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 18-22, 2013–Children’s Chorus of San Antonio performs in New York City

Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Marguerite McCormick, director

Friday, June 21, 2013
Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025 (map)

Byrd | Non nobis Domine
Copland | Simple Gifts
Hogan | I am His Child
Zulu | Siyahamba
Traditional | Dona Nobis Pacem
Brahms | Wie melodien
Papoulis | A World We Cannot See
Anonymous | Welcome to our Music Feast
Rutter | For the Beauty of the Earth
Tindley | The Storm Is Passing Over
Rutter | The Lord Bless You and Keep You


About the artists…

The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio was founded in 1983 with the mission to bring the highest quality choral music education and performance opportunities to our children and youth. Singers represent the metropolitan area of San Antonio as well as surrounding communities and perform in a variety of concerts, both formal and informal, throughout the city. CCSA’s advanced choirs have traveled across the state and around the world with feature performances at state, regional and national music education and choral conventions and have toured Scotland, Italy, Ireland, England, Canada and France. Our singers regularly perform with the San Antonio Symphony and Mastersingers and have been featured on NBC-TV’s Today Show and NPR’s Performance Today. Through immersion in music from all over the world, and our local flavor that is such a mixture of varying cultures, CCSA celebrates the diversity that is America and San Antonio.

Marguerite McCormick, director
Since earning the Bachelor of Music degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Marguerite McCormick has spent 30 years in public and private education, teaching classroom and choral music in Texas and Missouri from preschool through high school level. She also holds a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to her work with CCSA and in schools, Mrs. McCormick serves as a choral clinician at schools and churches throughout Texas. While teaching in San Antonio’s North East ISD, she was chosen Teacher of the Year at her school, was recognized as a Nationally Registered Music Educator by the Music Educators National Conference, and was twice elected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has received further honors from The University of Texas at San Antonio, including being named an Outstanding Alumnus in 1994, and receiving the Division of Music’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996 as well as the UTSA Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001.  Mrs. McCormick furthers her conducting studies each year with Dr. Doreen Rao of the University of Toronto, and was awarded the distinction of Artist-Teacher by the Association for Choral Music Education. She is a member of the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and has served as the Children’s Choirs Repertoire and Standards Chair for the American Choral Directors Association, Southwestern Division. Marguerite McCormick is currently a Series Adviser for music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., in the Building Bridges Choral Music Experience series.

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 14-20–Galena Street East performs in New York City

Galena Street East Productions
Sacramento, California
Jeri and Richard Clinger, artistic and musical directors
Ron Cisneros, lead choreographer

“The Spirit of America”

Monday, June 17, 2013
Appx. 11:00am
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
One Intrepid Square
12th Avenue and 46th Street
New York, NY 10036 (map)


About the artists…

Galena Street East (GSE) is a non-profit organization established in 1972 by professional performers and educators, Richard and Jeri Clinger.  Their goal is to enrich the lives of young performers by developing their artistic gifts, encouraging high moral values and giving them the opportunity to serve with their talents.

For 41 years Galena Street East has traveled around the world as California’s Young Performing Ambassadors.  Galena represented the United States at international peace festivals in the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico and Taiwan.  In 2008 they represented the United States in Beijing, China at pre-Olympic events.  In 2012 they gave Ambassadorial tour throughout Mexico. They are always favorite performers at Disneyland and Disney World.

In June 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger selected Galena to represent California in the “Festival of States” in Washington, D.C., where they were a triumphal success performing for veterans of World War 2 , Korean, and Vietnam War. They were also guest performers at the Washington D.C. Temple, Visitors Center

Galena Street East has been voted as the “Best of Sacramento” by Sacramento Magazine and Best Performing Group on the KCRA TV’s “A List.”

Jeri and Richard Clinger, artistic and musical directors
The Clingers are the originators, directors and driving forces of Galena Street East. Entering their forty-first year of Galena, they create the artistic concepts, musical arrangements and then develop the talent for this highly energetic group of young performers. The Clingers have distinguished musical and theatrical careers and bring years of professional experience to Galena. With degrees in Music and Special Therapy, they both have received honors for outstanding work in their respective fields.

As educators they enjoy teaching at Sacramento City College. Together they recently were awarded the prestigious “Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award” for fostering patriotism in youth for over forty years. In July of 2012, they received the lifetime service award for community service from the President of the United States. The Clingers have appeared in concert in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, the Caribbean and across the United States. Their performances in Los Angeles were with Lawrence Welk and Disney. Jeri has an extensive background in theater, music, and ballet. Richard has appeared several times as a guest piano soloist with the Utah Symphony and on national radio in a tribute concert to Chopin. They directed the children’s chorus for the Sacramento Opera company for over ten years.

The Clingers believe in giving back to their community and have directed the productions for the opening of the Sacramento Railroad Museum, the Sacramento Community Center, and Pony Express Monument, the reopening of Old Eagle Theater and worked for Sacramento Music Circus over a span of fifteen years. Their students have gone on to professional careers on Broadway, television, communications, attorneys, teachers and leaders in their communities. They feel their greatest accomplishments are reflected in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

Ron Cisneros, lead choreographer
Fondly referred to by many as the “heart” of children’s musical theatre for the Sacramento Area, Ron Cisneros provides the creative vision for Galena Street East’s annual productions of Holiday Tapestry.  His very impressive career includes many years dancing with Disney and television, as well as, working in television and movies with personalities like Lucille Ball, Andy Williams, and Elvis Presley.  He worked as the assistant choreographer for the world tour of the Wizard of Oz.  The show played in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall, where Ron played the role of the Cowardly Lion.

Director of Cisneros Studio of Dance, he has been recognized three times by Sacramento’s Elly Awards for outstanding choreography.  Ron taught for over 15 years for Sacramento High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Center.

In addition to working with other performing arts groups, such as River City Theatre Company, he currently teaches at Natomas Charter School for the Performing Arts.


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 21-23, 2013 – City Singers Children’s Choirs perform in Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg

City Singers Children’s Choirs
Leslie Moruza Dripps, director
Mara Smith, accompanist

Friday, June 21, 2013
African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
901 G Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)

Sunday, June 23, 2013
National Gettysburg Battlefield Museum and Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 (map)


Howe, Steffe, arr. Wilhousk | Battle Hymn of the Republic
Dillworth | Mornin’ Glory
Foster | Beautiful Dreamer.
Finch, Purifoy  | The Blue and The Gray
Stroope, Johnson  | Legacy
Root | Battle Cry of Freedom
Chatman | In Flanders Field
African American Spiritual | Sheep, Sheep, Don’t You Know the Road
Arr. Althouse | My God is a Rock
Arr. Thomas | Keep Your Lamps
Arr. Berteaux | Wondrous Love
Arr. Spevacek | Deep River
Arr. Gilpin | Plenty Good Room
Arr. Harlan | Mansions of the Lord


About the Artists…

City Singers Children’s Choirs
Based in Richmond, Virginia, City Singers Children’s Choirs perform the highest caliber of distinguished youth choral music from the body of classical, traditional, and modern compositions from around the world. Our mission is to inspire the highest level of artistic choral performance while bringing together youth of the greater Richmond area in a joyful appreciation of their ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity. We are committed to making our choral education experience available to qualified singers regardless of their economic situations.  City Singers Children’s Choirs believes in the power of song to give a voice to every child, build bridges in our communities and inspire music and life skills mastery.

Leslie Moruza Dripps, director
Leslie Moruza Dripps has been teaching with City Singers Children’s Choirs since 2007 and assumed the roles of artistic director in 2009 and executive director in 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University and Orff I certification at VCU and has taught choral and vocal music at the elementary, middle and high school levels, from public school to church settings. Leslie currently teaches private voice and pre-school music lessons and frequently directs all-area choral ensembles in Virginia. She also is a published composer and performer with commercial and film credits with her band “Moruza.”

Mara Smith, accompanist
Mara Smith  is  the CSCC tour accompanist and director of Neighborhood Singers Training Choir for 2012-2013, after serving as Assistant Director last season.  Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in French both from the College of William and Mary.  She is currently pursuing an additional Bachelor of Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in PreK – grade 12 vocal music.  Mara also teaches private piano and voice students at Key Signatures in Richmond, Virginia.  Ms. Smith began working with City Singers Children’s Choirs in 2010.


June 11 and 13, 2013–Moose Lake High School Concert Choir performs in New York City

Moose Lake High School Concert Choir
Moose Lake, Minnesota
Dane Froiland, director

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025 (map)

Thursday, June 13, 2013
St. Paul’s Chapel
(Broadway and Fulton Street)
209 Broadway
New York, NY 10007 (map)


Aguiar | Salmo 150
Christiansen | Lost In The Night
Christiansen | Beautiful Savior
Hogan | Wade In The Water
Jennings | Keep Your Hand On The Plow
Johnson | Ain’t Got Time To Die
Whitacre | Lux Aurumque
Whitacre | The Seal Lullaby
Chilcott | MLK
Bach | Jesu Meine Freude
Fleming | Give Me Jesus
Arr. Young | Here I Am, Lord
Hovland | Stay With Us
Ticheli | Earth Song


About the artists…

The Moose Lake High School Concert Choir is comprised of students in grades 9-12 by vocal audition. Students in Concert Choir perform a varied repertoire of music for three large concerts, as well as smaller performances throughout the year. The Moose Lake Concert Choir also participates in the Minnesota State High School League Vocal Music Contests, the St. Olaf Choral Festival at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and other various honor choirs throughout the region.

Dane Froiland, director
Dane Froiland received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of North Dakota in 2008. He also has a minor in vocal performance. While at UND, Dane was a featured performer in the Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismark, Thief River Falls, and Minneapolis communities. He was the featured soloist with the North Dakota Collegiate Honor Choir, as well as with the University of North Dakota Concert Choir, and the Varsity Bards. He is also a member of the Thief River Falls, Minn. based ensemble Molto Voce, whose Christmas Album was released in 2010 at all Target stores nation-wide. He began teaching in Moose Lake in 2010. His Concert Choir and Jazz Choir have received superior ratings every year at the Minnesota State High School League State Music Contest. His vocal students have also received numerous superior ratings at contest. Currently, he is pursuing his Masters of Music Education from Kent State University.


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.


June 16, 2013 – Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble perform at Church of the Intercession

Duke Ellington String Orchestra_CROPPED!!!

Duke Ellington Guitar Ensemble

Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble
Heather Haughn and Isaac Daniel Jr., conductors

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)


String Orchestra
Mozart | Serenade No. 6, Serenata Notturna, K. 239
Grieg | Elegiac Melodie, Heart Wounds and Last Spring
Amaya | Viola Concerto No. 1, Movement 3, Tone Poem
Dmitri Shostakovich | Sinfonia Op. 110 (String Quartet No. 8)

Guitar Ensemble
Selections to be chosen from:
Handel | Water Music
Mozart | Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Vivaldi | Concerto in G minor, Adagio and Allegro
Tchaikovsky | Scherzo
Dvorak | Slavonic Dance No.
Mozart | String Quartet, K. 160, Movement I, II, III


About the Artists…

Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra
The award-winning Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra has gained popularity among Washington, D.C. audiences since its inception in 2009.  In addition to giving classical concerts and opera performances at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the String Orchestra has performed with celebrated artists Earth Wind and Fire and Patti LaBelle at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.   Members of the string orchestra have performed at the White House, Vice President’s residence, Corcoran Art Gallery, Kennedy Center and French Embassy.  The group has won multiple awards at festivals including Best Orchestra, Top Rating Ensemble, Gold Medal and First Place

Heather Haughn, conductor
Heather Haughn, violin, enjoys a diverse career as an active chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher.  She performs regularly as the violinist of the West Shore Piano Trio.  Ms. Haughn currently plays with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic.  She is on the faculty of Goucher College and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Ms. Haughn has performed as soloist and concertmaster with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of Kent Nagano), the San Francisco Sinfonietta, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.  She has also served as concertmaster for Cal Performances, Golden Gate Opera, Pocket Opera, Opera Vivente, Ballet San Joaquin, and North Bay Opera.  She has played associate concertmaster for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and the Schlossfestspiele opera orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany.  She was formerly the associate principal second violinist of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Haughn has performed chamber music throughout the United States.  As a member of the Sierra Ensemble for violin, horn, and piano, she performed throughout northern California.  The trio released a CD, “Heartstrings”, in 2006(produced by Museum Music).  She was formerly the first violinist of the Bella Cosi String Quartet.  The quartet was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was featured on a CD, “Lullaby, and Good Night”, produced by KHFM. The group was the quartet in residence for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s Education and Outreach Program, Chamber Music Albuquerque’s Education Program, and the Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.   The Bella Cosi Quartet coached with members of the Alexander, American, Cleveland, Concord, Juilliard, Kronos, Penderecki, and St. Lawrence Quartets.

Also a dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Haughn was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley for four years.  She also conducted the youngest orchestra of the Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and was on faculty at the Community Music Center of San Francisco. Ms. Haughn was formerly on faculty at the Houston Conservatory and taught for the Rice University Preparatory Division.

Ms. Haughn received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Lynn Blakeslee.  She received a Master of Music degree from Rice University where she studied with Kathleen Winkler.  Ms. Haughn has performed in master classes for renowned artists including Isaac Stern, Roland and Almita Vamos, and Zvi Zeitlin.

Ms. Haughn lives in Baltimore with her many pets.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, salsa dancing, discovering great vegan restaurants, and being an advocate for animal rights.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Guitar Ensemble
The Duke Ellington Guitar Ensemble is comprised of members from several ethnic backgrounds and represents grade levels 9 through 12.  The group performs a variety of classical music and, on occasion, jazz transcriptions.  They have performed nationally and have competed and received a superior rating.  In addition to several local engagements, the ensemble has performed for the Vice President of The United States at his residence in Washington, D.C.

Isaac Daniel, Jr., conductor
Mr. Isaac Daniel, Jr. is the Instrumental Music Department Chair, Orchestra Director, Musical Director for special ensembles, staff arranger, and guitar instructor for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Mr. Daniel comes with a wealth of experience as a musician, educator, and retired Naval Officer of the United States Navy Band.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York State University and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Memphis.

Under his direction, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra has earned several national competition awards.  His instrumental groups have performed masterworks such as “Porgy and Bess”, Handel’s “Messiah”, and the Original Broadway Musical “Dreamgirls” with a featured guest appearance by the original “Dreamgirl” Jennifer Holliday.  Mr. Daniel has also served as Musical Director for student ensembles performing with legendary stars such as Patti LaBelle; John Legend; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Smokey Robinson at world-renown arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.  In addition to directing an orchestra, Mr. Daniel teaches a full scale guitar studio of both classical and jazz guitar styles.

Mr. Daniel is also an active performing artist serving internationally as musical director and guitarist for programs and artist such as Ollie Woodson; Platters; Drifters; Mercer Ellington Orchestra; Damon Harris and the Temptations; Martha Reeves and the Vandellas; Gloria Gaynor; Gene Chandler; Nancy Wilson; Sarah Vaughn; Tokens; Jay and The Americans; Little Anthony and the Imperials; Dorothy Norwood; V. Michael McKay; Stephen Hurd; Patrick Lundy; and a host of other performers.

In addition to performing, Mr. Daniel has organized instrumental music clinics for school children of all ages, providing hands-on experience while exposing them to various instruments, musical styles and cultural diversities.  He has also served as clinician and guest conductor both nationally and internationally.