A unique faith experience during troubled times
Cornerstone presents a powerful message of reconciliation, healing, and social justice through narration and a wide variety of traditional music. Woven together with newly composed musical interludes, it focuses on our faith and God’s call to follow Christ and serve those in need. The ensemble of 20 singers, 8 instrumentalists, and narrator have presented 463 concerts in the U.S and Canada.
The 2018 production focuses on 3-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet Archibald MacLeish’s famous work describing the 1969 Apollo moon landing: “To see the earth as it truly is, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together; brothers (and sisters) in the eternal cold.” The program will center on Christ’s acceptance, love, compassion and grace for all people.
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Bruce is the founder and conductor of The Cornerstone Chorale & Brass, a nationally recruited, paid professional touring ensemble, performing fine choral music augmented with narration. Cornerstone has presented 463 performances in the United States and Canada, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall in New York.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) where he studied under Paul J. Christiansen; a master’s degree from Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) where he worked with composers H. Owen Reed and Jere Hutcheson; and a doctorate in music from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana, where he studied with Harold Decker. His published pieces are performed nationwide.
Vantine also is the conductor and artistic director of the Bel Canto Chorus of St. Louis, and director of the adult choir at The Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Florissant, Missouri.
He served on the faculty of The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Department of Music from 1980 – 1993.
Currently resides in: St. Louis, MO