Lorna Cooke deVaron, conductor
Lorna Cooke deVaron, conductor emerita of the New England Conservatory Chorus, received her A.B. degree in music at Wellesley College, and her M.A. in music from Radcliffe College where she was Assistant Conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society under G. Wallace Woodworth. She then became Assistant Professor of Music at Bryn Mawr College and Conductor of its Choir. She studied conducting with Robert Show at Tanglewood, and in 1953 was appointed to the Tanglewood Faculty where for many years she trained the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and choral conductors from all over the world who came there to study.
Mrs. deVaron, Chairman of the Choral Department at the New England Conservatory of Music for 41 years, has collaborated with many of the world's most famous conductors in training the Conservatory chorus for 34 years for performances and recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Six of the recordings have won the Grand Prix du Disque. The National Academy of Recording Arts also gave them several awards nominations.
In 1967, Mrs. deVaron received the Boston Medal for Distinguished Achievement for the Chorus' concert tour of the Soviet Union as part of the Cultural Exchange Program. Since then, Mrs. deVaron has led the chorus through many highly acclaimed concert tours in Europe and many tours in the USA. She received a Medal for Distinguished Achievement from the Wellesley College Alumnae Association in 1978.
During the summer of 1977, Mrs. deVaron conducted Kibbutz choirs and a choral workshop in Israel as a guest of the Israeli Government. The following summer, Mrs. deVaron and the New England Conservatory Chorus, by invitation of the Israeli Government participated in the 30th Anniversary celebration of the founding of Israel.
Lorna Cooke deVaron retired as Chairman of the Choral Department at the Conservatory in 1988. During the 80's she was guest conductor of the Cameron Singers in Israel, of the Broadcasting Chorus of Beijing, China and conducted the NEC Chorus on concert tours to Romania, Bulgaria, and China.
She received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the New England Conservatory, the Harvard Glee Club Medal for Distinguished Service to Choral Music and a citation from the American Choral Director's Association for Distinguished Service to Choral Music.Long a champion of contemporary music, Mrs. deVaron continues to perform many modern choral compositions. Lorna Cooke deVaron has been the conductor of the Longy Chamber Singers since 1988.
S022582CD - Shchedrin The Sealed Angel