Richard Sparks is the principal conductor of “The Benedict Sixteen,” the Benedict XVI Institute’s sixteen-voice professional choir.
Richard Sparks distinguished career includes:
Richard’s latest book, The Conductor’s Toolbox: Transforming Yourself as Musician and Conductor, can be found at GIA Music.
Sparks is one of the few Americans invited to work with the famed Swedish Radio Choir in 2002, 2007, and 2008, including preparing the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem for a performance with Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic,which is on DVD with BIS Records. He has also guest conducted the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, and the Anchorage Music Festival among many others.
Archbishop Cordileone and the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship are honored that Richard Sparks brings his distinguished talents to the B16 mission of offering great and elevating works of sacred music, both old and new, in the context in which they were made to be heard: as prayer, not performance.
Rebekah Wu is a soprano, known in the music community to be an instigator of innovative sacred music projects. From Choralis in 2007 with Richard Sparks as Artistic Director, to Chalice Consort in 2008 to 2015, that drew Directors from all over the world including Davitt Maroney, Ragnar Bohlin, and Jeremy Summerly. She also produced the first ever Early Music Mining Conference in 2010 where Chalice world- premiered newly resurrected Renaissance sacred choral music, that were transcribed into modern notation by global scholars, that had never been published or publicly performed before. There, the world for the first time, heard stunning sacred choral music composed by Simone Molinaro. Dr. Peter Poulos, who discovered Molinaro’s choral music, won the competition that year. Rebekah has a special love for singing Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and compositions by St. Hildegarde von Bingen. She is currently the Music Director and Soprano at the Benedict XVI Schola (a.k.a The Archbishop’s Choir).