GRANT US PEACE

GRANT US PEACE
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Catherine Sailer, DCINY Debut Conductor
Mozart: Coronation Mass
Trey Jacobs, DCINY Debut Conductor
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Inglemoor High School Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
MeeAe Nam, Soprano
Cabiria Jacobsen, Mezzo-Soprano
Nathan Bird, Tenor
Steven Taylor, Baritone
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Calvary Baptist Church of Denver - Calvary Choir
Canticum Novum, Stellenbosch
Colorado Christian University Singers
Sandy High Symphonic Choir
Itasca Community Chorus
Orono High School Choir
Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Festival Singers
Saline High School Chamber Choir
Williamsville East High School Chorale

Calvary Baptist Church of Denver - Calvary Choir

Kevin Padworski
Kevin T. Padworski
Kevin T. Padworski currently serves as the Director of Music and Organist at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver, offering leadership to its choral and instrumental ensembles. Padworski began his musical studies on piano at age 7, saxophone at 9, vocal and organ instruction at 13, and accepted his first professional organist position the same year. He was the Mozart Music Scholar at Eastern University and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with recitals in saxophone and organ. Padworski later earned a certificate in Leadership from Duke Divinity School and a Master of Music degree in Conducting with Choral Concentration from the University of Denver. Kevin performs extensively in each discipline and actively composes for instrumental and choral ensembles. He maintains a role as a professional accompanist and composer with various instrumental and choral organizations, including the Colorado Children's Chorale, the University of Denver, and Opera Colorado. Padworski is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians, American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists, National Association for Music Education, and is listed in multiple Who's Who publications.
Under the leadership of Director of Music & Organist, Kevin T. Padworski, the Calvary Choir plays a central role in worship services at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver by leading and offering music from the choir loft at the front of the sanctuary every week. In addition to worship the choir offers seasonal concerts and has performed diverse repertoire around the world.

Canticum Novum, Stellenbosch

Louis van der Watt
Louis van der Watt
Louis van der Watt, lecturer in violin and viola at the Music Department of Stellenbosch University, has been the conductor of Canticum Novum since 1996. He appears regularly as guest conductor with the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra and is the founder and conductor of Stellenbosch Strings, a youth ensemble. He has played in various orchestras from a young age, including the CAPAB Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and Stellenbosch Camerata. He is also organist and a previous conductor of the Tygerberg City Choir. He completed his M Mus (cum laude) in 2012, focusing on the Kyrie Eleison.
Canticum Novum, consisting mainly of students and young working people, is one of the few choirs in South Africa with a repertoire dedicated primarily to sacred music. Although part of the historic Dutch Reformed Church of Stellenbosch (Moederkerk), the choir is also a concert choir and has become well known for their performances with orchestras such as the Stellenbosch University Symphony Orchestra. These performances have seen them take on impressive works by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bach and Schubert, to name but a few. Throughout the 55 years of its existence this iconic choir has acquired a distinctive and beloved character.

Colorado Christian University Singers

David Kates, Director of Choral Studies, conducts the University Choir and teaches Choral Conducting at Colorado Christian University. Prior to his appointment, he taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he conducted the University Singers and taught conducting. He holds a BM in Composition (Louisiana State University), a MM in Musicology (Sam Houston State University) and a DMA in Choral Literature & Conducting (University of Colorado). Over his career, Dr. Kates has conducted performances with numerous orchestras in the Rocky Mountain region, including the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Sandy High Symphonic Choir

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Bruce Scarth
Mr. Scarth has been teaching high school choir since 1976. After graduating from Central Washington University he taught High School and Jr. High Choir in Lakeview, Oregon for 2 years, before moving to Sandy Oregon, where he has been the High School Choral Director for the past 36 years, teaching both Vocal Jazz and Concert Choirs. He is a member of the Oregon Music Educators Association, The American Choral Directors Association and The Oregon Education Association. Mr. Scarth is also active in the Boy Scouts of America, local theater groups, and performs occasional Solos for his Church. This is Mr. Scarth’s last year teaching High School Choir as he will retire at the end of this school year. 

Itasca Community Chorus

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Sam Evans
Sam Evans has been the artistic director of the Itasca Community Chorus for two years. He graduated from Concordia College - Moorhead, MN, with a degree in Music Education. At Concordia, Sam studied under the direction of Michael Smith, and world renowned composer and conductor, Dr. Rene Clausen. 
The Itasca Community Chorus is a 50 voice mixed ensemble made up of community members from the Greater Grand Rapids area. Since the early 1980's, the Itasca Community Chorus has provided a great for community members to come together to share in their talents of music making. The chorus has performed all varieties of music from Handel's "Messiah", to Broadway tunes. They are looking forward to their first tour as an ensemble, and sharing the experiences of the big stage with their community. 

Orono High School Choir

Nichole Brenna
Nichole Brenna & Shannon McCauley
Nichole Brenna is currently serving in her 8th year as Director of Vocal Music at Orono High School in Long Lake, Minnesota. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Michigan State University. Ms. Brenna previously taught vocal music at Ypsilanti High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan and Northwest High School in Jackson, Michigan. Ms. Brenna resides in Savage, Minnesota with her husband Jason and two sons, Reece and Anders. Shannon McCauley is currently in her 4th year of teaching in the Orono School District​, located in​ Long Lake, Minnesota. She teaches four choirs in grades 5-8, high school women's choir, and guitar class. Outside of the school day, she also teaches private voice, piano, and guitar lessons. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth and her Master of Arts degree in Choral Music Education at the University of St. Thomas​ in St. Paul, Minnesota.​
Orono Public Schools take pride in their many musical ensembles at all levels. At Orono Intermediate School approximately 85 students are involved in 5th grade choir. Students continue their music education at Orono Middle School, which involves about 180 students in their three grade-level choirs (grades 6, 7 and 8) and Spartan Singers, a select extra-curricular ensemble. Orono High School has 5 curricular choirs involving about 270 students; a 9th grade Men’s Choir, 9th grade Women’s Choir, 10-12th grade Women’s Chorale, 10-12th grade Men’s Chorale and an auditioned 10-12th grade Concert Choir. Orono Public Schools are located about 20 miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Festival Singers

Jennifer L. Neumann
Jennifer L. Neumann
Jennifer L. Neumann has been the Director of Choirs at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park since 2000. Ms. Neumann holds a B.A. degree in Vocal Music Education from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied under the late Dr. Leonard Riccinto, who conducted at Carnegie Hall in 2004. Jennifer also holds a Master in the Art of Teaching Degree from Marygrove College in Detroit MI. Additionally, Jennifer is an active member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Associaton. During her tenure, the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Choir Program has grown to include 11 choirs and 1 Voice Class. The P-CEP Choirs are consistently recognized as having some of the top high school vocal ensembles in the state of Michigan and in the region.
The P-CEP Festival Singers, a 42 voice advanced SSAATTBB extra-curricular choir, has a rich history and great reputation in the Plymouth-Canton Community. They have performed on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2004 with Dr. Leonard Riccinto and again in 2010 under the direction of Composer Eric Whitacre. Also, they have toured to Chicago, Illinois; Sandusky, Ohio; Toronto, Canada; Cincinnati, Ohio; the Michigan Governor's Mansion in Lansing, MI; Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI; and at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. In addition, the P-CEP Choirs have appeared on the NBC and PBS (WPTV Detroit) television networks. Also, in 2011 the P-CEP Festival Singers traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to perform as part of Epcot's Candlelight Processional with celebrity narrator, Chita Rivera. Most recently, in 2014 P-CEP Festival Singers toured Europe performing in London, Bath, Oxford, Stratford Upon Avon, and Warwick.

Saline High School Chamber Choir

Sarah Price has been the vocal director at Saline High School for two years. She teaches 5 choral ensembles, a variety of secondary general music courses, and the musical production. Sarah previously taught in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education at Michigan State University. Sarah is also an active performer and singer-songwriter.
The Saline High School Chamber Choir is Saline’s select vocal ensemble. Chamber Choir members are deeply committed to the rigorous study of fine vocal literature and are passionate about their musical development. Over the years, the choir has consistently earned top ratings at MSVMA Choral Festival, Solo & Ensemble Festival, and has also been invited to perform at The Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Many students have also been involved in the MSVMA Honor Choirs. The Saline High School Chamber Choir is an auditioned group for tenth through twelfth grade singers.

Williamsville East High School Chorale

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Maureen J. Reilly
Maureen J. Reilly received her BM in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University at Buffalo and her MM in Choral Conducting from The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She has been teaching for twenty 25 years, 22 of which at Williamsville East High School where she directs four choirs, and teaches Music Theory and AP Music Theory. Her choirs have consistently received gold medal ratings at the New York State School Music Association Major Choral Festival and top honors at several national music festivals. Last year she was awarded the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Erie County Music Educator Association Award for Excellence in Music Education.
Williamsville East High School Chorale is an eighty-eight member select chorus comprised mostly of juniors and seniors under the direction of Maureen Reilly. The Chorale's repertoire embraces diverse cultures and traditions and covers an extensive range of musical genres, from Baroque works to challenging contemporary pieces. Each fall the ensemble performs with one of the three orchestras in the Williamsville School District. Past repertoire featured works by Copland, Bernstein, Persichetti, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Poulenc. The Chorale participates in the NYSSMA Major Choral Festivals where they have consistently received top ratings.