The Beauties of American Choral
Some of the most talented young singers in Philadelphia bring a panoply of American choral music to the Cathedral Basilica in this lively program led by director Dorina Morrow. Morrow has imbued the Choir of the Philadelphia Creative and Performing Arts High School with a rich sound and depth of character seldom heard in young voices. Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei—the choral version of his iconic Adagio for Strings—captures the essence of a program exploring themes of spirituality and faith, identity and longing, through poignant spirituals and the lush choral harmonies of Eric Whitacre, Leonard Bernstein, Z. Randall Stroope, and Aaron Copland.
Dorina Morrow, Director
Program to Include
Moses Hogan Selected Spirituals
Leonard Bernstein Excerpts from MASS
Z. Randall Stroope O Magnum Mysterium
Morten Lauridsen O Magnum Mysterium
Roland Woehr O Magnum Mysterium
Samuel Barber Agnus Dei
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Concert Choir is a select ensemble of fifty singers, grades nine through twelve. We maintain a rigorous performance schedule including an annual winter and spring concert at our high school’s residence. Our repertoire is varied including stalwart standards of the choral repertoire as well as contemporary, multi cultural gems of the twenty first century. Some of our most recent repertoire included Poulenc’s Un soir de neige and Barber’s Reincarnations.
The Concert Choir has been privileged to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra in their annual MLK Tribute Concert as well as for their Holiday Christmas Concert. We have performed with notables such as Paul Simon, Renee Fleming, and Bon Jovi. We have also performed for the inauguration of city officials as well as for Governor Rendell and President Obama. Recently, we performed for the Philly Pops in their Sinatra concert series and for the Philadelphia Music Alliance Gala.
We have participated in National Invitational Choral Festivals where we have received Gold Medals and highest- ranking scores.
The Concert Choir is committed to non profit institutions that serve humanity and is often called to offer their services in that capacity as choral musicians.
Dorina C. Morrow is their director.
Dorina C. Morrow
Dorina C. Morrow is a summa cum laude graduate of Temple University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award and the Rockefeller Brothers Award for Excellence in Arts Education.
She was chosen to teach in South Africa as a member of the Kimberly Project, an educational adventure sponsored by Temple University and the Eastman School of Music.
Mrs. Morrow is a sough-after choral clinician and conductor; she is the conductor of the All Philadelphia High School Choir that performs annually at the Kimmal Center and at the annual MLK Tribute Concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, She is a guest conductor at the annual Messiah performance at Tindley Temple. She also served for many years as choral director for the Summer Teen Choral Music Camp at the Kimmel Center.
Mrs. Morrow has taught in the Philadelphia Public School System for forty-one years. During this time, she also assisted in curriculum writing and in professional development design and implantation. Presently, she serves as Choral Director and Advanced Placement Music Theory Instructor at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where she is also the Arts Department Chair.
Mrs. Morrow sings professionally in the tri-state area. She has performed as a backup singer for Celine Dion and Michael Bolton. She has been a professional church and synagogue musician since her youth. Her alto soloist venues include:
Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, Bala Cynwyd Methodist church, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wynnewood. Presently, she sings at Main Line Reform Synagogue, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood. She has been a soloist with the Northeast Symphony, the Reading Choral Society, the Hazeltown Oratorio Society, the Delaware Symphony, and the Main Line Symphony Orchestra.
Dorina has been married to William for forty years; he is also a professional singer and a former Philadelphia music educator. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah, and one grand son, Alexander William. They reside in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.