The Glory of Freedom: A Concert to Honor Our Veterans

The Glory of Freedom: A Concert to Honor Our Veterans
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017
1:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Dr. Lee Nelson, Guest Conductor
Randall Thompson: Testament of Freedom
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Erin Freeman, DCINY Debut Conductor
Francis Poulenc: Gloria
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
James Mick, Director
The Music of Marquez, Mahler & Wagner
Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Directed by James Mick
Suzanne Karpov, Soprano
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Chariton High School Choir
Cold Spring Area Maennerchor
Hampden-Sydney Men's Chorus
Jamestown Choralaires
Metropolitan Men's Choir
MFL MarMac Men's Quartet
Southwest Minnesota Men's Chorus
Staples Area Men's Chorus
The Avon Old Farms School Riddlers
The Big Canoe Chapel Men's Chorus
Wartburg College Ritterchor
West Point Alumni Glee Club
Citrus Community Concert Choir
Island Chamber Singers
Richmond Symphony Chorus
The Choir of Rugby School
The VCU Commonwealth Singers (VA)
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Chariton High School Choir

Tyler Urich grew up in Garner, IA and graduated from Garner-Hayfield High School in 2003. Mr. Urich earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wartburg College in 2007. While at Wartburg, he had the opportunity to perform in some of the most famous opera houses and cathedrals in the world, including Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, Chicago; Prague, Czech Republic, Eisenach, Germany; and St. George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa. In May of 2014, he was awarded the Professional Educators of Iowa Teacher of the Year award. He is currently in his tenth year of teaching. 

The Chariton High School Vocal Music department, under the direction of Mr. Tyler Urich, consists of two choirs and totals 105 students.  The Mixed Choir has 60 members and is open to all students.  The Concert Choir is Chariton High School’s premier vocal ensemble and consists of 45 members that must audition each May. All vocal music students also have the opportunity to audition for the annual musical and other small groups for the Iowa High School Music Association, including Solo/Ensemble Contest and All State.                
                
        

Cold Spring Area Maennerchor

As a teacher, Roger Towler directed choirs, bands and musical theater. A professional soloist, Towler sang an extensive repertiire, including oratorios, requiems, and art songs. He adjudicates state vocal contests. A composer of note, he recently premiered several choir pieces, including the sonorous WHEN MUSIC SOUNDS for choir and orchestra, plus the song cycle I PLAY FLUTE. His song cycle, poems by Jane Stembridge, (FREEDOM SUMMER) was recently featured by Song Sourch, in Minneapolis. In 2015 the Cold Spring Maennerchor premiered his MINNESOTA, WE HONOR THEE, near Lake Wobegon. He now leads the Maennerchor for their Carnegie Hall performance.
    
The Cold Spring Area Maennerchor was formed in 1937. The Maennerchor engages in Christmas concerts and Spring Dinner concerts in the community. They also sing at many local churches and perform at private functions. Perpetuating the German heritage of the Greater Cold Spring Community, the Maennerchor prepares an Oktoberfest every other year for the community which includes all authentic German music.  The choir has traveled to Europe twice (1991 and 2001), the British Isles in 1995 and Canada. They have performed at St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, and produced a recording at the Vienna Kulturhaus.    

Hampden-Sydney Men's Chorus

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Helena von Rueden
Dr. Helena von Rueden is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Chorus Director at Hampden-Sydney College, where she conducts the Men’s Chorus and teaches music courses.  She has extensive experience conducting choirs including the Piedmont Singers of Central Virginia (Founder/Director), the UC Santa Barbara Men’s Chorus and Women’s Choruses, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Chamber Singers.  She is a past fellow with Chorus America, Norfolk Choral Conducting Program, and Berkshire Choral Festival.  An accomplished mezzo-soprano, Dr. von Rueden has sung with Sanctuary in Richmond, VA, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Winston-Salem Symphony, Central Virginia Master Chorale, and Santa Maria Philharmonic.  

Nestled in rural Farmville, VA, Hampden-Sydney College is one of the oldest colleges in the nation, founded in 1776.  Dating to the 1820's, the Hampden-Sydney Men's Chorus is the one of the College's oldest student groups.  The ensemble enjoys a rich history of international and domestic touring, most recently visiting New Orleans in 2016. Projects with the Richmond Symphony, Sweet Briar College and Longwood University have been among the ensemble's recent collaborations.  The group boasts repertoire of many styles including folk, classical and popular music.  Go Tigers!                                

Jamestown Choralaires

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Pamela K. Burkhardt
Pamela K. Burkhardt is a graduate of Jamestown (ND) College (now University of Jamestown) with a BA in Music Education, with a concentration in organ studies. She served as a church organist for over 25 years, directed church choirs, and briefly taught public school elementary music.  She has a long repertoire of accompanying including church choirs, high school choirs, vocal and instrumental soloists at both high school and college levels.  Pam has been the pianist in the UJ fall musical pit orchestra for over ten years and is currently in her 20th year as the director of the Jamestown Choralaires.

The Jamestown Choralaires were organized in 1955 and have presented concerts ranging from minstrel shows to classical performances throughout North Dakota. They provide scholarships for college music students, for summer music camps for area high school students, and offer mentorship and support to the Jamestown Elementary Boys' Choir. The Choralaires present dinner concerts, formal concerts, and a church sing annually. In 1983, the Choralaires joined the AMCA as the only North Dakota member and have attended Big Sings yearly since that time. In 1995, they were named the North Dakota Governor's Chorus and gave several command performances that year. 

Metropolitan Men's Choir

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Tim Bauernfeind
Tim Bauernfeind has directed the Metropolitan Men's Choir since it's inception in 1995. Bauernfeind is a graduate the School of Music at the University of Minnesota and has taught in public and private schools around the Twin Cities. Tim has directed church choirs, is a soloist at area churches, sung in many Twin City vocal ensembles, and even been seen playing bass guitar in a few local bands. He also teaches sailing and is an avid golfer.

The Metropolitan Men's Choir is built around the pleasure of making music with good friends and reaching for the best within us. What bonds us together is the fun we have learning and performing great music. Our repertoire includes a wide range of styles: folk tunes, hymns, jazz, madrigals, spirituals, chorales, and barbershop. MMC has performed in venues ranging from the smallest churches to the largest concert halls with members of the Minnesota Orchestra, Twin Cities youth orchestras, recording artists like Dorothy Benham and Tom Tipton, and recently the Minnesota premier of “The Events” at the renowned Guthrie Theater.

MFL MarMac Men's Quartet

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Ms. Jaydeane Berns
Jaydeane Berns is the vocal director at MFL MarMac Community School District in Monona, Iowa. She directs the Young Americans Show Choir, Mixed Concert Choir, Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Middle School Mixed Chorus. She lives in Guttenberg, Iowa, with her family, Mike, Anna, Levi and Sophia. Jaydeane received her education at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Education degree. She enjoys health and fitness, traveling, tending to her flower gardens, and spending time with her family. 

The MFL Men's Quartet has been performing together for three years. This group is comprised of current juniors and seniors. They have performed at solo and ensemble competitions, local concerts, and sing the National Anthem at high school sporting events. The members of this ensemble are also involved in show choir, football, swim team, drama and speech.    

Southwest Minnesota Men's Chorus

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Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson began directing the Southwest Minnesota Men's Chorus in Fall of 2016.  She brings over 20 years of vocal and piano coaching experience in both Minnesota and Florida.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Crown College in St. Bonafacius, MN, and currently is the choral director for Tracy Area High School in Tracy, MN.  She also enjoys performing and has performed with, accompanied, or directed many local musical ensembles.

The Southwest Minnesota Men's Chorus (formerly the Marshall Area Men's Chorus is based out of Walnut Grove, Minnesota and is comprised of singers from 10 communities across Southwest Minnesota.  Their purpose is not only to entertain the many people that attend our performances, but also to enhance the lives of those of us that perform.  The Southwest Minnesota Men's Chorus is dedicated to excellence in the art of men's choral singing, but also promotes sociability and good fellowship among the members of the group.  The chorus maintains an active schedule of public performances including a Christmas Concert Series and Spring Dinner Concert Series.

Staples Area Men's Chorus

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H. Robert Freelove II
H. Robert Freelove teaches band and choir, coaches and directs the high school musicals at Pillager High School in Pillager, MN. Mr. Freelove received his Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, was formerly the director of The Staples Area Women’s Chorus, and served as assistant director for the Staples Area Men’s Chorus before being named director this year.Rob also has performed with various community orchestras, bands, and chorales. Rob is happily married to Anne Freelove, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition. Together they are raising three budding musicians, Paul, Joshua, and Samuel.    

Since 1935, the Staples Area Men’s Chorus, comprised of approximately forty men ages 15 to 85 from several small towns in central Minnesota, has provided a variety of artistic experiences for the rural populations it represents. The SAMC has collaborated with professional and university choral groups, local high school and community orchestras and instrumental groups, as well as local women’s, boys, and girls’ choirs to provide the various artistic experiences. The SAMC organizes these collaborations through Real Men Sing, our annual choral festival for high school male singers and through major works performances for our holiday concert series.    

The Avon Old Farms School Riddlers

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Sarah Paquet
Sarah Paquet serves as Director of Choral Activities at Avon Old Farms School. Originally from Michigan, Sarah was previously the Director of Choir and Orchestra and Dean of Cocurriculars at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. She has also served as Choir Director at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI and Point CounterPoint Music Camp in Leicester, VT. She holds a B.Mus. in music education (University of Michigan) and an M.M. in conducting (Yale University).

The Riddlers, the elite choir of Avon Old Farms School, is named in honor of the school's founder, Theodate Pope Riddle.  Members of the Riddlers perform on campus, record frequently and travel regularly for performances throughout the North East.  Concert collaborations have included performances with the American Boychoir, Pete Seeger, The Swedish Adolf Fredriks Choir, The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and El Coro Juvenil de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata Argentina.  The Riddlers gave their Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in a concert featuring music of the Americas in 2014, and were featured performers at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, MD.                
                

The Big Canoe Chapel Men's Chorus

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V. Lamar Helms
Lamar began his pursuit of music at age four, studying piano and organ. With full academic scholarships, Lamar attended North Carolina Governor's School; Wake Forest University, receiving his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English; and Southern Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity degree.
Lamar has sung with Atlanta's Elizabethan Singers, The Choral Guild of Atlanta, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and The Michael O'Neal Singers, and was a featured soloist at the International Choral Festival of Loreto, Italy, in 1994.Lamar has served as Big Canoe Chapel’s Director of Music since 1996.

Founded in 1994, the Big Canoe Chapel Men’s Chorus has sung for worship services for 22 years.  Since 1996, V. Lamar Helms has directed the group, expanding the group’s repertoire from gospel music to spirituals, hymn arrangements, contemporary music, and classical compositions. The group has averaged a membership of 18 men who have various levels of musical training. On special occasions, the Men’s Chorus has combined with other Chapel music groups, i.e., the Chapel Choir of mixed, and Bella Voce, a chapel women’s choir. Janet Larsen, associate pianist of the Chapel, is accompanist.        

Wartburg College Ritterchor

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Dr. Lee Nelson
Dr. Lee Nelson is the Patricia R. Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting and director of choral activities at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He conducts the Wartburg Choir and Ritterchor (men’s choir) and teaches beginning and advanced conducting. He also serves as the artistic director of Christmas with Wartburg, which is televised nationally each December. Under Nelson’s direction, the Wartburg Choir has performed nationally and internationally including an unprecedented performance at the White House and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Internationally renowned composer Morten Lauridsen praised Nelson and the Wartburg Choir’s performance of his “O Magnum Mysterium” stating: “It was in the top echelon of any performance of that piece by any choir that I have ever heard.”  Nelson was recently honored with the John O. Chellevold Award for Excellence in Teaching. An active clinician, Nelson has directed all state and honor choirs throughout the United States and Canada. Earlier in his career, Nelson won the National ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition in Los Angeles. Choirs under Nelson’s direction have performed at multiple ACDA conferences and at Carnegie Hall. A champion of contemporary music, Nelson regularly commissions and performs new works of choral literature. ECS Publishing distributes the Lee Nelson Choral Series nationally and internationally.                

The Wartburg Ritterchor was founded in 1997 and follows Wartburg’s rich German Lutheran tradition of choral singing. Translated from German to English, Ritterchor means “Knights Choir.” In connection with Wartburg’s heritage Ritterchor seeks to honor the Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther once lived disguised as a knight.
The goal of the Ritterchor is to provide students with the opportunity to further develop their musical gifts and talents. Ritterchor is open to all men on the Wartburg College campus. The group performs a variety of literature for events on and off campus. While working in a fun and friendly environment, Ritterchor members seek to produce a sound distinct and unique to a superior men’s choir.

West Point Alumni Glee Club

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Nancy Tittelbaugh Riley
Nancy Tittelbaugh-Riley has been a choral director, educator, clinician and performer for many years.  With a B.S. in Music Education (voice and bassoon) from Ohio State University and a M.M. from Wright State University, she has conducted choirs in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.  As an educator Nancy has taught individual lessons, made presentations, conducted numerous clinics and festivals and has directed theatrical productions.  A talented singer in her own right, she has performed in Italy, and as lead in several theatrical productions including The Mikado, PT Barnum, Of Thee I Sing and Oklahoma.                  
                
The West Point Alumni Glee Club was established in the Fall of 2007 to carry on the rich legacy of singing patriotic and inspirational music, a significant element of the Warrior Spirit.  Membership is limited to Alumni who enjoy singing and believe in the importance of traditional music in our service to the nation. Our members average almost 20 years of active duty service with over 75% being combat veterans. Our motto continues to be “No Fun Without Music; No Music Without Fun.” Our goal is to sing for veterans, servicemen, and their families in thanks for their service.          

The West Point Alumni Glee Club has been honored to perform for Honor Flights into Reagan National Airport via American Airlines and other carriers.  Honor Flights are chartered trips from all over the US to bring WWII, Korean and now Vietnam Veterans to Washington DC for the day to visit their memorials.  Here is a YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoU1rvRjiHQ  We have done over thirty of these flights.  We are also a partner with the Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Commission and are honored to be able to recognize Vietnam Era veterans with their pins of recognition at our performances.  Here is a link to their website:  http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/   Women entered the United States Military Academy in 1976 and have since provided their leadership in the US Armed Services alongside their male counterparts.  While this concert is primarily a male chorus event, we will have two of our sisters-in-arms with us in performance.  We plan to try to do some additional performances on President's Day weekend such as on the Intrepid and perhaps on Saturday mornings Fox and Friends.        

Citrus Community Concert Choir

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Jacki Scott
 Jacki Scott, MA – Founding Director of the Citrus Community Concert Choir:  Mrs. Scott hails from upstate New York and has studied music in New York, Texas, Kansas and Germany.  She is an accomplished pianist and organist and is presently the Director of Music at Faith Lutheran Church in Lecanto, FL.  Besides leading CCCC, she teaches private piano, vocal, drama and organ and is very involved with community theater, both with musicals and straight plays, often serving as Musical Director, Director, actor, and various other roles within the theater, with over 45 shows under her belt.  She is happy and humbled to be a participant in the choir today at Carnegie Hall.

The Citrus Community Concert Choir is now in it’s 14th season, after being founded by Jacki Scott in 2003 in Citrus County, FL and performing their first concert in December of that year with only 22 singers.  The choir has grown by leaps and bounds, more than doubling it’s size, and taken on many difficult works through the years.  They are a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization and their goal is to provide scholarship funding to local students that want to pursue music in some way at the college level.  Just last summer, the choir awarded $6000 in scholarships.  Their pursuit of providing good music to the area has expanded several times, becoming part of a Festival Chorus at the International Haydn Festival of 2009 in Vienna, Austria, again at 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and singing on board the USS Missouri on the 4th of July, 2011 in Pearl Harbor, and singing in Paris and Normandy during the 70th anniversary of D Day in France in 2014.  The members of the choir and their director are proud to be participants in the choir singing today at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

Island Chamber Singers

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Dr. Jane Walker Lindberg
Jane Walker Lindberg, DMA, founded the Island Chamber Singers in 2004 and is currently its Music Director. Jane holds a BA degree in History from Old Dominion College, an MFA in Music History from the University of Florida and a DMA in Music Composition from the University of South Carolina. She has served as an educator for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and was Adjunct Professor of Music History at Jacksonville University.  Dr. Lindberg is currently Music Director for New Vision Congregational Church, the Songspinners and president of the Board of Directors for Arts Alive Nassau.              
 
Island Chamber Singers (ICS) was founded in 2004 by means of a community meeting to see if there was interest in starting a choral group to perform classical literature. Since that time, the SATB choir has grown from 24 members to 56.  The vision of ICS is to provide an opportunity for singers to perform classical literature and to develop an audience on Amelia Island for that type of music.  Repertoire includes many of the major choral works as well as a wide variety of other pieces from the Renaissance to the present.  Concerts are performed bi-annually.                
                

Richmond Symphony Chorus

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Erin Freeman
Erin Freeman holds a joint position with the Richmond Symphony (Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Director of Choral Activities). She is also Artistic Director of Wintergreen Performing Arts and a frequent guest conductor of the Richmond Ballet. Previous positions include Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony, Director of Orchestras at Baltimore School for the Arts and American University, Conductor at Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute, Music Director of the Richmond Philharmonic, and Resident Conductor at Peabody Conservatory. Freeman holds degrees from Northwestern University (BMus), Boston University (MM), and Peabody Conservatory (DMA).         
        
James Erb organized the all-volunteer Richmond Symphony Chorus in 1971 for a December performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, under guest conductor Robert Shaw. For 36 years, Erb continued to direct and build the Chorus to high acclaim. Now under the direction of Erin Freeman, the Richmond Symphony Chorus enjoys a more than 40-year history of bringing choral-orchestral masterpieces to life as part of the Richmond Symphony. Recent performances include Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Virginia Arts Festival, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe at the Kennedy Center, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 for the opening of the 2015 World Cycling Championships.                
                

The Choir of Rugby School

Richard Tanner became Director of Music at Rugby School in September 2012, having previously been Director of Chapel Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, based at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. Prior to that he spent 13 years as Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral. He conducts orchestras, gives organ recitals and directs choral courses worldwide and in July 2017 he will return to Pennsylvania for the fifth time as Director of RSCMAmerica’s King’s College Course. He has worked extensively as a record producer for many of the UK’s leading choirs and organists. He has regularly worked on a variety of programmes for the BBC as Music Director, Organist and Producer and has been advisor to the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year competition since 2015. Richard studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University. Prior to that he was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral where he sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and recorded with Paul McCartney and Elton John. As well as getting a mention in the biography of a former England Football (soccer!) Captain, Richard conducted the choir at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham.

Rugby School, celebrating its 450th anniversary in 2017, and where in 1823 a local lad called William Webb Ellis first ran with the ball and invented the game of rugby football, is the leading co-educational boarding school in the UK.  Music at Rugby is exciting, diverse, of a remarkable standard and caters for all levels of ability. Chamber music, orchestral training, jazz, rock, music theatre and choirs are directed by a team of inspirational musicians. During term time, the choir's main focus is on leading the music in chapel services, a role set right at the heart of life at Rugby School. The choir frequently broadcasts for BBC Radio on programmes such as The Daily Service and Sunday Worship. It gives regular concerts, both outside and inside school, often performing large-scale choral works such as Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn's Creation and Mozart's Requiem with expanded forces, alongside a professional orchestra and soloists. In September 2015 the choir featured in the opening ceremony and at the final match of The Rugby World Cup from Twickenham Stadium. Some of the choristers are also members of the school's Rock Choir and a cappella ensembles, and many gain scholarships to sing in prestigious choirs when they leave Rugby.
 

The VCU Commonwealth Singers (VA)

The VCU Commonwealth Singers is a select choir of singers chosen from throughout Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2008, the group performed in Beijing with the Beijing Film Philharmonic Orchestra in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, and in 2013, the ensemble toured to Montreal, Canada for a performance with the acclaimed professional chamber orchestra Ensemble Appassionata. They have been selected to perform at several American Choral Director’s Association division and state conferences, and they devote multiple performances a year to the University’s core value of service to the community. Commonwealth Singers has performed world premieres by Daron Hagen and Jonathan Kolm, among others, and was the featured ensemble for a sold-out performance of Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Most recently, the ensemble performed with the Richmond Symphony in a performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 for the opening ceremonies of the UCI World Championships – to an audience of 12,000.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus

This is Robert Shoup's 20th season as Chorus Master/Staff Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his long-standing VSO partnership with Music Director JoAnn Falletta, he has conducted the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, and ensembles from the Prague Radio Orchestra and Czech State Philharmonic.  Recording credits include works by Hailstork and Stravinsky for the Naxos label.  He created "American Voices", a festival that earned an NEA "American Masterpieces: Choral Music" grant, and prepared the national choir of 1,800 singers for the 400th Anniversary celebration of Jamestown.   He holds degrees from Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities, and was a student of Grammy-winning conductor Robert Page.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus is celebrating its twenty-seventh season, and its twentieth under the direction of Chorus Master Robert Shoup.  In addition to regular appearances with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Chorus has performed with notable artists including Renée Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth, Skitch Henderson, Rob Fisher, Julius Rudel, Alice Parker and Robert Page.  The Chorus' tours have included performances in Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Salzburg and closer to home at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  The Chorus was an integral part of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown Celebration, critically-acclaimed performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces (Naxos recording, 2016).            
                
        

Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

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James Mick
Dr. James Mick, assistant professor of music education at Ithaca College’s School of Music, was appointed music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 2015. A pre-service teacher specialist, Dr. Mick guides future music educators in string pedagogy, orchestral rehearsal techniques, and conducting. He is a popular conductor of regional and All-State orchestras, a frequent guest at music workshops and conferences, and serves as president of the New York State Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Mick continues to be an active double bass performer in a wide variety of orchestral and jazz ensembles as well as serving as music director of the Ithaca Community Orchestra.

The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra was established in 1970 to offer young musicians of this city in western New York State superb orchestral experiences. Sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the RPYO has been enriched by the presence of the Eastman School of Music, the RPO, and the many professional musicians who have made Rochester their home. Its ninety middle and high school musicians are drawn from schools within and around the Rochester metropolitan region, where public school music education programs have deep and committed community support. Musicians formerly from the RPYO currently fill chairs in the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dallas Symphonies and the New York and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras, in addition to numerous other ensembles throughout the country. Whatever their later professional direction, all our teenage musicians experience life-enriching musical growth as members of the youth orchestra that profoundly affects their later personal and professional lives.                

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