The Master Chorale's Board and staff will now undertake a search to identify and secure the services of a suitable replacement. Our primary goals will be to maintain our high standard of artistic excellence, and to continue to nurture our principal institutional relationships, as Artists in Residence at USF and as Principal Chorus of The Florida Orchestra.
Highlights of Dr. Bass's tenure with The Master Chorale include:
Preparing The Master Chorale for 23 separate programs with The Florida Orchestra. Repertoire for the 60-plus concerts featured Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Orff's Carmina Burana, Haydn'sCreation, Stravinksy's Symphony of Psalms, Frederick Delius' Appalachia & Sea Drift, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe, Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden, Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, Rachmaninoff's The Bells, Handel'sMessiah, and Brahms' A German Requiem.
Mentoring four Assistant Conductor graduate students and presenting six Festival of Voices events in cooperation with USF.
Production of 5 CDs - Sea Drift/Appalachia and Holiday Pops (both with The Florida Orchestra) plus 3 self-produced CDs - Peace Project; Upon These Shores: Light of the Midnight Sun (the last to be released in mid-2016)
Led The Master Chorale's efforts to commission new musical works by René Clausen, Dale Warland, Jake Runestad, Craig Carnahan, Dale Trumbore, Bob Chilcott, André Thomas and Nhick Ramiro Pacis.
Other important projects included chorus preparation for two performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami; Master Chorale performances with Andrea Bocelli & Kenny Rogers; the creation of The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers; and the initiation of new partnerships with Tampa Theatre and Tampa Museum of Art.