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DENNIS KEENE

Dennis Keene is Artistic Director and conductor of the Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra. Known internationally through his many concerts and recordings with Voices of Ascension, his regular guest appearances as conductor and clinician, and his work as Artistic Director of the Dennis Keene Choral Festival, he has emerged as one of leading choral conductors in the world today, “the younger leader most widely touted to pick up the mantle of Robert Shaw,” according to The New York Times. Recognized early as an exceptional organist, Dennis Keene began musical studies and performing in his native Los Angeles. He moved to New York City to study at the Juilliard School, where he earned the BM, MM, and DMA degrees and the coveted Gaston Dethier Organ Prize as a student of Vernon de Tar. He also studied privately in Paris with Marie-Madeleine Duruflé, André Marchal and André Isoir. Dennis Keene was active as a recitalist until his interest in conducting led him to concentrate on that discipline. He subsequently studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School for Orchestral Conductors, with Charles Bruck in Paris, and with John Nelson at the Juilliard School. His passion for the finest in professional choral music can be traced to his early work as organist with Gregg Smith, Roger Wagner and Margaret Hillis. In addition to his work with Voices of Ascension and the Dennis Keene Choral Festival, he continues as Organist and Choirmaster of Church of the Ascension in New York City. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of Chorus America, the national service organization for the choral field, which honored him with the first Louis Botto Award for “innovative action and entrepreneurial zeal in developing a professional ensemble of exceptional artistic quality.” He has also served on the Choral Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts and currently serves on the Music Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1993 he began his recording association with Delos International, with which he has recorded such best-selling CDs as Beyond Chant, the Duruflé Album, and the Berlioz Te Deum. This series of highly acclaimed recordings with Voices of Ascension has secured international recognition for both conductor and chorus and become the standard for first-ranked ensembles worldwide. In 1998 Maestro Keene began a major new summer choral institute for the training of conductors and singers: The Dennis Keene Choral Festival.


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40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration Delos
DE3440
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - BAINTON, E. / THOMPSON, R. / MOZART, W.A. / CASALS, P. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / PARRY, H. / DURUFLE, M. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3300
Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - CASALS, P. / GRANADOS, E. / MORERA, E. / OLTRA, M. (Song of the Stars - A Celebration of Catalan Music) (Voices of Ascension, Keene) Naxos
8.570533
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - HILDEGARD OF BINGEN / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / ISAAC, H. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / DUFAY, G. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3174
Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / BRUCKNER, A. / FAURE, G. / HOLST, G. / DURUFLE, M. / SCHUBERT, F. / VICTORIA, T. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3138
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / VIADANA, L. / VIADANA, L. / VICTORIA, T. / BYRD, W. (Beyond Chant Mysteries of the Renaissance) Delos
DE3165
Choral - Sacred
DELOS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - Encores! Delos
DE1630
Choral - Sacred
DURUFLE, M.: Requiem / Mass, "Cum jubilo" / Notre Pere (Voices of Asension Chorus) Delos
DE3169
Choral - Sacred
ENGINEER'S CHOICE, Vol. 2 Delos
DE3512
Choral - Sacred
HEIGH-HO! MOZART - Favorite Disney Tunes in the Style of Great Classical Composers Delos
DE3186
Film and TV Music
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Choral Music (Voices of Ascension) Delos
DE3219
Vocal Ensemble, Choral - Sacred
HORIZONS - A Musical Journey Delos
DE3511
Choral - Sacred
KERN, J.: Songs (Can't Help Singing - A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics) (Voices of Ascension, Keene) Delos
DE3224
Choral - Secular
MUSIC SURROUND SPECTACULAR (THE) - The Tests Delos
DE3179
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA, G.: Choral Music (The Greatest Choral Music of Palestrina - Prince of Music) (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3210
Choral - Sacred
PETER PAN - THE CLASSIC STORY IN MUSIC Delos
DE3201
Choral - Secular, Film and TV Music
SERENE JOURNEYS THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC Delos
DE1608
Choral - Sacred





 
 
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