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
Ingleside at Rock Creek – Gallery Auditorium
3050 Military Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2015 (map)

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


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


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.

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


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

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

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


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


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.