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Church Music Explosion is a workshop committed to excellence in worship, church music education and performance, fulfilling the church motto:
“EXCELLENCE IN ALL THINGS AND ALL THINGS TO GOD’S GLORY”!

FEATURING PEARL SHANGKUAN & DAN FORREST

Are you interested in singing in the choir for this special concert with Pearl Shangkuan and Dan Forrest? This will be a fantastic opportunity to sing Dan Forrest’s new work CREATION, under the direction of Dr. Pearl Shangkuan! You are invited to sing with the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Choir and other musicians to bring this incredible work to our South Florida audience. From rehearsals to performance on Friday night, this promises to be full of exciting musical experiences as Dr. Shangkuan and Dan Forrest lead us in this phenomenal new work! We are excited to have you join us in sunny Ft. Lauderdale!

CHOIR PARTICIPATION IS FREE!

Participants will need to purchase the CREATION score by clicking here.

Participants will need to purchase rehearsal tracks by clicking the relevant link below:

Soprano Rehearsal Tracks
Alto Rehearsal Tracks
Tenor Rehearsal Tracks
Bass Rehearsal Tracks
(individual use only; may not be shared)

Participants are asked to arrive at the first rehearsal on January 8th fully prepared.

CREATION CHOIR SCHEDULE

January 8
9-10am | Registration
10-12:30pm | Choir Rehearsal #1
2-5pm (5:30pm max) | Choir Rehearsal #2

January 9
9-1pm | Choir Rehearsal #3
2:30-5pm | Orchestra Rehearsal
6:30-9pm | Dress Rehearsal

January 10
10-12pm | Choir Rehearsal #4
6pm | Call for Concert
7pm | Concert

JOIN US JANUARY 8-10 IN

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

Dan Forrest

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and  “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). His music has sold millions of copies, has received numerous awards and distinctions, and has become well established in the repertoire of choirs around the world via festivals, recordings, radio/TV broadcasts, and premieres in prominent international venues.
 
Dan’s work ranges from small choral works to instrumental solo works, wind ensemble works, and extended multi-movement works for chorus and orchestra. His Requiem for the Living (2013) and Jubilate Deo (2016) have become standard choral/orchestral repertoire for ensembles around the world, with LUX(2018), the breath of life (2020), and his new CREATION oratorio (2023) also receiving critical acclaim.
 

Dan holds a doctorate in composition and a master’s degree in piano performance, and served for several years as a professor and department head (music theory and composition) in higher education. He currently serves as Editor at Beckenhorst Press, Chair of the American Choral Director’s Association Composition Initiatives Committee, adjunct Faculty at Furman University, and Artist-In-Residence at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church (Greenville, SC). Details about Dan and his work can be found at www.danforrest.com.

Pearl Shangkuan

Dr. Pearl Shangkuan is a highly sought-after conductor, lecturer and clinician who has led performances and workshops across six continents. Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is also chorus director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a Grammy-nominated professional orchestra.

Recently appointed as the Editor of Hinshaw Music, she also has a signature choral series with earthsongs and is the music editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Choral series published by GIA. Very active in the national choral leadership, she is the ACDA National President elect and most recently served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America. In 2014, she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall and was an invited guest lecturer at the World Symposium for Choral Music held in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Shangkuan has served on the jury of several international choral competitions in Europe and Asia and has led conducting masterclasses for the ACDA national conference, Chorus America conferences, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois Choral Conducting Symposium among many institutions and organizations in the US. She has conducted numerous All State choirs, ACDA national and division honor choirs, and choral festivals nationally and internationally, and has headlined several ACDA state and other professional conferences. She previously served as president of the ACDA Central Division and Michigan ACDA. She has commissioned and premiered numerous choral works. Her choirs have performed at ACDA national, division and state conferences. In 2013, Michigan ACDA honored her with the Maynard Klein Choral Award for “artistic excellence and lifetime leadership in choral music.”

Dr. Pearl Shangkuan is a highly sought-after conductor, lecturer and clinician who has led performances and workshops across six continents. Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is also chorus director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a Grammy-nominated professional orchestra.

Recently appointed as the Editor of Hinshaw Music, she also has a signature choral series with earthsongs and is the music editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Choral series published by GIA. Very active in the national choral leadership, she is the ACDA National President elect and most recently served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America. In 2014, she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall and was an invited guest lecturer at the World Symposium for Choral Music held in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Shangkuan has served on the jury of several international choral competitions in Europe and Asia and has led conducting masterclasses for the ACDA national conference, Chorus America conferences, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois Choral Conducting Symposium among many institutions and organizations in the US. She has conducted numerous All State choirs, ACDA national and division honor choirs, and choral festivals nationally and internationally, and has headlined several ACDA state and other professional conferences. She previously served as president of the ACDA Central Division and Michigan ACDA. She has commissioned and premiered numerous choral works. Her choirs have performed at ACDA national, division and state conferences. In 2013, Michigan ACDA honored her with the Maynard Klein Choral Award for “artistic excellence and lifetime leadership in choral music.”

Pearl Shangkuan

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