Ring of Fire: Pacific Sounds

Ring of Fire: Pacific Sounds
Monday, Apr 13, 2015
7:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center OLD
Anthony Giles, Director
Spice, Magic and Mystique: The Music of Southeast Asia
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
James Rice, Director
Ted Christensen, Director
Inglemoor High School Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
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Participating Ensembles:

International School Bangkok Chamber Choir
Mark Morris High School Vivace Treble Choir and Advanced Mixed Ensemble
NIST Concert Choir
Inglemoor High School Orchestra
Inglemoor High School Wind Ensemble

International School Bangkok Chamber Choir

Anthony Giles
Anthony Giles
ANTHONY GILES is Director of HS Choirs and HS Fine and Performing Arts Chair at International School Bangkok where he has served since 2010. Since moving to ISB his ensembles have been featured at regional events including BICF, IASAS CC, EARCOS, and most recently the 2013 Thai Ministry of Education Conference. For eighteen years before teaching at ISB Anthony was the Director of Choirs at Kentridge High School and Director of Music Ministries at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church both SE of Seattle.  His award winning choirs at Kentridge performed at the Washington State and NW Regional NAfME conferences as well as with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (the Orpheum), the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (the Pantages), and the New England Chamber Orchestra (Carnegie Hall).  For over a decade he co-directed the Northwest Choir Camp Senior Choir at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp on Flathead Lake, Montana, and served as the founder and director of Southlake Choir Camp (now a Musical Theatre Camp through the Kent Civic and Performing Arts). In addition to his current post in Bangkok, Anthony is active as a guest conductor, singer, and clinician. He and his wife, Jackie, and children, Zachary 12, and Cruz 5, love living in Thailand. Their daughters, Amanda 19, and Mackenzie 21, attend Colorado School of Mines, and recently graduated from Washington State University, respectively. Mr. Giles is excited to be presenting music of SE Asia in this his Lincoln Center conducting debut.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BANGKOK (ISB) is widely recognized as one of the premier international schools in the world. Established in 1951, ISB has a proud heritage of providing quality education to expatriates from over sixty countries residing in the greater Bangkok, Thailand area. ISB's vision – to be a model of excellence in educating students for success in the world community – guides all school improvement efforts. ISB students receive an extraordinary education founded on the highest North American standards enriched with international best practices.
 
CHAMBER CHOIR is one of ten vocal ensembles available to students at ISB. Arts offerings include dance, drama, design tech, industrial design, jewelry, photography, visual arts, band, orchestra, and choir. The other choirs include the Primary Choir, Panther Chorus, Belles Voixes, Middle Men, Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Les Chanteuses, King's Men, and VOX. Open to grade nine through twelve students by audition, members of the ISB Chamber Choir have been featured at SE Asian regional events including AMIS, BICF, IASAS CC, EARCOS, and most recently the Thai Ministry of Education Conference in Bangkok. Today's concert marks the ensemble's first appearance in North America. Participants are excited to be presenting music of SE Asia in this their Lincoln Center debut.

Mark Morris High School Vivace Treble Choir and Advanced Mixed Ensemble

Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell
Mark Morris High School is one of two schools in a small industrial town in Southwest Washington. There are four choirs at Mark Morris High School, and the choristers singing are members of Vivace Treble Choir and Advanced Mixed Ensemble.  Mark Morris High School has had a fifty plus year tradition of consistently producing quality musical ensembles that perform musically and expressively. Annually they perform across the state and region. There is a strong tradition of students and ensembles performing in state and regional honor choirs, the state solo and ensemble contest, and continuing on to participate at the collegiate level.
Brian Mitchell has been directing choirs at Mark Morris High School, in Longview, Washington State since the fall of 1995.  He went to college at Central Washington University where he earned both his B.M. and a Masters degree in Music Education.  Mitchell performs regularly in the Longview/Kelso area and frequently is requested to adjudicate choir festivals around the state. He directs four choirs at Mark Morris High School, is the district music coordinator, and is a member of the choir Chor Anno.  Brian has been serving on the board of Washington's chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards chair for high school choirs and is currently President-elect. Mitchell received the Crystal Apple Award for Educational Excellence in 2011 and the Yale Distinguished Music Educators Award in 2013. Brian and his wife Jenny are both teachers and are armature photographers in their off-time. He also loves wood working and fly fishing. 

NIST Concert Choir

Nicholas Trebesh
Nicholas Trebesh
During his college years Nicholas developed a keen interest in choral and instrumental music and studied music education with an emphasis in conducting. For the past twenty-five years he has taught music in Canada, Eastern Europe, Middle East and South-East Asia. In 2004 Nicholas earned a Master in Education from University of Victoria, BC, Canada. As music coordinator at NIST International School in Thailand Nicholas teaches MYP and DP music and is actively involved with the instrumental, string and vocal co-curricular music programs. Nicholas and his choir are excited about coming to New York to join this talented ensemble of directors and choral groups to celebrate music at Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts.

Inglemoor High School Orchestra

Jim Rice
James Rice
Jim Rice is an Orchestra, Band and Jazz Band Director at Inglemoor High School in the Northshore School District of Washington State. He is also an affiliate teacher of the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University and Everett Community College, and has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Everett Youth Symphony and a brass coach for the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Rice, an avid proponent of a well balanced music program, has had outstanding groups, earning consistent superior or first place ratings in all areas of instrumental music performance, involving concert, jazz, marching, and small ensembles in each school music program in which he has taught. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Central Washington University with a B.A. Ed. in Music, and has earned a M.A. in Music from the University of Washington. In addition to his teaching assignments, Jim Rice is the President-Elect of the Washington Music Educators Association and Past-President of the Northwest Division of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education. He has served as Vice-President of the WMEA, and in 2008 he was selected as a candidate for MENC (now NAfME) National President. As a member of the MENC National Executive Board, Rice served as chair of the Partnership Review Committee, member of the Centennial Planning Committee and National Conventions Selection Task Force, and was board liaison to CMENC, Society for General Music and General Music Today. He has served as the Chair of the MENC Society for Orchestra Education, the Organizing Chair of the 2007 MENC Biennial Northwest Division In-service Conference, the Coordinating Chair of the 2005 MENC All-Northwest Honor Groups and the 2002 WMEA All-State Honor Groups, as well as the organizing chair of the 1997 MENC All-Northwest Orchestra, and the 1990 WMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble. Rice was inducted into the WMEA Hall of Fame in 2008, the Northwest Bandmasters Association in 2010, and in 2011 was honored to receive the MENC Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award. In 2010, he was recognized by Central Washington University as an Outstanding Alumni and in 2014 the Inglemoor High School Outstanding Educator. Rice has served on several comprehensive curriculum development committees, and is active throughout the western states and Canada as an adjudicator/clinician, conducting the Wyoming All-State Orchestra in 2007 and the Washington All-State Junior Orchestra in 2011. He also has served as congregational chairman, elder, music committee member, and choir member at his church. He and his wife, Donna, have two children, Rachel, elementary music specialist at Fall City Elementary School in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, and Rebecca, elementary music specialist at Canyon Creek Elementary School in the Northshore School District.
 
The Inglemoor High School Music Program Inglemoor High School offers the opportunity for all students in the school to participate in a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles, and adheres to the philosophy that the study of music makes a difference in each persons' life. Emphasis is also placed on the philosophy that the larger concert groups are the key to the educational foundation of the program. Geared to the entire student community, we are able to place students in performing organizations, which allow the greatest opportunity for musical and social interaction. School groups serve the serious music student as well as those who desire a recreational and musical release from everyday studies. The ensembles perform regularly and are widely known for their musical excellence. Students have the opportunity to perform in the following organizations: Chorale, Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Choir, Vocal Jazz, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, Full Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and various small ensembles. Inglemoor students also pursue musical studies in Folk Guitar and Piano Lab classes. The Inglemoor High School Orchestra is an 85 member ensemble consisting of all string students and the Wind Ensemble is a 75 member ensemble consisting of auditioned wind and percussion students. Through a team teaching approach, the curriculum provides for large group performance opportunities, as well as ability based, delineated smaller chamber ensembles. The I.H.S. Orchestra and Wind Ensemble consistently earn superior and first place awards at local, state, and national festivals and contests, and regularly place students in state and regional honor groups.

Inglemoor High School Wind Ensemble

Ted Christensen
Ted Christensen
Ted Christensen is the coordinator of music for the Northshore School District and director of bands at Inglemoor Senior High School in the Northshore School District, (Kenmore, Washington), where he has taught for thirty two years. Prior to his teaching position at Inglemoor, Mr. Christensen taught instrumental music at Naches High and Middle Schools in Naches, Washington Instrumental groups from Inglemoor are generally in the top places at various contests and consistently receive superior ratings.  
In February of 2000 the Inglemoor Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the Washington Music Educators Association Biennial Conference as the only high school band selected to perform at that conference.  In 2003 the Inglemoor Wind Symphony performed for the Northwest Division Music Educators Conference in Bellevue, Washington.
Mr. Christensen graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1981 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in secondary music education.  In 1987 he completed his fifth year at the University of Washington. 1993 marked the completion of a Master of Education degree. 
In 2006 Mr. Christensen was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame and received the Inglemoor High  School PTSA Golden Acorn Award in 2010. 2011 marked his induction into the Northwest Band Masters Association. The Washington Interschool Activities Association Hall inducted him into their hall of fame in 2012.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Ted Christensen served as Washington Music Educators Association collegiate president at Seattle Pacific University and was local chairman (1989) and organization chairman (1990) for the Washington All-State Band.  Mr. Christensen has served 12 years on the board of directors for the Washington Music Educators Association. In 1998 he was elected president of WMEA. Mr. Christensen is frequently invited to guest conduct at festivals and adjudicate competitions throughout the Northwest.