We welcome Dale Voelker back to Atonement! Dale served as Atonement’s organist many years ago and has returned to fill the position left open by the death of Tom Leich, who served as not only our organist and choir directory, but also as Atonement’s business manager. He is still sorely missed but we are very glad that Dr. Voelker has agreed to come back home!
Dr. Voelker has been Director of Choral Activities at the Universities of Vermont, Middle Tennessee, Central Florida, George Washington University, Judson University, as well as at SIAS International University in China. He has led many choral workshops in the United States as well as internationally, and has participated in several European choral festivals. During his 16-year tenure at Judson University, he conducted more than 300 University choir concerts during 25 American and international tours. Dr. Voelker has also been an active participant in the American Choral Directors Association.
Early in his career, Dr. Voelker was mentored by choral legends Wilhelm Ehmann and Frauke Haasemann at the Westfalian Hochschule für Musik in Herford, Germany. During his graduate studies he studied with Karel Paukert at Northwestern University, where he received the D.Mus. in 1977.
Dr. Voelker co-founded The Washington Kantorei, a chamber choir based in Washington, DC which is dedicated to performing world premieres of Baroque and 20th century music from manuscripts in the German Kantorei tradition. His work with period orchestra and chorus with late Telemann Cantatas and 20th century Scandinavian and German composers received much critical acclaim through more than 16 years of performance. The Washington Kantorei released four CDs of world premieres.
As an organist, Dr. Voelker has played concerts in more than ten States and five European countries. With Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the German Academic Exchange Service, he has produced new editions of Michael Praetorius, Johann Schelle, Daniel Speer, Georg P. Telemann, Michael Haydn, and Sergei Taneyev.