Dorothy Leah Gould Gerber

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Ms. Dorothy Leah Gould Gerber (deceased) 
July 1940 Boston, MA to May 16, 2019 Reston, VA. 

Ms. Dorothy Gerber's Influence on This Album

This album is indebted to Ms. Gerber-Salins for convincing her mother, Ms. Dorothy Leah Gould Gerber, to come to the Bias Recording Studio and record the magnificent high descant on the Alleluia refrains of the last verse of the hymn, "Christ The Lord Is Risen Today." They used the descant arrangement from The Hymnal of 1982 of the Episcopal Church, which included 32 descants. She did that together with her daughter and Producer of Phase I, Ms. Heidi Gerber-Salins

FYI - Her daughter, Ms. Gerber-Salins, was especially pleased she got this only recording her mother ever made with them together in the recording studio. (There are of course the many choral recordings Ms. Dorothy Gould Gerber was part of with the Washington Choral Arts Society, but not as a duet recording with her daughter.)

NOTE. It was the success of adding this Descant to the Alleluia refrains on the last verse of this hymn that demonstrated to David the incredible musical value descants can add to some hymns. That led to TortoiseClimbingAudio in Phase II adding, both:

Although Ms. Dorothy Gerber only sings on the refrains of one verse of one hymn, her influence from that experience on the rest of what the Hymns and Songs of My Mother album became, is a tribute to the large influence of that contribution by Dorothy and and her daughter Heidi Gerber-Salins on the future of the album.

Several webpages under Phase II, "Arrangers" expand on the topic of descants added to several additional hymns as part of Phase II:

Bio - Ms. Dorothy Leah Gould Gerber

Bachelor of Music from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ms. Dorothy Gould Gerber was a longtime member of the Washington Choral Arts Society, which requires an annual audition to be allowed to be a member for the coming year. (Most such auditions require the singer to also be able to read music.) The chorus began in 1963 for a Messiah concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, and formally incorporated in 1966. The chorus was led by Norman Scribner until his retirement as conductor in 2012. That chorus was considered one of the region’s preeminent symphonic choirs. 

During Mr. Scribner’s tenure as conductor, the Choral Arts Society:


The chorus collaborated with conductors such as:

As such, Ms. Dorothy Gerber had the opportunity to sing and record with numerous world-renowned conductors in many countries.

She was the leader of the Washington, DC madrigal singers’ group, The Morley Muse for over a decade. 

Presumably that group was named after Thomas Morley (1557 – 1602) who lived during the time of Shakespeare.  He was an English composer, theorist, singer and organist of the Renaissance.  He was one of the foremost members of the English Madrigal School.

She was an advocate of musical literacy and taught at the Herndon, Virginia Montessori Country School for a quarter century.

She is survived by her husband, Hermann, and daughters:


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