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

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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Chiesa Sant’ Andrea della Valle
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
00186 Rome, Italy

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tettuccio Baths Pavilion
Viale Verdi 71

Sunday, September 1, 2013
Loggia dei Cavalieri in the Piazza dei Signorino
Via Martiri della Libertà

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)


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… 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

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris, France (map)

Saturday, August 10, 2013
69117 Heidelberg, Germany (map)

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Friedrichstraße 11
85435 Erding (map)

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


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

Friday, June 28, 2013
Dorfkirche Kaltenborn
Dorfstrasse Kaltenborn
14913 Niedergörsdorf
Kaltenborn (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
Thomaskirchhof 1
04109 Leipzig (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
Demmering-Str. 84
04177 Leipzig (map)

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


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

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

Monday, June 24, 2013
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


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

Tuesday, June 25 , 2013
Institute of Little Sisters of the Poor
Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 6

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Santa Maria de Ricci
Via Del Corso

Monday, July 1, 2013
Weggis Pavilion
Lakeside Weggis

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


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 (  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.


June 20-29, 2013 – California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performs in China and Korea

California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Los Altos, California
Byung Woo Kim, conductor

Sunday, June 23, 2013
Great Wall of China
Ju Yong Pass

Monday, June 24, 2013
Joint performance with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra at Central Conservatory of Music
Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Joint performance with Myung Sung Youth Orchestra
Jangchun Art Hall

To Be Selected From:
Barber | Adagio for Strings
Schubert | “Death and the Maiden” for String Orchestra, 1st Movement
Tchaikovsky | Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48


About the Artists…

Established in 2007, the California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CYPO) imbues youth with the highest quality music education along with a sense of social awareness and civic engagement. At our current membership of 120, our musicians range in age from grade four through college, and are divided into two separate ensembles: Associate and Senior. As a non-profit organization, CPYO has a unique mission to use the talents of young people to benefit the community.

In our second season, we toured New York City and performed at Carnegie Hall, while also organizing a special benefit concert for PSALT and IMPACT, two organizations that support starving children in North Korea. We have had the honor of working with acclaimed artist Melvin Chen and also participating in events such as the 2010 Los Angeles International Music Festival. While our work has benefitted the Virginia Tech Peace Scholarship and raised $85,000 in earth-quake relief for children in Sichuan, China, we also perform locally for neighbors such as the Rincon Garden Center for elderly in our immediate community. During August of every year, our young musicians participate in an intensive training camp at Walden West.

Now in our fifth season, CPYO continues to be dedicated to developing students’ natural gifts and appreciation for music while providing positive opportunities that will enrich their lives.

Byung-Woo Kim, conductor
Byung-Woo Kim is founder and Music Director of CPYO. He is currently a faculty member at West Valley College Music Department. His previous posts include Conductor of the San Jose Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra for the 2004-2007 seasons, Concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony for eight years and Concertmaster of the Julliard Symphony. Mr. Kim has served on the faculties of the San Francisco International Summer Music Festival as Violin Professor and Conductor of the Festival Orchestra, the National Music Camp of Interlocken under the All-State Program and Summer Music Monterey, and Santa Clara University as a violin professor. Since 1997, he has participated as a judge for the Irving M. Klein International Spring Competition.

As a soloist, Mr. Kim performed with the San Jose Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony, and the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, among others. As a violinist he has concertized extensively throughout the country with numerous professional orchestras and performed chamber music including the complete Beethoven Sonata Series for the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University. Mr. Kim holds Master of Music degrees from both the Julliard School of Music and the University of Michigan. He continued to further studies in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Southern California. He has participated in the Farberman’s Conductor’s Institute in New York and the International Academy of Advanced Conducting with Dr. Lenoid Korchmar.

June 16-26, 2013 – Preucil School String Orchestra performs in China

Preucil School String Orchestra
Iowa City, Iowa
Anthony Arnone, conductor

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Joint performance with High School Symphony Orchestra at Central Conservatory of Music
Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music

Friday, June 21, 2013
Great Wall of China
Ju Yong Pass

Sunday, June 23, 2013
Beidaihe Workers’ Theatre

Monday, June 24, 2013
Joint performance with Peiyang Chorus of Tianjin University
University Performing Arts Center, Tianjin University

To Be Selected From:
Berger | A Short Overture for Strings
Mozart | Serenata Notturna, K. 239
Dvorak | Three Slavonic Dances
Bach | Concerto for Three Violins and String Orchestra in D major, III. Allegro
Grieg | Suite for Strings, Op. 40, In Olden Style from Holberg’s Time
Bartok | Rumanian Folk Dances


About the Artists…

Preucil School String Orchestra
The Preucil School of Music is a non-profit, certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, serving over 750 students with a 38 member faculty.  Founded in 1975, the PreucilSchool evolved from a Suzuki method violin program established in 1963 by Doris Preucil.  Sonja Zeithamel became Director of the school in 1995 when Doris retired.  The curriculum includes lessons in strings and piano, theory, pedagogy, ensembles, and an early childhood education program.

The School is housed in two locations.  The Main Campus, an Iowa City landmark, is housed in a historic Czechoslovakian Hall built in 1900. The Preucil School of Music North Campus and MorrisEarlyChildhoodEducationCenter is a newer facility built in 2002.  Iowa City is a cultural haven in the midst of farmland, 200 miles west of Chicago.  Home of the University of Iowa, the city has a population of 62,000 plus 29,000 University students.

The Preucil School String Orchestra (PSSO), numbering 75 students aged 13 through 18, is the most advanced of five training orchestras at the School.  It has performed extensively in the Midwestern United States and been featured at international teacher conferences and on Public Television.  In 1991 a reduced ensemble from the PSSO began international concert tours. Their first tour took them to Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria, where the orchestra won first prize for String Orchestra at the Vienna International Festival for Music and Youth.  Succeeding concert tour orchestras performed in England in 1994, Germany in 1997, Italy in 2001, the CzechRepublic, Hungary and Austria in 2005, and Austria in 2009.

Anthony Arnone, Conductor
Anthony Arnone is associate professor of cello at The University of Iowa School of Music, and is on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he teaches and conducts. During summers he teaches at the Madeline Island Music Camp.

Mr. Arnone has collaborated with many of today’s great chamber ensembles and artists. Performances have taken him around the United States and Europe as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor.  Mr. Arnone’s recordings with Albany and VAI  have received acclaimed reviews in prominent music journals and online classical sites.  A new CD through MSR, called “Beckoning,” premieres works by Serra Hwang, Lera Auerbach, Huang Ruo, and Jay Greenberg.

As a cello soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Arnone was a founding member of the Meridien Trio and the Sedgewick String Quartet, which performed regularly at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston.  More recently, he has been part of the Matisse Trio, a faculty trio at The University of Iowa, which has played throughout the United States and at international conferences.

Mr. Arnone’s love of teaching has taken him throughout the country to give master classes, including Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  At home, Mr. Arnone brings celebrated teachers and performers to The University of Iowa for the annual “Cello Daze,” a weekend of lectures, concerts, and master classes.

A native of Honolulu, Mr. Arnone received his bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Colin Carr. He left graduate studies with Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory to accept a position with the Orchestré Philharmonique de Nice, France, where he remained for two years, continuing his studies with Paul and Maude Tortelier. He completed his master’s degree in conducting at Wichita State University.


June 14-22, 2013 – Davis High School Madrigals perform in Italy

Davis High School Madrigals
Davis, California
Karen Gardias, director

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Chiesa di San Giovanni Ciro 
Via San Ciro, 13
Vico Equense (map)

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Via Vitellia, 33
Rome (map)

Friday, June 21, 2013
Santa Maria del Popolo Church
Piazza del Popolo, 12
00187 Rome  (map)

To Be Selected From:
Rachmaninoff | Bogoroditse Devo
Tavener | The Lamb
Bartolucci | O Sacrum Convivium
Manuel | Alleluia
Palestrina | Sicut cervus
Palestrina | Kyrie
Lauridsen | O Magnum Mysterium
Palestrina | Isti sunt viri sancti
Duruflé | Ubi Caritas
Chesnokov | The Angel Cried Out
Biebl | Ave Maria
Palestrina | Adoramus Te
De Victoria | Veni Sponsa Chrsti
Finzi | My Spirit Sang All Day
Langager | Irish Blessing


About the Artists…

The Davis High Madrigal Singers, founded in 1966, is an auditioned group of 32 high school students from Davis, California, who perform a wide variety of music dating from the 15th century to the present. In their distinctive, Renaissance-inspired costumes, the chamber choir currently enjoys about 40 performances per year within the United States and abroad. This highly accomplished class, within the CA public school system, demands the best of these young musicians’ talents and they have had the pleasure of working with many renowned U.S. and international musicians. Some of the Madrigals’ most treasured experiences, however, have been through community outreach. From the time-honored tradition of The Madrigal Dinner, a 16th Century holiday feast, to the preparing and serving of meals at The Wayfarer Center, choral workshops, and benefit concerts, the Madrigals are committed to their “musical message of joy and hope” through song and service.

Karen Gardias, director
Karen Gardias received a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace University, a master’s in education from Maryville University, and a Doctorate of Education in Music from University of the Pacific. Karen began her teaching career as a high school orchestra director in Raleigh, North Carolina and then St. Louis, Missouri. She is beginning her 20th year as a choir director at Davis High School.In addition to her role as Department Chair, she teaches AP Music Theory. Her choirs have performed throughout Europe, Australia, and United States. They have won the Prague International Choral Competition, the Llangollen Eisteddod International Competition and performed with Josh Groban.

Karen received the ‘News 10 Teacher of the Month Award’ for Northern California; The Yale University Outstanding Music Educator; two Striving for Excellence Awards for Yolo County, Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and has been a BTSA Mentor Teacher. Her school music program has been recognized as a Grammy
Foundation Signature School.


June 8, 2013–Covenant Christian High School Chamber Chorus performs in San Francisco

Covenant Christian High School Chamber Chorus
Indianapolis, IN
Daniel C. Blosser, director

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Union Square Park
San Francisco, CA 94108 (map)


Barnum | Adoramus Te, Christe
Spencer | At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners
Grotenhuis | Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
Stroope | The Conversion of Saul
Lange | Esto les Digo
Leavitt | Festival Sanctus
Stroope | I Am Not Yours
Mattson | I’ll Be Seeing You
Ames | Let Everything That Hath Breath
Whitacre | Lux Aurumque
Aguiar | Salmo 150
Byrd | Sing Joyfully

About the Artists…

The Covenant Christian High School Chamber Chorus is one of the finest high school choral ensembles in city of Indianapolis. Comprised of twenty-nine students, this choir specializes in performing advanced choral compositions ranging from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and also frequently performs literature from jazz and musical theater. The choir has been a consistent performer at competitions through the Indiana State School Music Association, and has given high quality performances in regional festivals and concerts.

Daniel C. Blosser, director
Daniel C. Blosser is an active singer, conductor, and educator in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. He is in his fourth year as the Director of Choirs and Bands at Covenant Christian High School. Outside of Covenant, he serves on the voice faculty of the University of Indianapolis and the conducting faculty of Butler University. Mr. Blosser received his Masters of Music in choral conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and received his Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Indianapolis.


June 5-14, 2013 – Albuquerque Civic Chorus Performs in Britain

Albuquerque Civic Chorus
Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland, director

Friday, June 7, 2013
St. Lawrence’s Church
Lawrence Street, York (map)

Monday, June 10, 2013
North Transept, Christ Church Cathedral
St. Aldgates, Oxford OX1 1DP (map)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Bath Abbey
12, Kingston Buildings, Bath, Avon BA1 1LT (map)

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge, London SE1 9DA (map)

To Be Selected From:
Fettke | How Great
Arr. Hayes | Shut de Do
Edited Bartholomew/Heath | De Animals a-Comin’
Traditional Spiritual, arr. Shaw | Set Down Servant
Traditional Spiritual, arr. Dawson | Ev’ry Time I Feel The Spirit
Traditional Spiritual, arr. Besig | Chariot’s Comin’! (Swing Low, Sweet Chariot)
Adams | Just a Little While
Rambo, arr. Larson | I Go To The Rock
Coleman, arr. Barnes | Rhythm of Life
Feldman, arr. Leavitt | River in Judea
Roberton | O Lovely Heart
Effinger | America the Beautiful
Traditional Shaker Tune, arr. Chilcott | The Gift To Be Simple
Ellen | Enchanted Land
Garrett | O Fair New Mexico
Millier, Jackson, arr. Ades | Let There Be Peace On Earth


About the Artists…

Albuquerque Civic Chorus

In 1934, a group of singers calling themselves the Albuquerque Choral Society, informally organized to practice and perform choral music in the city of Albuquerque. Among its earliest directors were Dr. Kurt Frederick of the University of New Mexico and Dr. Hanz Lang, under whose direction the chorus sang with the Civic Symphony Orchestra. Subsequent directors have included Dr. Charles Woodul, Roland deRose, Harry R. Hook, Michael Cooke and Verallen Kleinhenz.

Known since 1953 as the Albuquerque Civic Chorus, the group offers spring and holiday concert programs, presented at a variety of venues. In the past, the Albuquerque Civic Chorus has performed in Albuquerque for civic functions, at schools, with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and as the opera chorus for productions by the Albuquerque Opera Theater.

In December of 2005 the chorus sang for a performance of The Nutcracker production by the Moscow Ballet. The chorus was invited and participated in a choral festival at Carnegie Hall in May of 2007. In June 2009, the chorus toured Austria, singing in four cities, with the final concert performed at the Karlskirche in Vienna.

The Albuquerque Civic Chorus is truly a community chorus, comprising approximately seventy volunteers with a diversity of ethnic backgrounds, ages, interests, occupations and experiences. Our members may be diverse in population, but all share a common bond through their joy in singing and bringing music to the public. Supported by contributions from independent donors and membership dues, the chorus seeks to provide an opportunity to learn and perform choral works of a variety of styles and difficulty.

Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland, director

Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music/Music Education from Williams Baptist College, a Masters of Opera Performance/Choral Conducting from Memphis State University, a Masters of Secondary Education in Fine Arts from the University of Phoenix, and recently, a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting and music education from Boston University School of Music.

Gary has studied choral orchestration and composition with Dr. Jared Spears; choral conducting with the late Alfred Skoog, Dr. Robert Magee, and Ann Howard; and voice/opera with Julia Lansford, Dr. David Neiderbrach, Dr. Robert Magee, and Sandra Seay.

Gary is currently employed as the Director of Choirs, Piano, and Orchestra at West Mesa High School and as Director of Music at Christ United Methodist Church. He has maintained a private voice and piano studio for over twelve years. Additionally, Gary was conductor in residence for the River City Men’s Chorus (1995-96) of Memphis, TN, and has held Director of Music positions in churches throughout Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, and New Mexico. Gary has worked as a guest conductor, clinician, and vocal coach for youth & children music camps, community choirs, men’s glee clubs/choirs, and instrumental groups throughout the country.