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With a focus on religious Latin compositions from the 18th and early 19th centuries for combined chorus and orchestra, Martin Banner has edited more than 100 modern performing edited compositions. These works were created using handwritten records that were found in national libraries, monasteries, and music conservatories’ archives. Martin visited several of these locations during research excursions to Vienna, Salzburg, Melk, Munich, Bologna, Bergamo, Venice, Padova, and Lucca.
In venues like Carnegie Hall in New York City, Symphony Hall in Boston, the Harrowgate Festival in Great Britain, and the Abu Gosh Festival in Israel, Martin’s multiple choral editions have been extensively performed across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Under the direction of some of America’s most illustrious conductors, such as Andre J. Thomas, Anton Armstrong, Rodney Eichenberger, Simon Carrington, Kenneth Fulton, Lynne Gackle, and Weston Noble, Banner’s works have also performed on the programs of multiple All-State Choirs as well as ACDA and NAFME national and division honor choirs.
Upstate New York’s Crane School of Music awarded Martin Banner a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He then went on to Temple University, where he studied with Robert Page for his Master of Music in Choral Conducting. At the annual conferences of the Music Publishers Association, the New York State School Music Association, and the ACDA, he has served as a clinician by delivering a number of workshops, leading choral reading sessions, and taking part in panel discussions. Martin Banner is a member of botrh MENC and ACDA.