May 26, 2013 – Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Performs at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra
William C. White, director

Sunday, May 26, 2013
10:15 AM
Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Bernstein | Overture to West Side Story
Debussy | “Fêtes” from Nocturnes
Hanson | Suite from Merry Mount
Higdon | SkyLine
Williams, arr. Brubecker | Harry Potter Symphonic Suite
Marquez | Danzon No. 2

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About the Artists…

A vital part of Cincinnati’s musical culture since its beginning in 1964, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) is the city’s premier ensemble for talented high school orchestral musicians. The CSYO is dedicated to the cultivation of young talent and provides outstanding instrumental students the opportunity to perform repertoire not always available to them in their area schools. Under the auspices of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), CSYO members gain an appreciation for the arts and learn the value of excellence and discipline which they take back to their individual school music programs. Students attend CSO concerts at Music Hall, study with CSO musicians in sectionals held several times throughout the season, and perform their own concerts, often with peer soloists. Students graduate to become professional symphony musicians and advocates for the arts.

The CSYO was founded in 1964 as the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra by Max Rudolf who was Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra and by area music educators who recognized the importance of providing talented young musicians with the opportunity for serious training and extensive orchestral experience. The first conductor of the CSYO was Sigmund Effron, CSO Concertmaster, who was convinced that “it was vitally important to the community and to these youngsters that they meet other young people of the same interest” and that they have “an opportunity to play in a symphonic group which devotes itself to the works of the great masters.” Sigmund Effron guided the CSYO until 1970 when he was followed by a series of distinguished conductors including Keith Lockhart. This season marks the second for William White as CSYO Conductor and Assistant Conductor of the CSO.

Now in its 49th season, the 2012-2013 Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra is made up of approximately 100 musicians from high schools in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana.

William C. White currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO). Mr. White holds degrees from Indiana University (M.M. Orchestral Conducting) and the University of Chicago (A.B. Music). Prior to his positions in Cincinnati, he served as Music Director of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony in Chicago, Ill.

Mr. White has long-standing associations with a number of musical organizations, including the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine, which he first attended as a student in 2004 and now serves as Conducting Associate. He has regularly given pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony since 2008.

Mr. White hails from Bethesda, Md., where he began his musical training as a violist. He maintains a significant career as a composer, writing works for concert, film and theater.

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May 25, 2013 – Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Performs at Nicholas Senn High School’s Senn Hall in Chicago

Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra
William C. White, director

With special guests:
YOURS Project Orchestra
Hibbard Elementary School
Sylvia Carlson, director

Saturday, May 25, 2013
4:00pm
Senn Hall, Nicholas Senn High School
5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660 (map)

Program:

Bernstein | Overture to West Side Story
Debussy | “Fêtes” from Nocturnes
Hanson | Suite from Merry Mount
Glière | “Russian Sailors’ Dance” from The Red Poppy
Higdon | SkyLine
Marquez | Danzon No. 2
Bizet | Farandole (with YOURS Project Orchestra)

FREE CONCERT!  Reserve your tickets by clicking here!

Suggested donation to benefit the YOURS Project Orchestra and the Nicholas Senn High School Music Program

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About the Artists…

A vital part of Cincinnati’s musical culture since its beginning in 1964, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) is the city’s premier ensemble for talented high school orchestral musicians. The CSYO is dedicated to the cultivation of young talent and provides outstanding instrumental students the opportunity to perform repertoire not always available to them in their area schools. Under the auspices of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), CSYO members gain an appreciation for the arts and learn the value of excellence and discipline which they take back to their individual school music programs. Students attend CSO concerts at Music Hall, study with CSO musicians in sectionals held several times throughout the season, and perform their own concerts, often with peer soloists. Students graduate to become professional symphony musicians and advocates for the arts.

The CSYO was founded in 1964 as the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra by Max Rudolf who was Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra and by area music educators who recognized the importance of providing talented young musicians with the opportunity for serious training and extensive orchestral experience. The first conductor of the CSYO was Sigmund Effron, CSO Concertmaster, who was convinced that “it was vitally important to the community and to these youngsters that they meet other young people of the same interest” and that they have “an opportunity to play in a symphonic group which devotes itself to the works of the great masters.” Sigmund Effron guided the CSYO until 1970 when he was followed by a series of distinguished conductors including Keith Lockhart. This season marks the second for William White as CSYO Conductor and Assistant Conductor of the CSO.

Now in its 49th season, the 2012-2013 Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra is made up of approximately 100 musicians from high schools in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana.

William C. White currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mr. White holds degrees from Indiana University (M.M. Orchestral Conducting) and the University of Chicago (A.B. Music). Prior to his positions in Cincinnati, he served as Music Director of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony in Chicago, Ill.

Mr. White has long-standing associations with a number of musical organizations, including the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine, which he first attended as a student in 2004 and now serves as Conducting Associate. He has regularly given pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony since 2008.

Mr. White hails from Bethesda, MD, where he began his musical training as a violist. He maintains a significant career as a composer, writing works for concert, film and theater.

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May 25, 2013 – Shawnee Mission North High School Choir Sings in Chicago

Shawnee Mission North High School Choir
Juli O’Mealey, director

Saturday, May 25, 2013
2:30pm
The Field Museum
1400 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Women’s Ensemble

Gjeilo | Tundra
Kodály | Dancing Song

Men’s Ensemble

Irish Folk Song, arr. Hunt | The Star of the County Down
Grieg | Brothers, Sing On

Chamber Singers (small group)

Passereau | Il est bel e bon (He is Good and Handsome)
Traditional Scottish, arr. Quick | Loch Lomond
Van Morrison, arr. Sharon | Brown Eyed Girl
James Taylor, arr. Carrington | That Lonesome Road
Toto, arr. Lawson | Africa
Arr. Huff | Some Nights by FUN
arr. Chilcott | Black Bird

A Cappella Choir

Lauridson | Dirait-On
Arr. Hogan | The Battle of Jericho
Arr. by Emerson | Don’t Stop Believing

ALL SINGERS

Arr. Lojeski | Les Miserables Medley

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Shawnee Mission North High School is located in the metropolitan area of Kansas City, in Overland Park, Kan. With 1,200 students in grades 9-12, the school boasts a long tradition of excellence in many areas, but fine arts are North’s flagship. Students participate in band, orchestra, choir, repertory theatre, musical theatre, drama and musical theatre. The choral music department consists of five choirs, ranging from non-auditioned groups, to the very select Chamber Singers. North choir students are consistently chosen for regional and State Honor Choirs, and choral groups receive superior festival ratings. Today’s performance will feature a choir of students from all choirs as well as the Chamber Singers. While the Shawnee Mission North Choirs are in high demand and perform frequently in their local area, this is the organization’s first tour in several years. The students have been preparing many months for their experiences in Chicago. The North Choir’s motto is, “It’s all about music”. We are honored to share our music with you today and hope you enjoy our performance!

Juli O’Mealey is in her first year as choral director at Shawnee Mission North High School. A National Board Certified teacher, she has been a music educator for 20 years, teaching choral music in Kansas and Oklahoma public schools. A native of Oklahoma, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music and music education from the University of Oklahoma. Juli sang professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale in Santa Fe, N.M., for five seasons, and currently holds a position as pianist and hand bell choir director at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan. Juli enjoys working with musical productions at school, reading, needlepoint, and painting. She currently sings with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.

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May 22-23 – Perkins-Tryon High School Band Performs in Chicago

Perkins-Tryon High School Band
Perkins, Oklahoma
Pam Cartmell, Director of Bands
KG Robinson, Assistant Director of Bands

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
10:30 am
The Field Museum
1400 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 (map)

Thursday, May 23, 2013
10:00 am
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637 (map)

FREE ADMISSION FOR BOTH CONCERTS

Program:

Arr. Sweeney | Marches of the Armed Forces
Garland, arr. Murtha | In the Mood
Sousa, arr. Balent | The Thunderer
Mancini, arr. Edmondson | The Pink Panther
Rodgers and Hammerstein II, arr. Moss | Highlights from “Oklahoma!”
Schonberg, arr. Vinson | Highlights from “Les Miserables”
Williams, arr. Sweeney | John Williams Movie Adventures

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About the Artists…

The Perkins-Tryon High School Band is one of the most honored small school instrumental music programs in the state of Oklahoma. From the communities of Perkins and Tryon (population approximately 3,300) in north-central Oklahoma, the students in the band tend to reflect the strong work ethic and basic values of the rural southwest United States. The instrumental music program is made up of students in grades six through twelve. The band is known for the “family” atmosphere fostered by the faculty and parents of the band members. The Perkins-Tryon Band has earned numerous superior ratings in both marching and concert band competitions over the past two decades.

The Perkins-Tryon Band has traveled extensively, performing for dignitaries and events throughout most of Oklahoma and even other states. Past performances in the United States include Washington, D.C. in 2004 and San Francisco in 2009. The band has also toured and performed concerts in Europe in 1996 and again in 2000 for London’s Millennium Celebration.
Even though the band members have become virtual ambassadors for their communities through their many tour and contest performances, the most important audience of all continues to be the citizens of the Perkins-Tryon area who maintain their unflagging support of the band. The band’s many local concerts and other appearances are the preeminent way they can show appreciation to the people who have made their success possible.

Pam Cartmell has been the Director of Bands in the Perkins-Tryon School District since 2002. Originally from Chillicoth, Ohio, Mrs. Cartmell moved to Sand Springs, Okla., as a child and graduated from Charles Page High School in 1991. She then went on to Oklahoma State University (OSU) where she received her bachelor’s degree in music education in 1995. While at OSU, Cartmell studied saxophone as her principal instrument while also studying piano and clarinet. She performed actively in numerous ensembles such as the: Wind Ensemble (principal saxophone), Symphonic Band (principal saxophone), Cowboy Marching Band (Drum Major and Section Leader), Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Spirit Band.

Mrs. Cartmell taught the first two years of her career in the Pond Creek-Hunter School District. She then moved to the Morrison School District for one year. After a few years away from teaching to start her family, Cartmell then came to the Perkins-Tryon School District. She and her husband, Dwayne, who is an agricultural communications professor at OSU, live in Perkins with their three children: Taylor, Ashton, and Sutton.

Mrs. Cartmell has held professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

KG Robinson, Assistant Director of Bands, is from Perkins, Okla. Mr. Robinson graduated from the Perkins-Tryon School District in 2007,and went on to attend Oklahoma State University as a music education major. During his tenure at OSU, Robinson participated in many instrumental ensembles and served as the drum major for the OSU Cowboy Marching Band.

After completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education in 2011, Robinson became the Director of Bands for Blackwell Public Schools in Blackwell, Okla. However, in 2012, when the opportunity to return to his hometown became available, Robinson took the position for Assistant Director of Bands in the Perkins-Tryon District.

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May 9, 2013 – High Point University Concert Choir Sings in Rome

High Point University Concert Choir
Marc Ashley Foster, director

Thursday, May 9, 2013
9:00 PM
Chiesa di Sant’Eustachio
Via di Sant’Eustachio, 19
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy (map)

Program:

Howard Helvey | O Lux Beatissima
Henryk Górecki | Totus Tuus
Arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker | Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal
Anton Bruckner | Ave Maria
Dan Forrest | Entreat Me Not to Leave You
Eric Whitacre | A Boy and a Girl
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Battle of Jericho
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Elijah Rock
Spiritual; arr. Williams Dawson | Soon Ah Will Be Done
Spiritual; arr. Hall Johnson | Ain’t Got Time to Die
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Jesus Lay Your Head in the Window
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Every Time I Feel the Spirit

FREE ADMISSION

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About the Artists…

The High Point University Choirs, located in High Point, NC, are made up of students from many academic disciplines across campus and who hail from all over the United States. The choirs are divided into four separate ensembles: UNIVERSITY SINGERS, a non-auditioned, large ensemble of 85 singers; CHAPEL CHOIR, the resident choir for weekly chapel services at the university; WOMEN’S CHORUS, a select small ensemble of treble voices; and CHAMBER SINGERS, a select, auditioned-only choir that serves as the main touring ensemble of the university. The choirs were honored recently to perform a solo concert to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in New York and will perform a solo concert in March of 2014 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, NY.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked by U.S. News and World Report at No. 1 among Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 among Up and Coming Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2012-2013 list of “Colleges of Distinction.” The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

DR. MARC ASHLEY FOSTER was named Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at High Point University (HPU) in July of 2009. In his four years at HPU, Dr. Foster has overseen a significant expansion of the Department of Music, with the addition of 23 new music faculty, 85 music majors/minors, 133 students singing in choirs, 8 new instrumental ensembles, and over 375 students in private lessons. Dr. Foster has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and comes to High Point after serving as the Director of Worship Arts Ministries at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi and as the Artistic Director of the Mississippi Chorus.

Dr. Foster received a Doctor of Music Arts degree (DMA) in Choral Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Sacred Music degree (MSM) from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree (BM Ed) in Choral Conducting and Voice from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Foster has served as the Music in Worship Chair for the Mississippi chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and his choirs have appeared at such venues as the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Georgia, the dedication service for the Mississippi United Methodist Bishop, Hope Morgan Ward, and the Annual Conferences of the Mississippi United Methodist Church in June of 2006 and June, 2008. His choirs have performed solo concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY, at York Minster Cathedral in York, England, and toured throughout Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Austria. His youth choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States.

Dr. Foster is a founding member of the Mississippi Vocal Arts Ensemble, a professional quartet of singers dedicated to the advancement of vocal music throughout the Southeast, and as a tenor soloist is a sought after recitalist. Recent engagements include:

• Handel’s MESSIAH at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville (NC)
• Vaughan Williams SERENADE TO MUSIC with the MS Symphony
• J.S. Bach MAGNIFICAT with the Meister Singers of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
• Saint Saens CHRISTMAS ORATORIO at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Vicksburg (MS) and Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton (MS)
• Brahms’ LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Jackson (MS)
• Haydn’s CREATION, Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA, and Handel’s MESSIAH with the Mississippi Chorus and Orchestra
• MISSA LUBA with Eastern Kentucky University (KY), St. John Student Church at Michigan State University in East Lansing (MI), the Piedmont Chamber Singers (NC), Millsaps College (MS), Brevard College (NC), and Southern Methodist University (TX)
• Mozart’s VESPERS at First Presbyterian Church in High Point (NC),
• Mozart’s MASS IN C MAJOR at First United Methodist Church in Frisco (TX), and at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Dallas (TX),
• Mozart’s GRAND MASS IN C MINOR at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth (TX),
• Vaughan Williams’ HODIE at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas (TX).

Dr. Foster is the proud father of two very active young boys, Michael and Pearson, and is married to Rev. Michelle Foster, an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Western North Carolina Conference, serving as Associate Pastor at Covenant Church United Methodist in High Point, NC.

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May 11, 2013 – High Point University Concert Choir Sings in Florence

High Point University Concert Choir
Marc Ashley Foster, director

Saturday, May 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Chiesa Santa Maria de Ricci
Via del Corso, 28 rosso
50122 Florence, Province of Florence, Italy

Program:

Howard Helvey | O Lux Beatissima
Henryk Górecki | Totus Tuus
Arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker | Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal
Anton Bruckner | Ave Maria
Dan Forrest | Entreat Me Not to Leave You
Eric Whitacre | A Boy and a Girl
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Battle of Jericho
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Elijah Rock
Spiritual; arr. Williams Dawson | Soon Ah Will Be Done
Spiritual; arr. Hall Johnson | Ain’t Got Time to Die
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Jesus Lay Your Head in the Window
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Every Time I Feel the Spirit

FREE ADMISSION

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About the Artists…

The High Point University Choirs, located in High Point, NC, are made up of students from many academic disciplines across campus and who hail from all over the United States. The choirs are divided into four separate ensembles: UNIVERSITY SINGERS, a non-auditioned, large ensemble of 85 singers; CHAPEL CHOIR, the resident choir for weekly chapel services at the university; WOMEN’S CHORUS, a select small ensemble of treble voices; and CHAMBER SINGERS, a select, auditioned-only choir that serves as the main touring ensemble of the university. The choirs were honored recently to perform a solo concert to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in New York and will perform a solo concert in March of 2014 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, NY.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked by U.S. News and World Report at No. 1 among Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 among Up and Coming Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2012-2013 list of “Colleges of Distinction.” The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

DR. MARC ASHLEY FOSTER was named Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at High Point University (HPU) in July of 2009. In his four years at HPU, Dr. Foster has overseen a significant expansion of the Department of Music, with the addition of 23 new music faculty, 85 music majors/minors, 133 students singing in choirs, 8 new instrumental ensembles, and over 375 students in private lessons. Dr. Foster has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and comes to High Point after serving as the Director of Worship Arts Ministries at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi and as the Artistic Director of the Mississippi Chorus.

Dr. Foster received a Doctor of Music Arts degree (DMA) in Choral Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Sacred Music degree (MSM) from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree (BM Ed) in Choral Conducting and Voice from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Foster has served as the Music in Worship Chair for the Mississippi chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and his choirs have appeared at such venues as the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Georgia, the dedication service for the Mississippi United Methodist Bishop, Hope Morgan Ward, and the Annual Conferences of the Mississippi United Methodist Church in June of 2006 and June, 2008. His choirs have performed solo concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY, at York Minster Cathedral in York, England, and toured throughout Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Austria. His youth choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States.

Dr. Foster is a founding member of the Mississippi Vocal Arts Ensemble, a professional quartet of singers dedicated to the advancement of vocal music throughout the Southeast, and as a tenor soloist is a sought after recitalist. Recent engagements include:

• Handel’s MESSIAH at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville (NC)
• Vaughan Williams SERENADE TO MUSIC with the MS Symphony
• J.S. Bach MAGNIFICAT with the Meister Singers of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
• Saint Saens CHRISTMAS ORATORIO at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Vicksburg (MS) and Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton (MS)
• Brahms’ LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Jackson (MS)
• Haydn’s CREATION, Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA, and Handel’s MESSIAH with the Mississippi Chorus and Orchestra
• MISSA LUBA with Eastern Kentucky University (KY), St. John Student Church at Michigan State University in East Lansing (MI), the Piedmont Chamber Singers (NC), Millsaps College (MS), Brevard College (NC), and Southern Methodist University (TX)
• Mozart’s VESPERS at First Presbyterian Church in High Point (NC),
• Mozart’s MASS IN C MAJOR at First United Methodist Church in Frisco (TX), and at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Dallas (TX),
• Mozart’s GRAND MASS IN C MINOR at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth (TX),
• Vaughan Williams’ HODIE at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas (TX).

Dr. Foster is the proud father of two very active young boys, Michael and Pearson, and is married to Rev. Michelle Foster, an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Western North Carolina Conference, serving as Associate Pastor at Covenant Church United Methodist in High Point, NC.

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April 15, 2013 – Pine Forest High School ACES Performs in Boston

Pine Forest High School ACES
Denise Hall, director

Monday, April 15, 2013
10:10 AM
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 (map)

Program – to be chosen from the following:

The Lord’s Prayer
Amazing Grace
Keep Your Lamps
Ave Maria
Listen to the Lambs
O Sacrum Convivum
King Jesus is a Listenin’
America the Beautiful
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Shenandoah
Danny Boy
True Colors
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye
Sha Na Na Na, Hey Hey, Goodbye

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About the Artists…

A Cappella Ensemble Singers (ACES) began in 2002.  This group of vocally talented, advanced choral students are required to maintain high academic standards in all classes.  Students are selected to participate in ACES by the choral director, and it is an honor and privilege to be selected to participate in this group.  They have performed at local nursing and assisted living facilities as well as the local hospital.  The group performs the National Anthem at all home basketball and baseball games and assists with programs at all home football games.  ACES is often called upon to provide entertainment for school functions, such as the Mr. and Miss Pine Forest High School pageant, the junior class ring ceremony and other events.  They have performed for the local superintendent of schools, the board of education and the North Carolina Eastern District PTA meeting.  The group has also performed at the North Carolina State High School Basketball championship game in March of 2012 and toured New York City in 2011.

Denise M. Hall, director
Denise M. Hall is a 1999 graduate of Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education K-12, with a concentration in voice.  In 1999, she was privileged to both tour and co-conduct with the university choir in Europe (Belgium and France) where they performed 17 concerts in 17 days throughout the two countries.  She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Denise has been teaching private piano and voice for approximately 30 years and vocal music in the Cumberland County School system for 13 years.  She serves as the pianist of her local church and the assistant choral director. Denise is the department chair for the Cultural Arts Department at Pine Forest High School; serves as a mentoring teacher to new teachers employed with the county; and also serves on the leadership team for Cumberland County Cultural Arts teachers.  She is a member of the Essential Standards and Curriculum Instruction Team for Cumberland County, a committee that is currently developing and restructuring the curriculum guidelines and requirements for high school choral teachers in Cumberland County.

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April 14, 2013 – Union Pines High School Bands Performs at La Villita’s Arneson River Theater in San Antonio

Union Pines High School Bands
Robert Hill, director

Sunday, April 14, 2013
12:00 PM
Arneson River Theatre, La Villita
418 Villita Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Concert Band
K.L. King | Miss Liberty
Ed Huckeby | Equinox
Fred J. Allen | Quest of the Knights

Symphonic Band
K.L. King | Allied Honor
Hugh M. Stuart | Three Scottish Songs
Elliot Del Borgo | Sailing Songs

Wind Ensemble
Edwin Franko Goldman, arr. Loras J. Schissel | Chimes of Liberty
W. Francis McBeth | This Land of El Dorado
James Barnes | Impressions of Japan

Combined Bands
Robert Sheldon | Patriotic Snippets
John Williams, arr. Michael Sweeney | Hymn to the Fallen
Arr. Steve Menendez and Tom Bernett | Ongaku
Charles Cronham | Viking Victory

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About the Artists…

The Union Pines Band program consists of 140 students, accounting for more than 13 percent of the student body. Union Pines High School is located in the small town of Cameron, North Carolina. Due to the large band program, the groups are competitive in the largest ensemble divisions (4A and 5A).

During the fall semester, the marching band competes regularly, and has brought much prestige to the school through its superior performance quality. During the fall semester, the jazz band performs many high profile events with famous artists and acts. In the spring semester, the marching and jazz bands break into three concert bands: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. All bands compete at state level contest each year and have received excellent and superior ratings. They are a great asset to the school and the community, and can be seen at many events in Moore County, including the Fourth of July parade in Carthage, the Carthage and Southern Pines holiday parades, the Carthage Veterans Memorial Service, the Carthage Buggy Festival, and Military Child Appreciation Day. Their mission is to bring joy to their audiences through their talent of music and marching.

The Union Pines Bands have consistently received superior and excellent ratings outside of North Carolina at contests in New York City, Orlando, Washington D.C., Chicago, and most recently in Boston, and the Wind Ensemble has repeatedly placed first in its division. In Chicago, the Wind Ensemble took honors for highest overall score of the competition and was awarded the prestigious William D. Revelli Concert Band Award. The concert bands has received additional awards for outstanding soloists. As a result of these recognitions, the Union Pines High Band is regarded as one of the top bands in the Southeastern District and in the state of North Carolina. Also, many of the Union Pines Band students annually participate in the All-County Band, the All-District Band, the All-State Band, and Governor’s School.

Rob Hill, director

Rob Hill is director of bands at Union Pines High School and director of the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. and a master’s degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.

He has also taught middle school band and orchestra, and is a former Army bandsman trumpet player, having served in the 82nd Airborne Division Band at Fort Bragg, N.C. While in the Army band, Mr. Hill was section and group leader, responsible for training instrumentalists in their military occupational specialty. This included instruction for instrumental performance in the concert band as well as drill and ceremony marching band. Also, while in the Army band, Mr. Hill played the solo book for the jazz band and performed frequently with the brass quintet and jazz combo groups at many high-profile functions.

Mr. Hill received the Fiesta-Val Award of Distinction for his notable contribution to musical excellence, and the prestigious William D. Revelli Concert Band Award of Distinction for top ensemble in competition in Chicago. In addition, his ensembles have consistently received superior ratings at numerous marching band competitions and state festival contests in all graded levels of music, and have taken many grand championships. His bands have competed across the country in cities such as New York, Orlando, Williamsburg, Boston, and Chicago, and have represented the state of North Carolina in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. His jazz bands have performed with Latin jazz Grammy Award winning artist, Dave Valentin, and his wind ensemble has performed under the direction of Grammy Award winner, Eric Whitacre. Most recently, the Union Pines Band has been invited to perform at the National Festival of States in San Antonio, Texas. His students consistently make the All-County, All-District, and All-State Bands, and the North Carolina Governor’s School for music. Many go on to pursue music in college, and a large percentage of those students go on to various careers in music. Many of his students also march in university bands and Drum Corps International.

Mr. Hill has served as the Southeastern District Honors Band guest clinician and as the district’s high school representative for Music Performance Assessment at the state level. He is also a Music Education Ambassador for the United States, and was part of the first music education delegation to China in 2009. He is currently the Tri-M Honorary Music Society adviser for Union Pines High School and sits on the school district’s graduation task force, formed recently to help raise graduation rates. He was recently nominated and named Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hill hosts the Annual Viking Classic Marching Band Competition at Union Pines High School. This event has become one of the most exciting venues for marching band competition in the state of North Carolina. Mr. Hill is also a member of the National Association for Music Education.

Mr. Hill is also a freelance trumpet player and has performed in various bands for world famous artists, including Stanley Jordan, Bobby Shew, Harry Watters, Jamey Aebersold, Michael Berkowitz, Joe Chambers, Valery Ponomarev, T.K. Blue, Gary Brunotte, Charles Lazurus, and Dave Valentin. He played and toured for a number of years with Orquesta Ideal, a 13 piece salsa band. He is currently part-time faculty at Sandhills Community College and is playing lead book and solo trumpet books for the Heart of Carolina Jazz Band, the Eddie Barrett Big Band, the Gregg Gelb Swing Band/Latin Band, and the Tom Bernett Swing Street Band. Mr. Hill also is a member of the Moore Brass Quintet and plays the trumpet frequently for many local community events including performances by the Moore County Choral Society, Moore On Stage, the Temple Theatre, and the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Mr. Hill resides in Whispering Pines, North Carolina with his wife, Carole and their four young sons, Nathan, Andrew, Landon, and Carson.

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April 12, 2013 – Farmington High School Scorpion Sound Regiment Performs in San Francisco

Farmington High School Scorpion Sound Regiment
Chris Argotsinger, director

Concert Band
Friday, April 12, 2013
12:00 PM
Union Square Park
San Francisco, CA 94108 (map)

Jazz Band
Friday, April 12, 2013
3:00 PM
Pier 39
2 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

Program – to be chosen from the following:

Armed Forces Medley
America the Beautiful
Lullaby
The Maelstrom
March of the Belgian Paratroopers
Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon
O Fair New Mexico
Legacy March
Music from The Lion King
Star Chaser

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About the Artists…

The Scorpion Sound Regiment of Farmington High School (FHS) in New Mexico boasts award-winning concert, marching and jazz bands.  The groups consistently receive high marks from judges at festivals they attend.  The high school band has grown from 40 to 60 students in the past five years under the direction of Chris Argotsinger.  During Mr. Argotsinger’s tenure with the bands, student members of the FHS band have been selected as members of the New Mexico All-State Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra and Jazz Band.  The band’s motto, Dignity, Honor, Pride, is practiced by all members of the band in rehearsals and in everyday life.

Chris Argotsinger, director
Mr. Argotsinger graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  He had the honor of directing the UNC Pride of the Rockies Marching Band for two years as one of Drum Majors and performed with the UNC Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Lab II Band. After graduating from UNC, Mr. Argotsinger started his teaching career in Colorado Springs, CO then moved to Farmington in 2008.  Mr. Argotsinger is now in his fifth year sharing his passion of music with over 130 students at his two schools, Tibbetts Middle School and Farmington High School. Mr. Argotsinger currently lives with his wife, Laura, in Aztec, NM and is enjoying having her on board at FHS as the new choir and guitar teacher.

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CANCELLED – April 27, 2013 – Morris Knolls High School Choirs Perform at National Festival of the States in Boston

4/19/13 – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Morris Knolls High School Choirs

Michael Semancik, director

Saturday, April 27, 2013
2:30 PM
Faneuil Hall
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109 (map)

FREE ADMISSION – NO TICKETS REQUIRED

Program:

Concert Choir
Bassler | “Gloria” from Missa Kenya
Gawthrop | Sing me to Heaven
Gjielo | The Ground
Sund | The Drunken Sailor
Dawson | Soon Ah Will Be Done
Handel | See The Conquering Hero Comes
Cobb | Cantate Domino
Johnson | Will There Really be a Morning
Hogan | Music Down In My Soul
arr. Lojeski | Les Miserables Medley

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About the Artists…

The Morris Knolls High School Choral Program, from Rockaway, New Jersey, has over 250 members in six choirs.  The Concert Choir and Treble Choir are the curricular choirs that meet during the school day.  The Treble Choir consists of all freshmen women, while all other students are in the Concert Choir.  The Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Chorale and Madrigal Singers are after school, auditioned groups that meet once a week.  All choirs have travelled to Orlando, Williamsburg and Boston in the past four years earning superior ratings at every festival.  The choirs perform regularly in the community for local events and area festivals.

Michael Semancik is the Director of Choral Activities at Morris Knolls High School He earned a B.S. in music education from Slippery Rock University and an M.M. in choral conducting studying with Dr. Paul D. Head at the University of Delaware. The Morris Knolls Chorale, one of six choirs featuring over 250 choral students, has received extensive awards over the past few years under Mr. Semancik.  The choir has recently performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition, they have performed overseas during Palm Sunday mass at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria and at the Czech Museum of Music in Prague, Czech Republic.  The Chorale has been selected to sing at the 2013 National Association of Music Education’s Eastern Division Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.  Michael has been the guest conductor of the Sussex County Honors Choir and has been an adjudicator in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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