Director of Bowdoin Chorus
On leave for the fall 2014 semester.
An auditioned ensemble of students, faculty, staff, and community singers. At least one of the semesters features a large-scale work for chorus and orchestra. Recent tours have included all the major cities of New England, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece. Rehearsals are Thursday and Sunday evenings. Sight reading ability is desired but not required.
BA: Bowdoin College, (Music/Russian)
MA: Stanford, (Russian and Music)
PhD: Stanford (Slavic Studies)
Director of the Bowdoin Chorus, Anthony Antolini joined the Bowdoin Music Department faculty in 1992 after teaching at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, California. He holds graduate degrees from Stanford University in Music and Slavic Studies. His specialty is Russian choral music. He is recognized as one of the leading specialists in the development and use of transliterations and "singing" translations of Russian choral music. He is editor of the Icons in Sound series at Paraclete Press and editor of a Russian choral series at E. C. Schirmer Music Publishing. He is the featured artist in "Rediscovering Rachmaninoff," the 1992 award-winning documentary written for public television for international distribution. In 1988 he was awarded a "distinguished alumni" medal by Moscow State University for his performances of Rachmaninoff's "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom." A compact disc recording of this work featuring the Bowdoin Chorus has received an excellent review in the American Record Guide. In 1999 he was a featured speaker at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and in 2000 at the ACDA convention in Baltimore. He was elected by the Maine Chapter of ACDA as "Conductor of the Year" for the 1999-2000 season.
Antolini is also conductor of the Down East Singers, a community chorus based in Camden, and serves as music director at the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston, where he plays a 2003 Bedient tracker organ.