A collaborative effort between the College of Communication and Fine Arts and TROY Public Radio, the first episode of “InChoir,” a new podcast featuring conversations about choral music, the arts and life, has been released.
Hosted by Dr. Diane Orlofsky, TROY Professor Emerita of Music and Music Education and Graduate Coordinator/Advisor for music education, and Dr. Scott Sexton, TROY alum and Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities at Huntingdon, “InChoir” dives deep into choral music, talking with composers about how they explore sound, universal texts and shared human experiences.
“These are not superficial conversations,” Orlofsky said. “After COVID, I felt like there was a great need to reconnect, and to reconnect on a deeper level, a more meaningful level, a more sustained level. I think there’s a hunger out there to spend time really being heard and understood and having their music being given a spotlight that doesn’t go away quickly.
“Spending most of my life as a music educator, I believe I just live in that space, and I love to talk about it,” she added. “I love to listen to choral music and to introduce other people to new music.”
A play off of the word “inquire,” the first season includes four episodes. The first episode, “Inauguration,” officially released on Jan. 29 and featured composer Alex Berko.
“He has a six-movement work called ‘Sacred Place’ that’s actually featured on an album that’s up for a Grammy this year,” she said. “It was a delightful conversation.”
The next three episodes, “Music on the Wind” featuring composer and Grammy Award recipient Christopher Tin and Scott Weidensaul, a naturalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, “A Sense of Place” featuring composer and conductor Eric Barnum and “A Grief Expressed” featuring conductors and composers Terre Johnson and Jeffery Ames, will release every two weeks.
Episodes range from 30-35 minutes.
“There’s the understanding that most people are listening on the go or in their cars,” she said. “I’ve learned to think about the consumer and the audience.”
Orlofsky said Kyle Gassiott, Director of Radio, and Austin Toy, Podcast Program Manager, were instrumental in guiding her and Sexton through the process of starting a podcast.
“The production quality of this is so high. A lot of care and attention has gone into it,” she said. “When people knew TROY Public Radio was involved, it was like it sealed the deal. They recognized there’s a level of quality there. (Kyle and Austin) have been very intentional in walking us through the process.”
“When Diane came to us with this idea, I knew that we had a unique opportunity to start a conversation that bridges some fascinating areas,” Gassiott said. “As a musician myself, I know how music speaks to our hearts and minds in specific ways, and I anticipate the conversations we’re having on ‘InChoir’ will deeply resonate with our listeners.
“I strongly encourage our listeners to sign up for this podcast very soon, as you don’t want to miss a moment of great conversation and a rich, deep listening experience.”