Arlene Sagan direct BCCO from Fall 1988 to Spring 2011. She was a passionate educator, promoting BCCO as a “one-room schoolhouse,” in which experienced singers would help those just learning. Under her direction, the chorus grew to as many as 200 singers and performed such works as Bach’s Mass in B minor, Poulenc’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Brahms’s German Requiem.
When BCCO performed Carmina Burana- It was the kind of magical event that can happen in a live performance and it’s the kind of magic that happens in our wonderful chorus.
My first semester and the origin of “Tenor Power!”- My first semester and the origin of "Tenor Power!"
Arlene Sagan on teaching Tritones- Benjamin Britten's War Requiem is not the first piece that has challenged us with tritones!
Is She That Conductor?- Is Arlene Sagan the same conductor who transported me that December of 1981?
Arlene the Piano Teacher- Arlene, who embodied a Mary Poppins personality but was dressed in sagging pants and an oversized, rumpled shirt, would draw my daughter away to the musical world of Beethoven and Mozart.
Arlene Sagan as Richard Nixon- Arlene stops the choir in the middle of a Bach fugue.
Aspire to the Stars: the Gifts of Arlene Sagan- Arlene always encouraged us to "aspire to the stars," the inspiration for this video's title.
Arlene’s House- Arlene Sagan is rightly praised for her true musical brilliance, knowledge, and insight. Yet I’ve admired how she shares her sheer delight in music and encourages people who are just now entering the world of sublime musical works which she inhabits full time.