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PLANO CIVIC CHORUS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, RALPH STANNARD, TO STEP DOWN AFTER 2022-23 SEASON
Ralph Stannard, Artistic Director of Plano Civic Chorus, recently announced his retirement from the organization at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season. The 2022-23 concert season marks Plano Civic Chorus’ 50th season, and Mr. Stannard’s 23rd year with the chorus. “After serving as Artistic Director for Plano Civic Chorus since 2000, I have decided the time has come for me to step aside at the end of the 2022-2023 concert season and let another enjoy the wonderful opportunity of conducting this marvelous chorus.”
During his time as artistic director, Plano Civic Chorus has grown into one of the premiere choral organizations in North Texas, known for its innovative programming and masterwork performances. “I’ve been reminiscing lately about my time with PCC and hundreds of musical memories have flooded over me. I’m very grateful for the many collaborations with notable musicians and organizations that the chorus has been able to experience during my tenure.”
Under his baton, PCC has performed many significant works, including Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang, Elijah with baritone Donnie Ray Albert, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, the Vespers by Rachmaninov, Mozart’s Requiem, and Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem. The chorus has had the privilege to collaborate with choral greats, including Ola Gjeilo, Z. Randall Stroope, and Bob Chilcott, has performed with the Irving Symphony Orchestra, and has a continuing relationship with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the many years of regular season programming, PCC has toured in Europe six times and in 2017 formed the Plano Chamber Chorus, which has helped expand the reach of the chorus geographically and musically.
About his departure from Plano Civic Chorus, Stannard states, “I want to thank the many singers who have sung throughout the years and help make PCC what it is today. I step down as PCC’s Artistic Director with a great sense of nostalgia and a twinge of melancholy, but with a greater sense of accomplishment and an even deeper love for Plano Civic Chorus.”
Board President Bob Koehl states, “On behalf of the Board and chorus, I want to sincerely thank Ralph for his countless contributions over many years. While we will be sad to see him go; his retirement is positively well-deserved after his long and impressive tenure. The mission of Plano Civic Chorus will remain the same as we move forward to a new chapter.” The chorus will begin its search for a new Artistic Director this summer.
Read Ralph Stannard's full statement here.
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