CONDUCTOR QUEST #2 (CBASO & the CBA Chorus)—at St James Cathedral

Sat Nov 04 2023 at 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm

65 E Huron St | Chicago

The Chicago Bar Association Symphony & CBA Chorus
Publisher/HostThe Chicago Bar Association Symphony & CBA Chorus
CONDUCTOR QUEST #2 (CBASO & the CBA Chorus)\u2014at St James  Cathedral
The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & CBA Chorus welcome two more exceptional finalists vying to be music director of the CBASO.
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The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and the CBA Chorus welcome two more exceptional finalists (Nicholas Wallin and Silas Huff) vying for the post as the new music director of the CBASO, featuring music by Schubert and Bizet, Sibelius' Finlandia, John Williams' Olympic Fanfare, with Adrienne Kitchen, soloist in Telemann's Viola Concerto, and the CBA Chorus in Haydn's joyful Te Deum. (All programs subject to change without notice.)

It is time to rediscover Chicagoland's unique orchestra and chorus of attorneys and judges!

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NICHOLAS WALLIN, finalist conductor

Nicholas L. Wallin has garnered praise for his committed performances and his bold, creative programming style, focusing on American music and collaborations with area musicians. While remaining firmly rooted in the standard symphonic repertoire, Wallin is also an advocate for performing new music by living composers. Wallin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. At Lake Forest he conducts the orchestra and teaches courses in music theory. Prior to his appointment at Lake Forest, Wallin served on the faculty at Washington State University in Pullman. In addition to his faculty position at Lake Forest College, 2023-24 marks his 16 th season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Mid-Columbia Symphony in Richland, WA. Wallin is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and began his musical training there on piano and tuba. In 1991 he enrolled at Northwestern University, where he earned three degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, a Bachelor of Music in tubaperformance and a Master of Music in tuba performance. After leaving Northwestern, he earned a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. At Peabody he was a student of Gustav Meier and a recipient of the Graduate Conducting Fellowship. In December 2004, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting, with a secondary area in music theory at the University of Minnesota, where he received a College of Liberal Arts Graduate Fellowship. Wallin has conducted numerous ensembles across the country including the Spokane Symphony and Hartford (CT) Opera Theater. In the summer of 2006, Wallin studied and conducted in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a participant in the International Academy of Advanced Conducting. He has served as guest conductor or adjudicator for orchestras and music festivals across Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Illinois, and Michigan, and previously served as Music Director for the Washington-Idaho Symphony. His conducting teachers have included Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, Akira Mori and Craig Kirchhoff, and he has conducted in workshops and masterclasses for numerous leading conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman and Gunther Schuller. He and his wife, Alice Swan, live in Evanston, IL with their son, Enzo, and their rescue dogs, Bella and Milo.

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SILAS HUFF, finalist conductor

Silas Nathaneil Huff is Director of Orchestras at Northern Illinois University and Commander & Conductor of the 562nd Air Force Band (CA). In the summer, Huff is Co-Director of the International Concerto Festival (Czech Republic) and the International Conducting Institute, an organization dedicated to training the world’s next generation of conductors. Huff has conducted orchestras, bands, and new music ensembles across America, and abroad in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, and Russia. His past positions include Director of Orchestras at Washburn University (KS), and Music Director of the Astoria Symphony Orchestra (NYC), U.S. Army Orchestra (DC), 44th Army Band (Albuquerque, NM), Round Rock Symphony Orchestra (TX), Topeka Youth Symphony (KS), and the critically acclaimed Lost Dog New Music Ensemble (NYC). An avid dance conductor, Huff has conducted performances with many companies, including the Martha Graham Ensemble. In 2011, Huff won a coveted job as a U.S. Army Music Officer. As such, he conducted concerts at the White House, U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, Pentagon, and other important monuments and landmarks in Washington, D.C. Among other notable assignments, Major Huff served as Director of The U.S. Army Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), Company Commander of the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, and Commander of the 44th Army Band (“New Mexico’s Own” National Guard Band).Subsequently, he transferred to the Air Force to assume the role of commander of the 562nd Air Force Band (Air National Guard Band of the West Coast). Huff holds degrees from Texas State University, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Colorado Boulder in orchestral conducting. He also studied at the Trossingen Hochschule für Musik (Germany), L’Institut Musical Provence-Aubagne (France), and California State University-Long Beach. In 1999, Huff won First Prize in the Los Angeles Valley Composition Competition. In 2001, he was named Conductor of the Year by the California State University system, and in 2011, the Texas House of Representatives signed a resolution recognizing Huff’s distinguished musical service. The U.S. Army has conferred upon him two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal (among others), and in 2020 the Boulder Concert Band won The American Prize for Community Band/Wind Ensemble Performance under Huff’s baton.

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ADRIENNE KITCHEN, viola soloist

Adrienne Kitchen is an associate at Reed Smith in the Insurance Recovery Group where she represents policyholders in disputes with their insurance carriers. Prior to joining Reed Smith, she was a judicial law clerk in the Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court.

Adrienne started playing viola at a young age. She received her undergraduate degree in Viola Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and her law degree, magna cum laude, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she served as Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the school’s Law Review. In addition to articles and blog posts she has authored on insurance recovery topics, her articles have been published in the Criminal Law Bulletin, the Seventh Circuit Review and the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

Prior to attending law school, Adrienne worked as a television news producer, made a documentary, and spent time acting and singing – including performing her favorite role, the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. She has played viola with symphonies and chamber groups in her native Colorado, Montana, and now Chicago. In the spring of 2022, she made her solo debut, along with CBASO’s concertmistress Pat Bronte, in two performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.

The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and CBA Chorus, guest choirs and soloists perform Jamie Wind Whitmarsh's new edition of Handel's Halleliuah Chorus at Chicago's Symphony Center, June 2019, David (Volosin) Katz, CBASO founding music director, conducting.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

65 E Huron St, 65 East Huron Street, Chicago, United States


USD 10.00 to USD 15.00

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