This semester, Mr. Kesselman has shared his talents as a composer with the CSA Children’s Choir. He has composed a piece for the choir, which will be premiered at the ensemble’s spring recital on May 15 at 7 p.m. The piece is called I’m Nobody! Who are you?, and is based on a poem by Emily Dickinson. Funding was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the Arts Education in American Communities program.
Lee Kesselman has been director of choral activities at College of DuPage since 1981. Conductor, pianist, teacher and award-winning composer, he founded and directs the New Classic Singers. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Kesselman’s compositions have been widely published.
The CSA Children’s Choir is directed by Mary Lynn Doherty, who is on the faculty at Northern Illinois University. The choir was founded in 2008 and provides area children ages 7 – 15 with the opportunity to develop their musical skills through the study and performance of high quality choral music.
The NIU Community School offers programming in music, art, and theatre to children and adults throughout the year. Information about the summer classes, ensembles, day camps, and lessons is available at www.csa.niu.edu or by calling (815) 753-1450.
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