Boulder Chorale Artistic Director
Dr. Vicki Burrichter became Artistic Director of the Boulder Chorale in July of 2015. Under her leadership, the Chorale has continued to showcase its 53-year history of musical excellence in performing classical music while expanding the repertoire into diverse styles. Highlights include: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Concerts (which the chorus will take to the Netherlands with two Grammy-winning brass players and members of the Montview Presbyterian Church in the summer of 2019), Carnival Brazil with The Boulder Samba School and Ginga, the Tangos of Argentina with the Austin Piazzolla Quintet, Between Heaven and Earth – Hindustani classical music with JamKeyJam, Misa Tariro with Kutandara Marimba, To Hope! A Celebration by Dave Brubeck, Mozart’s Requiem with The Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the Brahms’ Shicksalslied with The Boulder Philharmonic.
Highlights of her previous work include directing Voices of Light, an oratorio set to the 1927 Carl Dryer film, The Passion of Joan of Arc; a tour with students to Cuba to perform with the National Choir of Cuba; conducting the Colorado Symphony and 200 singers in the secular oratorio Sing for the Cure; twice collaborating with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble to perform jazz legend Mary Lou Williams’ Mary Lou’s Mass at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; founding the SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir, which mentors foster/adopted children in choral music and life skills and has been nationally-recognized for its inter-generational approach and youth mentoring; winning a Gold Medal at the New York Choral Festival with her chamber choir of ten years, Canto Spiritus; and recording with t
hat ensemble the CD Brazil! The Choral Music of Marcos Leite. For 25 years, she taught voice and performance privately, and was described by teacher and author David Craig (On Performing; On Singing Onstage) as “One of the most brilliant performers I have ever taught.”
Dr. Burrichter is founder and director of several musical non-profits and a successful production company, VIART Productions, LLC. She speaks on the business of artistic social entrepreneurship to organizations across the country, and in 2014, was asked to give the commencement address to the Graduate School at her alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado. She is a lifelong educator, and has taught all levels from elementary school through college. She holds a Doctorate in Choral Literature and Conducting, a Masters in Music, a Bachelors in Theater, and did post-undergraduate studies in jazz, African music, and twentieth-century music. Her doctoral dissertation was on the choral music of Dr. Gwyneth Walker. Her mentors and teachers include conductors Marin Alsop, Vance George, Pierre Boulez, and Robert Shaw.