Dale Warland Singers [DWS]
- Mary K. Geston
American choir. This 40-member, mixed-voice professional choir was founded by Dale Eugene Warland in 1972 and was based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The ensemble performed its final concert in 2004 and was dissolved in 2005. DWS was renowned for its definitive performances of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American choral music. Among the choir’s 29 recordings is Grammy-nominated Walden Pond (2003). From its inception DWS commissioned new music from established composers, and in 1987 initiated a reading and commissioning program for emerging American composers. These efforts ultimately resulted in 270 new works by composers such as Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen, Kirke Mechem, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Eric Whitacre. DWS collaborated on projects with Eric Ericson, Robert Shaw, Norman Luboff, George Shearing, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Chanticleer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Minnesota Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.
DWS toured nationally and internationally, and appeared at the World Symposium on Choral Music (...