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The Oratorio Society of Virginia Michael Slon, Music Director

Music Director Michael Slon Receives Prize From American Choral Directors Association

Oratorio Society Music Director Michael Slon has been awarded the 2015 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). This prestigious national honor is given annually for outstanding doctoral research projects in choral music. Dr. Slon was recognized for his “Leonard Bernstein – The Crisis and Revision of Faith: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, and Mass.”

Reviewers of Dr. Slon’s work commented:

“It uses the expected elements of research and musical analysis to arrive at very insightful and meaningful conclusions.”

“Having conducted or participated in all of these works I was fascinated by the writer’s probing of Bernstein’s faith conflicts.”

Dr. Slon received his Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University in 2015 where he worked with Dr. J. Peter Burkholder, Dr. Jan Harrington, and Mr. Robert Porco—while in residence in Bloomington, and also while on faculty at UVa. He received his MM in Choral Conducting from Indiana University, and a BA in Music and English from Cornell University. In addition to directing the Oratorio Society, Dr. Slon is Director of Choral Music at UVa.

Dr. Slon's prize will be presented at the upcoming national ACDA conference.

Christmas at the Paramount

Featuring Handel’s Messiah (Christmas Portion)
and a selection of holiday favorites
Special guest appearances by Burley MS Bearettes and Waynesboro HS Choir

December 17, 2016
2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
$49 • $25 • $15 (Student)
“Bring a Friend:” Two or more K-12 students with a
paying adult - $5 each (at Box Office only)

Tickets available at the Paramount Box Office
or from Oratorio Society chorus members

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Christmas at the Paramount

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Dedicated to musical excellence, The Oratorio Society of Virginia enriches, inspires, and educates the community through regular performance of choral masterworks that express the best of the human spirit.

The Oratorio Society is affiliated with the McIntire Department of Music.


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