The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale welcomes
Michael Eglin as our new Music Director.
As the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale enters its 39th season, we are very excited to welcome our new musical director, Dr. Michael Eglin. Dr Eglin is succeeding Maestro Chris Bowman, who retired at the end of last season, after 20 years leading the Chorale. Dr. Eglin has a Bachelor’s Degree in composition/piano performance and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in composition. He has written extensively, and his music has been performed internationally.
“The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale has a decades-long history of offering excellent choral music to our community, both locally and beyond,” Eglin said. “This position is both exciting and interesting in that it explores not only vocal and choral repertoire but incorporates the instrumental canon as well as compositions from living composers. This combined with the variety of musical genres the ensemble has performed in the past offers a wide expanse of artistic possibilities.”
Eglin looks forward to working with our community choir and believes that, “90 percent of what is required to be a successful choral member is a passion and hunger to learn, grow and contribute to something greater than yourself. If you’re interested in a rich musical and social experience that is fun and brings joy to your life and the lives of others, you are most welcome. To be certain, excellent music requires rigorous hard work and lots of it, but we can have a great time doing it.
"My personal plan for the Chorale is to provide an environment where both the individual and the collective evolve into a finely tuned group that is flexible and comfortable in a variety of styles,” he said.
When asked if there was anything that would help singers connect with him as a director, Eglin responded, “Show up, work hard, play hard and have fun!”
Under the baton of new director Dr. Michael Eglin, the holiday program presented by the Chorale and a full orchestra will include “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by R.V. Williams, “Behold A Star” by Mendelssohn and traditional favorites to put you in the holiday mood. Other highlights included will be two compositions by Michael Eglin, “Christ Church Bells” and “In Judah’s Land”.
Rehearsals for the Chorale’s Holiday Concert begin on Tuesday, September 6th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2672 Janin Way, Solvang.