Dale Warland

Artistic Director, SPCO Chorale

The celebrated career of choral composer and conductor Dale Warland spans more than six decades and has made a profound contribution to the music of our time. Founder and music director of the The Dale Warland Singers, Warland developed an ensemble known for its flawless sound, technical finesse, and stylistic range. With the Dale Warland Singers, Warland commissioned 270 new choral works and fostered the careers of an entire generation of composers. The 29 masterful recordings produced by Warland and the ensemble include Walden Pond nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2003; Harvest Home, which reached number 11 on the Billboard Top Classical Albums in November 2005; and Lux Aurumque which was named a Top Ten Classical Album by National Public Radio in 2007.

Since 2005, Warland has devoted himself to composing, conducting, teaching, and continues to serve as a champion of choral music. Recently he has served as guest conductor and guest faculty at the University of Southern California, Indiana School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Yale University. Warland is artistic director and conductor of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale, and in November he will serve as guest director of Chanticleer. Since 2008, Warland has served as artistic director of The SPCO Chorale.