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Dale Warland resigns; choir to disband after season
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Dale Warland, founder and music director of the choir which bears his name, plans to retire at the end of next season, which will be the last for the Dale Warland Singers. (Photo by Greg Helgeson, courtesy of Dale Warland Singers)

St. Paul, Minn. — Internationally-acclaimed choral conductor Dale Warland is stepping down as artistic director of the chorus he created three decades ago. Under his baton, the Minnesota-based Dale Warland Singers have become known as one of the best a capella choirs in the world. But now Warland says it's time to move on.

Thirty years ago, Warland, then a young college music professor, took on the task of creating a choir that would match the voices he heard blended in his head. Those voices were a part of a musical ideal and vision that has entertained and absorbed the attention of audiences in Minnesota and around the world since that time.

The Dale Warland Singers and their founder celebrated that 30th anniversary milestone with a concert in April.

Now, barely one month later, Warland says he plans to do one more season. Then the Dale Warland Singers will disband. Warland talked about his decision with Minnesota Public Radio classical music host Tom Crann.

(To listen to the interview, click on the audio link in the right column.)

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