March 29, 2013: LaVilla School of the Arts Tour Choir Sings at Eglise Lutherienne St. Marcel in Paris

LaVilla School of the Arts Tour Choir
Shawn M. Pendry and Theresa Moreau King, directors

Friday, March 29, 2013
8:00 PM
Eglise Lutherienne St. Marcel
24 Rue Pierre-Nicole
75005 Paris, France (map)



Arr. Ades | Let There Be Peace on Earth
Bohm | Silent as Night
Chilcott | Can You Hear Me
Cohen | Halleluia
Leavitt | Ose Shalom
McPheeters | Miserere Nobis
Porterfield | Sanctus
Arr. Printz | Wade in the Water
Ramsey | Heaven Unfolding
Stroope | Inscription of Hope
Traditional | O Sacred Head
Traditional | What Wondrous Love


About the artists…

LaVilla School of the Arts is a public performing arts magnet for middle school students, ages 11-14. The school is located in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. There are eight choirs that meet daily as part of the vocal music curriculum. LaVilla is proud to be the only middle school in the United States that offers both a composition and vocal techniques class. The students in the France Tour Choir represent two of the advanced groups: Bel Canto & Chamber Singers. Throughout their twelve year history, LaVilla choirs have received local and national awards for their superior rated performances. LaVilla’s Vocal Music Department was proud to be invited to send a tour choir to Austria in 2003, England in 2005, Italy in 2007, Switzerland in 2009, and Greece in 2011.

Shawn M. Pendry, director

Shawn M. Pendry is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and has been a choral director at LaVilla for the past nine years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

He spent two years as the assistant director to the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, where he started a community school of the arts to provide instrumental and vocal instruction to children in need. He was a lecturer on the need of the native children of Mali, West Africa where he spent time as a missionary. He was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at LaVilla School of the Arts in 2008 – 2009. Mr. Pendry is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Florida Vocal Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Synesthesia Association.

Theresa Moreau King, director

Theresa Moreau King is currently in her fourth year of teaching at LaVilla School of the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. While at the University of Arizona, Mrs. King taught a full studio of undergraduate music education and musical theater majors. Before coming to work at LaVilla, Mrs. King was a guest clinician with the Duval County Public School System. She served as music director for three years at Edgewater United Methodist Church. During her time there, she worked with multiple choral and instrumental ensembles and started a youth music program in association with a local chapter of the Boys and Girls’ Club of America. She was also a member of “Wakin’ the Neighbors”, a contemporary Christian rock band based out of Central Florida.

Mrs. King is also an accomplished performer, having made her European debut with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria as Mirabella in “Zigeunerbaron” by Johann Strauss II. She has been featured in numerous roles including the Principessa from Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” Dame Quickly in Verdi’s “Falstaff,” Madame Flora for Menotti’s “The Medium,” Marcellina from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” She is a member of the Florida Vocal Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.