Guest Artistic Director Dr. Samuel Barbara Presents Wintersong

A Glorious Light!

Featuring Gloria by John Rutter with full brass and Star in the East by Malcolm Dalglish with hammer dulcimer

Saturday, December 9 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 | 3 p.m.

Please join the Portland Symphonic Choir for an uplifting concert of holiday music featuring John Rutter’s “Gloria” with full brass, percussion, and organ. The choir will also present a captivating setting of “Star in the East,” by Malcolm Dalglish, accompanied by guest artist Carl Thor on hammer dulcimer. Choral works spanning the Renaissance to present day will compliment the featured compositions and carol sing-a-longs will tie the concert together. The program, inspired by two central holiday themes, glory and light, promises not to disappoint.


Wintersong Brightest and Best will feature the winning composition of Portland Symphonic Choir’s Christmas Carol Competition. The composition selected will receive a $500 prize along with a premiere performance (and associated archival recording) by the choir during the 2017 Wintersong! concerts. The winning composition may also be considered for publication by several large publishing companies.

Guidelines: The work should be an original, unpublished composition that has received no prior public performance and is appropriate for use on a holiday concert. Text setting may be sacred or secular and should be translated into to English or Latin (proof of public domain or author’s written permission for use of text required). The carol setting may be strophic and contain refrains.

Voicing: SATB (up to eight part divisi), 150-voice auditioned chorus, medium difficulty, scored for organ, brass (should use the same instruments as the Rutter Gloria), and percussion.

Duration: 3-5 minutes in length.

Submission Requirements: Please include a signed and completed application form, two copies of the full score, a short biography and a signed statement providing permission to use the text. Each copy of the score and all recordings should marked with a pseudonym of the composer’s choice. Please remove all markings that would identify the composer in order to ensure anonymity.

Eligibility: All composers over the age of 18 residing in the United States are eligible to apply.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: October 2, 2017
Application: 2017 Carol Composition Contest Form

About Guest Conductor Dr. Samuel Barbara

Before relocating home to Oregon, Dr. Samuel Barbara served as Director of Choral Activities and assistant professor of music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he conducted the Chamber, Concert and Men’s Choirs, and taught choral methods, literature and conducting, as well as applied voice. He completed his doctorate in choral music, at the University of Southern California, where he was senior teaching assistant in the Department of Choral and Sacred Music and assistant conductor of the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. While at USC, he studied under Jo-Michael Scheibe, Nick Strimple, Cristian Grases and Donald Brinegar. Before arriving in Southern California, Dr. Barbara served as Director of Choirs at Cleveland High School in Portland, where he was awarded the “Golden C” for excellence in teaching. Under his direction, the Cleveland “A” Choir won the 5A Oregon State Choir Championships three times. Samuel earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from the University of Portland. After completing his undergraduate work, Samuel was awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach English and study music in Weimar, Germany. While in Weimar he taught at the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere, sang in the chamber choir at the Franz Liszt Music Conservatory, and took choral conducting coursework under Professor Jürgen Puschbeck.

Samuel has sung professionally, both as a soloist and an ensemble member, and he remains active as a vocal artist. As a member of University of Southern California Thornton Chamber Singers, Dr. Barbara appeared on live television with Barry Manilow and sang backup with the Rolling Stones; worked closely with notable composers such as Morten Lauridsen, Paul Mealor, Wolfram Buchenberg, and David Conte; attended master classes with Rodney Eichenberger, Jamison Marvin, Joan Conlon and Vance George; and performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling. Dr. Barbara is in demand as a guest conductor, choral clinician and adjudicator, and has served in leadership positions for the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He has presented his research at state conferences in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia and was recently published in volume four of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir.