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Wachner auf, ruft uns die Stimmen

Julian Wachner, music director of the Washington Chorus, is putting on a new hat. On September 7, he will take over as director of music and arts at Trinity Wall Street, the venerable church in New York. The position involves heading a renowned choir that has made several recordings with Naxos, including a cycle of Haydn Masses.

Wachner will remain with the Washington Chorus; his contract runs through 2015. He will be stepping back from his position as associate professor and head of the opera program at McGill, though he will retain that position through the 2010-11 season.

He replaces Owen Burdick, who ran Trinity’s music program for 17 years and was abruptly dismissed in 2008 due, he later told the New York Times, to his own alcoholism.

Wachner, who has led opera and orchestral performances around the States and Europe, is also a composer. Mark Estren reviewed his most recent CD for The Classical Beat in June.

By Anne Midgette  |  July 16, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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Thank you very much for the coverage of Julian and The Washington Chorus. One slight correction for the record, though: Julian's new contract with TWC runs through June of 2016, not through 2015.

Many thanks,

Andy Ireland
Vice Chairman, The Washington Chorus

Posted by: forty7strings | July 19, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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