August 5-13, 2013 – South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra performs in France and Germany

South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra
Laguna Niguel, California
Rocky Lee, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Yiqun Chen and Dan Robbins, Associate Conductors

Performances:
Thursday, August 8, 2013
4:00pm
Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris, France (map)

Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00pm
Providenzkirche
Karl-Ludwig-Straße
69117 Heidelberg, Germany (map)

Sunday, August 11, 2013
8:00pm
Erlöserkirche
Friedrichstraße 11
85435 Erding (map)

Program
To Be Selected From:
Morricone | Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission
Jenkins | Palladio
Hofeldt, Loney | Lullaby
Nyman | Prospero’s Books Suite
Bartok | Rumanian Folk Dances
Paganini |  Caprice #5
Bach | Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Fuga
Bach |  Partita No. 3 in E major, Preludio

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About the Artists…

Founded in 2001, the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra is recognized as a premier youth orchestra in Southern California. Founders Rocky and Sarah Lee envisioned an environment where the orchestra strives for musical excellence and the development of poise and confidence in each musician through the joy of music making. The SCYSO provides a distinguished orchestral experience designed to motivate and enhance musical talent and cultivate individual growth through the rehearsal and performance of renowned orchestral repertoire.

The SCYSO is well respected and supported by local music teachers and public school directors. The orchestra further distinguishes itself by being the only ensemble with four separate rehearsal locations enabling the SCYSO to attract and accommodate the most talented musicians in various Southland communities. The SCYSO rehearses weekly in Cerritos, Mission Viejo, Rosemead and Pomona. The orchestras combine monthly for workshops. The SCYSO has represented the United States on four international concert tours performing in Czech Republic & Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009 and England, Ireland & Wales in 2011. The orchestras were received with great applause performing in the magnificent cities of Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, Dublin, Cardiff & London.

The orchestra will perform its fifth concert tour, traveling to France & Germany in the summer of 2013.

Maestro Rocky Lee, is a graduate of Chapman University, where he studied conducting with Maestro John Koshak and violin performance with Mischa Lefkowitz. With nearly two decades of teaching experience, he has become one of the most respected music educators in Southern California. His revolutionary approach to music education has made classical music enjoyable and simple to grasp for young musicians.

As a conductor, he has received accolades in the United States and abroad. Under his leadership, his orchestras have represented the United States on four international concert tours. His work in conducting and education has earned him recognition from the European Cultural Initiative for the Young Generation, presented to him by Dr. Jutta Unkart-Seifert. Together with his staff of selected professional musicians, his orchestras create an environment where young musicians are challenged and encouraged to develop and refine their musical abilities. Maestro Lee challenges the musicians to achieve their highest potential from every stage of their musical development. These attributes can be recognized by the enthusiasm expressed by the orchestras he conducts.

Maestro Yiqun Chen, has been a music educator and performer for nearly a decade. He received a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching Music from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in instrumental music education. While attending USC, Mr. Chen received the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation Scholarship. Mr. Chen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance with a concentration in saxophone and jazz studies from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach and was a recipient of the Mary E. Israel Music Scholarship as well as the Jazz Studies Department Outstanding Student Award. His primary saxophone teachers were Chris Charbonneau, Leo Potts, Jay Mason, and James Barrera. He has also studied with Doug Masek and Rusty Higgins. With many years of private teaching experience, his private students have been members of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association’s Honor Bands as well as the California Band Directors Association’s All State Honor Band and the California Music Educators Association’s All State Honor Band. His students have also been successful in solo competitions such as the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Solo Competition and the Claremont Winds Concerto Competition. In 2006 he was a member of the Disneyland All American College Band and performed full time at the Disneyland Resort. Mr. Chen has participated in the 16th annual Hamamatsu Wind Instrument Academy, the 3rd annual Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium and the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 2 Conference. Mr. Chen is the director of instrumental music at GladstoneHigh School in Covina, California and the director of the Cerritos branch of the SCYSO. He is currently a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Maestro Dan Robbins, is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance in 1988 and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with honors in 1992. As a native of Southern California, he has taught and performed for many years. He has been honored at La PazIntermediateSchool where he is the music director, and was awarded the SVUSD Teacher of the year in 2000. In 2001, he was nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award and was recognized as teacher of the year by the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and Phi Delta Kappa (ΦΔΚ). In 2009, he received the Orange County Outstanding Arts Educator Award. He has toured with the SCYSO to Czech Republic and Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009, and England, Ireland & Wales in 2011. Mr. Robbins was chosen to conduct the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Ensemble for the 2009-2010 school year.

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June 29-July 1, 2013 – Metropolitan Detroit Chorale performs in Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
Pasquale A. Pascaretti, director
Detroit, Michigan

Saturday, June 29, 2013
7:00pm
Ingleside at Rock Creek – Gallery Auditorium
3050 Military Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2015 (map)

Sunday, June 30, 2013
4:00pm
National Basilica and Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
339 S. Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 20727 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
McGregor, Ungar, arr. Stephens | Ashokan Farewell
Graham, Joseph, arr. Emerson | O’ America
Leavitt, Dvorak | Steal Away
Arr. Gilpin | A Civil War Medley
Murphy, Wildhorn, arr. Emerson | The Glory
Rutter | Distant Land
Rutter | Feel the Spirit
Howe, Steffe, arr. Wilhousky | Battle Hymn of the Republic

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About the Artists…

Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
For over 40 years, the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale (MDC) has contributed to the musical enrichment of its area citizens. Under the direction of Howard C. Richards, the group was established in 1970 as the Fraser Civic Chorus and was comprised of Fraser residents. It was then, and continues to be, dedicated to providing beautiful vocal music for the community. In 1989, the group was incorporated as a non-profit organization and became Fraser Chorale, Inc. Finally, in 1995, the group became Metropolitan Detroit Chorale, Inc.

Under the direction of Pasquale Pascaretti, the Chorale has performed such master works as Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, Bach’s “Magnificat”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, and Rutter’s “Requiem”, “Gloria” and “Mass of the Children”. Its members have traveled on three occasions to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of John Rutter, most recently to perform Handel’s “Messiah” (November 2007). In May 2006, the Chorale presented the Michigan premiere of “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins. This was followed by the Midwest premiere of Mr. Jenkins’ “Requiem” which the Chorale presented in June 2007 and his “Stabat Mater” presented in May 2009.

In addition to presenting its seasonal concerts and the contemporary cabaret performances, the Chorale makes a commitment to serve the community from which it draws its support.

Following its mission of Bringing Music To Life and Lives To Music, MDC aspires to entertain and enrich the community, develop a broad audience, and encourage area citizens to appreciate fine vocal performance.

Pasquale A. Pascaretti, director
Pasquale A. Pascaretti has both Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music degree from Wayne State University. He has been Director of the MDC since 1975. He is the Vocal Music Teacher at Fraser High School as well as Vocal Music Department Chair for Fraser Public Schools.

He has been Choir Master and Cantor at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, and prior to that, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church. He was instructor of Keyboard Harmony for Macomb Community College in 1991.

He has done summer studies with Robert Shaw, Westminster Choir College and with Margaret Hillis, Berkshire Chorale Institute.

Awards
Fraser High School Teacher of the Year – sponsored by Michigan Education Assoc, Post & Newsweek — 1994

Nationally Registered Music Educator – Music Educators National Conference (MENC) — 1993-1997

Fraser High School Show Choir – 1st Place – Orlando Festival of Music National Competition – 1996 and often 1st Place annually at many other locations through 2007.

Fraser High School Chamber Choir – 2nd Place – Orlando Festival of Music National Competition — 1996

Honored with membership in the Heritage Music Festivals Hall of Fame for the consistently high quality performances by Fraser Singers in festival competitions throughout the United States

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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 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
4:00pm
African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)

Saturday, June 22, 2013
4:30pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
901 G Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)

Sunday, June 23, 2013
2:30pm
National Gettysburg Battlefield Museum and Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
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

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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.

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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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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
3:30pm
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
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

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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.

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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)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

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

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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.

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March 27, 2013: LaVilla School of the Arts Tour Choir Sings at Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel in Paris

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
10:15 AM
École Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel
70 Rue du Théâtre
75015 Paris, France (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Arr. Ades | Let There Be Peace on Earth
Bohm | Silent as Night
Carmichael | Skylark
Chilcott | Can You Hear Me
Cohen | Halleluia
Emerson | Let My People Go
Emerson | Set Down Servant
Leavitt | Ose Shalom
Loesser, arr. Brymer | Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat
Arr. Printz | Wade in the Water
Arr. Shaw | Duke Ellington Choral Medley
Shaw | Joshua Fit de Battle
Sondheim, arr. Beck | Sweeny Todd
Stroope | Inscription of Hope
Thomas | I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray

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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.

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March 25, 2013: LaVilla School of the Arts Tour Choir Sings at Eglise Paroissiale Saint Medard et Saint Gildard in Crépon, France

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

Monday, March 25, 2013
8:30 PM
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Medard et Saint Gildard
Route de Sainte-Croix sur Mer
14480 Crépon, France (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

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

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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.

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