August 25-September 4, 2013 – Oregon Arts Orchestra performs in Italy

Oregon Arts Orchestra
Portland, Oregon
Cindy H. Petty, Conductor

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Chiesa Sant’ Andrea della Valle
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
00186 Rome, Italy

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tettuccio Baths Pavilion
Viale Verdi 71

Sunday, September 1, 2013
Loggia dei Cavalieri in the Piazza dei Signorino
Via Martiri della Libertà

To Be Selected From:
Rossini | La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie):  Overture
Cimarosa | Concerto for 2 Flutes in G Major
Vivaldi | L’ estate, G minor, RV 315 (Summer)
Vivaldi | L’ inverno, RV 297, F minor (Winter)
Hanson | Symphony no. 2, op. 30 (Romantic)


About the Artists…

The Oregon Arts Orchestra is comprised of the finest community professional musicians from the states
of Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana on the Northwestern Coast of the United States. Members have been specially selected by Conductor Cindy H. Petty as musical ambassadors to travel worldwide sharing their music and to represent many orchestras of the region including the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, The Portland Jewish Community Orchestra, Marylhurst Symphony, Willamette Falls Symphony, Oregon Sinfonietta, Oregon Coast Chamber Players, the Oregon Mozart Players and the Salem Chamber Orchestra, The Northwest Civic Orchestra of Montana, Chandler Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Wind Ensemble. The members are a diversified group of professionals who by day serve as physicians, teachers, architects, administrators, computer technicians and software engineers, accountants, attorneys, postal workers, business executives, stock brokers, bankers, mothers, fathers and students. In the afternoon and evenings they come together to share the passion of their hearts – music. This is a unique group of Americans brought together through the musical heritage of their ancestors with a desire to play fine works for themselves and for their communities. This is their second European concert tour having previously performed to sold out crowds in Dvorak Hall (Czech Republic), Haydnshall, and in various churches throughout Salzburg and Vienna. It is with honor that we perform as an orchestra throughout the United States and abroad representing the strength that music brings to all generations of time as we sit side by side as friends, youth, siblings, parents and grandparents of our communities performing great music and blending the generations of time, ethnicity, history and country honoring and keeping our heritage and connections alive through music.

Cindy H. Petty is a conductor and teacher recognized for her “outstanding precision, musical vision, warm motivation, engaging stage presence and a unique ability to connect with musicians and audiences of all ages”. As a professional conductor, violinist and dedicated music educator in the public and private school systems for over 20 years, Ms. Petty honed her skills through study with Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly and Maren Alsop after completing degrees in both education and conducting from the University of Utah. As a Conductor, Cindy currently serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Oregon Arts Orchestra (OR), Principal Guest Conductor and Concertmaster for the Sapporo Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Conductor Emeritus of the Jewish Community Orchestra (OR), and as a Conductor on the Chandler Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series (AZ). As a violinist, she currently performs with the Newport Symphony (OR) and Music Nova (AZ). In addition, Cindy produces concerts and festivals worldwide for Music Celebrations International (AZ) including festivals in Rome, Salzburg, Paris and Washington D.C. Ms. Petty is sought after as a clinician and adjudicator for State and National Music Festivals, All-State Orchestras and Youth Honor Orchestras nationwide. In 2007, she was knighted by the Royal Rosarians of Oregon, under the banner of the rose “Artistry” for her extensive contributions to the community through music.

Previously Ms. Petty has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Conservatory Orchestra; Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra; Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra; Pro Arte Conservatory Strings; Granite, Jordan and Lincoln Youth Symphonies; the Portland Ensign Choir and Orchestra and the Portland Adventist String Orchestra. She has been honored to be the guest conductor for the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, 15 All-States Orchestras, 20 Regional Honor Orchestras, and multiple other orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe with performances in Kitara (Japan), Dvorak Hall (Prague), Haydnshall (Austria), The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Walt Disney Concert Hall (CA), and Orchestra Hall in Chicago among others.

Ms. Petty firmly believes that music is essential to and complements every other area of our lives. It is cognitive, physical, expressive, goal oriented, aesthetic, exciting and rewarding. Music must be accessible to everyone to truly touch lives. Music is an aural sport, a lifelong skill which ensures the human element of life! It is work and recreation at the same time. It requires a high level of commitment and dedication to excellence. As stated by Ms. Petty, “Music is not just my profession… is my passion!”

June 22-July 3, 2013 – Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir performs in Italy and Switzerland

Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir
Los Angeles, California
Peggy Richmond, director

Tuesday, June 25 , 2013
Institute of Little Sisters of the Poor
Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 6

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Santa Maria de Ricci
Via Del Corso

Monday, July 1, 2013
Weggis Pavilion
Lakeside Weggis

To Be Selected From:
Bach, arr. Hopson | All the Earth Sing Forth
Williams and Drennan | Come and See The Works of The Lord
Rutter | All Things Bright and Beautiful
Petker | Trumpets Resound!
Bach, arr. Roddy | Rejoice Ye Children of God
Chilcott | Be Simple Little Children
Bach arr. Gounod | Ave Maria
Cutright | Jubilate Deo
Arr. Willmington | Uyai mose/Come, All You People
Traditional | Dona Nobis Pacem
Richmond | Teach Us Lord


About the Artists…

The ultimate goal for the county-wide Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir (LA4C) is to spread the gospel throughout the world. LA4C currently has approximately 75 members.  The choir is in its 19th season and is in demand throughout the Southern California area.  The choir has performed on various T.V. shows (Home and Family Show, KCET’s Storytime Show,  The Carol  Lawrence Show), recorded a CD for Walt Disney Productions,  appeared on various radio programs, and performed in venues such as The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center,  Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, The Republican Convention’s Prayer Breakfast, etc.   LA4C completed its first CD recording which is available at performances and on the choir’s web page (  LA4C also sang in Washington, DC, representing California in our nation’s “225th Anniversary of our Independence Concert.”  They have traveled extensively in Europe, including England, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and The Netherlands.  In the summer of 2013, the choir is headed back to Italy and will also be singing in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Ms. Peggy Richmond is a published music writer, having written the music for the Luis Palao Crusades’ Children’s Program, as well as music for LA4C and the children’s choirs at her church, Glendale Presbyterian Church, where she is currently on staff.

In addition to Ms. Richmond’s responsibilities as Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, she also teaches piano and voice, is Director of Children’s Music and Worship at Glendale Presbyterian Church, and teaches music at local elementary schools in Glendale.


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


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



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

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.