March 9, 2014 – Capital Orchestra Festival in Washington, D.C.

Music Celebrations International Presents:

Capital Orchestra Festival-banner

March 9, 2014
1:00 pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Hall
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566

Featuring three outstanding youth orchestras from throughout the United States performing works in succession by Brahms, Bloch, Bernstein, Holst, Mendelssohn, Hanson, Williams, Bartók, and Gould!

Featured Performers:

Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra
Vero Beach, Florida
Matthew Stott, Conductor

Traverse City Central High School Orchestra
Traverse City, Michigan
Ellen Boyer, Conductor

Mesquite High Symphonic Strings
Gilbert, Arizona
Amber Dudley, Conductor

Featured works include:

Morton Gould | American Salute
Samuel Barber | Adagio for Strings
John Williams | Theme from the J.F.K. Suite
Howard Hanson | Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” Adagio / Allegro Molto
Felix Mendelssohn | Sinfonia No. 5
Béla Bartók | Rumanian Dances
Ernset Bloch | Concerto Grosso No. 1
Felix Mendelssohn | Sinfonia No. 7
Sir Edward Elgar | Sospiri
James Horner | Music from Apollo 13

Free Concert
Tickets Required – Order Tickets
800-395-2036

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About the Artists…

VERO BEACH HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA

Vero Beach High School is located in Indian River County, on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The principal of Vero Beach High School is Mr. Shawn O’Keefe, and the superintendent of the School District of Indian River County is Dr. Fran Adams.

The Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra is composed of auditioned students in grades nine through twelve. The philharmonic orchestra presents more than a dozen performances each school year in Vero Beach and surrounding communities. In addition, all members of the philharmonic orchestra perform in the Vero Beach High School Symphony Orchestra, which combines with outstanding wind, brass and percussion players from the Vero Beach High School Band program. In 2011, the symphony orchestra received first place, full orchestra, at the National Orchestra Festival, in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Vero Beach High School orchestra program also consists of the concert orchestra, freshmen orchestra, and the sinfonia. VBHS orchestras have been consistently rated ‘superior’ by the Florida Orchestra Association at both the district and state level. Students in the orchestras also perform in chamber ensembles and as soloists, presenting hundreds of separate performances each year.

The performing arts department at Vero Beach High School also consists of the band program, directed by James Sammons and Page Howell, the chorus program, directed by Gregory Harris, and the drama department, directed by Dee Rose.

Under the leadership of Commander Tom Fritz, orchestra was added to the curriculum of Indian River County Public Schools in 1999, with a single class at Oslo Middle School. An orchestra class was added to the curriculum at Vero Beach High School in 2001. There are now over four hundred students at four secondary schools.

Matt Stott is an orchestra director for the School District of Indian River County, where he teaches at Vero Beach High School and Gifford Middle School. Matt previously taught at Oslo Middle School, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2007. He also instructed several elementary violin classes. Dozens of young musicians from these programs have been named to the All-State orchestra, and many continue their orchestral studies at the collegiate and conservatory level.

A native of Yorkville, Illinois, Matt learned the violin from Patti Austin and Susan Starrett. He then attended Baylor University, where he earned his Bachelors of Music Education. He studied violin with Dr. Bruce Berg and conducting with Stephen Heyde and Michael Haithcock. In 2010, Matt was named Alumni Music Educator of the Year. As a violinist at Baylor, he performed in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Baylor Chamber Orchestra, and the Waco Symphony Orchestra. While at Baylor, he also taught violin lessons through the Central Texas String Academy. In 2011, Matt received the Laurel Award for Cultural Leadership by the Cultural Council of Indian River County. In the summer of 2012, Matt was a fellow at the Juilliard School where he studied conducting. Matt is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, the Florida Orchestra Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association.

An avid athlete, Matt also spent eight years as an assistant basketball coach for Vero Beach High School. Matt and his wife, Katie, are proud parents of a four-year old daughter, Hannah, and a one-year old son, Luke.

TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA

Located at the southern end of West Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is the hub of a variety of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. The Traverse City area is known for its spectacular natural beauty, the deep waters of Lake Michigan, and the rolling, wooded terrain interrupted by acres of orchards. Central High School is located at the base of the Old Mission Peninsula and has approximately 1200 students in grades 9-12. The school offers orchestra, band, and choir; each ensemble meets daily during the school day. The full orchestra you see today is a combination of five different classes. The groups meets on Monday nights throughout the year to make this group a possibility.

The Traverse City Central Orchestra regularly participates in the MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) Festivals where they consistently receive superior ratings. They have done children’s programs in the community, performed at a memorial service for JFK, commissioned new compositions, accompanied silent movies and played at area churches and nursing homes.

Ellen Boyer grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and recieved her Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Michigan University. Her master’s degree is in Violin Performance from Southern Illinois University, where she studied with John Kendall; an educator whose influence continues today. Mrs. Boyer has taught at the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts and in the Preparatory Division of the University of Southern California. Mrs. Boyer currently teaches at Traverse City Central High School and East Middle School, both located in Traverse City, Michigan. Her groups have played at numerous Michigan Music Conferences, at the 2010 ASTA Conference in San Francisco, and participated in trips to Europe and the Czech Republic. Currently she serves on an educator panel for the Yamaha Corporation. She and her husband Joe have 2 wonderful daughters, a great son-in-law, one soon to be son-in-law, and new to the scene, a grand daughter that is the delight of their lives.

MESQUITE SYMPHONIC STRINGS

The Mesquite Symphonic Strings from Gilbert, Arizona are one of four string orchestras in the Mesquite High School Orchestra program, which also consists of a harp ensemble and full symphony orchestra. The Symphonic Strings have participated in festivals receiving superior ratings since their inception in 1998, and many students in the group are members of the AMEA all-region and all-state orchestras. They have been selected twice to perform as honored guests at the Arizona Music Educators Association State Convention both in 2009 and 2012, and have been under the direction of Amber Dudley since 1999. Students in this group have performed in state and national festivals and competitions which include performances in California, Florida, Boston MA, New York City in Carnegie Hall, and are elated to now perform in the Capital Music Festival in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center.

Amber Dudley has been the Director of Orchestras at Mesquite High School since 1999. Groups under her direction include four string orchestras, a harp ensemble, and a full symphony orchestra. Mrs. Dudley holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, and a Master of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Mrs. Dudley has also completed the Suzuki training program on both viola and violin. She has performed in the Flagstaff, Chandler, and Mesa Symphony Orchestras, and currently performs on viola with the Ash String Quartet.

Mrs. Dudley enjoys serving as a guest conductor and clinician for various youth and honor orchestras in Arizona. In addition to classroom teaching, she has been a faculty member of the NAU Summer Music Camp, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Music Academy, and the Scottsdale Summer Music Camp, serving as both a teacher and conductor. She has taught Suzuki group classes through the Valley of the Sun Suzuki Association, and serves on the advisory board for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. She has been a faculty member with the University of Phoenix since 2009, and enjoys teaching in their college of Education and college of Humanities to bring awareness on the importance of arts education. She is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, American Music Educator’s Association, Suzuki Association of America, and the National Education Association. Mrs. Dudley resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and three daughters.

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December 14, 2013 – Hunter Central Region Wind Ensemble and Boricua College Choir Perform in New York City

Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble
New South Wales, Australia
Boricua College Choir
New York, NY
Scott Ryan and Michael Jobson, and Stephen Williams, directors

Present

Music from Around the World!
Including music of the Holiday Season

Saturday, December 14, 2013
3:00 PM
Church of the Intercession
550 W. 155th St.
New York, NY 10032
(map)

Free Community Concert

For more information:
(800) 395-2036
concerts@musiccelebrations.com

Download Concert Poster

Program to be chosen from the following:

Greenhills Fantasy | Thomas Doss

Shepherd’s Hey * | Percy Grainger Arr. Schissel

Australian Sea Ballad | Robert Sheldon

Kosciuszko* | Brendan Collins

The Man from Snowy River* | Bruce Rowland Arr. Barry Bignell

Variations on a Korean Folk Song | John Barnes Chance

Gershwin! | Arr. Warren Barker

March of the Belgian Paratroopers | Pierre Leeman Arr. James Swearingen

Llwyn Onn* | Brian Hogg

Abram’s Pursuit | David R. Holsinger

African Symphony | Van McCoy Arr. Naohiro Iwai

*indicates Australian Composition

About the artists…

This Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble was formed as an initiative of the NSW Department Education & Training Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2005 and is administered by the Regional Arts Council. The band has a total of 80 members who will be traveling to the United States to perform in California, New York and Chicago . Membership is open to all public school students from years 5 – 12 representative of schools from the Hunter/Central Coast region of NSW in Australia. The ensemble has had successes at regional, state, national and international levels. This includes performances at the Sydney Opera House, Australian National Band Championships, National Eisteddfod at the national capital – Canberra, NSW Vice Regal performances for the Governor of NSW and the Pacific Basin International Music Festival in Hawaii.

Scott Ryan has established an impressive list of accomplishments as a musician, conductor and music educator. He has won many awards as a conductor at state, national and international levels, including the New South Wales Band Association‘s Young Musician of the year. He was presented with a NSW Department of Education and Training Award of Excellence for the development of school instrumental music in the Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2006. Last year Scott was selected as a participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development program. As the founding Director/Conductor of the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble Scott has led the ensemble to success at festivals nationally and internationally, including a number of National Eisteddfod Championships, National Band Association Championships, a command performance in the Hawaii State Theatre, a command performance in the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, a performance in Paris on Bastille Day and performances with the University of Nagoya and City of Ube Wind Ensemble in Japan.
Currently Scott is employed by The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and Communities as Instrumental Music Assistant, a position he has held since 2007. He is a regular conductor at the NSW State Music Camps, a member of the music team for the Schools Spectacular and is currently conductor of the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra – National Champions in 2012 and 2013. Scott accompanied the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble to the USA in December 2007, performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago. During these two weeks Scott worked with renowned conductors including Professor Larry Curtis, Dr Glenn Price, Professor Jerry Junkin and Colonel Michael Coleburn (Director the USA Presidents Own Marine Band) Scott has held the position of Director of Bands and Orchestras at North Sydney Boys High School since October 2009 and has toured with the schools premier wind band to Hawaii in March 2011 to participate in Pacific Basin Music Festival.
The band was successful in achieving a silver award along with critical acclaim from the adjudicators. In 2012 the Symphonic Winds were awarded first place at the NSW Schools Band Festival. In 2012 Scott was awarded the prestigious Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association – most outstanding conductor award at the NSW Schools Band Festival. Scott has toured, performed, recorded and conducted ensembles throughout the USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Europe, New Zealand and Great Britain. In addition to conducting and providing workshops to various ensembles, Scott continues a successful performance career with the Australian Army Band, as well as freelance performances with various theatre orchestras and corporate bands. Scott has adjudicated the Newcastle Band Festival, Yamaha Music Festival, and NSW Bands Association State Solos in recent years.

Michael Jobson was awarded his Bachelor of Music with honors studying tuba under Steve Rosse. Since completing his studies, Michael has become a well-known conductor in the Newcastle region, conducting many school ensembles both at a primary and secondary level. He has been a conductor and tutor at many State Music Camps, as well as camps all over the state of New South Wales including the North West Band camp, Riverina Music Camp and the North Coast Music Camp.
Michael is currently Conductor and Band Director of ensembles at four Newcastle schools, as well as the Combined Schools Concert Band, The University of Newcastle Junior Concert Band, and the Hunter Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble. His time with the Hunter Central Coast Wind Ensemble has seen him conduct many performances as well as concerts on their 2008 European tour, and their tour to Japan in 2010. He is currently completing a Masters of Teaching. Michael is looking forward to experiencing the high level performances and workshops American wind band programs offer, as well as the atmosphere and excitement of The Midwest Conference.

Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the Orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest Symphonic Bands and Jazz Ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences in the U.S.A, Japan, Europe, the U.K, Singapore and China.
In 1989 Stephen was awarded a conducting scholarship by Symphony Australia and for three years studied orchestral conducting under Werner Andreas Albert, during which time he conducted concerts and made recordings with many of the Symphony Australia Orchestras. In 1994 he was awarded the Harry Begian Conducting Scholarship, which enabled him to study advanced Symphonic Band conducting at the University of Illinois under Professor James Keene. In 1995 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Research from the University of Queensland. Stephen is currently Chief Conductor Instrumental for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the N.S.W Department of Education & Communities, taking up this position at the beginning of 1999. He is the musical director for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show and has been since 1991. He also is the founding Musical Director of the Northern Beaches Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to this Stephen had a full time position as conducting coordinator for the School of Instrumental Music in Perth. He was also a member of staff at the W.A Conservatorium of Music, Edith Cowan University, lecturing and conducting in the Classical, Jazz and Education departments. Between 1992 and 1995, Stephen was a full time member of staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, occupying the position of Director of the Wind Symphony as well as lecturing in Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz studies. Over the last ten years he has been a conductor in concerts and on many tours with Orchestra Victoria (one of two professional orchestras in Melbourne). He is the chief conductor for their innovative education program ‘On the mOVe’, a program which allows students in country regions to be tutored and mentored by Orchestra Victoria players in two-day workshops. For several years he was also engaged by Symphony Services International to present and conduct concerts for schools with the Sydney Sinfonia. Stephen also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to lecture, conduct clinics and adjudicate both in Australia and overseas.

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December 11, 2013 – Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble Performs in California

Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble
New South Wales, Australia
Scott Ryan and Michael Jobson, and Stephen Williams, directors

Present

Music Across Borders!
Featuring music of Australia, Africa, America, and more!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Liberty Theater
Paradise Village
2700 E. 4th St.
National City, CA 91950
(map)

Free Community Concert

For more information:
(800) 395-2036
concerts@musiccelebrations.com

Download Concert Poster

Program to be chosen from the following:

Greenhills Fantasy | Thomas Doss

Shepherd’s Hey * | Percy Grainger Arr. Schissel

Australian Sea Ballad | Robert Sheldon

Kosciuszko* | Brendan Collins

The Man from Snowy River* | Bruce Rowland Arr. Barry Bignell

Variations on a Korean Folk Song | John Barnes Chance

Gershwin! | Arr. Warren Barker

March of the Belgian Paratroopers | Pierre Leeman Arr. James Swearingen

Llwyn Onn* | Brian Hogg

Abram’s Pursuit | David R. Holsinger

African Symphony | Van McCoy Arr. Naohiro Iwai

*indicates Australian Composition

About the artists…

This Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble was formed as an initiative of the NSW Department Education & Training Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2005 and is administered by the Regional Arts Council. The band has a total of 80 members who will be traveling to the United States to perform in California, New York and Chicago . Membership is open to all public school students from years 5 – 12 representative of schools from the Hunter/Central Coast region of NSW in Australia. The ensemble has had successes at regional, state, national and international levels. This includes performances at the Sydney Opera House, Australian National Band Championships, National Eisteddfod at the national capital – Canberra, NSW Vice Regal performances for the Governor of NSW and the Pacific Basin International Music Festival in Hawaii.

Scott Ryan has established an impressive list of accomplishments as a musician, conductor and music educator. He has won many awards as a conductor at state, national and international levels, including the New South Wales Band Association‘s Young Musician of the year. He was presented with a NSW Department of Education and Training Award of Excellence for the development of school instrumental music in the Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2006. Last year Scott was selected as a participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development program. As the founding Director/Conductor of the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble Scott has led the ensemble to success at festivals nationally and internationally, including a number of National Eisteddfod Championships, National Band Association Championships, a command performance in the Hawaii State Theatre, a command performance in the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, a performance in Paris on Bastille Day and performances with the University of Nagoya and City of Ube Wind Ensemble in Japan.
Currently Scott is employed by The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and Communities as Instrumental Music Assistant, a position he has held since 2007. He is a regular conductor at the NSW State Music Camps, a member of the music team for the Schools Spectacular and is currently conductor of the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra – National Champions in 2012 and 2013. Scott accompanied the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble to the USA in December 2007, performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago. During these two weeks Scott worked with renowned conductors including Professor Larry Curtis, Dr Glenn Price, Professor Jerry Junkin and Colonel Michael Coleburn (Director the USA Presidents Own Marine Band) Scott has held the position of Director of Bands and Orchestras at North Sydney Boys High School since October 2009 and has toured with the schools premier wind band to Hawaii in March 2011 to participate in Pacific Basin Music Festival.
The band was successful in achieving a silver award along with critical acclaim from the adjudicators. In 2012 the Symphonic Winds were awarded first place at the NSW Schools Band Festival. In 2012 Scott was awarded the prestigious Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association – most outstanding conductor award at the NSW Schools Band Festival. Scott has toured, performed, recorded and conducted ensembles throughout the USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Europe, New Zealand and Great Britain. In addition to conducting and providing workshops to various ensembles, Scott continues a successful performance career with the Australian Army Band, as well as freelance performances with various theatre orchestras and corporate bands. Scott has adjudicated the Newcastle Band Festival, Yamaha Music Festival, and NSW Bands Association State Solos in recent years.

Michael Jobson was awarded his Bachelor of Music with honors studying tuba under Steve Rosse. Since completing his studies, Michael has become a well-known conductor in the Newcastle region, conducting many school ensembles both at a primary and secondary level. He has been a conductor and tutor at many State Music Camps, as well as camps all over the state of New South Wales including the North West Band camp, Riverina Music Camp and the North Coast Music Camp.
Michael is currently Conductor and Band Director of ensembles at four Newcastle schools, as well as the Combined Schools Concert Band, The University of Newcastle Junior Concert Band, and the Hunter Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble. His time with the Hunter Central Coast Wind Ensemble has seen him conduct many performances as well as concerts on their 2008 European tour, and their tour to Japan in 2010. He is currently completing a Masters of Teaching. Michael is looking forward to experiencing the high level performances and workshops American wind band programs offer, as well as the atmosphere and excitement of The Midwest Conference.

Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the Orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest Symphonic Bands and Jazz Ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences in the U.S.A, Japan, Europe, the U.K, Singapore and China.
In 1989 Stephen was awarded a conducting scholarship by Symphony Australia and for three years studied orchestral conducting under Werner Andreas Albert, during which time he conducted concerts and made recordings with many of the Symphony Australia Orchestras. In 1994 he was awarded the Harry Begian Conducting Scholarship, which enabled him to study advanced Symphonic Band conducting at the University of Illinois under Professor James Keene. In 1995 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Research from the University of Queensland. Stephen is currently Chief Conductor Instrumental for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the N.S.W Department of Education & Communities, taking up this position at the beginning of 1999. He is the musical director for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show and has been since 1991. He also is the founding Musical Director of the Northern Beaches Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to this Stephen had a full time position as conducting coordinator for the School of Instrumental Music in Perth. He was also a member of staff at the W.A Conservatorium of Music, Edith Cowan University, lecturing and conducting in the Classical, Jazz and Education departments. Between 1992 and 1995, Stephen was a full time member of staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, occupying the position of Director of the Wind Symphony as well as lecturing in Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz studies. Over the last ten years he has been a conductor in concerts and on many tours with Orchestra Victoria (one of two professional orchestras in Melbourne). He is the chief conductor for their innovative education program ‘On the mOVe’, a program which allows students in country regions to be tutored and mentored by Orchestra Victoria players in two-day workshops. For several years he was also engaged by Symphony Services International to present and conduct concerts for schools with the Sydney Sinfonia. Stephen also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to lecture, conduct clinics and adjudicate both in Australia and overseas.

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August 25-September 4, 2013 – Oregon Arts Orchestra performs in Italy

Oregon Arts Orchestra
Portland, Oregon
Cindy H. Petty, Conductor

Performances:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
8:30pm
Chiesa Sant’ Andrea della Valle
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
00186 Rome, Italy

Thursday, August 29, 2013
9:00pm
Tettuccio Baths Pavilion
Viale Verdi 71
Montecatini

Sunday, September 1, 2013
9:00pm
Loggia dei Cavalieri in the Piazza dei Signorino
Via Martiri della Libertà
Treviso

Program
To Be Selected From:
Rossini | La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie):  Overture
Cimarosa | Concerto for 2 Flutes in G Major
Vivaldi | L’ estate, G minor, RV 315 (Summer)
Vivaldi | L’ inverno, RV 297, F minor (Winter)
Hanson | Symphony no. 2, op. 30 (Romantic)

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About the Artists…

The Oregon Arts Orchestra is comprised of the finest community professional musicians from the states
of Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana on the Northwestern Coast of the United States. Members have been specially selected by Conductor Cindy H. Petty as musical ambassadors to travel worldwide sharing their music and to represent many orchestras of the region including the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, The Portland Jewish Community Orchestra, Marylhurst Symphony, Willamette Falls Symphony, Oregon Sinfonietta, Oregon Coast Chamber Players, the Oregon Mozart Players and the Salem Chamber Orchestra, The Northwest Civic Orchestra of Montana, Chandler Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Wind Ensemble. The members are a diversified group of professionals who by day serve as physicians, teachers, architects, administrators, computer technicians and software engineers, accountants, attorneys, postal workers, business executives, stock brokers, bankers, mothers, fathers and students. In the afternoon and evenings they come together to share the passion of their hearts – music. This is a unique group of Americans brought together through the musical heritage of their ancestors with a desire to play fine works for themselves and for their communities. This is their second European concert tour having previously performed to sold out crowds in Dvorak Hall (Czech Republic), Haydnshall, and in various churches throughout Salzburg and Vienna. It is with honor that we perform as an orchestra throughout the United States and abroad representing the strength that music brings to all generations of time as we sit side by side as friends, youth, siblings, parents and grandparents of our communities performing great music and blending the generations of time, ethnicity, history and country honoring and keeping our heritage and connections alive through music.

Cindy H. Petty is a conductor and teacher recognized for her “outstanding precision, musical vision, warm motivation, engaging stage presence and a unique ability to connect with musicians and audiences of all ages”. As a professional conductor, violinist and dedicated music educator in the public and private school systems for over 20 years, Ms. Petty honed her skills through study with Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly and Maren Alsop after completing degrees in both education and conducting from the University of Utah. As a Conductor, Cindy currently serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Oregon Arts Orchestra (OR), Principal Guest Conductor and Concertmaster for the Sapporo Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Conductor Emeritus of the Jewish Community Orchestra (OR), and as a Conductor on the Chandler Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series (AZ). As a violinist, she currently performs with the Newport Symphony (OR) and Music Nova (AZ). In addition, Cindy produces concerts and festivals worldwide for Music Celebrations International (AZ) including festivals in Rome, Salzburg, Paris and Washington D.C. Ms. Petty is sought after as a clinician and adjudicator for State and National Music Festivals, All-State Orchestras and Youth Honor Orchestras nationwide. In 2007, she was knighted by the Royal Rosarians of Oregon, under the banner of the rose “Artistry” for her extensive contributions to the community through music.

Previously Ms. Petty has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Conservatory Orchestra; Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra; Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra; Pro Arte Conservatory Strings; Granite, Jordan and Lincoln Youth Symphonies; the Portland Ensign Choir and Orchestra and the Portland Adventist String Orchestra. She has been honored to be the guest conductor for the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, 15 All-States Orchestras, 20 Regional Honor Orchestras, and multiple other orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe with performances in Kitara (Japan), Dvorak Hall (Prague), Haydnshall (Austria), The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Walt Disney Concert Hall (CA), and Orchestra Hall in Chicago among others.

Ms. Petty firmly believes that music is essential to and complements every other area of our lives. It is cognitive, physical, expressive, goal oriented, aesthetic, exciting and rewarding. Music must be accessible to everyone to truly touch lives. Music is an aural sport, a lifelong skill which ensures the human element of life! It is work and recreation at the same time. It requires a high level of commitment and dedication to excellence. As stated by Ms. Petty, “Music is not just my profession…..it is my passion!”

August 5-13, 2013 – South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra performs in France and Germany

South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra
Laguna Niguel, California
Rocky Lee, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Yiqun Chen and Dan Robbins, Associate Conductors

Performances:
Thursday, August 8, 2013
4:00pm
Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris, France (map)

Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00pm
Providenzkirche
Karl-Ludwig-Straße
69117 Heidelberg, Germany (map)

Sunday, August 11, 2013
8:00pm
Erlöserkirche
Friedrichstraße 11
85435 Erding (map)

Program
To Be Selected From:
Morricone | Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission
Jenkins | Palladio
Hofeldt, Loney | Lullaby
Nyman | Prospero’s Books Suite
Bartok | Rumanian Folk Dances
Paganini |  Caprice #5
Bach | Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Fuga
Bach |  Partita No. 3 in E major, Preludio

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About the Artists…

Founded in 2001, the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra is recognized as a premier youth orchestra in Southern California. Founders Rocky and Sarah Lee envisioned an environment where the orchestra strives for musical excellence and the development of poise and confidence in each musician through the joy of music making. The SCYSO provides a distinguished orchestral experience designed to motivate and enhance musical talent and cultivate individual growth through the rehearsal and performance of renowned orchestral repertoire.

The SCYSO is well respected and supported by local music teachers and public school directors. The orchestra further distinguishes itself by being the only ensemble with four separate rehearsal locations enabling the SCYSO to attract and accommodate the most talented musicians in various Southland communities. The SCYSO rehearses weekly in Cerritos, Mission Viejo, Rosemead and Pomona. The orchestras combine monthly for workshops. The SCYSO has represented the United States on four international concert tours performing in Czech Republic & Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009 and England, Ireland & Wales in 2011. The orchestras were received with great applause performing in the magnificent cities of Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, Dublin, Cardiff & London.

The orchestra will perform its fifth concert tour, traveling to France & Germany in the summer of 2013.

Maestro Rocky Lee, is a graduate of Chapman University, where he studied conducting with Maestro John Koshak and violin performance with Mischa Lefkowitz. With nearly two decades of teaching experience, he has become one of the most respected music educators in Southern California. His revolutionary approach to music education has made classical music enjoyable and simple to grasp for young musicians.

As a conductor, he has received accolades in the United States and abroad. Under his leadership, his orchestras have represented the United States on four international concert tours. His work in conducting and education has earned him recognition from the European Cultural Initiative for the Young Generation, presented to him by Dr. Jutta Unkart-Seifert. Together with his staff of selected professional musicians, his orchestras create an environment where young musicians are challenged and encouraged to develop and refine their musical abilities. Maestro Lee challenges the musicians to achieve their highest potential from every stage of their musical development. These attributes can be recognized by the enthusiasm expressed by the orchestras he conducts.

Maestro Yiqun Chen, has been a music educator and performer for nearly a decade. He received a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching Music from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in instrumental music education. While attending USC, Mr. Chen received the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation Scholarship. Mr. Chen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance with a concentration in saxophone and jazz studies from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach and was a recipient of the Mary E. Israel Music Scholarship as well as the Jazz Studies Department Outstanding Student Award. His primary saxophone teachers were Chris Charbonneau, Leo Potts, Jay Mason, and James Barrera. He has also studied with Doug Masek and Rusty Higgins. With many years of private teaching experience, his private students have been members of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association’s Honor Bands as well as the California Band Directors Association’s All State Honor Band and the California Music Educators Association’s All State Honor Band. His students have also been successful in solo competitions such as the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Solo Competition and the Claremont Winds Concerto Competition. In 2006 he was a member of the Disneyland All American College Band and performed full time at the Disneyland Resort. Mr. Chen has participated in the 16th annual Hamamatsu Wind Instrument Academy, the 3rd annual Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium and the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 2 Conference. Mr. Chen is the director of instrumental music at GladstoneHigh School in Covina, California and the director of the Cerritos branch of the SCYSO. He is currently a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Maestro Dan Robbins, is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance in 1988 and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with honors in 1992. As a native of Southern California, he has taught and performed for many years. He has been honored at La PazIntermediateSchool where he is the music director, and was awarded the SVUSD Teacher of the year in 2000. In 2001, he was nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award and was recognized as teacher of the year by the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and Phi Delta Kappa (ΦΔΚ). In 2009, he received the Orange County Outstanding Arts Educator Award. He has toured with the SCYSO to Czech Republic and Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009, and England, Ireland & Wales in 2011. Mr. Robbins was chosen to conduct the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Ensemble for the 2009-2010 school year.

June 26- July 2, 2013 – Downingtown East High School Chamber Choir performs in Germany

Downingtown East High School Chamber Choir
Exton, Pennsylvania
Adam Speakman, director

Performances:
Friday, June 28, 2013
6:00pm
Dorfkirche Kaltenborn
Dorfstrasse Kaltenborn
14913 Niedergörsdorf
Kaltenborn (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
12:00pm
Thomaskirche
Thomaskirchhof 1
04109 Leipzig (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
5:00pm
Robert-Schumann-Gymnasium
Demmering-Str. 84
04177 Leipzig (map)

Program
To Be Selected From:
Scarlatti | Exultate Deo
Palestrina | Sicut Cervus
Victoria | O Magnum Mysterium
Viadana | Exultate Justi
Zimmer | Jisas Yu Holem Hand Blong Mi
Schutz | Selig Sind Die Toten
Morley | Though Philomela
Josquin | El Grillo
Morley | Sing We and Chant It
Vecchi | Fa Una Canzona
Daley | In Remembrance
Gawthrop | Sing Me to Heaven
Ringwald | Precious Lord
Simon | Let the River
Brahms | Waldesnacht
Stanford | The Bluebird
Estevez | Mata del Anima Sola
Orban | Daemon Irrepit Callidus
Aguiar | Salmo 150

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About the Artists…

These exceptional young artists from Downingtown, Pennsylvania have gained an international reputation for excellence, having toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, and China. In competitions, they generally garner first place, superior ratings, and special awards for student and staff leadership. The choral music program at DEHS has a long history of traditions and performances that enrich the lives of its members. The choirs have participated in master classes with the Barbershop Harmony Society, composer Eric Whitacre, and with several collegiate ensembles and professors. They have performed at the ROMAinCANTO Festival, Disney World, and with Festivals of Music in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. They have also appeared for numerous community functions.

Mr. Adam Speakman has been the Choral Director at Downingtown High School East Campus since 2006. In addition to conducting the numerous choral ensembles, he is also the Music Director for musical theater productions at DEHS. Mr. Speakman holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education and certification in Kodály Methodology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Principal Certification from Cabrini College, a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Susquehanna University and certification in Music Technology from the Technology Institute for Music Educators. Mr. Speakman’s students have actively participated in numerous Pennsylvania Music Educators Association events and his choirs have competed and performed in many national and international choral festivals. Mr. Speakman is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association, the American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Kodály Educators of Eastern Pennsylvania, the Technology Institute for Music Educators, the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.

June 22-28, 2013 – Central Islip High School Show and Concert Choirs perform in Hawaii

Central Islip High School Concert Choir
Central Islip High School Show Choir
Central Islip, New York
John Anthony, director
Jeanine Ecklund, choreographer

Performances:
Monday, June 24, 2013
1:00pm
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor
63 Cowpens Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818 (map)

Monday, June 24, 2013
5:00pm
Hale Koa Hotel
Fort DeRussy Armed Forces Recreation Center
2055 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825 (map)

Concert Choir Program
To be selected from:
Meader | The Star Spangled Banner
Baynon | When Rooks Fly Homeward
Fleming | Lord of the Dance
Traditional Hymn | Guide Me O Thou Great Jehova
Lutkin | The Lord Bless You and Keep You
Schütz | Cantate Domino
Meader | Love Psalm
Clausen | Peace I Leave With You
Spirtual | A City Called Heaven
Spiritual | O Po Little Jesus
Ellingboe | Paul and His Chickens
Nystedt | I Will Praise Thee O Lord
Mendelssohn | Frohlocket ihn Völker Auf Erden
Ticheli | Earth Song
Hogan | Elijah Rock
And More!

Show Choir Program
Huff | Opening Night-A New Generation of Broadway

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About the Artists…

The Central Islip High School Concert Choir, under the direction of John Anthony, is an organization for which its members are always proud. Since 2003, the Concert Choir has received many acclamations for its work. One of the main missions from the beginning has been to offer students a variety of quality musical experiences.

Since 2004 the choir has visited Orlando, Fla. for the All American Music Festival and The Disney Honors National Choral Invitational (2005, 2007). In 2006, the choir participated in the 250th anniversary celebration of Mozart’s birth in Austria and the Czech Republic (PRAVISA- an acronym for Prague, Vienna and Salzburg). In 2008, the Concert Choir participated in the American Celebration of Music in Italy (VEMIRO- an acronym for Venice, Milan and Rome). The choir has also participated in choral festivals at Queens College, Five Towns College, in addition to their involvement with the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festival, where the choir has received the highest “Gold with Distinction” rating six times in the last seven years. In April 2009, the choir achieved superior ratings and Best in Class (AAAA) trophies and the Disney Silver Award at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. In November of 2006, the choir was publicly honored before an audience of thousands at the world famous Carnegie Hall for raising more than $7,500 for a local cancer charity (Camp Adventure) at the Have-a-Heart and Make a Joyful Noise concerts at the high school. In 2010, the choirs donated $6,000 to a local cancer charity and $1,000 to the NYSUT fund for Haiti Relief. In 2012, the choir raised $8,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

In December 2009, the choir was selected to perform at the NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester, N.Y. This past December, the Concert Choir was invited to perform at the White House in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2011 Holiday Celebrations. This past April, the Concert and Show Choir competed at the Heritage Festival Competition in Williamsburg, Va.  and were awarded Gold-1st place trophies as well as plaques for superior ratings across the board. The judges also gave Central Islip the award for being their favorite music department represented at the festival!

From these wonderful and varied experiences, our students develop much more than a love for music. They improve not only their musical skills, but also their character. They learn the value of hard work, commitment, and loyalty. Students often credit Concert Choir as an important reason for receiving scholarship awards, for improved academic performance, or even for completing high school! Students have credited their involvement with music as one of their primary inspirations for teaching them how to reach their maximum potential. Our students are blessed to have music in their lives.

John Anthony, director
John Anthony is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education. He has been director of the Central Islip High School Concert Choir and Show Choir since 2001. Since then, he  has successfully led the choir in tours to Orlando, Fla., Williamsburg, Va., Washington, D.C., as well as two European tours including Austria, Czech Republic, and Italy. Mr. Anthony believes strongly that touring with the choir inspires positive life-long attitudes. As Mr. Anthony puts it, “It is about being your best, about expecting your best from others, about learning how to express love through music, and what a powerful force that can be in the world.” Mr. Anthony’s Central Islip Choirs have been featured on NBC News, CBS News, Newsday, News 12 Long Island, TV55, Choral Director Magazine, and MSNBC.

June 22-July 3, 2013 – Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir performs in Italy and Switzerland

Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir
Los Angeles, California
Peggy Richmond, director

Performances:
Tuesday, June 25 , 2013
4:00pm
Institute of Little Sisters of the Poor
Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 6
Rome

Thursday, June 27, 2013
7:00pm
Santa Maria de Ricci
Via Del Corso
Florence

Monday, July 1, 2013
5:00pm
Weggis Pavilion
Lakeside Weggis
Lucerne

Program
To Be Selected From:
Bach, arr. Hopson | All the Earth Sing Forth
Williams and Drennan | Come and See The Works of The Lord
Rutter | All Things Bright and Beautiful
Petker | Trumpets Resound!
Bach, arr. Roddy | Rejoice Ye Children of God
Chilcott | Be Simple Little Children
Bach arr. Gounod | Ave Maria
Cutright | Jubilate Deo
Arr. Willmington | Uyai mose/Come, All You People
Traditional | Dona Nobis Pacem
Richmond | Teach Us Lord

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About the Artists…

The ultimate goal for the county-wide Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir (LA4C) is to spread the gospel throughout the world. LA4C currently has approximately 75 members.  The choir is in its 19th season and is in demand throughout the Southern California area.  The choir has performed on various T.V. shows (Home and Family Show, KCET’s Storytime Show,  The Carol  Lawrence Show), recorded a CD for Walt Disney Productions,  appeared on various radio programs, and performed in venues such as The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center,  Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, The Republican Convention’s Prayer Breakfast, etc.   LA4C completed its first CD recording which is available at performances and on the choir’s web page (www.la4c.com).  LA4C also sang in Washington, DC, representing California in our nation’s “225th Anniversary of our Independence Concert.”  They have traveled extensively in Europe, including England, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and The Netherlands.  In the summer of 2013, the choir is headed back to Italy and will also be singing in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Ms. Peggy Richmond is a published music writer, having written the music for the Luis Palao Crusades’ Children’s Program, as well as music for LA4C and the children’s choirs at her church, Glendale Presbyterian Church, where she is currently on staff.

In addition to Ms. Richmond’s responsibilities as Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, she also teaches piano and voice, is Director of Children’s Music and Worship at Glendale Presbyterian Church, and teaches music at local elementary schools in Glendale.

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June 28-July 2, 2013 – North Kingstown Community Chorus performs at Gettysburg and in Washington, D.C.

North Kingstown Community Chorus
Roberta Belanger, director
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Saturday, June 29, 2013
7:00pm
Vinson Hall
6251 Old Dominion Dr.
McLean, VA ‎22101 (map)

Sunday, June 30, 2013
4:00pm
Old Presbyterian Meetinghouse “Concerts with a Cause”
323 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
11:30am
American Civil War Museum
297 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
To be chosen from the following:
Arr. Shaw | Take Five
Arr. Hayes | What a Wonderful World
Arr. Waggoner | Every Night When the Sun Goes In
Lewis | Exsultate, Jubilate
Arr. Drennan | Since I Laid My Burdens Down
Arr. Artman | A Whale of a Tale
Arr. Stephens | Ashokan Farewell
Arr. Shaw | Route 66
Berlin | Irving Berlin’s America
M and A Souders | Thank You, Soldiers
Eilers and Lowden | Armed Forces Salute
Arr. Billingsley | Dancing Queen
Arr. Michael Geiger | Beethoven’s Wig

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About the Artists…

The North Kingstown Community Chorus, with Roberta Belanger as director, held its first formal concert in 1985 with 24 singers.  The group now numbers about 100 dedicated and enthusiastic singers of all ages. Roberta started the Youth Chorus in 1991 because not every elementary school in North Kingstown offered the students the opportunity to participate in a school chorus.

The chorus holds an annual spring and winter concert along with benefit concerts throughout the year.  We perform ballads, popular tunes, musical comedy, seasonal favorites, patriotic tunes and more!  One of our concert goals is to have fun!! When we have fun it spreads out to the entire audience helping to create a truly enjoyable experience for everyone in the auditorium.

A fabulous band and young dancers from a local dance studio add dimension to our concert programs, as do performances by small groups of singers in specialty numbers. The audience is always kept on its toes.

The North Kingstown Community Chorus is fully supported financially by membership fees, music fees, ticket fees and funds raised by selling advertising space in the concert program.  We raise enough money to award an annual $1,000 music scholarship gift to a high school senior residing in North Kingstown who is planning to study music in college.  We also support the North Kingstown School Department music department with donations for music materials and music related activities.

Roberta Belanger, director
Roberta Belanger is a singer, voice teacher and choral director.  She directs both the North Kingstown Community Chorus and the Youth Chorus.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Rhode Island in 1985 and has enjoyed running her private voice studio and directing the chorus since then.  She continued voice studies with Iride Pilla through the Boston Conservatory and vocal pedagogy courses at Westminster Choir College.

Roberta has also served as an adjunct voice teacher at Salve Regina University.  She has held several offices in the R. I. Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is presently the R. I. Divisional Governor.

Roberta began her directing career working with children’s choirs and has been soloist and/or choir director in many churches throughout Rhode Island.  She has been the director of the North Kingstown Community Chorus since it was formed in 1985.

Noel Smith, accompanist
Noel Smith is a recording artist, composer and pianist.  Her voice and songs have been featured in video games and movies internationally.  She has been the soloist for the Video Game Orchestra, performing at PAX East and Symphony Hall.  Noel is the director of Vox Futura, a premier recording choir for video games, films and new compositions.  Noel has released 2 critically acclaimed albums “Defenseless” and “A New England Christmas” where the North Kingstown Community Chorus was featured.  Noel is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.

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June 29-July 1, 2013 – Metropolitan Detroit Chorale performs in Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
Pasquale A. Pascaretti, director
Detroit, Michigan

Saturday, June 29, 2013
7:00pm
Ingleside at Rock Creek – Gallery Auditorium
3050 Military Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2015 (map)

Sunday, June 30, 2013
4:00pm
National Basilica and Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
339 S. Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 20727 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
McGregor, Ungar, arr. Stephens | Ashokan Farewell
Graham, Joseph, arr. Emerson | O’ America
Leavitt, Dvorak | Steal Away
Arr. Gilpin | A Civil War Medley
Murphy, Wildhorn, arr. Emerson | The Glory
Rutter | Distant Land
Rutter | Feel the Spirit
Howe, Steffe, arr. Wilhousky | Battle Hymn of the Republic

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About the Artists…

Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
For over 40 years, the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale (MDC) has contributed to the musical enrichment of its area citizens. Under the direction of Howard C. Richards, the group was established in 1970 as the Fraser Civic Chorus and was comprised of Fraser residents. It was then, and continues to be, dedicated to providing beautiful vocal music for the community. In 1989, the group was incorporated as a non-profit organization and became Fraser Chorale, Inc. Finally, in 1995, the group became Metropolitan Detroit Chorale, Inc.

Under the direction of Pasquale Pascaretti, the Chorale has performed such master works as Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, Bach’s “Magnificat”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, and Rutter’s “Requiem”, “Gloria” and “Mass of the Children”. Its members have traveled on three occasions to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of John Rutter, most recently to perform Handel’s “Messiah” (November 2007). In May 2006, the Chorale presented the Michigan premiere of “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins. This was followed by the Midwest premiere of Mr. Jenkins’ “Requiem” which the Chorale presented in June 2007 and his “Stabat Mater” presented in May 2009.

In addition to presenting its seasonal concerts and the contemporary cabaret performances, the Chorale makes a commitment to serve the community from which it draws its support.

Following its mission of Bringing Music To Life and Lives To Music, MDC aspires to entertain and enrich the community, develop a broad audience, and encourage area citizens to appreciate fine vocal performance.

Pasquale A. Pascaretti, director
Pasquale A. Pascaretti has both Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music degree from Wayne State University. He has been Director of the MDC since 1975. He is the Vocal Music Teacher at Fraser High School as well as Vocal Music Department Chair for Fraser Public Schools.

He has been Choir Master and Cantor at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, and prior to that, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church. He was instructor of Keyboard Harmony for Macomb Community College in 1991.

He has done summer studies with Robert Shaw, Westminster Choir College and with Margaret Hillis, Berkshire Chorale Institute.

Awards
Fraser High School Teacher of the Year – sponsored by Michigan Education Assoc, Post & Newsweek — 1994

Nationally Registered Music Educator – Music Educators National Conference (MENC) — 1993-1997

Fraser High School Show Choir – 1st Place – Orlando Festival of Music National Competition – 1996 and often 1st Place annually at many other locations through 2007.

Fraser High School Chamber Choir – 2nd Place – Orlando Festival of Music National Competition — 1996

Honored with membership in the Heritage Music Festivals Hall of Fame for the consistently high quality performances by Fraser Singers in festival competitions throughout the United States

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