Encouraged by friends to continue the Sheldon Singers after their debut concert in 2005, Mr. Sheldon has now formed a New York City based chorus which debuted with a Christmas Concert on December 11, 2008 in Immanuel Lutheran Church at 88th and Lexington Ave.
Changing the name from the Sheldon Singers to the Baldwin Festival Chorus of New York, allowed him to honor his teacher and mentor John L. Baldwin, one of the 20th century's great American organists and choral masters, who taught at Hamilton College for nearly 20 years and conducted the University Glee Club of New York for 39 years. Baldwin was beloved by many, inspiring thousands of singers and non-singers alike with his music making, and was a life-long friend to Mr. Sheldon.
Already peopled with 44 singers enrolled for the first concert, the Baldwin Festival Chorus program included works by 16 different composers and was a unique celebration of Christmas, combining Bach and Handel and Berlioz with John Rutter, Charles Gounod, and Don Fraser and centered around an a cappella section with selected "Ave Maria" by Victoria, Parsons, Biebl, Donizetti, and Rachmaninoff and interspersed with favorite 20th century a cappela anthems by Benjamin Britten, Healy Willan and Elizabeth Poston.
The next concert is December 5, 2009 in Immanuel Lutheran Church with a program featuring musical settings of "O magnum mysterium" by Gabrielli, Jacob Handl, Tomas de la Victoria and Morten Lauridsen interspersed with works of Ducis, Cornelius, Handl and M.F. Christiansen. Other composers include Bach, Mendelssohn, Boito, Honegger, Elgar, Rutter and a collection of popular holiday favorites.