Chanticleer in Sonoma Choral Workshop: June 15-19, 2016


"Thanks to all the members of Chanticleer for their graciousness, 
willingness to teach and share information about themselves, and their sense of humor. 
Everyone involved could not have been more generous and kind with their assistance and encouragement."


Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker magazine and “America’s a cappella pride and joy” by, Chanticleer has developed a worldwide reputation for its impeccable musicianship, beauty of sound, and wide-ranging repertoire from Renaissance and Mexican Baroque to jazz, gospel, folk, and adventurous new music.  With its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass, the GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble is internationally renowned as “an orchestra of voices.” In 2010, Chanticleer won Chorus America’s prestigious Education and Outreach Award for its diverse and comprehensive education programs designed for students and teachers. 

Check out biographies and the current roster for Chanticleer members.  

William Fred Scott, Chanticleer's fifth Music Director, was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Atlanta Opera from 1985-2005, and the Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1981-1988, a post offered him by legendary conductor, chorus director, and arranger Robert Shaw. After Shaw's passing, Scott presided for six years over "Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony," carrying on the tradition of Robert Shaw's beloved holiday concerts.

As Associate Conductor and Artistic Administrator of the Opera Company of Boston, he worked alongside that company’s pioneering founder Sarah Caldwell from 1975-1981 and conducted over 200 performances.  He comes to Chanticleer after a five-year tenure as Director of Choral Music at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, and is also well known in Atlanta as an organist.

William Fred Scott is a native of Thomasville, Georgia and a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  He has received considerable recognition in Atlanta for his deep personal commitment to the arts, the community and education, including awards from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

Scott has conducted with opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout the country including the Opera Company of Boston, the Hawaii Opera Theater, Wolf Trap, the New York City Opera, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Alabama, Colorado, and Greenville, as well as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He conducted for the Kennedy Center Honors in 1991, and the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.  With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus he led the American premiere of Philip Glass' "Canyon."  He made his European debut conducting "Le Nozze di Figaro" at Prague's Theater of the Estates in the Czech Republic.

Scott's first encounter with Chanticleer was in 1994, when he conducted Chanticleer and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a program of music of the Mexican Baroque.  In Chanticleer's 2014-15 season he is Guest Music Director of "The Gypsy in My Soul" and "Spanish Gold."  He will take up his duties as Music Director in August of 2015.

Workshop Staff

Jenny Bent, Project Manager

Jenny Bent, DMA, is the Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University, where she serves as conductor of the University Chorus and Chamber Singers. She is a graduate of Boston University (BM in Voice Performance, MM in Choral Conducting, MM in Voice Performance) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature). Her teachers include Ann Howard Jones, Fred Stoltzfus, Susan Ormont, and Jerold Siena. She has also worked with such choir eminences as Robert Shaw, Joseph Jennings, Matthew Oltman, Peter Bagley, Dennis Keene, and Julian Wachner. In addition to directing the SSU choirs, Dr. Bent teaches Conducting, Ear Training, and Voice. Continue Reading