Students at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, deepened their knowledge of Arvo Pärt’s creative process, when co-founders of The Arvo Pärt Project (APP) at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary gave a presentation on the spirituality that undergirds the composer’s music. Associate Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. Peter Bouteneff and Assistant Professor of Liturgical Music Dr. Nicholas Reeves lectured to members of the elite 40-voice Westminster Williamson Voices on September 24, 2014.
The professors were invited to Westminster by senior faculty member Dr. James Jordan, conductor of Westminster Williamson Voices, who currently is drawing on Arvo Pärt’s repertoire for his chorale ensemble. After Dr. Reeves and Bouteneff’s 90-minute presentation, accompanied by video clips, the choir performed several short segments for the visiting professors.
Dr. Reeves commented, “I was of course moved by the response of the students to the lecture, but I was also deeply impressed by the emotional capacity and control of such a young choir. The Williamson Voices are coming into their own in the America choral scene both here and abroad.”