Portraits of Healing: Tyler's Suite and the Music of Ola Gjeilo

Portraits of Healing: Tyler's Suite and the Music of Ola Gjeilo
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017
2:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
Dr. Timothy G. Seelig, Conductor Laureate
Stephen Schwartz, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Tyler's Suite 
A collaboration between nine of today's most celebrated composers: Mark Adamo, John Bucchino, Ann Hampton Callaway, Craig Carnelia, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty, Nolan Gasser Jake Heggie, Lance Horne, and Stephen Schwartz with librettist, Pamela Stewart.
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
James Meaders, DCINY Associate Artistic Director and Conductor
Ola Gjeilo, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Ola Gjeilo: 
Dark Night of the Soul
Luminous Night of the Soul
The Ground
Across the Vast, Eternal Sky
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Ann Hampton Callaway, Soprano
Kellan Christopher, Tenor
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Tyler's Suite
Stephen Schwartz
Ann Hampton Callaway
Rainbow Harmony Project
Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men's Chorus
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
Rainbow Chorus Waterloo Wellington
Four's Company
San Francisco Gay men's Chorus
Harmony: a Colorado chorale
San Diego Gay Men's Chorus
Connecticut College Camel Heard
Sound About - Charlotte
Choralation
Tone Cluster - quite a queer choir
Cantaria-The Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville
Winnebago Lutheran Academy Traveling Choir
Harmonia Choir of Ottawa
Musicorum
Henderson High School Choir
Wellington High School Chamber Chorus
James Meaders
Ola Gjeilo

Tyler's Suite

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Tyler's Suite
Tyler's Suite is a nine-piece choral movement dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi, a talented young musician who died by suicide after being bullied by his roommate during his first weeks of college. Tyler's Suite explores the voices and experiences of Tyler and his family, and ultimately shines a light of hope and endless possibility thanks to the music of today's top composers: Mark Adamo, John Bucchino, Ann Hampton Callaway, Craig Carnelia, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty, Nolan Gasser Jake Heggie, Lance Horne, and Stephen Schwartz with librettist, Pamela Stewart.
 

Stephen Schwartz

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Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit Wicked, and has also contributed music and/or lyrics to GodspellPippinThe Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, and Children of Eden. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio.

He has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. His first opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has  been released by Applause Books. Mr. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame​. Awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies. http://www.stephenschwartz.com.

Ann Hampton Callaway

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Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted recently by Broadwayworld.com as “Performer of the Year” Ann is born entertainer.  Her unique singing style that blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand's recent CD's. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll to name a few.
Callaway's live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics and originals. She is one of America's most gifted improvisers, taking words and phrases from her audiences and creating songs on the spot, whether alone at a piano or with a symphony orchestra. Ann has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood and is featured at many of the Carnegie Hall tributes. She has sung with more than thirty of the world's top orchestras and big bands, and has performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show Sibling Revelry at London's Donmar Warehouse. Their act "Boom!," a critically acclaimed celebration of the baby boomer hits of the 60's and 70's, was recorded on PS Classics which debuted in the top 25 on Billboard Jazz. Ann was featured in the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade telecast watched by 6 million people singing Emmy Award winning song "Yes, Virginia."  She took the symphony world by storm with her latest show "The Streisand Songbook" which she premiered with The Boston Pops and continues to tour with top orchestras across the country.  Said Randall Fleischer after conducting the show with The San Francisco Symphony, "Ann's tribute to Streisand is a glorious evening of great songs, brilliantly orchestrated and sung magnificently." After performing the show at 54 Below, she garnered two Broadwayworld.com Awards and the 2013 MAC Award for Show of the Year.   
Ann’s latest recordings have both met great critical acclaim- The Sarah Vaughan Project: Live at Dizzy's in 2014 and The Hope of Christmas in 2015.   She is featured on her sister Liz Callaway's holiday EP Merry and Bright as well as Arbor's Records CD Johnny Mandel: the Man and His Music. Her recent solo CD's At Last, Blues in the Night, Slow and Signature have received rave reviews as well. She has recorded two popular holiday CD's - Holiday Pops! With Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and her solo CD, This Christmas. Ann's other recordings include Easy Living, To Ella with Love, After Ours, Bring Back Romance, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the award-winning live recording Sibling Revelry. Callaway has also been a guest performer on more than forty CD's including Kenny Barron's latest CD The Traveler.
Ann's dream of working in film, TV and radio has been realized in several recent projects. She made her feature film debut opposite Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon in the Robert De Niro film "THE GOOD SHEPHERD", performing the standard "Come Rain or Come Shine". She recorded "Isn't It Romantic?" and "The Nearness of You" in Wayne Wong's "LAST HOLIDAY", starring Queen Latifah. Ann wrote songs for the upcoming movie musical "STATE OF AFFAIRS", to be directed by Philip McKinley. And, as a part of her mission to keep the American Songbook thriving, she has produced and hosted two TV specials Called "Singer's Spotlight With Ann Hampton Callaway" with guests Liza Minnelli and Christine Ebersole for WTTW National which dovetails into her highly anticipated radio series “This is Cabaret” which is gearing up for national distribution in mid 2016.
Ann devotes much of her time to philanthropic causes, both as a singer performing in numerous benefits, and as a songwriter composing songs in times of need. In September 2005, Ann performed her original composition "Let the Saints Come Marching", written to honor Hurricane Katrina victims, on a national TV broadcast on the Fox News Channel. Her song "Who Can See the Blue the Same Again?" was released earlier in 2005 as a single, paying tribute to the tsunami survivors and raising much needed money for The Tsunami Fund of The PRASAD Project. In the aftermath of September 11th, Ann composed the stirring anthem, "I Believe in America", which she performed on Larry King Live and released as a CD single. Just days after the tragedy, Ann heard an 8,000 year old prayer from the Rig Veda and composed the world renowned "Let Us Be United". Ann recorded the song with Kenny Werner, The Siddha Yoga International Choir and five-year-old Sonali Beaven, who sang in honor of her father who lost his life on Flight 93. It was released on CD and DVD and its proceeds continue to benefit Save the Children and The PRASAD Project.
Ann's father was Chicago's legendary TV and radio journalist, John Callaway. Her mother, Shirley Callaway, a superb singer, pianist and one of New York's most in-demand vocal coaches, was recently featured at New York's Town Hall, singing with Ann and her sister, Liz.
 

Rainbow Harmony Project

Justin Odwak is an active performer, choral conductor and vocal instructor. His performances include Soundstreams at Toronto's Koerner Hall, Rocky Mountain Music Festival,, the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium, Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall, and the International Karmiel Festival in Israel. Performing as soloist with organizations such as the Winnipeg Singers, Canzona, Camerata Nova, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, in Messiah with Orchestra London and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. As a choral conductor, Justin is co-founder and director of the Kolot Choir at the Rady JCC, is the current choir director of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue in Winnipeg.

Now in its 18th season, the 70-voice ensemble is celebrated for its musicianship, creative programming and community outreach.  Under the dynamic leadership of Co-Artistic Directors Johanna Hildebrand and Justin Odwak, the Rainbow Harmony Project sings a wide repertoire ranging from classical to pop, jazzy to folk – often with a “queer” twist but always leaving its audiences uplifted and inspired.  We build bridges to all people by providing a positive, affirming image of the LGBTQ2 community.  Each year the Chorus offers two concerts, “Many Gifts” in December and a spring concert in May, reaching an audience of approximately 900.  In addition, the chorus performs in churches and at community events.

Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men's Chorus

Angel Lira’s musical experience began as a child, when he played tuba, trumpet, and piano. He earned a scholarship to a fine arts magnet school in San Antonio. He later studied at Valley City State University, Austin Community College, and Minnesota State University Moorhead, majoring in vocal performance with minors in trumpet and piano. Lira began as a co-director of the chorus in May 2014, and assumed the Artistic Director position later that year. Lira has led FMGMC through four concert seasons and countless local performances, and says he is excited to share FMGMC’s talents on a NYC stage!

The Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men’s Chorus is a group of gay, bisexual, and supportive men who love to sing. Our purpose is to use music to change the general public’s image and attitude toward the LGBTQ+ community; to provide high quality choral performances; and to make the world a better place. New members are always welcome. It doesn’t matter if they have a degree in Music Performance or if they have never sung in a choir, as long as they enjoy singing. The chorus was formed in 2014 and has presented five concerts with attendance ranging from 175 to nearly 600.

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus

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Dr. Ben Riggs
Dr. Ben Riggs joined Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus as Artistic Director in August 2012. Under his direction, TCGMC performs three major concerts each year and appears at dozens of outreach performances in the Twin Cities metro and across the state of Minnesota. Ben recently conducted TCGMC in the Upper Midwest premiere of Andrew Lippa's oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, and commissioned & premiered Two Boys Kissing by composer Joshua Shank, based on the young adult novel by David Levithan. From 2011-2016 Ben served on the Board of Directors of GALA Choruses, an international association of LGBT Choruses.

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus (TCGMC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer community chorus whose mission is Gay Men Building Community Through Music. As an organization that celebrates diversity and uses music as a way to transform, educate and heal, the Chorus works towards the elimination of homophobia and intolerance through community outreach. Through musical excellence, this award-winning chorus has built a solid reputation for dynamic programming.

Rainbow Chorus Waterloo Wellington

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Annetta Whetham
Rainbow Chorus Waterloo Wellington formed by four friends in November 1994, and had their performance debut at the Spring 1995 AIDS Walk. In the more than 20 years since forming, the chorus has put on concert productions, participated in community events and national and international festivals. The Rainbow Chorus also performs in 5, self-produced concerts each season in Guelph and Waterloo-Wellington Region. Accomplishments include: charitable status in 2000 and incorporation in 2005;Canadian GALA debut, Toronto, June 2002; International GALA debut in Montreal July 2004; Carnegie Hall, New York. February 19, 2006; Canadian Unison, Winnipeg 2010, Ottawa 2014

Four's Company

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Carol DellaBarca & Linda Gilchrist
Sisters Carol Della Barca & Linda Gilchrist have spent their lives immersed in music; from their earliest roots in the theatre following their Father’s Opera career and Company, to their individual paths as performers, teachers and mentors across the communities they have lived and worked in. Together they have collaborated on Musicals, Opera’s, Workshops, Choirs and Youth Theatre and have mentored and encouraged dozens of talented young performers to pursue careers within the Performing Arts.

Established in 2010 and from a small town in New Zealand, Four’s Company are an energetic, fun group of amateur theatrical artists who share the joy of performing, singing and acting together. Ranging in age from 13 – 60+ years the group consists of every-day people with regular lives, who represent a large cross-section of the community. As a choir, their performance style is dramatic, light-hearted and embraces many genres of music including Pop, Gospel, Musical Theatre and Classical.

San Francisco Gay men's Chorus

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Dr. Timothy G. Seelig
Tim Seelig is conductor, singer, teacher and motivational speaker. In addition to Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, he continues a busy guest-conducting schedule. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Turtle Creek Chorale, which he conducted for 20 years. Dr. Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has authored seven books and DVDs on choral technique. His recordings have been on Billboard Top Ten and iTunes Top Ten classical charts. The PBS documentary about the TCC received the national Emmy award for best documentary.  Dr. Seelig’s first career was as a singer: European operatic debut at the Staatsoper in St. Gallen, Switzerland; solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall; and world premieres of composers including John Corigliano, Conrad Susa and Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach).   Grammy Magazine says, “Dr. Seelig takes eclecticism to new heights.” Fanfare Magazine says he raises singers from “the ranks of amateur choir to one receiving wide recognition for excellent performances.” The New York Times calls Seelig an “expressive performer,” and the Fort Worth Star Telegram quips, “Seelig slices a thick cut of ham.” He is married to Dan England and is the proud grandfather of the amazing Clara Skye and Eden Mae. 

Harmony: a Colorado chorale

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Bill Loper
Bill Loper has served as Artistic Director for 14 years. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he has taught public school music in Colorado for nearly 40 years, most of which was spent at Evergreen High School, where a performing arts scholarship exists in his honor. He directs local community theatre and has performed onstage as Sancho in Man of La Mancha and Man in Chair in the Drowsy Chaperone. He is proud to be participating with Harmony and the other choruses in Tyler's Suite.

Harmony: a Colorado chorale is celebrating twenty five years in existence. An LGBTQSA chorus, Harmony seeks to "embrace and inspire an inclusive community through song." Harmony presents two major concerts each year and has collaborated with Denver area organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Ringers, The Rocky Mountain Ukelele Orchestra, The Mile High Freedom Band, and local singer Hazel Miller. Singers range in age from early twenties to mid-eighties, and the chorale is comfortable performing anything from classical to show tunes. Programs include outreach to area schools, and the chorale is planning a tour to rural Colorado for Fall, 2017.

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus

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RC Haus
RC Haus is widely recognized as one of the nation's most innovative and charismatic artistic directors working today in the choral community. In addition to directing the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, he is the founder of the group's Chamber Chorale which has emerged as one of the most acclaimed and among the largest all-male masterworks ensembles. When he is not directing, he serves as the Rancho Santa Fe School District's Music Director. In the past, he has served as the assistant artistic director for the chorus, choir teacher at the School of Creative and Performing Arts, director of the East Bay Mass Choir in Northern California, produced a weekly musical television program and has worked with numerous churches as a choral director.

Since then, the Chorale has presented two sold-out concerts and made multiple appearances on the Balboa Theatre stage. Last spring, the chorale appeared in Berlioz’s Requiem with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus hailed by The San Diego Union-Tribune as “a masterstroke” and “a triumph” adding that “every chorus in town dreams of having a tenor and bass section that sounds like this.”
The Chorale performs next at the Balboa Theatre for SDGMC’s December holiday show Jingle presented by the San Diego Padres. It then returns to perform Verdi’s Requiem in March 2017 with the LJS&C and the San Diego Master Chorale. In June 2017, the Chorale travels to New York City for a special Lincoln Center performance of Tyler’s Suite, a co-commissioned piece under the direction of Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz.

Connecticut College Camel Heard

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Dr. Wendy K. Moy
Dr. Wendy K. Moy is the Co-Artistic Director of Chorosynthesis Singers and the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Connecticut College. Recent honors include being selected as a finalist in the conducting division (professional choruses) of The American Prize and as a conducting fellow in the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program. Her research focuses on the culture of singing communities and the factors that contribute to successful choral organizations. Wendy holds a BA from Seattle Pacific University, a MME from Westminster Choir College, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington.


Connecticut College is a private liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut. The choral program features two mixed ensembles, Camel Heard and Chorale. The Camel Heard, participating in tonight’s concert, is an auditioned vocal chamber ensemble that performs a diverse repertoire from the Medieval period to the 21st Century. It performs two concerts a term, participates in community events, and engages in outreach performances. Recent projects include collaborating with the Slavic Department to present a Russian Arts Festival, participating in a residency with the Quince Contemporary Ensemble, and commissioning/performing the Connecticut premiere of Timothy C. Takach’s “The Longest Nights.”

Sound About - Charlotte

Kathryn Mahan applies her conducting talents to projects with social impact. She’s passionate about choral music’s unique ability to build community, heal hearts and strengthen spirits. She and her producing partner, Ann Hooper, have raised more than $250,000 through community choral concerts. From 1994 to 2001, she served as co-artistic director of One Voice, Charlotte’s Gay, Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Chorus, and credits much of her training to the GALA directors she worked with during those years. Kathryn graduated from Queens University, where she studied with the late Dr. Mary Nell Saunders. A communications professional by trade, she works for Ingersoll Rand.

Sound About is an all-volunteer SATB chorus in Charlotte, NC, that comes together to build community while raising funds and awareness for social justice issues. In 2015, Sound About was the first chorus in the country to perform the SATB version of Tyler's Suite. One hundred singers joined the amazing Ann Hampton Callaway to bring a powerful bullying prevention program to an audience of more than 600 patrons. Through the artistic direction of Kathryn Mahan and the fundraising prowess of producer Ann Hooper, the program raised $30,000 for the Tyler Clementi Foundation and Time Out Youth.

Choralation

Director of Choral Activities, Wausau Conservatory of Music, Director of Choirs, DC Everest Middle School, Director of Choirs, Organist, St. John's Episcopal Church, Wausau, Vocal Director, Penguin Project of Central Wisconsin, a musical theatre program for Special Needs Artists and Mentors, Founder with Lily Burgess of ~VOICES~, a choir for Special Needs Artists and Mentors BA Piano/Choral Education, Carroll University.

Choralation was founded at Wausau Conservatory of Music in 2003 by Mrs. Burgess. They have been fortunate enough to be a part of four amazing concerts in NYC at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. They have performed under the direction of John Rutter, Stephen Alltop, Eric Whitacre and Rene Clausen. Regionally they have performed at the Grand Theatre in Wausau, Wisconsin, have performed at WCM's Una Notte Bella and have concert seasons with Choraliers, the Treble Choir from WCM each year since their formation. EVERY member is a gifted, beautiful soul with passion for music.

Tone Cluster - quite a queer choir

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Kurt Ala-Kantti
Kurt Ala-Kantti, Artistic Director for Tone Cluster-quite a queer choir, is also Artistic Director and founder of Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, Director of Music for St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, Artistic Director of Cross Town Youth Chorus, Music Director for the Cumberland Community Singers, and served as Artistic Director for the national choral festival Unison Festival Unisson, which took place in Ottawa in May 2014. With a keen interest in choral performance and excellence, he has been a member of several local choirs, including a founding member of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, singing professionally with the critically acclaimed Ottawa Bach Choir, and currently performing with the 12 voice renaissance ensemble Coro Capriccio.

In 1994 a few friends who loved to sing clustered to sing madrigals. After a while, they posted a small ad in GO Ottawa, added more members, and became a gay chamber choir. Tone Cluster has always been a great supporter of LGBTQ causes, and a safe space for many who could not be out in their lives, careers or families. Times have changed, and (fortunately) many barriers have dropped in those 20 years. Tone Cluster has also changed with the times, but is still a close community and a choir. While Tone Cluster started with madrigals, the choir’s repertoire has broadened to include almost every kind of choral music. Tone Cluster has drawn praise and attention from some of Canada’s foremost choral composers, and the choir has commissioned several new works. Tone Cluster's fun and innovative Show Tune Showdown (STS) is now one of Ottawa’s favourite entertainment events.

Cantaria-The Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville

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Cantaria-The Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville
Cantarìa is a voluntary, not-for-profit community chorus, organized to provide the opportunity for gay and gay-supportive men to sing together. Our primary goals are to achieve excellence in musical performance, to enrich the lives of participants through social and fellowship experiences, to foster Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community spirit and to present a positive gay image to the Western North Carolina community at large. Cantarìa has two primary concerts a year in the spring and winter. We also perform at a variety of events throughout the year including Blue Ridge Pride, the Queer Studies Conference at UNCA, the Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston South Carolina, and others that may come up. The month of February brings us Valentine's Day and that brings us to our annual Valentine's Day Pasta Dinner, Cabaret, and Silent Auction fundraiser - always a big hit! In addition, Cantaria regularly performs at the International GALA Choruses Festival held every four years.

Winnebago Lutheran Academy Traveling Choir

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Dale Witte
Dale Witte has been the choir director and Fine Arts Department chairman at Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, WI since 1993, where he also teaches Music Theory and Music Technology. Dale holds degrees from Dr. Martin Luther College (BS Elementary Ed, 1989) and Concordia University Chicago (Master of Church Music, 1997). Dale has prepared the WLA Traveling Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall on four occasions since 2004, most recently with Eric Whitacre in 2013. Today marks his and their first time performing at the Lincoln Center. Dale is also a published composer with Concordia and Northwestern Publishing Houses.

The Winnebago Lutheran Academy Traveling Choir represents their high school, their families, and their Savior, Jesus Christ, in more than 20 performances and church services each school year. They are an auditioned choir of sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Fond du Lac, WI and surrounding communities who are blessed to meet each day during the school day for rehearsal. They perform at WLA for five curricular concerts and lead worship in 12-15 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) churches each school year. While their main focus is on spreading God’s Word in song, they also perform secular choral literature.

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa

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Kurt Ala-Kantti
Kurt Ala-Kantti, Artistic Director and founder of Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, is also Artistic Director for Tone Cluster-quite a queer choir, Director of Music for St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, Artistic Director of Cross Town Youth Chorus, Music Director for the Cumberland Community Singers, and served as Artistic Director for the national choral festival Unison Festival Unisson, which took place in Ottawa in May 2014. With a keen interest in choral performance and excellence, he has been a member of several local choirs, including a founding member of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, singing professionally with the critically acclaimed Ottawa Bach Choir, and currently performing with the 12 voice renaissance acapella ensemble Coro Capriccio.

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa was formed in 2003 to provide an opportunity to perform choral music from Canada and around the world. The result is a group of singers with a wide range of choral experience from across the city, and around the globe, performing a broad range of repertoire with a focus on promoting local, and Canadian composers and compositions. The choir has performed in concert with various musicians over the years, including Julie Nesrallah, Kenny Rogers, the Maple Leaf Brass, Divertimento Orchestra, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Regimental Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards, and was invited to sing Brahm's German Requiem in Carnegie Hall with John Rutter directing. In addition to regularly premiering new works, and arrangements, including commissions from Canadian composers Mark Sirett, Stephen Hatfield and Brian Tate, the choir has taken on various projects; an Apprentice Directorship programme, a Composer-in-Residence programme, and Harmonia’s MosaiK Choral Festival, bringing top-notch choral conductors and composers together with local choirs to celebrate Canada's mosaic of cultures through music. www.harmoniachoir.com

Musicorum

Dr. Brandon Dean serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College where he conducts the Choir of Christ Chapel and Lucia Singers, and teaches courses in choral literature, music theory and music history. Prior to his appointment at Gustavus Adolphus College, Dr. Dean completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he served as the conductor of the UC Women's Chorus from 2008-2011. Frequently appearing as a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Dean served on the international panel of adjudicators for the 2012 World Choir Games. Other recent guest conducting engagements include the 2011 National Conducting Symposium with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Midwest American Honor Choir, the Dakota Valley Conference Festival, the Missota Conference Festival, and all-state music camps for the Iowa Choral Director’s Association. Dr. Dean is a past winner of the Nebraska Choral Director’s Association Graduate Scholarship in Choral Conducting and prepared the University of Nebraska opera chorus for The Bohemian Girl, which won the Best Choral Presentation Award at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. Dr. Dean is actively involved in several professional choral organizations and currently serves as the Chair of Youth and Student Activities for the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.In addition to the DMA degree in conducting from CCM, Dr. Dean holds the MM degree in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the BM degree in vocal music education from Luther College. He has studied conducting with Weston Noble, Tim Peter, Sandra Peter, Peter Eklund, Earl Rivers, Brett Scott and Elmer Thomas. After receiving the MM degree, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Ankeny High School (Iowa) from 2003-2008.

Musicorum was founded in 1995. Dr. David Taylor founded the group and served as Musicorum's first music director, from 1995 to 1999. Musicorum became well known for its December performances of holiday choral music in Mankato's Good Counsel Chapel. ​ ​ Today the ensemble has about 24 singers. The group performs many outstanding choral works that bridge centuries of composition. Musicorum holds its winter concerts each December, with spring performances the last Saturday in April. Musicorum enters this season committed to the mission that animated its founding: to bring outstanding performances of high-quality music to Southern Minnesota audiences.

Henderson High School Choir

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Jon P. Starling
Jon Starling began his education in Henderson, TX, where he graduated in 2007 from Henderson ISD. He continued his education at Kilgore College and Texas A&M University-Commerce where he studied Music Performance, Music Education and Pipe Organ Studies. Starling graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in organ in 2012. He became the first African American Director of Music for HISD in 2013, and is in his fourth year there. He is head director of the High School Choirs, and oversees the instruction of the Middle School program. He is active in within the music department of churches across the state of Texas which is his first love. Starling has performed all across the state of Texas, several other states, at Carnegie Hall and in Brazil. He is an active member of Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA) and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and sits on the board of directors of the Longview Symphony Orchestra. Starling is completing his Master’s Degree in Music Education and Curriculum Design, and plans to continue to earn his Doctorate of Musical Arts with Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

A team of twenty-five passionate singers, who continue to promote excellence through their musical expressions. Involved in many different activities, these young ladies never let the audience down when it comes to a musical experience had between the audience and choir. During the past three years, these young ladies have taken the reigns, and pressed forward with hast into a new day of musical experiences for the program. They made their first big stage debut in April of 2016 at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX. Nervous, they took to the stage with energy, passion, and precession. Up against 5 and 6A 60-70 member choirs, they came home with a third place honor in the Heritage Festival. Within two weeks following their return home, they were personally invited by Dr. Vladimir Silva of Federal University in Campina Grande, Brazil, to join the University Chorale in a recent performance which we were unable to attend this year. We certainly look forward to working with Dr. Silva and the Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil in the future.

Wellington High School Chamber Chorus

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Bradford Chase
Bradford Chase has been the director of the chorus program at Wellington High School for the past 10 years. He loves his job and the students he works with. 
The Wellington Chamber Chorus is the premier choral ensemble at Wellington High School in Wellington Florida. Students in this ensemble sing love music and each other.

James Meaders

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James Meaders
James M. Meaders is Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi College.  A member of the MC faculty since 1998, Dr. Meaders conducts the Mississippi College Singers, teaches applied voice, and heads the graduate program in conducting. The Singers, under Meaders’ direction, have performed on Mississippi (2002, 2007, 2010, 2012), Southern Division (2004, 2008), and National (2005) ACDA convention programs. He has conducted the Singers in Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, four international tours including Germany, Italy, Austria, England, and South Africa, three recent performances in Carnegie Hall, and a January 2012 performance in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. In 2004-2005, Meaders was selected by the Mississippi College faculty as Distinguished Lecturer in Arts and Sciences and was Humanities Professor of the Year.
Meaders has served on the Board of MS ACDA as President and R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities, and he has served Southern Division ACDA as R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities and, currently, R&S Chair for Colleges and Universities.

He was a member of the Format and Organization committee of the recently published hymnal, Celebrating Grace. Dr. Meaders is the co-founder of the International Center for Collaboration in the Musical Arts, a conducting education project based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Meaders is a frequent festival adjudicator, presenter, and clinician. In addition to his work at Mississippi College, he was Artistic Director of the Jackson Choral Society from 2002-2008, and he has been minister of music at Northside Baptist Church in Clinton since 2001.  He has conducted the Mississippi Baptist All-State Youth Choir since 2003. Professional memberships include American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees from Mississippi College, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he studied with Milburn Price and John Dickson.

Ola Gjeilo

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Ola Gjeilo
Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. He is currently composer-in-residence with Voces8. Ola’s albums include Ola Gjeilo on the Decca Classics label, a portrait of his choral and piano works featuring Tenebrae and Voces8. His debut recording as a composer and pianist, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was followed by its 2012 sequel Piano Improvisations, both on the 2L label. Phoenix Chorale’s bestselling Northern Lights collection of Ola’s choral music on Chandos was named iTunes Best Classical Vocal Album of 2012. All four recordings are available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. A full-time concert music composer based in New York City, Ola is also very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music. Ola’s choral works are published by Walton Music, wind band works by Boosey & Hawkes, and piano pieces by Edition Peters.