Steven Schick, Music Director
2007 - Present
"I think the role of an arts organization in a community is to both reflect and lead. In the San Diego music community, there is a real niche for La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, a place for our point of view. For one, the idea of contemporary music and the linkage between it and traditional orchestral music is not widely addressed outside of this organization. The connections between contemporary and classical, and the fact that we perform in the community we live in and are willing to take a stand to guide rather than follow, that's our niche."
Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For the past 30 years he has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher. He studied at the University of Iowa and received the Soloists Diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany. Steven Schick has commissioned and premiered more than one hundred new works for percussion and has performed these pieces on major concert series such as Lincoln Center's Great Performers and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella concerts as well as in international festivals including Warsaw Autumn, the BBC Proms, the Jerusalem Festival, the Holland Festival, the Stockholm International Percussion Event and the Budapest Spring Festival among many others. He has recorded many of those works for SONY Classical, Wergo, Point, CRI, Neuma and Cantaloupe Records. He has been regular guest lecturer at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and the Royal College of Music in London.
Schick is Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego and Lecturer in Percussion at the Manhattan School of Music. Schick was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992-2002. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland. Steven Schick is the founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, "red fish blue fish."
In 2006, Schick released three important publications. His book on solo percussion music, The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, was published by the University of Rochester Press; his recording of "The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies" by John Luther Adams was released by Cantaloupe Music; and a 3-CD set in collaboration with the percussion group, "red fish blue fish," of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis was released by Mode Records. TEST
David Chase, Choral Director
1973 - Present
"Soon to enter my fourth decade of working with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, I have stronger feelings than ever about its future as a cultural symbol as well as a vehicle for great music. If, in the future, music is to remain the province of the community and of the individuals in the community, rather than a product that is packaged and sold to consumers, community choruses like the La Jolla Symphony Chorus will be an important force. For that force to be strong and positive, we must not only maintain the strengths of the choral tradition - its egalitarian access to art music, its communal bonding, its direct relationship to both traditions and trends in literary arts - but we must also develop new repertoire and a new audience. The LJSC as an exemplary vehicle for these developments."
David Chase is a graduate of Ohio State University, where he sang in a performance of Stravinksy's Symphony of Psalms conducted by the composer. Chase received his D.M.A. from the University of Michigan and served as conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphonic Choir while living in Ann Arbor. Since 1973 he has been a member of the music faculty of Palomar College in San Marcos, where he teaches music theory and history and conducts. Chase has performed as a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Chamber Chorus in Souillac, France, and at Carnegie Hall, and has been a fellow of the Melodious Accord Fellowship with Alice Parker in New York City.
Chase's tenure with the LJSC has taken the chorus far outside the established choral repertory, presenting music that ranges from Broadway tunes to music of early American composers to programs of Latina American choral works. In 2000, under the auspices of America Cantat (Alberto Grau and Maria Guinand), he conducted choral workshops in Puerto Ordaz and Merida, Venezuela. Perhaps Chase's most dramatic achievement has been the series of tours that have given the LJSC an international reputation. He has led members of the chorus on tours to France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Britich Columbia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Mexico, and - most striking of all - to the Kingdom of Bhutan, where the LJSC became the first Western ensemble ever to perform in that remote Himalayan nation.
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