Temple University Concert Choir
Alan Harler, Conductor
The Temple University Concert Choir has won the praise of critics, the public, and the musical world alike. The Temple University Concert Choir is committed to the performance of new American choral music and has presented many Philadelphia premieres including Robert Moran’s Hagoromo, Alfred Schnittke’s Requiem, Arvo Pärt’s Passio Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem and music of Temple composers Jan Krzywicki, Cynthia Folio, Jay Krush, Richard Brodhead, and Maurice Wright. In recent years, the Concert Choir has performed in major concert halls in the Republic of China, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Alan Harler, Conductor
Alan Harler serves as Laura H. Carnell Professor and Chairman of Choral Music at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He is an active conductor outside of Philadelphia, having performed regularly at the Festival Casals in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Aspen Choral Institute, and has given master classes and conducted performances in Taiwan and China under the sponsorship of the Taiwan Philharmonic Association. In 1988, Alan Harler was named music director of Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, only the twelfth person to hold that position in the chorus’s 133-year history.
Alan Harler is a strong advocate for new American music. He was founder and director of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble of Indiana. During his tenure with Mendelssohn Club, he has commissioned and premiered thirty-three new compositions, including such major works as Robert Moran`s Requiem: Chant du Cygne (1990), Charles Fussell`s Specimen Days (1992), Robert Stern`s Returning the Song (1994), Cynthia Folio’s Touch the Angel’s Hand (1994), Jan Krzywicki’s Lute Music (1995), James Primosch’s Fire Memory/River Memory (1998), Charles Fussell’s High Bridge (2003), and Andrea Clearfield’s The Golem Psalms (2006). He conducted Mendelssohn Club in a critically acclaimed recording of the Moran Requiem for Argo/London Records in 1994. With the Temple University Concert Choir, he has presented many Philadelphia premieres, including Moran’s Hagoromo, Alfred Schnittke’s Requiem, and Arvo Pärt’s Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem. Maestro Harler has prepared choruses for many of the country’s leading conductor’s, including Riccardo Muti, Klaus Tennstedt, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.