SCSU Big Sing Honor Choir Festival to showcase guest composer Ola Gjeilo

Ola Gjeilo

The St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Choral Department will present the Big Sing Honor Choir Festival concert with guest composer Ola Gjeilo at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State University. Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to New York in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School, from which he graduated with a master’s degree in ‘06.

Gjeilo’s published concert works are performed all over the world, and his debut recording as a pianist-composer, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was released to critical acclaim in 2007 on the 2L label, to be followed by its sequel, scheduled for release in February 2012. He especially enjoys writing music for choir, symphonic winds, and the piano, while as a pianist, his main passion is improvisation, either solo or over his own ensemble works. Presently a full-time composer based in New York City, Ola is also very interested in film, and his style draws much inspiration from movies and cinematic music. The concert will include performances by the SCSU Concert Choir, Buffalo High School Concert Choir, and the Big Sing Festival Chorus — a select choir with nearly two hundred participants from high schools around Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Tickets are available at the door. A portion of ticket proceeds go toward scholarships for music students at SCSU.

For more information, contact the SCSU Performing Arts office at (320) 308-3223 or go to