Mercer University at Carnegie Hall

Mercer University at Carnegie Hall
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017
8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Stanley L. Roberts, Director
An Evening With Mercer University
Mercer Singers
Amy Schwartz Moretti, Director
McDuffie Center String Ensemble
John Rutter: Requiem
Featuring Mercer Singers, Alumni & Friends
McDuffie Center String Ensemble & Friends
Olivia McMillan, Soprano
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Mercer Singers
McDuffie String Ensemble
Olivia McMillan
Mercer Singers
Shallowford Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir

Mercer Singers

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Stanley L. Roberts
Stanley L. Roberts is in his twenty-second year of teaching in the Townsend School of Music of Mercer University, where he is the Arthur Lowndes Rich Professor of Choral Conducting. Choirs under his direction have sung on numerous programs for GMEA, and the Southern Division of ADCA and NAFME (MENC). With the Mercer Singers, he has experienced six highly successful international tours (England, Wales, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Japan and Russia). Widely regarded as a conductor & clinician, he has conducted All-State Choirs, Honor Choirs, and Festival Choruses throughout the United States, England, and Europe, as well as workshops in universities, colleges, churches, and schools.

The Mercer Singers, an ensemble of 48 voices, is the primary touring choral ensemble of Mercer University. The choir includes undergraduate & graduate students and performs a wide range of choral music spanning from the Renaissance to works written by composers of our time. The Mercer Singers have sung on programs for the GMEA, the Southern Division of MENC, and the Southern Division of American Choral Directors Association. The Mercer Singers tour extensively and have performed throughout the United States and Europe. The choir is widely acclaimed for its spirited performances, breadth of repertoire, and dedication to singing repertoire of the a cappella idiom.

McDuffie String Ensemble

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Amy Schwartz Moretti
Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti has a musical career of broad versatility that spans nearly two decades. Recent projects include the international premiere of GRAMMY® winner Matt Catingub’s concerto “Three Shades of Blue” in Kobe, Japan, the recording of Schubert and Sibelius quartets in England, and performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartets in Seoul, Korea, as a member of the Ehnes Quartet. Her Prokofiev and Bartók duos with James Ehnes were included in Juno Award recordings in 2014 and 2015. Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings since its inception, Ms. Moretti has developed the Fabian Concert Series on the Mercer University campus and holds the Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings. Former Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Florida Orchestra, she has served as guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh and Atlanta; the New York Pops and Hawaii Pops; and the festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado and Grand Teton. Her dedication to collaboration and performance complements her directorship and inspires her teaching and coaching of the Center’s gifted young musicians. Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago, she plays the 1744 G.B. Guadagnini violin known as the “Canadian," and gratefully acknowledges its extended loan. 

The McDuffie Center String Ensemble, comprised of Townsend School of Music majors from Mercer University, features the 24 full-scholarship students of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. These musicians, hailing from 11 states and 4 countries, learn from and often perform side-by-side with their faculty mentors who play with some of the country’s top orchestras and world-class ensembles. Distinguished faculty serving as principals for today’s concert are: Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Annie Fullard, violin; Rebecca Albers, viola; Julie Albers, cello; Daniel Tosky, bass. The MCS ensemble is the core of the Mercer University Orchestra led by Ward Stare, Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and performs regularly in Macon, GA. They have traveled extensively, performing at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s inauguration in 2011; and on the Charlotte (NC) Chamber Music Society and Brevard (NC) Music Festival concert series. They were featured in Georgia Public Broadcasting’s 2012 “A Grand Mercer Christmas." In September 2016, the ensemble recorded R.E.M. founding member Mike Mills’ Concerto for Rock Band, Violin and String Orchestra with Mills and Robert McDuffie, and Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3. After intermission, winds and brass from NYC will join the string ensemble to perform John Rutter’s Requiem with the Mercer Singers and Dr. Stanley L. Roberts, Director.

Olivia McMillan

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Olivia McMillan
Olivia McMillan is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School where she is currently in her second year studying vocal performance with Edith Bers. She is from Centerville Georgia where she attended Northside High School. Olivia began singing publicly at age nine with The Mercer University Children’s Choir in Macon, GA. She began her classical vocal training at the age of fourteen with Marie Jarriel Roberts at Mercer University. Olivia was honored to win the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 in August 2014. As Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Olivia traveled the country, performing and speaking to audiences about her personal platform, The National Sibling Support Project, which is a national organization supporting the lifelong needs of brothers and sisters of people with special needs. She also served as the National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She had the honor of being a featured solo performer at such events as the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, and The U.S. Dream Academy Gala. Olivia was named one of the Top 10 Teens who changed the world in 2014 by Teen Vogue magazine and was a part of American Eagle’s Aerie real campaign.

Mercer Singers



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Stanley Roberts
Stanley L. Roberts is in his twenty-second year of teaching in the Townsend School of Music of Mercer University, where he is the Arthur Lowndes Rich Professor of Choral Conducting. Choirs under his direction have sung on numerous programs for GMEA, and the Southern Division of ADCA and NAFME (MENC). With the Mercer Singers, he has experienced six highly successful international tours (England, Wales, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Japan and Russia). Widely regarded as a conductor & clinician, he has conducted All-State Choirs, Honor Choirs, and Festival Choruses throughout the United States, England, and Europe, as well as workshops in universities, colleges, churches, and schools.

Carol S. Goff, collaborative artist, is Associate Professor, Chair of Keyboard Studies and Coordinator of the Collaborative Piano program in the Townsend School of Music, where she holds the Helen Wall Rich Endowed Professorship in Keyboard Performance. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Accompanying from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating in 2000, where she was a student of renowned pianist and accompanist John Wustman. She actively coaches and concertizes with fellow artists, preparing her students by example. She has been a strong influence in the creation of the graduate Collaborative Piano program which continues to grow and prepare students for Doctoral studies as well as the professional world.  She was chosen as a performing Fellow for SongFest 2008, where she performed in the premier of John Musto’s Book of Uncommon Prayer and in the Bach Cantata Institute under the direction of John Harbison.
 
The Mercer Singers, an ensemble of 48 voices, is the primary touring choral ensemble of Mercer University. The choir includes undergraduate & graduate students and performs a wide range of choral music spanning from the Renaissance to works written by composers of our time. The Mercer Singers have sung on programs for the GMEA, the Southern Division of MENC, and the Southern Division of American Choral Directors Association. The Mercer Singers tour extensively and have performed throughout the United States and Europe. The choir is widely acclaimed for its spirited performances, breadth of repertoire, and dedication to singing repertoire of the a cappella idiom.
 
The Chancel Choir (55 singers) of the First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, GA is a volunteer ensemble whose members are dedicated to providing music for weekly services at the church as well as presenting concerts and performing at many musical events. Often collaborating with area musicians and other ensembles, they sing a wide range of choral literature from major works to standard anthem repertoire.  They eagerly offer their talents and through their united efforts seek to provide a more profound alleluia to the Macon community.
  
Founded in 1975, the Choral Society of Middle Georgia has been a significant advocate of the arts in middle Georgia for over 40 years.  This 80-voice ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Stanley L. Roberts, is dedicated to the performance of masterworks and other literature from the vast choral repertoire.  Attracting members from across central Georgia, the ensemble joins forces with the Mercer University Choir and rehearses weekly on Mercer’s campus.  Recent performances have included such works as Requiem (Duruflé), Messiah (Handel), Requiem for the Living (Forrest), and Sunrise Mass (Gjeilo).

Shallowford Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir

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Emily Floyd
Emily Floyd serves as Director of Music Ministries at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA where she oversees 7 choirs. Choirs under her direction have performed in Italy, Scotland, and 16 states in the US. Emily is the Repertoire and Resources Chair for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, and is the past-president of the Atlanta Chapter of the Choristers Guild. She is a faculty member for the Choristers Guild Institute and Encore Choir Camp. Emily serves as a guest clinician, conductor of honor choirs, and judge for choral ensembles. In 2013, Emily was the guest conductor of the Georgia Statewide Sixth Grade Honor Choir. She holds a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in music education from the Florida State University.

The Chancel Choir (65 singers) serves as the principal musical leadership in worship at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. The choir performs large works with orchestra several times each season. In addition, they present concerts for the SPC community and the city of Atlanta. In 2014, members of the chancel choir traveled to Italy and performed in St. Peters Basilica in Rome and in St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. This is the choir's first performance in Carnegie Hall.