The distinguished career of choral composer and conductor Dale Warland spans more than six decades and has made a profound contribution to the music of our time. Founder and music director of the Dale Warland Singers, Warland developed an ensemble known for its flawless sound, technical finesse, and stylistic range. With the Dale Warland Singers, Warland commissioned over 270 new choral works and fostered the careers of an entire generation of composers. The 29 masterful recordings produced by Warland and the ensemble include Walden Pond nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2003; Harvest Home, which reached number 11 on the Billboard Top Classical Albums in November 2005; and Lux Aurumque, which was named a Top Ten Classical Album by National Public Radio in 2007. Since 2005, Warland has devoted himself to composing, conducting, teaching, and continuing to serve as a champion of new choral music. Since 2008, Warland has served as artistic director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale and, for the past two seasons, has served as music director for the Minnesota Beethoven Music Festival Chorale.
The music world has bestowed its highest honors on Warland, including honorary degrees, lifetime achievement awards, and many more special recognitions.Warland's compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by choruses throughout the world. As editor, he has established choral series with G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard, earthsongs, Colla Voce, and Walton Music. Recordings of Dale and the Dale Warland Singers are available through www.gothicrecords.com.