February 12-15, 2013 – Oxford High School Choirs Perform in Kilkenny, Killarney, and Galway, Ireland

Oxford High School Choirs
Womens Chorale and Oxford Voices
Christopher Card, director

Oxford Choir

Tuesday 12th February, 2013
11:45 AM
Castalia Concert Hall
Co. Kilkenny, Ireland (map)

Wednesday 13th February, 2013
8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Church of Ireland
East Avenue Kenmare Place
Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (map)

Friday 15th February, 2013
8:00 PM
St. Nicholas Collegiate Church 
Market Street,Junction of Mainguard and Lombard Streets
Galway, Ireland (map)


Program to be selected from the following:

Womens Chorale

Cherokee Morning Song – Native American Folk
Shut De Do – Stonehill
Give Us Hope – Papoulis
Some Kind of Music – Bernon
Closer to the Flame – Boersma/Lantz

Oxford Voices

How Can I Keep From Singing – Quaker Song
I’m Goin’ There – American Folk Song
The Water is Wide – arr. Ginsberg
Fly Away Medley – compilation of upbeat American Hymns
Crawdad Song – American Folk Song
Sweet Vale of Avoca – Irish Folk Song arr. Hardin
Swing Down Ezekiel – Traditional Spiritual

Combined Choirs

The Lord Bless You and Keep You – Rutter

About the artists…

Oxford High School Choirs 

The 200 voices of the Oxford High School Choir program have developed a reputation for performance excellence on a state and national level. Vocalists from the program have performed at Carnegie Hall by special invitation. In the past five years Oxford High School Choirs have received two Grand Champion trophies for national competitions and thirteen first place superior rating trophies in various divisions of national competitions. Additional recognitions and honors include being selected by ParadeMagazine.com as a top-ten choir video performance in 2011, being selected by Walton Publishing to record a newly published work for online marketing and granted rights for the Michigan premier of Ola Gjeilo’s unpublished Sunrise Mass.

The touring vocal groups Oxford Voices and the Oxford Women’s Chorale consist of advanced vocalists from each of the five choral ensembles at Oxford High School. These select vocalists represent the depth and passion that is inherent in all of the choral performances at Oxford High School.

Christopher Card, Director

Christopher Card has been developing high school choir programs for the past 20 years. Christopher holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Choral Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL.

Christopher currently is the Director of Choirs for Oxford High School in Oxford, MI. He has previously served as the Director of the Midwest Youth Chorale with the North American Choral Company and Director of Choirs at Cadillac High School, Byron Center High School and Webberville High School, all in Michigan.

Performing groups under Christopher’s direction have pursued regional, state, national and international standards of artistic excellence. In 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2011 Christopher’s choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall by special invitation. In the past ten years his choirs have received a total of 48 superior ratings at District, State and National Festivals and Competitions. During Christopher’s tenure as a choral director at Oxford High School his groups have brought home 13 first place trophies from national competitions.

Christopher’s teaching approach is to infuse a high level of energy in an interactive classroom environment, cultivating highly artistic and technical choral performances from actively engaged singers. This approach has stimulated his choral programs to dramatically grow in enrollment and quality. In his four years as Director of Choirs at Oxford High School the choral program has grown from three choirs of 64 students to seven choirs of over 200 students. Similar results have been obtained from his previous positions.

June 23, 2012 – Peninsula Young Artists at the Cathedral Church of St. Canice’s

Peninsula Young Artists
Sara Salsbury, director
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Cathedral Church of St. Canice’s
The Close
Kilkenny, Ireland (map)

This concert is given in aid of local charities

Program scheduled to include…
Marche Militaire #1 — Franz Schubert
Soirees Musicales — Rossini / arr. Benjamin Britten
“Waltz” from Masquerade Suite — Aram Khachaturian
“Hoe-Down” from Rodeo — Aaron Copland
Tribute to Henry Mancini — arr. Calvin Custer
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest — Hans Zimmer
Battle Cry and Jig (newly commissioned work) — Ron Miller
Duke Ellington!
Lord of the Dance
…and more!

Founded in 1997, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra is based in Redwood City, CA, and is the only youth orchestra program serving San Mateo County. Over 400 young musicians are currently enrolled in PYO’s rigorous sequential orchestra education program that has been twice recognized by the California Arts Council.  PYO attributes its success to overwhelming support from its families and local music teachers, coupled with an artistic program conceived by its founding conductors, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Sara Salsbury, and implemented by its outstanding staff of professional musicians and educators.  Tonight we hear the Peninsula Young Artists, the advanced level preparatory orchestra, under the direction of Sara Salsbury.  The Peninsula Young Artists have performed in Carnegie Hall (2004), The Mozart 2006 Festival in Austria (2006), the Pre-Olympic Festival in China (2008), and the inaugural Los Angeles Orchestra Festival in Walt Disney Concert Hall (2010).

The Peninsula Youth Orchestra reflects and enhances the cultural diversity of its community by bringing together student musicians to rehearse and perform symphonic music in an educational setting.  PYO strives for high musical standards within a supportive environment that encourages enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of music.  PYO enriches the lives of its musicians as they progress through a challenging course of repertoire that prepares them with skills needed to enjoy and pursue music the rest of their lives, either as professional or amateur players.

All PYO musicians study and perform traditional orchestral repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary literature and works by American composers.  PYO received the prestigious 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on a Foreign Tour for its first international tour in Japan in June of 1999.  Commissioned works by local composers are routinely presented as part of its regular programming.  Please visit the PYO website at http://www.peninsulayouthorchestra.org for information about our concerts, auditions and the Peninsula Music Camp held each summer

Sara Salsbury, Peninsula Youth Orchestra co-founder, serves as General Manager for PYO and is also Director of the Preparatory Orchestras, the Peninsula Music Camp, and the Chamber Music program.   She has previously been part of the Instrumental Music Team for the Redwood City School District and a string specialist for the Mountain View CSMA, the Sunnyvale and Mountain View School Districts, Woodside Priory School, and the El Camino Youth Symphony.   She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), The League of American Orchestras, MENC, CMEA and ASTA/CODA. She also serves on the ACSO Board of Directors.  Sara was one of the 1994 recipients of the CAPA Arts Award (Council for the Arts of Palo Alto) for her dedication to music education and youth symphony work.  Sara grew up in Michigan where she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen for many summers.  Sara received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees from DePauw University and her Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Stanford University. Sara and her husband Phillip live in Palo Alto where they have raised four sons, all of whom were music majors in college.

Emmaus High School Women’s Chamber Choir – April 4, 2012

Emmaus High School Women’s Chamber Choir
Rita Cortez, director
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
11:00am Concert
St. Canice’s Cathedral
Coach Road
Kilkenny (map)

Program scheduled to include
Sicut Cervus — Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Salmo 150 — Ernani Aguiar
Tota Pulchra Es — Maurice Durufle
Set Me As a Seal — Rene Clausen
I’m Gonna Wait on the Lord — Damon H. Dandridge
and more

The Emmaus High School Women’s Choir is an auditioned choir comprised of girls in ninth through twelfth grades.  They are one of six choral ensembles in a program that involves three hundred students.

The Women’s Choir focuses on singing a wide variety of repertoire from Renaissance to Twentieth-Century classical music. The girls perform regularly for the community in the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania.  In April 2008, the Women’s Choir was one of only twenty groups selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Rita Cortez is currently in her eighth year as choral director at Emmaus High School, after teaching in public and private schools for over twenty-five years.  She earned a B.A. and a B.Mus. from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, as well as a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.  Her groups have performed at Carnegie Hall and on international tours to Italy and Greece.