Music Professor Antolini Voted Maine Choral Director of the Year
Story posted June 15, 2000
Bowdoin College professor of music Anthony Antolini has been voted Maine’s Distinguished Choral Director of the Year by the Maine chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). The selection was made as the annual All-State Music Festival on May 18 and was announced by Carol M. Shumway, Maine ACDA President.
Antolini conducts the Bowdoin Chorus and teaches applied music theory in the department of music. He is also director of the Down East Singers, mid-coast Maine’s largest community chorus, and music director at the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston, where he directs the 35-vocie St. John’s Youth Chori.
A native of New York, he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1963 and completed graduate degrees from Stanford University in Music and Slavic Studies.
Antolini's specialty is Russian choral music. His is currently under contract with ECS Music Publishing and Paraclete Press to publish new bilingual editions of Russian choral masterpieces. In 1988 he published the first modern edition of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and toured the east coast of the United States and the major cities of the former Soviet Union with acclaimed performances of the work.
Antolini's award-winning television documentary, Rediscovering Rachmaninoff, has been aired nationally on public television stations and is being broadcast overseas. In 1996 he recorded Rachmaninoff’s Liturgy with the Rachmaninoff Festival Choir. The CD and videotape are on the Bison label and are distributed by Collegium Records.
Antolini was selected to present an interest session entitled "Choirs at All Levels Can Sing Slavic Choral Works" at the February, 1999 national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago and at the Baltimore, MD, eastern division convention of the ACDA in February of this year.
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