Catherine Dalton (b. 1963) specializes in vocal compositions that are inspired by classical, jazz, folk, world music, and chant. Described as “evocative” (Singerpreneur), “haunting” (Winnipeg Free Press Review), and “atmospheric” (Mpls Star Tribune), her music has been performed by Vox Femina Los Angeles, Cantus, VocalEssense Chorus, Minnesota’s SATB High School All-State Choir, Amuse Singers New York, the new music ensemble, Zeitgeist, and hundreds of choirs across the US and abroad. Her organically-composed pieces use everyday life and the complexity of human struggle as their common palette. Whether setting her own lyrics or the selected texts of others, these intersections of life and art explore the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Dalton has received awards and grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections, and The Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB). Her choral works are regularily selected for National American Choral Directors (ACDA) and Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) Reading Sessions. She was selected to participate in Nautilus Music-Theater’s nationally recognized Composer-Librettist Studio and the Lehigh Composers Institute. Commissions include Amuse Singers New York, VocalEssence, the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota, Mahtomedi High School Women’s Choir, Champlin Park High School Treble Choir, Global Harmony Community Chorus, and Community of Peace Academy High School Chorus.
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