Orange Community Master Chorale and Eastminster Choir Sing Joint Concert at Eastminster United Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Orange Community Master Chorale
Michael Short, director

Eastminster Choir
Jacqueline Sadler, director

Thursday, April 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Eastminster United Church
310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 1N6 (map)


Program – to be chosen from the following:

Lotti | Miserere Mei
Biebl | Ave Maria
Durufle | Ubi Caritas
Aguiar | Psalmo 150
Lange | Esto Les Digo
Nystedt | Kyrie
Butler | Agnus Dei
Traditional | Of the Father’s Love begotten
Scott | Welsh Lullaby
Offenbach | Neighbors’ Chorus
Stroope | The Cloths of Heaven
Stroope | Homeland
Mulholland | Red, Red Rose
Martin | The Awakening
DawsonAin’t got time to die
Dawson | Ain’ta that Good News
Hairston | Band of Angels
Hairston | Amen
Arr. Moses Hogan | Battle of Jericho
Schubert | Mass in G
Musical Theater Solo Selections

Download Concert Poster


about the artists…

The Orange Community (OC) Master Chorale is a non-profit, community-based choir founded in 1995, located in the city of Orange, California, U.S.A. The OC Master Chorale has a reputation for being one of the finest community choral organizations in Southern California. It is open to any person in Southern California who wishes to sing.

From its founding, The Orange Community Master Chorale has been participating in and creating events that help the city’s cultural diversity and musical awareness. The chorus created the Tree Lighting and Candlelight Procession for the city of Orange beginning in 1995, as well as the Third of July Program, a patriotic program for the Fourth of July in 1996. Each of these events draws several thousand people annually. The chorus has also been a featured choir for special performances such as the Candlelight Procession at Disneyland and the Disney Community Service Awards. They also present fall and spring concerts featuring works such as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits, and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. In May 2009, the Orange Community Master Chorale performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Orange Community Master Chorale is a choir of 80-90 singers whose talents are in demand year-round.  They have completed four European concert tours.

Michael Short is the director and founder of The Orange Community Master Chorale, and has been the director of music at the First United Methodist Church of Orange since 1988. Mr. Short has been the director of choral activities at Orange High School since the spring of 1982. He is also the district department chairman of secondary vocal music for Orange Unified School District. In April 2004, Mr. Short was named the Choral Director for Santiago Canyon College.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Chapman College in Orange, California in 1979 and his master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the California State University at Fullerton in 1988. Mr. Short was one of the Chairmen of American Choral Directors Association High School Honor Choirs from 1990-1993. Mr. Short is currently the Southern California Representative for the American Choral Directors Association and is also a busy conductor and adjudicator.

Mr. Short has been recognized as an outstanding music educator. In February of 2002, Mr. Short received the Bravo Award from the Los Angeles Music Center for excellence in music education as an arts specialist. In 2003-2004 he was Teacher of the Year for Orange Unified School District and runner up for Orange County Department of Education teacher of the year. Mr. Short was named both Chapman University’s Alumnus of the Year 2004 and City of Orange’s Citizen of the Year for 2005 by the City of Orange Chamber of Commerce.

Choirs under Mr. Short’s direction have performed with Shania Twain, Josh Groban, the Bare Naked Ladies (Canada) and Kenny Loggins. They have also appeared in two feature films, “Ed Wood” and “Sister Act 2.” Mr. Short had his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall performing Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in May of 2009. In April of 2010, Mr. Short directed the choir for the opening titles and closing credits for the feature film, “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story recorded at Capital Records in Hollywood.

The Eastminster Choir, under the direction of Jacqueline Sadler, makes its home at Eastminster United Church in the heart of Danforth Village in Toronto, Canada. The 40 member choir is comprised of four professional soloists and a dedicated team of pro-am singers. Ms. Sadler holds the Guinness World Record in Marathon Church Organ Playing. Singing everything from Bach to Broadway to the Beatles, the choir performs regularly at Eastminster. In addition, they have performed as guest artist at Heart & Music (The Elgin-Winter Garden), The Vaughan City Playhouse, and Heart & Vision (Metropolitan United). The group has also participated in fundraising efforts for Out of the Cold, the relief effort in Haiti, Sick Kids’ Hospital, Toronto Greening Initiatives, Riverdale Share, and many more. In December 2012, the choir gave several performances of The Story (Evergreen Brickworks) and sang back-up for Elvis Tribute Artist Stephen Kabakos in The Wonderful World of Christmas (Burlington Performing Arts Centre, The Flato Markham Theatre). The Eastminster Choir was pleased to make their Carnegie Hall debut in February 2013 with Distinguished Concerts International New York. Their CD, Seasons of Song is available for sale through the Eastminster Church office or from choir members.


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