A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass

A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass
Friday, May 22, 2015
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Tim Sharp, Composer/Conductor
Tim Sharp/Wes Ramsay: A High, Lonesome Bluegrass Mass 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International 
Mary Margaret Sadler, Director
From the Voice Comes Inspiration...
Navo Middle School Varsity Treble Choir
Nollie Moore, Tenor
Chuck Nation Band, Special Guests
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Participating Ensembles:

The Jane Froman Singers
Rutherford Community Chorus
Murfreesboro Community Men's Chorus
Our Lady of Loreto Parish Cantati Loreti
The Voices of the Mountains
Navo Middle School Varsity Treble Choir

The Jane Froman Singers

Nollie Moore
Nollie Moore Jr.
Nollie Moore is the Director of the Music Program and an Instructor of Voice at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri where he directs the highly selective campus choir the Jane Froman Singers. He is the faculty advisor to the college A Cappella Society and the campus drama club, The Elysium Players. His singers can be heard on two professional compact disc recordings. "Simply American" is a compilation of performances from the groups many international tours and "Peace", a full length disc containing several of the works performed by the group annually at the home campus Holiday Lighting Festival. Concert tours have taken members to New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the great Cathedrals of Scotland, England, Austria, Italy, and Ireland and the state of the art concert halls of The Republic of China. He is active as a professional tenor singing regularly with the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. He most recently sang the tenor solos for Handel's "Messiah" in Dublin and London to critical acclaim. He will make his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in NYC next May in a festival performance of Tim Sharp's High Lonesome Mass. Professional regional musical theater work includes The Music Man, Forever Plaid and Fiddler on the Roof. Moore has served or is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Columbia College Alumni Association, Theater Reaching Young People in Schools, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, and the Missouri Symphony Society. Moore serves as Director of Traditional Music for Broadway Christian Church. He also maintains a full teaching studio of local high school students who can consistently be seen in national honor choirs and in leading roles on stages throughout mid-Missouri.
The Jane Froman Singers of Columbia College is a mixed choral ensemble that prepares and performs a diverse repertoire that includes classical and modern choral standards, musical theatre, and show, jazz and close-harmony literature. Memembers of the ensemble travel extensively, entertaining across the country and around the world. In the new millennium alone, groups have performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall (2001), sang their way through Scotland and England, where they led services at Canterbury Cathedral (2003), were part of an American delegation to the All-China Choral Directors Conference (2007), performed in Austria with the Columbia Civic Orchestra (2009), and on their 2011 tour through Italy, led Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. In 2013 the group performed by special invitation George Frederic Handel’s Messiah in Dublin, Ireland, and London, England.

Rutherford Community Chorus

Tony Spencer
Tony Spencer
Tony Spencer is minister of music at First Baptist Church, Forest City, NC; a position he has held since 1982. Throughout his tenure, he has volunteered his expertise in the development of a community chorus. He received his MCM (in vocal pedagogy) at the School of Music in Louisville, KY. He also received degrees from Carson-Newman and North Greenville Colleges. He has taught on the faculty of the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he recently served as Southern Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music in Worship
The Rutherford Community Chorus began as an ecumenical choir that presented semi-annual performances of MESSIAH. Since their beginning in 1961, over 700 singers have sung under the direction of the founding director, Malone Thomason. In 2012 the baton was passed to Tony Spencer. Under the direction of Mr. Spencer, the Chorus expanded their repertoire with several performances that include Fall and Spring concert seasons. Most notably, the chorus sang High Lonesome Mass last April as part of the inaugural celebration of the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC. The concert was given at the Don Gibson Theater.

Murfreesboro Community Men's Chorus

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Jamila McWhirter
Dr. Jamila L. McWhirter is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University and Director of the M.A. in Liberal Arts Program.  She serves as a presenter, clinician, guest conductor, and festival adjudicator throughout the United States.  Her choral students and choirs have been selected for performance opportunities with the American Choral Director’s Association, Missouri Music Educator’s Association, and Tennessee Music Educator’s Association. Her music education research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and presented at numerous national conferences for MENC/NAfME, SMTE, and MTNA.  This is her 27th year of teaching.  

The Murfreesboro Community Men’s Chorus (MCMC) was created as a singing outlet for men in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and surrounding areas, as well as the men of Middle Tennessee State University who wished to sing in a men’s collaborative ensemble.   MCMC sings a wide variety of choral music including standards, short coral collection, jazz arrangements, and classical works.  The auditioned ensemble of 30 members rehearses once a week on the MTSU campus.  For special choral events, women from the community and university are also asked to participate in the ensemble.  This is MCMC’s fifth season.  

Our Lady of Loreto Parish Cantati Loreti

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Charles C. Nolen
Charles Nolen is the Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish in Foxfield, CO, where he oversees the liturgical program for the parish of 2,700 families serving as the principal organist and choirmaster. Charles serves as the vice-chair of the Music Committee of the Archdiocese of Denver and on the executive board of the Denver Chapter of the AGO. Charles holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Rhodes College and the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Memphis.
The Cantati Loreti is the main vocal ensemble of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish in Foxfield, CO. Comprised of 32 avocational singers, the choir performs sacred music spanning Gregorian Chant to modern compositions. Singing for all the major parochial liturgies on Sundays, solemnities, and feasts, the choir specializes in the execution of contemporary sacred music in a liturgical setting singing over a hundred works each year.

The Voices of the Mountains

Pat Flannagan
W. Patrick Flannagan
Pat Flannagan is now in his 33rd year on the faculty at King University where he teaches music history, conducting, musicology, choir, and voice. Dr. Flannagan is also the founding conductor of the Voices of the Mountains, a regional choir working with The Symphony of the Mountains. Flannagan earned a B.A. in Psychology from King College, B.M. in Church Music and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from The Catholic University of America. While a student at Westminster, his mentors were Dennis Shrock and Joseph Flummerfelt, and he had opportunities to sing and study with some of the outstanding conductors of the 20th century including Robert Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, Seji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Antal Dorati, et al. Under his leadership, King University Choirs have toured extensively in the U.S. and in Scotland and England. In December of 2008, King University was privileged to host Morten Lauridsen for a week of residence and perform a concert of his music. Dr. Flannagan has trained choirs for 5 different performances at Carnegie Hall, working with conductors such as Timothy Sharp and John Rutter. In July of 2010 and July 2014, Flannagan accompanied 20+ singers from King College and the Voices of the Mountains as participants in the Festival of the Aegean in Greece. Flannagan has also published several articles including Select Examples of Choreinbau in the Cantatas of J.S. Bach, The Choral Journal, December, 2000. Dr. Flannagan is committed to bringing quality choral literature and performances to the southern Appalachian Mountains. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator at choral festivals in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee.
The Voices of the Mountains was created in 2003 as an auditioned, regional chorus affiliated with Symphony of the Mountains. The goal of the chorus is to provide the highest quality choral music to audiences of all ages throughout our region of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virgina.

Navo Middle School Varsity Treble Choir

Mary Margaret Sadler
Mary Margaret Sadler
Navo Middle School Director Mary Margaret Sadler is currently in her thirty-ninth year of music education, and her fifth year at Navo Middle School in the Denton Independent School District. Having taught choral students at every level from elementary to high school, in addition to college voice, choirs under Mrs. Sadler’s direction have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, and top honors at state and national festivals, as well as a featured performance on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” by her A Cappella Choir from Mary Carroll High School, taped at the Corpus Christi Cathedral. The Navo Middle School Varsity Treble Choir was one of four MS/JHS choirs in the state invited to perform at the 2014 TMEA Convention. Mrs. Sadler was the Associate Director of The Woodlands High School Choir when the TWHS A Cappella Mixed Choir performed at the 1999 TMEA Convention, where she assisted in conducting duties and also appeared as a soloist with the choir. While teaching college voice in Denver, Colorado, Mrs. Sadler also worked with school districts in the Greater Denver Area as the Artistic Director for the Denver Area Chapter of Young Audiences, Inc. “My students, past and present, know that I have exceptionally high standards for everyone in the classroom, myself included, but we always have a moment for levity. We work together, laugh together, console together, understand together and accomplish together, thereby growing not only our music skills, but friendships and memories that last a lifetime.” Mrs. Sadler is a graduate of Sam Houston State University (B.M.E.) and Oklahoma City University (M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy). While at SHSU and OCU, she had affiliations with Pi Kappa Lambda, Alpha Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta and Kappa Delta Pi honoraries, as well as membership in Sigma Alpha Iota and Kappa Delta. Mrs. Sadler was the 2014 Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Denton Independent School District, and has been selected for honors by “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities”, as well as membership multiple times in “Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers”. Mrs. Sadler is an active member of TMEA, TCDA and NATS.
The Varsity Treble Choir is an audition only choir for girls enrolled at Navo Middle School. Members of the Varsity Treble Choir excel in a variety of academic courses, as well as participating in numerous activities such as National Junior Honor Society, athletics, UIL academics, the school yearbook and newspaper, art, theater, cheerleading, and Student Council. Comprised of forty-two singers this year, the Varsity Treble Choir is a consistent Texas UIL Sweepstakes choir, in addition to receiving Best in Class and Outstanding Overall Choir honors at festivals throughout Texas. The 2013-2014 Choir was honored to be an invited performing choir at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, one of four middle school/junior high choirs invited to sing. Varsity Treble Choir members also participate in TMEA Region 2 All-Region Choir, Solo & Ensemble Contest and the annual school musical production.