Quaker hymn, Quakers adopted it as their own in the twentieth century and use it widely today.

Widely performed throughout the country, the music of American composer Gwyneth Walker is beloved by performers and audiences alike for its energy, beauty, reverence, drama, and humor. Dr. Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947) is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music. She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition. A former faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in 1982 in order to pursue a career as a full-time composer. For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy farm in Braintree, Vermont. She now divides her time between her childhood hometown of New Canaan, Connecticut and the musical community of Randolph, Vermont.

Gwyneth Walker is a proud resident of New England. She was the recipient of the 2000 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Vermont Arts Council and the 2018 “Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award” from Choral Arts New England. In 2020, her alma mater, the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, presented her with the Hartt Alumni Award.