With a Reflection by Helmuth Rilling
"She was a charismatic personality who has helped so many people - people in her choir and, of course, her students at Temple University." — Helmuth Rilling
Elaine Brown, one of the most influential choral conductors of the twentieth century, inspired thousands of singers and conductors through her work with the Temple University Choirs, the Westminster Choirs, and choirs at The Juilliard School and Union Theological Seminary. Her groundbreaking work with Singing City in Philadelphia empowered choral singing in America to a high level of social consciousness and reinforced the value of singing together.
This book—compiled by student James Jordan together with Elaine Brown's trusted colleagues for forty years, Janet Yamron and Sonya Garfinkle—shares not only insights as teacher and conductor, but also for the first time writings from throughout her career. The enclosed DVD gives viewers a front-row seat to one of Dr. Brown's inspirational lectures.
Lighting a Candle is not only a deeply inspirational portrait of a remarkable and influential choral conductor, but it is also a testament to the power of choral music to enrich our lives and our community.
James Jordan conducts the Westminster Williamson Voices at Westminster College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. Sonya Garfinkle has been Associate Director and Executive Director of Singing City for more than forty years. Janet Yamron is Professor Emerita of Music and Music Education at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.
Listen to testimonials:
• Eugene Ormandy
• Nadia Boulanger
• Leopold Stokowski
Visit the Thoughtful Gesture blog on Lighting a Candle