Life and Remembrance

Life and Remembrance
Monday, May 25, 2015
7:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
Mark Hayes, Composer/Conductor
Mark Hayes: Requiem
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Pepper Choplin, Composer/Conductor
Choplin: Our Father: A Journey Through the Lord's Prayer (New York Premiere), New York Premiere

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Mark Gilgallon, Baritone
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Participating Ensembles:

The Fox Valley Festival Chorus
Great Bridge Presbyterian Chancel Choir
Jefferson City High School Jay Choir
Mountain View Presbyterian Church
Olde Towne Chamber Singers
Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines Chancel Choir
North Stuart Baptist Church/Treasure Coast Community Singers
Trinity Lutheran Church Choir
UCC Sanctuary Choir of Norwell, MA
Wytheville Community College Choir
The Alamance Chorale
Adult Choir of Ardmore Baptist Church
Asbury Singers
Clemmons United Methodist Church Chancel Choir
North Raleigh UMC Chancel Choir
Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Colorado
Wake Forest United Methodist Covenant Choir
Ponca City Festival Singers

The Fox Valley Festival Chorus

Mary Beth McCarthy
Mary Beth McCarthy
Mary Beth McCarthy is a professional vocal artist and serves as the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Fox Valley Festival Chorus. As a vocalist, she won a place in the International Bel Canto Competition, and worked with Martina Arroyo, Giorgio Tozzi and Natalie Limonick. In the Lincoln Opera Company of Chicago, she performed various roles. McCarthy has received multiple Awards, at both the University and High School levels, which honor excellence in education. She reconstructed the Aurora University Vocal Music Program, created Illinois' only all-girl Symphony Orchestra at Rosary High School and directs Instrumental Music at IMSA. She received degrees from Northwestern University and North Central College.
Celebrating their 65th year, The Fox Valley Festival Chorus is Chicagoland’s original community Chorus. The Chorus has received numerous awards including a performance at the The World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, winning the Johnny Mann Medal for Choral Excellence in Chicago, Illinois and an appearance under the baton of John Rutter at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Performance highlights include: Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry; Rox Varon’s Today Show,; Kane County Cougars’ Stadium; the Fox Valley Winery and Mutual Ground. Members of the Ensemble come from the entire Fox Valley region and range in age from high school students to retirees

Great Bridge Presbyterian Chancel Choir

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Billye Brown Youmans
Billye Brown Youmans, soprano, is an active recitalist, conductor and vocal pedagogue, and has appeared as guest artist with numerous orchestras in the southern United States, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. As conductor, she is acclaimed for the choral sound she achieves encompassing music from the Baroque to contemporary repertoire. She offers workshops and training on diction, effective choral techniques and tone, and vocal pedagogy.  Under her direction, the Great Bridge Presbyterian Chancel Choir completed two international tours; Germany/Austria (2007) and Scotland (2012) with plans for a third tour underway. Ms. Youmans is the Director of Music at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, a Performing Artist Specialist at Virginia Wesleyan College, the soprano soloist for Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk, VA, and maintains a private voice studio.  She is a member N.A.T.S., ACDA and Chorister’s Guild.

The Chancel Choir of Great Bridge Presbyterian Church has successfully completed two international tours.  In 2007, Germany and Austria, and in 2012, Scotland.  Currently, the choir is making plans to for their third international tour to France and Italy.

The choir membership numbers sixty-five, including professional and volunteer musicians. In addition to weekly worship offerings they regularly perform on the church’s renowned Candlelight Concert Series offering concerts of classical sacred repertoire, include authentic Moravian Lovefeasts, The Last Words of Christ (Dubois), Requiem (Rutter), Christ lag in Todesbanden (Bach), Requiem 9/11/2001, (Dixon) to name a few. The annual Festival of Lessons and Carols draws capacity audiences, well over one thousand.  The church is located in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Jefferson City High School Jay Choir

Beth Dampf and Kiesha Daulton
Beth Dampf and Kiesha Daulton
Beth Dampf and Kiesha Daulton co-direct the choirs at Jefferson City High School. Choirs under their direction include the Simonsen Freshman Choirs, the JCHS Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Chorale, Chamber Choir, and the J-City Riot Showchoir as well as the Jefferson City High School Jay Choir. These ensembles have received awards and performed in festivals and competitions statewide as well as Washington D.C., Chicago, Orlando, Memphis, Nashville, and New York City. Both directors are active members of the Missouri Choral Directors Association, the Missouri Music Educators Association, and the National Association of Music Educators.
The Jefferson City High School Jay Choir is a select ensemble consisting of grades 9-12. Members of the Jay Choir also participate in the Simonsen Freshman Choirs, the JCHS Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Chorale Chamber Choir, J-City Riot Showchoir, and the Fine-Arts Musical. The ensemble members are not only active and successful in the choral department, but participate in a wide variety of academic, scholastic, and extra-curricular endeavors. With their diversity, the choral department of JCHS truly represents what it means to be a Jefferson City Jay.

Mountain View Presbyterian Church

Mountain View Presbyterian Church Choir is under the direction of Kay Randolph, Director of Music Ministries.  This vibrant group of singers is comprised of all volunteers - business folks, nurse, housewives, students, retirees - people from all walks of life who share a passion for singing.  They boast a membership of 100 voices and have made five trips abroad, sharing their music in England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and France.  The choir is known locally for their fabulous dinner theatres, which run for two weekends to sold- out crowds.  Being a choir member goes far beyond one anthem on a Sunday morning.  It is a ministry that reaches out in the community and to folks within the church.

Olde Towne Chamber Singers

Emily R. Clark
Emily R. Clark
Emily Rich Clark has just completed her seventh year as a music educator and fourth year as Director of Choral Activities at Olde Towne Middle School in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Mrs. Clark received her Bachelor of Music Education from Mississippi College in 2007. She is the president-elect of the junior high division of the Mississippi Music Educators Association, member of the American Choral Directors Association, and the fine arts representative on the Principal's Advisory Committee at Olde Towne Middle School. Mrs. Clark's choirs consistently receive superior ratings at local, state, and national choral competitions. Her Chamber Singers received Best in Class for Junior High Mixed Choirs and the Gold Award for Best Overall Junior High Choir at Festival Disney in Orlando, Florida. Mrs. Clark and her husband Scott make their home in Clinton, Mississippi.
Olde Towne Chamber Singers is a 7th and 8th grade mixed-voice, auditioned ensemble that is the top choral ensemble at Olde Towne Middle School in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Chamber Singers sings a varied repertoire of choral music. These students excel in vocal technique, musicianship, and discipline. Chamber Singers consistently receives superior ratings at local, state, and national choral competitons. Recent honors include Best in Class for Junior High Choirs at Riverland Choral Festival in Pearl, Mississippi and Best in Class for Junior High Mixed Choirs and The Gold Award for Best Overall Junior High Choirs at Festival Disney in Orlando, Florida.

Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines Chancel Choir

Blake Smith
Blake A. Smith
Blake Smith serves as Director of Music at Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs Village, AR, as well as Director of Bands and Choirs at Melbourne (AR) High School. He is a 2013 graduate of Henderson State University, where he studied conducting with Stephen Eaves and Ryan Fox and voice with Bill Higgins. He is an active baritone soloist, having performed as featured soloist in pieces including Messiah and Faure's Requiem, as well as titular roles in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. Blake is a member of American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists (Central Arkansas Chapter), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
The Chancel Choir of Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines is the Kirk's primary vocal ensemble. This 35 voice choir sings in weekly services every Sunday from late August through Trinity Sunday. Their selections range from Renaissance to 21st century, and have included pieces by composers such as Tallis and Vivaldi as well as modern composers John Rutter and Rene Clausen. The Kirk Choir sings a service of Lessons and Carols biennially during Advent, and frequently collaborates with some of the best young vocalists and instrumentalists in Arkansas.

North Stuart Baptist Church/Treasure Coast Community Singers

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Douglas Jewett
Dr. Douglas Jewett is Founder/Artistic Director Our Artistic Director, Dr. Douglas Jewett, is also the founder of our organization. He is an ordained minister and is Minister of Music of North Stuart Baptist Church since 2001. He and his family, wife Sharon and two daughters, moved to Stuart from East Tennessee where he was Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Clinton, TN, for almost 20 years. Dr. Jewett has a BA in Music Theory, an MM in Choral Conducting, and an EdD in Organization Leadership. In addition to his duties at the church and with TCCS, Dr. Jewett is President of The CenturyMen, a national male choir of professional church musicians, for 2015. He also has recently been elected to the board of MartinArts Council. He is the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International and the 2010 MartinArts Performing Artist of the Year. He has been an adjunct instructor at IRSC and has judged numerous choral and solo events for the Florida Vocal Association. He is a member of the American Choral Directors’ Association. Music has been a way of life for Dr. Jewett. He is a second generation music minister. “Music transcends the present aural experience. Music has the power to transport us to the past with both joyful and sorrowful thoughts. It can take us to locations all over the world. It can remind us of people who have been in our lives. It can move us to tears or make us explode in joy. I am thrilled to be able to share with you in an experience that contains such power.”
Soon after Dr. Jewett moved to Stuart in 2001 he realized a need for a community choir in the area. With the desire to “keep people singing,” he and a couple of local church musicians, Susan Adams and Pam Withee, began working to reach out to the community through the medium of choral music. The chorus began as a single choir performing a variety of musical styles. By the third year of existence, the need for more classical music surfaced, and the Ensemble (now called Show Choir) began. From year to year, according to the needs of the singers, children’s choirs have sung with the chorus, including a year when the middle school girls’ choruses sang. In 2008, the Classical Chorus began for singing the great works of the masters. Today, the organization, Treasure Coast Community Singers, is comprised of the Community Chorus, Classical Chorus, Youth Chorus, Show Choir, and a community outreach group that sings at nursing homes and retirement centers. Now in its twelfth year, TCCS musicians have sung to thousands of listeners. They have sung hundreds of different songs. They have performed in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York City. We are proud to represent the Treasure Coast wherever we may go. The organization is bright with talented people who volunteer their skills to make the organization grow. With the team concept for our organization, we are able to allow retired people to continue to utilize their skills in leadership and support of something they enjoy doing, singing. There is always room in our organization for you to get involved. As a singer, we have all levels of choir opportunities. If you have organizational skills that you feel are wasting away, you might volunteer with our organization to keep your skills sharp. We consider your attendance at our concert today a huge vote of support for us. We are proud to be singing for you and hope that you enjoy every moment. Just by attending, you are a supporter of our choir. We exist because of, and for, you. Bring someone with you to our next concert. Share the music, share the joy. TCCS is a 501©(3) not-for-profit organization with an active Board of Directors and members who volunteer their time on teams.

Trinity Lutheran Church Choir

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Julie Haydon
Julie Haydon has been the choir director at Trinity Lutheran since 2010, where she has enhanced the choir program and introduced diverse repertoire and performance opportunities for adult and youth singers. Julie is also Director of Cantare Children’s Choirs, a nationally-recognized program bringing music education opportunities to 2900 underserved students weekly in urban Oakland. Julie loves working with singers of all ages and helping them discover the positive difference singing makes in their lives. Julie earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Music Education from Holy Names University and has been a mentoring conductor with DCINY.
The Trinity Lutheran Church Choir provides music for weekly worship and special services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alameda, California where David Bringman is pastor. Under the leadership of choir director Julie Haydon and pianist Starr Brown, Trinity’s choir presents music of many styles, from classical to gospel and performs annually with a chamber orchestra, presenting major works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Trinity’s choir includes lifelong singers and brand new singers, working together to share high quality presentations that will be spiritually meaningful and uplifting for the Trinity community.

UCC Sanctuary Choir of Norwell, MA

Karen Harvey
Karen M. Harvey
Karen Harvey is Minister of Music at UCC, Norwell, MA, conducting four choirs in a multi-generational music ministry, and enjoys a career as pianist, educator and composer.  An M.I.T. Affiliate Artist, Tanglewood fellow and soloist with numerous orchestras, Karen has premiered many compositions, including several written for her. She has performed with the Cantata Singers in Boston’s Symphony Hall, and served as pianist for the Boston Pops Chorus and Boston Ballet. As Music Director for the Holiday Chorus, she led performances at Faneuil Hall for several seasons, and recently conducted a 175-voice choir at the Vatican in Rome.
The UCC Sanctuary Choir of Norwell, MA is one of four choirs in an active and growing music ministry under the direction of Karen Harvey. The Sanctuary Choir prepares music for every church service throughout the year, and also offers a weekend of free Christmas Concerts to the community which attract an audience of 1,200 people annually. In addition to performing the world premiere of Mark Hayes’ Requiem two years ago, the choir recently traveled to Italy to participate in its European premiere as part of the Festival Internazionale Di Musica E Arte Sacra at St. Ignatius church in Rome.

Wytheville Community College Choir

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Cynthia Jackson
Cynthia Jackson was named conductor of the WCC Choir when the choir was formed in August 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music with an emphasis in piano performance from Emory & Henry College and a Master of Arts degree in Music and Education from Radford University. She has done additional graduate course work at Westminster Choir College (where she studied with John Bertalot and James Jordan), The University of Central Oklahoma, The University of Southern Mississippi, Shenandoah University, Radford University and Virginia Tech. As an undergraduate, Cynthia was in the prestigious Emory and Henry Concert Choir under the direction of Charles Davis and served as its Student Director. Cynthia has been the Music Director and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Hillsville since 1991. Cynthia has taught music in Roanoke County Public Schools, Gloucester County Public Schools and at Carroll County High School in Hillsville. In March 2012, she was selected by national audition to perform with the Music in Worship Festival Choir under the director of John Rutter for the Opening concert of the American Choral Director's Association National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

The Wytheville Community College Choir was established in 2013 under the direction of Cynthia Jackson of Galax, Virginia. The choir has received many positive reviews in Southwest Virginia and has performed for standing room only audiences. Along with their local seasonal performances in the fall and spring, the WCC Choir performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Virginia Community College Chorus in 2013. The WCC Choir also performed with “Vita in Canto,” a women's chorus from Ekaterinburg, Russia. Wytheville Community College celebrated a 50th Anniversary in 2014 and commemorate that anniversary, the college decided to support a major gifts campaign to establish an endowment that would fully support the choir program at the college. 

The Alamance Chorale

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Daniel Privette
Daniel Privette is in his 7th year as the musical director for the Alamance Chorale. He has taught choral music in North Carolina schools for 15 years in Alamance, Durham, and Orange Counties.  Daniel has participated in several church choirs as director, member, and soloist.  He has also played Tuba in brass ensembles for church services. 
Daniel was involved in music at an early age. He was trained in music during the summers of his teen years at the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Nashville, TN. He has participated in school and church choirs and bands since middle school. He earned his undergrad degree in Music Education from Asbury University in 2000 and his master’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greenboro in 2007.
Music is a major part of Daniel and his family’s lives. Daniel hopes to spread his love of music to everyone he meets.
Organized in 1974, The Alamance Chorale celebrates its 41st year of singing and fellowship in the Burlington-Alamance community. The Chorale specializes in sacred and classical music, but its repertoire includes selections from Broadway musicals and popular composers, traditional folk songs, spirituals and madrigals. Membership in The Alamance Chorale is open to anyone who enjoys singing choral music. The goal of  The Chorale is “to provide music appreciation as well as music education to the citizens of Alamance County and surrounding areas.” In the spring the Chorale produces a dinner show as a fundraiser. Chorale members plan, prepare and serve a formal dinner in a lovely and gracious atmosphere of fine dining and then entertain their audience with a variety of light and easy-listening music.
Associate Member of Alamance County Arts Council and Member of  Triangle Sings.

Adult Choir of Ardmore Baptist Church

David Fitzgerald
David G. Fitzgerald
David Fitzgerald presently serves as the Minister of Worship, Music and Arts at Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC, where he oversees a music ministry involving multiple choral, handbell and instrumental groups and a Music and Arts Concert series. He has taught music in the public schools, at the college graduate level and has served in music ministry positions in churches in Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina for over thirty five years. David received his BA in Music from Lynchburg College and Master of Church Music degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. David is an active handbell clinician and has directed numerous State Handbell festivals and workshops. He has served as pianist/organist for the Virginia Baptist Male Chorale, The Northeast Piedmont Chorale and for music conferences and festivals in Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. David has performed with choirs on tours throughout the US and Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic. As an organist, he has competed in local and regional AGO competitions and given recitals for local AGO chapters.
The eighty voice Adult Choir of Ardmore Baptist Church provides service music for t worship services each Sunday and special concerts of music at Easter and Christmas in addition to special performances and major choral works. The choir has hosted Composer Weekends and concerts with Pepper Choplin, Joseph Martin, David Schwoebel and other major church music composers. The choir has also premiered several works at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly. In September of 1998, the Adult Choir recorded a CD of favorite anthems, entitled "With a Voice of Singing." Two other CDs have been recorded since then, "Christmas at Ardmore" and "When the Servant Sings".

Asbury Singers

Candace Syman-Degler
Candace Syman-Degler
Candace Syman-Degler, music director of the Asbury Singers at Asbury United Methodist, has a mission of producing high-quality SATB music every Sunday, year-round. Because composer Pepper Choplin’s work are beautiful and accessible, the Singers have performed six of his major works and numerous shorter anthems. Candace has been at Asbury for almost 20 years. She studied piano at the University of Illinois and University of Oregon, and has accompanied numerous choirs, musicians, and singers in the Eugene area.
The Asbury Singers are an important part of Asbury United Methodist Church, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Singers were invited to perform as special guests at the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, and at a Susan Wesley event. Dedicated to performing every Sunday year-round, the Singers also produce two full-length cantatas each year.

Clemmons United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

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Carol Covington
Carol Covington is the new director of Music and Worship Arts at Clemmons UMC, where there are nearly a dozen vocal and instrumental ensembles for musicians of all ages.
The 45-voice Chancel Choir provides musical leadership at CUMC's 11:00 worship services and collaborates with the church's other worship/arts ministries for Easter and Christmas presentations. In February, they hosted a Composer's Concert with Pepper Choplin and were delighted to join their voices with those of other area churches in the presentation of his sacred anthems. The choir looks forward to presenting Our Father: A Journey Through the Lord's Prayer at Campbell University in July.

North Raleigh UMC Chancel Choir

Michael J. Glasgow
Michael J. Glasgow
Michael J. Glasgow (b. 1977) is an award-winning composer, with accolades from the American Guild of Organists, SoundPrint Productions, VocalEssence, American Composers Forum and more. His Requiem premiered in 2001 with full orchestra and choir at North Raleigh UMC, and his numerous commissions have included choral, handbell, and orchestral works. His combination of precision, musicality and approachability have led Michael to a wide array of guest-conducting engagements around the country and abroad. He also serves as the Bass Section Leader of the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Choral Conductor for the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus (Rocky Mount, NC). www.michaeljglasgow.com
The North Raleigh UMC Chancel Choir (Raleigh, NC) is one of nearly 20 musical ensembles in the church’s vast music ministry, overseen by composer and conductor Michael J. Glasgow. With 50-60 singers, the choir presents three major works per year, with full orchestra; it also presents a biennial dinner-theatre revue. Unlike many church choirs, the dedicated NRUMC Chancel Choir sings year-round. It also features an auditioned subset of advanced singers, the High Notes Chamber Choir, all of whom are active members of the Chancel Choir. Numerous professional musicians have joined the choir due to its welcoming spirit and terrific sound.

Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Colorado

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Joshua Brown
Joshua K. Brown became the Minister of Music and Worship at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Greenwood Village, Colorado in August 2013. Joshua is a Master of Music graduate from Texas State University. While at Texas State University, Joshua studied choral conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Joey Martin and Dr. Jonathan Babcock, choral music education with Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, and voice with Brigitte Bellini. Joshua was the Associate Conducer of Texas State Chorale, Assistant Conductor of the Texas State Men’s Chorus, and a cast member with the Texas State Opera’s performance of Street Scenes. Joshua received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Tyler where he was a choral assistant for The Patriot Singers and University Chorale. While at the University of Texas at Tyler, Joshua was active with the UTT musical productions of Little Women and Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Joshua is also an active voice teacher with students who have achieved membership in the Texas All-State Choir, superior ratings, and outstanding performer awards at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble competition. Professional music organization memberships include American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Choral Directors Association. Joshua was previously Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Grand Saline and Lockhart, Texas.

The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Chancel Choir is the primary vocal ensemble. This 30 member choir leads in weekly Sunday worship services and special services throughout the liturgical year. The Chancel Choir consists of four Choral Interns and volunteers from within the congregation and community. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to 21st century literature. PCOC’s Chancel Choir collaborates twice a year, during Christmas and Easter, with member of the Lamont School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra. This is PCOC Chancel Choir’s first time being able to debut a significant work. 

Wake Forest United Methodist Covenant Choir

Elsie Shuler
Elsie Wenger Shuler
Elsie Shuler has been the Music Director at Wake Forest United Methodist Church for 15 years. She is also employed by Wake County Schools as the Heritage Middle School Chorus Teacher. Mrs. Shuler has been teaching music 32 years in all levels including elementary, middle and high schools. Her school choirs have sung in Europe, Carnegie Hall, Disney World and Busch Gardens. She has a Music Ed. degree from the College of Wooster, Wooster OH and a Master of Arts from the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Mrs. Shuler is also a National Board certified teacher. She and her husband Bill have been married 8 years and have two children and three grandchildren.
This is the first tour of it's kind for Wake Forest United Methodist Covenant Choir. Traditionally this choir is a Sunday morning choir but have been inspired by the music of Pepper Choplin and his leadership in our community. The choir hosted a Festival in October 2014 with Mr. Choplin as guest conductor. The Festival represented singers from five area churches and had more than 70 singers. The WFUMC Covenant Choir also sang several of Mr. Choplin's Easter and Christmas cantatas. We are delighted to participate in this Debut tour and to represent our church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Ponca City Festival Singers

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Joycelynn Davidson
Ponca City Festival Singers is a group created following a “Meet the Composer” weekend with Pepper Choplin in February of 2015.  First United Methodist Church of Ponca City, Oklahoma, hosts a weekend of this type every other year.  We have opened the event to churches and singers in and around the area creating an ecumenical choir of over 50 singers.  Pepper extended the invitation for us to participate in the New York premiere of “Our Father” while he was in Ponca City working with us.  Eighteen singers from this choir plus a few others were able to make the commitment on such short notice.  We are extremely pleased to be included.