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Local composer and choir director has new publications

Crawford R. Thoburn, chancel choir director at First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, has choral compositions and arrangements being published by St. James Music Press.

Crawford R. Thoburn, chancel choir director at First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, has choral compositions and arrangements being published by St. James Music Press.

— Choral compositions and arrangements by Crawford R. Thoburn, chancel choir director at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, are now being published by St. James Music Press.

The firm released five of Thoburn’s choral works this summer. Members of Chanticleer, a Grammy-Award winning vocal ensemble and the only full-time professional chorus in the United States, made promotional recordings of two of these works.

More than 100 of Thoburn's choral pieces have been published by 15 different traditional print publishers. These five new releases are his first works to be made available on the internet.

Founded in 1992, St. James Music Press is breaking new ground as an online publisher. Complete scores and recordings of all its holdings can be previewed for free at sjmp.com. Subscribers can access digital downloads of the entire SJMP catalogue of choral, keyboard and handbell music.

In August 2011, Thoburn began leading the choral program at the Skaneateles Presbyterian church, one month after he was named professor of music, emeritus, at Wells College in Aurora.

Choirs across the country and around the world frequently sing his published music, with performances recently noted in the Netherlands, England, Germany, South Africa, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Singapore, India and Taiwan. In the United States, numerous community, church, collegiate and professional groups have recorded his music, and some of these performances have been broadcast on NPR, PRI and PBS.

The Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles sings in weekly worship, September through June. The group's repertoire embraces a cappella and accompanied literature in a wide variety of styles spanning the centuries.

Community members interested in singing are welcome to join in an open choir experience on Sunday morning, Sept. 9, rehearsing at 8:45 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. service.

The church is located at 97 E. Genessee Street, and provides full accessibility, ample parking, nursery care and air conditioning.

For more information, visit skanpresby.org.

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