Plainfield High School Central Campus Choir Sings at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City

Plainfield High School – Central Campus Choir
Alanna D. Frederiksen, director

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
4:15 PM
Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Hogan | I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart
Orbán | Daemon Irrepit Callidus
Ticheli | Earth Song
GrinerGawthorp | Sing Me to Heaven
BatesWardarrLaRocca | America the Beautiful
Arr. Koepke | Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Traditional Spiritual
Arr. McGlynn | Jerusalem, Traditional Irish Melody
Arr. Grundahl | ‘Tis A Gift
Arr. Szymko | Amazing Grace
Pachelbel, arr. Petker | Sing Songs of Jubilation, Gigue from Partia No. VI in B-flat major, from Musicalische Ergötzung

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About the artists…

Plainfield High School – Central Campus (PHS-CC) is located approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago in Plainfield, Illinois. It is one of four high schools in one of the top five largest school districts in the state of Illinois.

The choral program is composed of three curricular groups: Concert Choir, Treble Choir and Mixed Choir; and five extra-curricular ensembles which perform at numerous school and community events throughout the year.

Plainfield’s choral program recently performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall Centennial Celebration Concert with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and has yearly performances in conjunction with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They have also been featured performers at Disney World. In addition, the group traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for the Midwest Regional Choral Festival and won first place in its division, and also placed as ‘Best Overall’ choir.

The PHS-CC choral groups enjoy performing for numerous community organizations such as the local Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and area festivals. This 87-member program performs not only at school events, but also is requested at professional sporting events throughout the Chicagoland area. Many of Plainfield’s choral students have placed at district and state levels of the Illinois Music Educators Association annual choral festivals, as well as solo and ensemble festivals each year. The PHS-CC choral program is designed for independent musicians, leaders and educators who go forward to the collegiate level and the performing arts arena.

Alanna Frederiksen, director

A native of South Mississippi, Alanna Frederiksen came to Plainfield Central High School after completing her Master of Music in choral conducting in the spring of 2007. She also holds the degree of Bachelor of Music Education with a choral/vocal emphasis. She teaches Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Music Survey during the curricular school day. Extra-curricular choirs over the past six years include Madrigals, Vocal Jazz, Women’s Ensemble and Men’s Ensemble. In addition, she directs the school’s annual Madrigal Dinners and the spring musical.

Before coming to Plainfield, Mrs. Frederiksen held a full graduate assistantship in choral music while pursuing her Master of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to this, Mrs. Frederiksen taught junior high choirs for four years and was instrumental in creating a sight-reading requirement for Mississippi state junior high choral festivals. During this time she held an additional position as music director at a local church. She studied conducting and educational pedagogy under Gregory Fuller, Timothy Koch, and Chris White.

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Plainfield High School Central Campus Choir Sings at Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in New York City

Plainfield High School – Central Campus Choir
Alanna D. Frederiksen, director

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
1:00 PM
The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
145 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Hogan | I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart
Orbán | Daemon Irrepit Callidus
Ticheli | Earth Song
Griner, Gawthorp | Sing Me to Heaven
Bates, Ward, arr. LaRocca | America the Beautiful
Arr. Koepke | Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Traditional Spiritual
Arr. McGlynn | Jerusalem, Traditional Irish Melody
Arr. Grundahl | ‘Tis A Gift
Arr. Szymko | Amazing Grace
Pachelbel, arr. Petker | Sing Songs of Jubilation, Gigue from Partia No. VI in B-flat major, from Musicalische Ergötzung

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About the artists…

Plainfield High School – Central Campus (PHS-CC) is located approximately 30 miles southwest of Chicago in Plainfield, Illinois. It is one of four high schools in one of the top five largest school districts in the state of Illinois.

The choral program is composed of three curricular groups: Concert Choir, Treble Choir and Mixed Choir; and five extra-curricular ensembles which perform at numerous school and community events throughout the year.

Plainfield’s choral program recently performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall Centennial Celebration Concert with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and has yearly performances in conjunction with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They have also been featured performers at Disney World. In addition, the group traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for the Midwest Regional Choral Festival and won first place in its division, and also placed as ‘Best Overall’ choir.

The PHS-CC choral groups enjoy performing for numerous community organizations such as the local Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and area festivals. This 87-member program performs not only at school events, but also is requested at professional sporting events throughout the Chicagoland area. Many of Plainfield’s choral students have placed at district and state levels of the Illinois Music Educators Association annual choral festivals, as well as solo and ensemble festivals each year. The PHS-CC choral program is designed for independent musicians, leaders and educators who go forward to the collegiate level and the performing arts arena.

Alanna Frederiksen, director

A native of South Mississippi, Alanna Frederiksen came to Plainfield Central High School after completing her Master of Music in choral conducting in the spring of 2007. She also holds the degree of Bachelor of Music Education with a choral/vocal emphasis. She teaches Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Music Survey during the curricular school day. Extra-curricular choirs over the past six years include Madrigals, Vocal Jazz, Women’s Ensemble and Men’s Ensemble. In addition, she directs the school’s annual Madrigal Dinners and the spring musical.

Before coming to Plainfield, Mrs. Frederiksen held a full graduate assistantship in choral music while pursuing her Master of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to this, Mrs. Frederiksen taught junior high choirs for four years and was instrumental in creating a sight-reading requirement for Mississippi state junior high choral festivals. During this time she held an additional position as music director at a local church. She studied conducting and educational pedagogy under Gregory Fuller, Timothy Koch, and Chris White.

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March 24, 2013: Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Performs Outdoor Concert at Piazza della Minerva, Rome

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Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Marching Band
Kevin Plekan, director

Sunday, March 24, 2013
5:00 pm
Piazza della Minerva
00186 Roma, Italy (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program: An outdoor marching band performance with repertoire to be chosen from the following:

Italian National Anthem
Star Spangled Banner
On Wisconsin
Menasha High School Fight Song
Kernkraft 400
Bad Romance
Soul Man
YMCA
Jenny Jenny
Dirty Deeds
Party Rock Anthem
Baby
25 or 6 to 4
RESPECT
7 Nation Army
Smooth Criminal
Thriller

Information: 800-395-2036
mara@musiccelebrations.com

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About the artists… 

Special Awards and Travel of the Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Marching Band: 

2012
Superior rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

2011
Won the BCS Gator Bowl National Field Show Marching Competition and took second place in the BCS National Parade Marching Competition; performed at the BCS Gator Bowl Pre-game and Halftime shows

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade in Appleton, Wisconsin for 100,000 people

2010
Performed three concerts in Madrid, Spain

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the FVA North Mass Band for the Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons regular season football game

2009
Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2008
Performed as part of the halftime show of the BCS National Championship Football Game between Louisiana State University and the Ohio State University; took second place in the BCS National Championship Field Marching Competition

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2007
Played several concerts in Rome, Italy, including in front of the Pantheon

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the FVA North Mass Band for a Green Bay Packers regular season game

2006
Superior rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2005
Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2004
Played for a wreath laying ceremony at Omaha Beach in France as part of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion; played two additional concerts, one in Paris, and one near the base of the Eiffel Tower

Played for the pre-game show of the Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin for 70,457 people

2003
Superior rating and second place trophy at Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade  for 100,000 people

2002
Played for the halftime of the Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers playoff game at Lambeau Field for 65,000 people

Performed two concerts during a spring break trip to New Orleans, Louisiana

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

2001
Excellent rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

1999
Nominated by Governor Tommy Thompson to represent the state of Wisconsin for the “100th Anniversary of the Death of Johann Strauss American Celebration of Music” in Austria; performed in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck, Austria, and Budapest

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

1998
Performances at Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios in Florida

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 20,000 people

1997
Halftime show for Superbowl XXXI featuring the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Excellent rating and first place trophy at Music in the Parks Marching Competition in Illinois

1996
Performances at Epcot Center and MGM Studios in Florida

Kevin Plekan, director

Mr. Plekan has been the band director at Menasha High School since 2006. He is also the Music Department Chair and Drama Director at Menasha High School, and the Choral Director at St. Timothy’s Church in Menasha. Kevin is a 1989 graduate of Lawrence University with his Bachelor of Music degree, and a 2001 graduate of Marian College, where he earned his master’s degree in administration and his State of Wisconsin Principal’s License.

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March 23, 2013: West Salem High School Orchestra and Hobbs High School Festival Choir Perform at Church of the Intercession

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West Salem High School Orchestra
Daryl Silberman, Conductor

Hobbs High School Festival Choir
Ricardo P. Monreal, Director

Saturday, March 23, 2013
2:00 PM
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Information: 800-395-2036
cindy@musiccelebrations.com

Program:

West Salem High School Orchestra:

Bach | Prelude and Fugue in F Major
Mozart, arr. LaJoie | Symphony #29
Haydn | String Quartet Op 76, No. 5 – Finale
Balmages | Dreaming
Britten | Playful Pizzicato
Bernie/Pinkar/Case, arr. Burch | Sweet Georgia Brown 
Bishop | Orange Jam
Parry | Lady Radnor Suite Prelude 
Shostakovich | String Quartet No. 8, movement 2 
Elgar | Larghetto from ‘Serenade for Strings’
Walczyk | Huapango

Hobbs High School Festival Choir:

Mendelssohn | Hebe deine Augen auf
Mozart  |  Jubilate Deo
Marcello | Thy Mercy, Jehovah
Dorsey, Schrader | Precious Lord Take My Hand
Gasparini | Adoramus Te
Holmes | Star in the East, Early American Hymn
Pitoni | Cantate Domino
Hafso | Down in the River to Pray

Download Concert Poster

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About the artists…

West Salem High School Orchestra

The 2012-2013 West Salem High School Chamber Orchestra boasts 28 talented 9th-12th grade students who meet nine to ten hours weekly including daytime chamber orchestra, weekly chamber ensemble rehearsal and coaching, and extra sectionals and rehearsals. They play grade four through professional-level works from a variety of genres, including Baroque and Contemporary.

Many students are selected by audition to perform in the Oregon All-State and All-Northwest Orchestras, Oregon State School Activities State Solo Competition, and the highly competitive All-City Orchestra.

West Salem High School is fortunate to be in the Salem-Keizer school district which has six competitive high school orchestras with uniquely qualified music directors.

Daryl Silberman, conductor

Daryl Silberman has been the Director of Orchestras at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon since August 2007. Under her leadership, the orchestra has traveled to Chicago and Boston, and has hosted the annual Salem-Keizer District Orchestra Festival. Her chamber orchestra has qualified and performed at the annual Oregon School Activities Association State Orchestra festival, placing first in 2011 and second in 2012.

She came to public school teaching after a successful freelance career for many years. Daryl studied the viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to Oregon, she was a national clinician for Knilling String Instruments and presented clinics on contemporary string techniques. Daryl maintains a private teaching studio, and also freelances as a violist and violinist with regional and studio orchestras in the Los Angeles area. In addition, she has performed with folk artists, chamber groups, and Baroque ensembles. Daryl was also a licensed Kintermusik instructor, teaching early childhood music.

Daryl and her husband, violist Danny Seidenberg have two performing groups that keep them busy – UnBande featuring violas, cello, and classical guitar playing classical crossover, jazz, pop, and blues; and Salem Baroque featuring Baroque violins, cello, and harpsichord. In addition, they have two active children, Emma and Teddy. Her school website is http://www.titanorchestras.org, and her personal website is http://www.daryls.com.

Hobbs High School Festival Choir

The Hobbs High School Festival Choir consists of members of both the Hobbs High School (HHS) A Cappella Choir and the HHS Mixed Chorale. The HHS Choral Department has maintained a reputation for excellence in local, district, and state performances for many years.  The A Cappella Choir and Mixed Chorale consistently receive superior ratings in performance and sight-reading in the competitive Southeast District of New Mexico. In addition, from year to year many individual members are selected to be a part of the New Mexico All-State Choirs. The HHS A Cappella Choir is very active in the community, performing at the Lea County Annual Prayer Breakfast, New Mexico Junior College, First United Methodist Church, and Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. The group has also toured multiple times, most recently to San Antonio and Dallas, Texas.

Ricardo Monreal, director

Mr. Ricardo Monreal received his bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in choral education from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in 2007. He studied under Dr. David Gerig and Dr. Jason Paulk, and completed his student teaching under the 2006 New Mexico Music Educator of the Year, Mr. Brian Uerling. He went on to study choral conducting under Dr. Joe Miller and Dr. Andrew Megill at Westminster Choir College (WCC) of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he received his Master of Music in choral conducting in 2009.

As a graduate student at Westminster Choir College, Mr. Monreal was a member of and regularly performed with the Westminster Choir. During his time at WCC, the choir traveled and performed frequently nationwide. He also performed regularly with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and served as the graduate assistant, helping to coordinate, rehearse and sing with orchestras like the NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Flummerfelt, Ton Koopman, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, and Lorin Maazel.

Mr. Monreal is currently in his fourth year teaching in the public schools, and his third year as Director of Choral Activities at Hobbs Freshman High School and Hobbs High School, where he conducts the Beginning Freshman Choir, the Non-Varsity Mixed Chorale, the newly formed HHS Jazz Choir and the Varsity A Cappella Choir. His other responsibilities include teaching Pre-AP and AP Music Theory, serving as music director and conductor for the annual HHS musical, and serving as director and producer of the HHS Golden Revue variety show. He currently serves on the New Mexico Activities Association Advisory Committee to State Choir Contest. He also serves as Site Chair hosting the Southeast New Mexico Music Educators District Honor Choir for grades 7-9, and Site Chair hosting the SENMMEA District Large Group Performance Assessment every two years at R.N. Tydings Auditorium on the campus of Hobbs High School.

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December 15, 2012 – Knox Grammar School Bands perform at Church of the Intercession, New York, NY


Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble &
Knox Big Band
Sydney, Australia
James Brice, Conductor

Saturday, December 15, 2012
2:00 pm
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)

Program

Symphonic Wind Ensemble:

Goff Richards – Hollywood
Greg Butcher – Music for a Jubilant Occasion
Alfred Reed – Twelfth Night
Robert W. Smith – Rising Dragons
Frank Ticheli – Vesuvius
Satoshi Yagisawa – Marimba Concerto (Abridged) – Dylan Sherman, marimba
Artie Shaw – Concerto For Clarinet – Jeremy Kindl, clarinet
and much more, including selections from the Big Band

The Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) is a premiere large ensemble of the Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia.  Comprising of 68 musicians the Knox SWE represents the talents, musicianship and dedication of Knox Grammar School’s extensive Knox Academy of Performing Arts (KAPA), Instrumental Music Programme.  Made up of experienced wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists from Year 7-12, the Knox SWE is indeed proud to have been awarded the 2011 Australian National and the 2011 & 2012 NSW State Junior A Grade Champion Concert Band, following years of championship success.

Dedicated to providing ‘outstanding grounding in the performance wind orchestra repertoire’ the Knox SWE’s diverse repertoire selection includes Original Symphonic Band Major Works, Orchestral Classics, Sacred Music, Film Scores, contemporary and popular literature.
The Knox SWE performs at all important Knox Grammar School functions and incursions, feature concerts, leading Australian National Eisteddfods and tours, such as their upcoming 2012 USA Tour to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, following the ensembles’ ‘2011 Australian National Adelaide ANZAC Tour’ in April 2011.

During 2008 the Knox SWE together with the Knox Symphony Orchestra (KSO) released a professional CD recording titled ‘Live at the Verbrugghen’, recorded in the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  In addition to this, SWE released yet another CD prior to their recent 2011 Australian National Championship tour as Australia’s champion Junior A Grade Band. Together with their most recent recording (released in May 2012), these three CD’s features many major works and lighter selections.

Developing, fostering and nurturing the talents of our younger Knox musicians within the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble, through quality musicianship and educated mentoring are the essential ingredients of the SWE’s success.

After commencing his musical studies on euphonium at the age of 11, James Brice graduated from the University of Melbourne, where he completed a Bachelor of Music Education. Majoring in Music Education, Instrumental Performance and Drama, James was fortunate to study ‘Conducting and Ensemble Direction’ with Lt. Colonel Barry Bignell.

After recording and producing his solo euphonium CD ‘Symphonic Variants for Euphonium’ in 1995, James moved to Sydney in 1996, to accept the Principal Euphonium/Trombone position with the R.A.A.F Air Command Band (1996-2007). Throughout his celebrated 11 year career, James performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas, with numerous Symphonic Wind Band/ Big Band/ Parade Band/ Brass Quintet/ Tuba Quartet and Solo Recital concerts, with highlights being ‘Tour De Force Concerts’ in Dili-Timor (2000), Sydney Olympics Closing Ceremony (2000), Gallipoli ANZAC Commemoration Services (2002) and two ‘Live to Air Broadcasts’ on ABC ‘Sunday Live’ (2003-2005).

With 20 years professional teaching, performing and conducting experience, James is a highly sought after conductor, educator and adjudicator, throughout Australia, who has been invited to adjudicate many State and National Eisteddfod’s throughout Australia in recent years.

James has recorded, conducted and produced several CD recordings of note, ‘ABC Live’ recordings, solo recitals for 2MBS FM, a solo euphonium CD ‘Symphonic Variants for Euphonium’ in 1995, Australian and International web based recordings for Manhattan Beach Music & Reed Music, four Knox Grammar School CD recordings featuring the Knox Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Wind Ensemble, four Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra (YWO) specialist recordings, and the 2008 international release of ‘Wild Nights’ featuring the North West Wind Ensemble (NWWE), generously assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

James has been privileged to work with many Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students throughout Australia and overseas prior and during his appointment as Director of Instrumental Performance at Knox Grammar School in 2008.  James is the ‘Conductor in Residence’ of the Orchestral and Wind Band Program, and is the Musical Director of the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) and Knox Symphony Orchestra (KSO), both premiere ensembles at Knox and within Australia.

In addition to these achievements and appointments, James is also the Musical Director of the Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra (YWO), the North West Wind Ensemble (NWWE) and Friday Night ‘Live’ Big Band, having accepted this position in 2005.

As Musical Director of these fine ensembles, James has led the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE), Knox Concert Band and Knox Yr. 7 Wind Band, YWO and NWWE,  to a staggering 31 NSW State and Australian National Championship title performances since 2005.

This year, James was appointed the Musical Director of the 2012 NSW Band Association State Youth Concert Band, having just returned from the bands’ NSW Regional Tour.  Fostering sound community values, together with exceptional musical experiences was paramount to the resounding success of this recent initiative.

James is delighted to bring the Knox Grammar School Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) to the International arena on this 2012 USA Tour to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego.

SYMPHO & Roosevelt HS Chamber Orchestra – March 23, 2012

Acclaimed New York Orchestra SYMPHO partners with the Award Winning Roosevelt High School Chamber Orchestra in a combined concert.  Members of the edgy SYMPHO will sit side by side in a friendship concert with the talented Seattle orchestra to present music by Tchaikovsky, Grainger, Warlock, Monteverdi, and the epic Beethoven Symphony No. 7.  As with any SYMPHO concert – the music is close up, personal and gives you an intimate view of the workings of an orchestra!

FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT

SYMPHO
Paul Haas, conductor
partnering with
ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Anna Edwards, director
Seattle, Washington

Friday, March 23, 2012
7:30pm
Church for All Nations
417 West 57th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
in the Manhattan Borough of New York City (map)

Concert presented by Music Celebrations International.  For more information, contact Cindy Petty at 800-395-2036.