I got this email today and received permission to share it with you. Here's the Christmas recording post he referenced.
Dear Dr Copeland,
Congratulations. You direct one heck of a chorus.
I hope you don't mind that I've downloaded a few of your recordings (even though you probably meant them only for your singers). I first stumbled across them about a year ago, and still have the audio clip of Thompson's "Choose Something Like a Star."
You might have to commit violence against me to make me give it up. It's one of the most insightful performance of the Thompson I've ever heard! That includes four performances that I've sung in with three regional and local symphony choruses over about 20 years, and even the New York Choral Society's commercial recording of the work. Your interpretation has an intensity and conviction that I've *never* heard in any other performance.
The diction is impeccable to boot. Every word is audible.
Minor technical caveat: I only wish the recording didn't cut off so abruptly at the end, before the last note even finishes. I miss that, and the audience's reaction. But that's a minor point.
I'm listening to the Regina Coeli from your recent concert as I type this, and it only boosts my admiration. What a group. What musicianship. Makes me wish I were a student again so I could sing with them.
Carry on, sir. Enjoy each morning's cuppa. And please post information in your blog when your *official* recording is available.
(Member of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Akron OH)