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Cantate 2000

by The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright (Conductor), Jackson Berkey (Composer)

A sublime journey in beauty: unexpected beauty of choral sound from such young singers, beauty of instrumental gesture, beauty of impeccable performance, world class treble chorus singing music by and amazingly eclectic composer.
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1. Resonet in Laudibus
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
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2. Interlude
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
1:27 $0.99
3. Super Flumina Babylonis
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
6:01 $0.99
4. Terra Aliena
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
6:25 $0.99
5. Cantate Domino
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
3:29 $0.99
6. Ave dulcissima Maria
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
4:51 $0.99
7. Ascendit Deus
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3:44 $0.99
8. Evening, from VOICES FROM THE EARTH
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
2:54 $0.99
9. Blindengarten, from VOICES FROM THE EARTH
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
3:30 $0.99
10. Autumn Comes To Woman, from VOICES FROM THE EARTH
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1:50 $0.99
11. In A French Mountain Village, from VOICES FROM THE EARTH
The Seattle Girls’ Choir, Jerome Wright, Director
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Album Notes
Once again the Seattle Girls' Choir pairs with wonderful music by Jackson Berkey.

"I have been collaborating directly with Jerome Wright and the Seattle Girls' Choir for many years. Numerous works in my treble catalog have been written with their distinctive sound uppermost in my mind. It was during my first Seattle visit with Jerry that I decided to do a treble choir setting of my song cycle, ‘Voices From The Earth’. My ‘Ave dulcissima Maria’, written as a ‘thanksgiving’ for their marvelous work on my music over the years, is premièred in this recorded collection. Featured is the title work, ‘Cantate 2000’. Commissioned in 2000 by the combined Phoenix Boys Choir and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, it is here recorded for the first time with orchestra."
-Jackson Berkey

"The relationship Seattle Girls' Choir and I have established with Jackson Berkey continues to flourish. Each new and exciting collaboration propels us into fresh and increasingly beautiful artistic frontiers. We are successfully exploring the potentials of the beautiful vocal instrument known as the treble choir...The world of treble choirs is forever enriched because of the elegant repertoire - present and future - Jackson Berkey provides."
-Jerome Wright, Ph.D



"Wonderful! ‘In A French Mountain Village’ could be listened to forever. A CD that will never leave the CD player"

"Seattle Girls do it again!, Way to go Seattle Girls' Choir! This new CD is fabulous, with beautiful music performed by talented young ladies!"

"’Cantate Domino’, the fourth movement of ‘Cantate 2000’, is stunning, and ‘Ascendit Deus’ is wonderful! Buy this CD and you will not regret it. It is probably the best CD released this year!"

"I am a big fan of the Seattle Girls' Choir. I love their other CD, ‘Seattle Holiday’. This one is also supreme. I have never heard such wonderful music, with so much care and expression used. This is truly a wonderful CD."



Dr. Jerome Wright celebrates forty-five years as a professional conductor this season. A native of the State of Washington, he received most of his musical education at the University of Washington, and majored at the graduate level in Symphonic Conducting under the late Stanley Chapple, while studying choral conducting with Rodney Eichenberger. He has five degrees, including two doctorates. He is a master artist-teacher who delights in seeing his students catch the spark of truly passionate, exciting, literate, creative music making. Jerry has earned the respect of his colleagues because of his enthusiasm, energy, professionalism and musical results. In addition to his full-time position with the Seattle Girls’ Choir, he serves as Artistic Director of "Ancora" – a women's choir many of whose singers are alumnae of the Seattle Girls' Choir. He also guest conducts festival choruses, and adjudicates and conducts master classes and workshops.



Jackson Berkey’s artistry encompasses that of an acclaimed pianist, an inventive and highly creative composer, a meticulous producer and recording artist. His range of accomplishments in music combine with a depth of talent that is formidable indeed. His New York Town Hall Debut in 1969 launched a remarkable and highly varied career.

First known as touring pianist for the Norman Luboff Choir, Jackson has recorded and toured as “Featured Keyboard Artist” with Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller for the past 30 years. With his advanced degree in performance from New York’s Juilliard School, Berkey’s musical foundation lies in the classical, sacred, and chamber genre.

His earlier American Gramaphone releases “Sunken Cathedral”, “Ballade”, and 109 featured compelling performances of classical piano works by Scriabin, Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Persichetti. That pursuit now continues with performances of works by Scarlatti, Debussy, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. American Gramaphone’s “Holiday Musik” series offers Berkey’s performances of Harpsichord works by Domenico Scarlatti and J. S. Bach.

On SDG Records®, Jackson’s solo CD, “Facets”, includes stunning performances of many “signature” works throughout his career, including classical pieces by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Sibelius, Beethoven, Chopin, and Fauré. On that label the artist has also released “The Mountains and The Sea”, “Berkey Meets Horowitz on the 503”, “Cape May Preludes”, “Harpsichord Carols”, and in 2004, “Atlantic Fantasy”. All CDs offer performances of original solo keyboard and instrumental works from his published catalog.

An accomplished composer, Jackson Berkey’s publications include music for solo voice, solo instruments, chamber ensemble, orchestra, symphonic band, and choir. His “Chamber Concerto for Organ, Winds, Percussion, and Strings” and his “Conversations for Harp and Chamber Orchestra” were both premièred in 2004. From solo musicians to full orchestra and multiple choirs, Berkey’s compositions create excitement through brilliant rhythmic patterns, metric modulations, and intense dance rhythms. His sensitivity to text and to both joyous and tender melodies give pleasure to every performer, including those oft-neglected players of the inner lines in ensemble music. Every musical force interacts with its musical partners, whether they be solo or duet melodies or a percussion ensemble with organ. His writing reveals careful attention to structure, form, and performance success; even with difficult-to-balance entities such as harp and orchestra. Highly evident in his intelligent and expressive solo piano works is Berkey’s unique ability to shape phrases and draw extraordinary color from the instrument.

Jackson and his wife Almeda - herself a distinguished conductor, singer, and librettist - have documented their work with SDG Records®, which also records the professional choir, Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum. Almeda conducts pristine performances of many of Jackson’s compositions, as well as beautiful music from all periods of classical music and folk music. A beautiful sampling of Luboff choral arrangements is showcased on their nostalgic “Norman Luboff Remembered”. Six other Cantorum CDs include Berkey compositions among other classical works. Also recording two CDs of Jackson’s treble choral music on SDG Records® is the internationally recognized Seattle Girls’ Choir conducted by Dr. Jerome Wright.

An ASCAP award-winning composer, Jackson’s catalog of over 300 works is enjoying hundreds of fine performances across the United States and abroad. Recent honors include First Prize in the New Music for Young Ensembles Composition Contest in New York City for his Piano “Trio Kassarjian”; the Alienor Harpsichord Festival at Hilton Head, S.C; and the Nebraska Individual Artist Fellowship for Performing Arts, Distinguished Achievement in Composition Award. Jackson Berkey appeared on the artist roster of Baldwin Piano and Organ Company for more than two decades. Performances of several of Jackson’s longer works have been conducted by Almeda in New York’s Carnegie Hall. She also conducted the world première of his “L’Ultima Amor” for triple women’s choirs, commissioned for the 400 voices of the AmericaFest 2001 International Women’s Choir Festival. Some works have been set to film and to dance, such as “ Arma Lucis”, performed at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


About SDG Records® and SDG Press®

Soli Deo Gloria - "To God, alone, the glory."
J.S. Bach used this phrase as a signature at the end of many of his works. One sees it over doorways and music instruments in Europe. SDG Press® was founded in 1985 to publish the compositions and arrangements of Jackson Berkey.  

For many years, both Almeda and Jackson toured and performed with Norman Luboff, the extraordinary choral performer, composer, and publisher. It was at Norman's suggestion that the Berkeys formed "Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum" which Almeda conducts. SDG Records® was first established as the record label for the Cantorum. 

Jackson Berkey also has many works published by Walton Music Corporation, Norman Luboff's highly regarded publishing company. Berkey's entire published catalog may be viewed at www.berkey.com.  Click "Official Website" above.



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