Peter J. Durow, Artistic Director

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Peter J. Durow is a conductor and composer working in the field of music education. He is currently employed by ISD 279 Osseo Area Schools and in 2016, began his tenure as the Artistic Director of From Age to Age, a chamber choir of young professionals based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Peter lives with his wife Jodi, and their two children in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Dr. Durow received training in music education and choral conducting at Bethany Lutheran College (A.A.), Augsburg College (B.M.), Butler University (M.M.) and Florida State University (Ph.D.). He has taught at the secondary and University levels and has worked as a church musician in Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, Florida, New York and Missouri.  Dr. Durow has served on the music faculties of St. Cloud State University (2016-17), Southeast Missouri State University (2011-15), Stetson University (2009-11) and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music (2008-09).

An active composer and arranger of choral music, Peter’s music has been described as containing richly diverse musical textures (Heritage Music Press); intelligibility with substance, and accessibility without any feeling of compromise (MusicSpoke). Peter has won awards with the San Francisco Choral Artists and the Longfellow Chorus of Portland, Maine. His music has been commissioned for premiere performances in Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 2017 National ACDA Conference and the 2018 ACDA-MN State 4-5-6 Girls’ Honor Choir.

Peter’s compositions and arrangements are published in the Henry Leck Choral Series and Rodney Eichenberger Choral Series with Colla Voce Music, LLC; the Peter J. Durow Choral Series with Heritage Music Press and MusicSpoke. Additional titles will soon be available with VocalEssence Music Press in the Graphite Marketplace and Sacred Music Press.


Singers

Soprano:
Olga Frayman
Chloé Knutson

Alto:

Tenor:
Garrett Pierce Passer
Zaq Swank

Bass:


Olga Frayman, Soprano

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Olga Frayman has been singing all her life.  At the age of nine, she was accepted into the prestigious youth chorale of the Kiev Opera House where she was fortunate to participate in many productions. Since moving to the US, Olga has been performing with Minnesota Choral Theater, a St. Cloud State-based choir. In addition to participating in a number of musical theater productions in the Twin Cities, Olga has a band with her husband and performs around the country. This is Olga's second season with From Age to Age, and she is excited to share the music with her friends and followers. 


Garrett Pierce Passer, Tenor

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Having graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth holding a Bachelor of Arts (voice emphasis) paired with a minor in Theatre, Garrett often jokes to whomever asks, “Oh, me? I attended college with the focus of having to work two jobs after graduating.” This perspective came to fruition amid the 6+ years spent as an undergrad after abandoning his original plan to pursue a restricting Vocal Performance degree. Instead, Garrett willfully welcomed a legitimate dedication to becoming as well-rounded as possible in an array of performance avenues, including: large & chamber choral ensembles, opera studio, solo voice, vocal jazz ensemble, musical theatre, costume construction/design, hair/makeup design, and dance. To be cheeky, Garrett likes to categorize this particular career path under the self-proclaimed “Auxiliary Performance” degree. Having relocated to Minneapolis in April of last year, Garrett feels right at home contributing his voice in the tenor section of From Age to Age.


Zaq Swank, Tenor

Zaq Swank has been singing in From Age to Age since 2008. Having grown up in Saint Cloud, he resides in Bemidji, as he is currently finishing his vocal music education degree at BSU. Zaq is an award winning choral composer and songwriter. In addition to singing in the Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers, he has served as Tenor Section Leader, as well as student director of both Chamber Singers and the men’s choir.

Zaq follows several sports teams obsessively. He loves to travel, especially without a GPS. He’s always looking for new places to find the best vegan food, and loves animals, particularly cats. Zaq considers himself NOT a music nerd, but a music enthusiast.

Zaq has valued his tenure with From Age to Age, and hopes to sing and influence the identity of the group for a long time to come. “From Age to Age has given me a wonderful opportunity to perform challenging, high level music. One of the things we strive for that is most important to me is that we introduce our audience to music they may not have heard before, because there is a lot of great music that deserves to be performed, and it gives us a chance to distinguish ourselves as an ensemble. I love the thrill of being on stage, and feel very lucky to be surrounded with the talented musicians in From Age to Age. I sing every concert like it’s my last.”