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.