December 14, 2013 – Hunter Central Region Wind Ensemble and Boricua College Choir Perform in New York City

Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble
New South Wales, Australia
Boricua College Choir
New York, NY
Scott Ryan and Michael Jobson, and Stephen Williams, directors

Present

Music from Around the World!
Including music of the Holiday Season

Saturday, December 14, 2013
3:00 PM
Church of the Intercession
550 W. 155th St.
New York, NY 10032
(map)

Free Community Concert

For more information:
(800) 395-2036
concerts@musiccelebrations.com

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Program to be chosen from the following:

Greenhills Fantasy | Thomas Doss

Shepherd’s Hey * | Percy Grainger Arr. Schissel

Australian Sea Ballad | Robert Sheldon

Kosciuszko* | Brendan Collins

The Man from Snowy River* | Bruce Rowland Arr. Barry Bignell

Variations on a Korean Folk Song | John Barnes Chance

Gershwin! | Arr. Warren Barker

March of the Belgian Paratroopers | Pierre Leeman Arr. James Swearingen

Llwyn Onn* | Brian Hogg

Abram’s Pursuit | David R. Holsinger

African Symphony | Van McCoy Arr. Naohiro Iwai

*indicates Australian Composition

About the artists…

This Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble was formed as an initiative of the NSW Department Education & Training Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2005 and is administered by the Regional Arts Council. The band has a total of 80 members who will be traveling to the United States to perform in California, New York and Chicago . Membership is open to all public school students from years 5 – 12 representative of schools from the Hunter/Central Coast region of NSW in Australia. The ensemble has had successes at regional, state, national and international levels. This includes performances at the Sydney Opera House, Australian National Band Championships, National Eisteddfod at the national capital – Canberra, NSW Vice Regal performances for the Governor of NSW and the Pacific Basin International Music Festival in Hawaii.

Scott Ryan has established an impressive list of accomplishments as a musician, conductor and music educator. He has won many awards as a conductor at state, national and international levels, including the New South Wales Band Association‘s Young Musician of the year. He was presented with a NSW Department of Education and Training Award of Excellence for the development of school instrumental music in the Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2006. Last year Scott was selected as a participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development program. As the founding Director/Conductor of the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble Scott has led the ensemble to success at festivals nationally and internationally, including a number of National Eisteddfod Championships, National Band Association Championships, a command performance in the Hawaii State Theatre, a command performance in the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, a performance in Paris on Bastille Day and performances with the University of Nagoya and City of Ube Wind Ensemble in Japan.
Currently Scott is employed by The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and Communities as Instrumental Music Assistant, a position he has held since 2007. He is a regular conductor at the NSW State Music Camps, a member of the music team for the Schools Spectacular and is currently conductor of the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra – National Champions in 2012 and 2013. Scott accompanied the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble to the USA in December 2007, performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago. During these two weeks Scott worked with renowned conductors including Professor Larry Curtis, Dr Glenn Price, Professor Jerry Junkin and Colonel Michael Coleburn (Director the USA Presidents Own Marine Band) Scott has held the position of Director of Bands and Orchestras at North Sydney Boys High School since October 2009 and has toured with the schools premier wind band to Hawaii in March 2011 to participate in Pacific Basin Music Festival.
The band was successful in achieving a silver award along with critical acclaim from the adjudicators. In 2012 the Symphonic Winds were awarded first place at the NSW Schools Band Festival. In 2012 Scott was awarded the prestigious Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association – most outstanding conductor award at the NSW Schools Band Festival. Scott has toured, performed, recorded and conducted ensembles throughout the USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Europe, New Zealand and Great Britain. In addition to conducting and providing workshops to various ensembles, Scott continues a successful performance career with the Australian Army Band, as well as freelance performances with various theatre orchestras and corporate bands. Scott has adjudicated the Newcastle Band Festival, Yamaha Music Festival, and NSW Bands Association State Solos in recent years.

Michael Jobson was awarded his Bachelor of Music with honors studying tuba under Steve Rosse. Since completing his studies, Michael has become a well-known conductor in the Newcastle region, conducting many school ensembles both at a primary and secondary level. He has been a conductor and tutor at many State Music Camps, as well as camps all over the state of New South Wales including the North West Band camp, Riverina Music Camp and the North Coast Music Camp.
Michael is currently Conductor and Band Director of ensembles at four Newcastle schools, as well as the Combined Schools Concert Band, The University of Newcastle Junior Concert Band, and the Hunter Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble. His time with the Hunter Central Coast Wind Ensemble has seen him conduct many performances as well as concerts on their 2008 European tour, and their tour to Japan in 2010. He is currently completing a Masters of Teaching. Michael is looking forward to experiencing the high level performances and workshops American wind band programs offer, as well as the atmosphere and excitement of The Midwest Conference.

Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the Orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest Symphonic Bands and Jazz Ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences in the U.S.A, Japan, Europe, the U.K, Singapore and China.
In 1989 Stephen was awarded a conducting scholarship by Symphony Australia and for three years studied orchestral conducting under Werner Andreas Albert, during which time he conducted concerts and made recordings with many of the Symphony Australia Orchestras. In 1994 he was awarded the Harry Begian Conducting Scholarship, which enabled him to study advanced Symphonic Band conducting at the University of Illinois under Professor James Keene. In 1995 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Research from the University of Queensland. Stephen is currently Chief Conductor Instrumental for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the N.S.W Department of Education & Communities, taking up this position at the beginning of 1999. He is the musical director for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show and has been since 1991. He also is the founding Musical Director of the Northern Beaches Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to this Stephen had a full time position as conducting coordinator for the School of Instrumental Music in Perth. He was also a member of staff at the W.A Conservatorium of Music, Edith Cowan University, lecturing and conducting in the Classical, Jazz and Education departments. Between 1992 and 1995, Stephen was a full time member of staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, occupying the position of Director of the Wind Symphony as well as lecturing in Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz studies. Over the last ten years he has been a conductor in concerts and on many tours with Orchestra Victoria (one of two professional orchestras in Melbourne). He is the chief conductor for their innovative education program ‘On the mOVe’, a program which allows students in country regions to be tutored and mentored by Orchestra Victoria players in two-day workshops. For several years he was also engaged by Symphony Services International to present and conduct concerts for schools with the Sydney Sinfonia. Stephen also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to lecture, conduct clinics and adjudicate both in Australia and overseas.

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June 28-July 2, 2013 – North Kingstown Community Chorus performs at Gettysburg and in Washington, D.C.

North Kingstown Community Chorus
Roberta Belanger, director
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Saturday, June 29, 2013
7:00pm
Vinson Hall
6251 Old Dominion Dr.
McLean, VA ‎22101 (map)

Sunday, June 30, 2013
4:00pm
Old Presbyterian Meetinghouse “Concerts with a Cause”
323 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
11:30am
American Civil War Museum
297 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
To be chosen from the following:
Arr. Shaw | Take Five
Arr. Hayes | What a Wonderful World
Arr. Waggoner | Every Night When the Sun Goes In
Lewis | Exsultate, Jubilate
Arr. Drennan | Since I Laid My Burdens Down
Arr. Artman | A Whale of a Tale
Arr. Stephens | Ashokan Farewell
Arr. Shaw | Route 66
Berlin | Irving Berlin’s America
M and A Souders | Thank You, Soldiers
Eilers and Lowden | Armed Forces Salute
Arr. Billingsley | Dancing Queen
Arr. Michael Geiger | Beethoven’s Wig

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About the Artists…

The North Kingstown Community Chorus, with Roberta Belanger as director, held its first formal concert in 1985 with 24 singers.  The group now numbers about 100 dedicated and enthusiastic singers of all ages. Roberta started the Youth Chorus in 1991 because not every elementary school in North Kingstown offered the students the opportunity to participate in a school chorus.

The chorus holds an annual spring and winter concert along with benefit concerts throughout the year.  We perform ballads, popular tunes, musical comedy, seasonal favorites, patriotic tunes and more!  One of our concert goals is to have fun!! When we have fun it spreads out to the entire audience helping to create a truly enjoyable experience for everyone in the auditorium.

A fabulous band and young dancers from a local dance studio add dimension to our concert programs, as do performances by small groups of singers in specialty numbers. The audience is always kept on its toes.

The North Kingstown Community Chorus is fully supported financially by membership fees, music fees, ticket fees and funds raised by selling advertising space in the concert program.  We raise enough money to award an annual $1,000 music scholarship gift to a high school senior residing in North Kingstown who is planning to study music in college.  We also support the North Kingstown School Department music department with donations for music materials and music related activities.

Roberta Belanger, director
Roberta Belanger is a singer, voice teacher and choral director.  She directs both the North Kingstown Community Chorus and the Youth Chorus.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Rhode Island in 1985 and has enjoyed running her private voice studio and directing the chorus since then.  She continued voice studies with Iride Pilla through the Boston Conservatory and vocal pedagogy courses at Westminster Choir College.

Roberta has also served as an adjunct voice teacher at Salve Regina University.  She has held several offices in the R. I. Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is presently the R. I. Divisional Governor.

Roberta began her directing career working with children’s choirs and has been soloist and/or choir director in many churches throughout Rhode Island.  She has been the director of the North Kingstown Community Chorus since it was formed in 1985.

Noel Smith, accompanist
Noel Smith is a recording artist, composer and pianist.  Her voice and songs have been featured in video games and movies internationally.  She has been the soloist for the Video Game Orchestra, performing at PAX East and Symphony Hall.  Noel is the director of Vox Futura, a premier recording choir for video games, films and new compositions.  Noel has released 2 critically acclaimed albums “Defenseless” and “A New England Christmas” where the North Kingstown Community Chorus was featured.  Noel is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.

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

Davis High School Madrigals
Davis, California
Karen Gardias, director

Performances:
Sunday, June 16, 2013
8:00pm
Chiesa di San Giovanni Ciro 
Via San Ciro, 13
Vico Equense (map)

Thursday, June 20, 2013
10:00pm
ANFFAS Feast
Via Vitellia, 33
Rome (map)

Friday, June 21, 2013
7:15pm
Santa Maria del Popolo Church
Piazza del Popolo, 12
00187 Rome  (map)

Program
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

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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.

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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
12:00pm
Union Square Park
San Francisco, CA 94108 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
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
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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.

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

Albuquerque Civic Chorus
Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland, director

Performances:
Friday, June 7, 2013
7:30pm
St. Lawrence’s Church
Lawrence Street, York (map)

Monday, June 10, 2013
11:15am
North Transept, Christ Church Cathedral
St. Aldgates, Oxford OX1 1DP (map)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
11:00am
Bath Abbey
12, Kingston Buildings, Bath, Avon BA1 1LT (map)

Thursday, June 13, 2013
3:15pm
Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge, London SE1 9DA (map)

Program
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

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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.

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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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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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Orange Community Master Chorale and Eastminster Choir Sing Joint Concert at Eastminster United Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Orange Community Master Chorale
Michael Short, director

Eastminster Choir
Jacqueline Sadler, director

Thursday, April 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Eastminster United Church
310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 1N6 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program – to be chosen from the following:

Lotti | Miserere Mei
Biebl | Ave Maria
Durufle | Ubi Caritas
Aguiar | Psalmo 150
Lange | Esto Les Digo
Nystedt | Kyrie
Butler | Agnus Dei
Traditional | Of the Father’s Love begotten
Scott | Welsh Lullaby
Offenbach | Neighbors’ Chorus
Stroope | The Cloths of Heaven
Stroope | Homeland
Mulholland | Red, Red Rose
Martin | The Awakening
DawsonAin’t got time to die
Dawson | Ain’ta that Good News
Hairston | Band of Angels
Hairston | Amen
Arr. Moses Hogan | Battle of Jericho
Schubert | Mass in G
Musical Theater Solo Selections

Download Concert Poster

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about the artists…

The Orange Community (OC) Master Chorale is a non-profit, community-based choir founded in 1995, located in the city of Orange, California, U.S.A. The OC Master Chorale has a reputation for being one of the finest community choral organizations in Southern California. It is open to any person in Southern California who wishes to sing.

From its founding, The Orange Community Master Chorale has been participating in and creating events that help the city’s cultural diversity and musical awareness. The chorus created the Tree Lighting and Candlelight Procession for the city of Orange beginning in 1995, as well as the Third of July Program, a patriotic program for the Fourth of July in 1996. Each of these events draws several thousand people annually. The chorus has also been a featured choir for special performances such as the Candlelight Procession at Disneyland and the Disney Community Service Awards. They also present fall and spring concerts featuring works such as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits, and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. In May 2009, the Orange Community Master Chorale performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Orange Community Master Chorale is a choir of 80-90 singers whose talents are in demand year-round.  They have completed four European concert tours.

Michael Short is the director and founder of The Orange Community Master Chorale, and has been the director of music at the First United Methodist Church of Orange since 1988. Mr. Short has been the director of choral activities at Orange High School since the spring of 1982. He is also the district department chairman of secondary vocal music for Orange Unified School District. In April 2004, Mr. Short was named the Choral Director for Santiago Canyon College.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Chapman College in Orange, California in 1979 and his master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the California State University at Fullerton in 1988. Mr. Short was one of the Chairmen of American Choral Directors Association High School Honor Choirs from 1990-1993. Mr. Short is currently the Southern California Representative for the American Choral Directors Association and is also a busy conductor and adjudicator.

Mr. Short has been recognized as an outstanding music educator. In February of 2002, Mr. Short received the Bravo Award from the Los Angeles Music Center for excellence in music education as an arts specialist. In 2003-2004 he was Teacher of the Year for Orange Unified School District and runner up for Orange County Department of Education teacher of the year. Mr. Short was named both Chapman University’s Alumnus of the Year 2004 and City of Orange’s Citizen of the Year for 2005 by the City of Orange Chamber of Commerce.

Choirs under Mr. Short’s direction have performed with Shania Twain, Josh Groban, the Bare Naked Ladies (Canada) and Kenny Loggins. They have also appeared in two feature films, “Ed Wood” and “Sister Act 2.” Mr. Short had his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall performing Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in May of 2009. In April of 2010, Mr. Short directed the choir for the opening titles and closing credits for the feature film, “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story recorded at Capital Records in Hollywood.

The Eastminster Choir, under the direction of Jacqueline Sadler, makes its home at Eastminster United Church in the heart of Danforth Village in Toronto, Canada. The 40 member choir is comprised of four professional soloists and a dedicated team of pro-am singers. Ms. Sadler holds the Guinness World Record in Marathon Church Organ Playing. Singing everything from Bach to Broadway to the Beatles, the choir performs regularly at Eastminster. In addition, they have performed as guest artist at Heart & Music (The Elgin-Winter Garden), The Vaughan City Playhouse, and Heart & Vision (Metropolitan United). The group has also participated in fundraising efforts for Out of the Cold, the relief effort in Haiti, Sick Kids’ Hospital, Toronto Greening Initiatives, Riverdale Share, and many more. In December 2012, the choir gave several performances of The Story (Evergreen Brickworks) and sang back-up for Elvis Tribute Artist Stephen Kabakos in The Wonderful World of Christmas (Burlington Performing Arts Centre, The Flato Markham Theatre). The Eastminster Choir was pleased to make their Carnegie Hall debut in February 2013 with Distinguished Concerts International New York. Their CD, Seasons of Song is available for sale through the Eastminster Church office or from choir members. http://www.eastminsteruc.org

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Orange Community Master Chorale Sings at St. Andrew’s Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Orange Community Master Chorale
Michael Short, director

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
7:30 PM
St. Andrew’s Church
82 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5N9 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program – to be chosen from the following:

Lotti | Miserere Mei
Biebl | Ave Maria
Durufle | Ubi Caritas
Aguiar | Psalmo 150
Lange | Esto Les Digo
Nystedt | Kyrie
Butler | Agnus Dei
Traditional | Of the Father’s Love begotten
Scott | Welsh Lullaby
Offenbach | Neighbors’ Chorus
Stroope | The Cloths of Heaven
Stroope | Homeland
Mulholland | Red, Red Rose
Martin | The Awakening
Dawson | Ain’t got time to die
Dawson | Ain’ta that Good News
Hairston | Band of Angels
Hairston | Amen
Arr. Moses Hogan | Battle of Jericho
Schubert | Mass in G
Musical Theater Solo Selections

Download Concert Poster

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about the artists…

The Orange Community (OC) Master Chorale is a non-profit, community-based choir founded in 1995, located in the city of Orange, California, U.S.A. The OC Master Chorale has a reputation for being one of the finest community choral organizations in Southern California. It is open to any person in Southern California who wishes to sing.

From its founding, The Orange Community Master Chorale has been participating in and creating events that help the city’s cultural diversity and musical awareness. The chorus created the Tree Lighting and Candlelight Procession for the city of Orange beginning in 1995, as well as the Third of July Program, a patriotic program for the Fourth of July in 1996. Each of these events draws several thousand people annually. The chorus has also been a featured choir for special performances such as the Candlelight Procession at Disneyland and the Disney Community Service Awards. They also present fall and spring concerts featuring works such as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits, and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. In May 2009, the Orange Community Master Chorale performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Orange Community Master Chorale is a choir of 80-90 singers whose talents are in demand year-round.  They have completed four European concert tours.

Michael Short is the director and founder of The Orange Community Master Chorale, and has been the director of music at the First United Methodist Church of Orange since 1988. Mr. Short has been the director of choral activities at Orange High School since the spring of 1982. He is also the district department chairman of secondary vocal music for Orange Unified School District. In April 2004, Mr. Short was named the Choral Director for Santiago Canyon College.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Chapman College in Orange, California in 1979 and his master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the California State University at Fullerton in 1988. Mr. Short was one of the Chairmen of American Choral Directors Association High School Honor Choirs from 1990-1993. Mr. Short is currently the Southern California Representative for the American Choral Directors Association and is also a busy conductor and adjudicator.

Mr. Short has been recognized as an outstanding music educator. In February of 2002, Mr. Short received the Bravo Award from the Los Angeles Music Center for excellence in music education as an arts specialist. In 2003-2004 he was Teacher of the Year for Orange Unified School District and runner up for Orange County Department of Education teacher of the year. Mr. Short was named both Chapman University’s Alumnus of the Year 2004 and City of Orange’s Citizen of the Year for 2005 by the City of Orange Chamber of Commerce.

Choirs under Mr. Short’s direction have performed with Shania Twain, Josh Groban, the Bare Naked Ladies (Canada) and Kenny Loggins. They have also appeared in two feature films, “Ed Wood” and “Sister Act 2.” Mr. Short had his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall performing Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in May of 2009. In April of 2010, Mr. Short directed the choir for the opening titles and closing credits for the feature film, “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story recorded at Capital Records in Hollywood.

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