Four by Jeff Junkinsmith
featuring the Tudor Choir with films by Brandon Stirling Baker
Founded by Doug Fullington in 1993, the Tudor Choir is a Seattle-based vocal chamber ensemble that has been hailed as “a superb choir” (Gramophone), as well as “a choir to watch” (Fanfare). The Tudor Choir specializes in Renaissance polyphony and also has been acclaimed for its performances of early American and contemporary music. The choir has performed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest, including concert appearances in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Portland, Oregon, and has made guest appearances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Early Music Guild of Seattle. The choir made its East Coast debut in December 2012, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and in Pennsylvania. The Tudor Choir has made numerous recordings for the Loft, Gothic, and Scribe labels and recently has recorded music by Nico Muhly and Seattle-based composer Jeff Junkinsmith.
Seattle composer Jeff Junkinsmith has written extensively for choirs, including several pieces that have become standard repertory for the Compline Choir of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle. In response to a 2000 commission from the Tudor Choir, Dr. Junkinsmith composed the anthem Sancta Maria, mater Dei, which was premiered in 2001. Subsequently, he made the propers for the service of Candlemas at the request of Tudor Choir director Doug Fullington. Junkinsmith’s most recent composition is a three-movement work for piano four-hands entitled Rashomon, which was performed by piano duos in Poland, Brazil, and Lithuania.
Jeff Junkinsmith holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Iowa and currently teaches music theory in the music department at Shoreline Community College.
Brandon Stirling Baker
Brandon Stirling Baker is an American lighting designer for ballet, opera, and theater. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and the Yale School of Drama as a Special Research Fellow in design. His lighting has been commissioned by New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Paul Taylor, and Limon Dance Company, among many others. Baker’s lighting has been presented nationally and internationally by many of the world’s great theatrical venues. Since 2010, he has been a frequent collaborator with Tony Award-winning choreographer Justin Peck.
In 2019, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Works & Process series commissioned Mr. Baker with a program, The Choreography of Light, dedicated to his work as a lighting designer for ballet. Mr. Baker received the prestigious Knight of Illumination Award (KOI-USA) in 2019, Lotos Foundation Prize in 2016, and Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Residency in 2018.
Mr. Baker was appointed Lighting Director and Lighting Designer of Boston Ballet in 2018. He is a visiting artist and guest lecturer for educational programs throughout the United States.
Cover photo by Brandon Stirling Baker
Four by Jeff Junkinsmith
1. Gloria tibi trinitas (0:42)
2. O Trinity of blessed light (2:07)
3. Libera nos, salva nos (0:43)
4. Te lucis ante terminum (2:32)
5. Veni creator spiritus (0:34)
6. Come down, O love divine (3:54)
7. Regina caeli (0:46)
8. Sancta Maria, mater Dei (9:34)
Doug Fullington, director
Markdavin Obenza, engineer and producer
Films by Brandon Stirling Baker (additional info to come)
Tracks 1–7 recorded March 25, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Seattle, WA
Soprano: Margaret Obenza, Danielle Sampson, Christina Siemens
Alto: Joshua Haberman, Linda Sabee, Sarra Sharif Doyle
Tenor: Orrin Doyle, David Hendrix, Kurt Kruckeberg
Bass: Ari Nieh, David Stutz, Kevin Wyatt-Stone
Track 8 recorded May 15, 2018 at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, WA
Soprano: Rebekah Gilmore, Maria Mannisto, Margaret Obenza, Danielle Sampson
Alto: Linda Sabee, Sarra Sharif Doyle, Christina Siemens
Tenor: Orrin Doyle, Joshua Haberman, Kurt Kruckeberg
Baritone: David Hendrix, Willimark Obenza
Bass: T.J. Callahan, David Stutz
Tracks 2, 4, 6 & 8 by Jeff Junkinsmith (born 1956)