The Music of Eric Whitacre

The Music of Eric Whitacre
Sunday, Apr 8, 2018
1:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Eric Whitacre, Composer/Conductor
The Music of Eric Whitacre
Join DCINY and singers from around the world, and share the honor of singing under the baton of today’s most celebrated choral composer.  Eric Whitacre makes his triumphant return to Carnegie Hall as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Concert series, described by the BBC Music as the “#1 North American Live Event Choice” for classical music.
 
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Participating Ensembles:

Dubai Chamber Choir
Washington Township High School
Lumberton High School Choir
Longmeadow Lyrics

Dubai Chamber Choir

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Debra Louise Dixon
Debra is a vocal coach who works with high school students across many of Dubai's most prestigious academies. She has been the manager of Dubai Chamber Choir for 11 years. Having started her career on the musical theatre stage, Debra discovered her passion for choral music through this choir.

Dubai Chamber Choir was formed in 2003. Under the baton of Stuart Squire, the choir aims to bring new music and sacred classics to the Middle Eastern stage. The choir prides itself on it's melting pot of nationalities mirroring the Dubai expat landscape. They premiered the music of Eric Whitacre in the region in 2010.

Washington Township High School

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Joseph Zachowski
Joseph Zachowski is the Choral Director at Washington Township HS in Sewell, New Jersey. He is a member of NAfME, SJCDA, and ACDA. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The College of New Jersey (’04), and his Master of Arts in School Administration from Rowan University (’16). Mr. Zachowski is in his fourteenth year of teaching in Washington Township, where he directs the Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Chorale, and Pop Choirs. He is excited to share this amazing experience with his students, and is honored to perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Eric Whitacre!

Washington Township HS is located 15 minutes southeast of Philadelphia in Sewell, NJ. With a population of over 2200 students, WTHS offers a wide range of music courses including multiple levels of choir, band, orchestra, guitar, theory, and technology. TWP Choir has a membership of 156 students, with three large ensembles meeting daily and small ensembles after school. TWP Choir performs regularly at school, community, and regional events, including the annual NJACDA HS Festival. TWP Choir also holds an annual Pops Concert which has raised thousands for Mother’s Cupboard, Stomp Out Bullying, The National MS Society, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Lumberton High School Choir

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Tina Bernard
Tina Bernard is the head choral director at Lumberton High School in Lumberton, Texas. She has been teaching, conducting and adjudicating choral music in Texas for the past 27 years and her choirs consistently earn sweepstakes ratings at competition. Mrs. Bernard has a background in flute performance and frequently performs throughout the Lone Star state. She is the music director at First United Methodist Church Nederland and lives in Bridge City, Texas with her husband, Mike and their two teenage sons, Brant and Jax.

Lumberton High School Choir from Lumberton, Texas is located near the Texas/Louisiana border in Southeast Texas. Lumberton choirs consistently earn sweepstakes awards and perform at the Candlelight Processional in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. The award winning choir performs the National Anthem at several professional sporting events, annually, including the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets. The Lumberton Choirs have placed first in the Texas Renaissance Festival Choral Competition the past several years and have traditionally had superior ratings at all state level competitions. The choirs are under the direction of Tina Bernard and Lara Strawther.

Longmeadow Lyrics

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Kayla Werlin
Kayla Werlin holds music degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts. With over 30 years of experience teaching music at every level, it is high school where she found her true passion. She is currently Music Department Chair at Longmeadow High School. Under her direction, LHS choirs have earned medals at the state choral festival as well as the 2011 American Prize for Choral Performance. They have been featured at state and regional music education conferences, and have performed in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, as well as Italy, England, and Austria.

Lyrics is the honors SATB choral ensemble at Longmeadow High School. This year’s ensemble numbers 47 singers, grades 10-12. Lyrics has toured regionally and internationally, including Italy, Germany, Austria and England. Their repertoire comprises everything from masterpieces of the Renaissance era to brand new works and a cappella pop arrangements. Members of Lyrics represent Longmeadow in District and All-State chorus, band and orchestra. They play active roles in student government and clubs, instrumental ensembles and most of the sports teams at Longmeadow High School.