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
Ravenwood High School Choir
The Kimberly High School Concert Choir
Lumberton High School Choir
Longmeadow Lyrics
Austintown Fitch Concert Choir
VOENA
Hillcrest High School Vocal Ensemble

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.

Ravenwood High School Choir

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Lauren Ramey
Lauren Ramey is in her fifth year as the director of choirs at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, TN. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music and her Master of Education in Choral Music Education from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Lauren is currently the high school repertoire and resources coordinator for the Tennessee chapter of ACDA. Lauren is the assistant conductor of the Nashville Symphony Chorus and has conducted choirs and orchestras throughout the United States and Romania.

The Ravenwood High School Choir is from Brentwood, TN. Ravenwood choirs consistently receive superior ratings in both sightreading and performance at regional and state choral festivals. In 2014, Ravenwood choirs performed Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center with DCINY, as a demonstration choir at the 2015 NAFME National Conference, and as a spotlight ensemble at the 2017 Tennessee Music Educator’s Conference. Every year, many students are accepted into regional, all-state, & national honor choirs. The Ravenwood High School Choir is often acknowledged for its high level of musical excellence and looks forward to new opportunities to collaborate in the future.

The Kimberly High School Concert Choir

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John M. Popke
John M. Popke has been the Director of Choirs at Kimberly High School since 2014. At KHS, he directs four ensembles, serves as a vocal coach for musical theatre productions, teaches voice lessons to choir students, and teaches AP Music Theory. A Wisconsin native, Mr. Popke holds the Master of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in Instruction (K–12 Choral/General Music) from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (Winona, Minnesota), and the Bachelor of Arts degrees, magna cum laude, in Vocal Music Performance and Music Education, also from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He has completed additional coursework in choral conducting, vocal pedagogy, and vocal jazz education. Ensembles under Mr. Popke’s direction have sung at festivals in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. An active church musician, Mr. Popke is the Director of Liturgical Music at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He serves on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) and is the Tenor Section Coach for the 2018 WSMA High School State Honors Project Mixed Choir. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. Mr. Popke lives in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The Concert Choir is the advanced choral ensemble at Kimberly High School and consists of 55 10th–12th grade voices for 2017-18. The Concert Choir rehearses daily and focuses on advanced sight-reading, solfege, and SATB repertoire from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century, with a particular emphasis on choral masterworks and/or music of great European and American composers. This auditioned ensemble maintains an active schedule with performances at festivals, school concerts, and other venues and often works with guest conductors and clinicians.

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.

Austintown Fitch Concert Choir

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William Klein
William Klein has been the director of vocal music at Austintown Fitch High School for three years, and three years prior as the middle school director. He holds a Bachelors of Music from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and a Masters of Music from Kent State University. He resides in Austintown, Ohio with his wife, Megan Klein, and dog Charley. Mr. Klein is honored to be here with his choir family and his wife. He considers it an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to collaboratively work with this ensemble and Mr. Whitacre.

The Austintown Fitch Concert Choir, established in 1972, is a mixed SATB ensemble comprised of students from grades ten through twelve. The Fitch Concert Choir is the most elite vocal music ensemble in Austintown. The primary mission of the Fitch Concert Choir is to “Serve Those who have Served”. Since its inception in 1972, the choir has traveled throughout the United States performing at Veterans Hospitals, Veterans Nursing Homes, and VA Centers, traveling over one million miles. The Fitch Choir would like to thank Mr. Whitacre and DCINY for this unforgettable experience.

VOENA

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Annabelle Marie
Annabelle Marie has forged new ground as a composer, arranger, vocalist and musician with her lively and infectious reinvention of the children’s choir. Annabelle holds the key to unlocking the angelic resonance in the presence of each child in the choir. Incorporating movement, percussion and theatrical embodiment of music, the choir is a celebration of culture, sound, color, voice and humanity. Annabelle’s training and awards are on par with the best in her industry, but her training and life experience applied to create something altogether new is her gift to humanity that is not to be missed.

VOENA is a captivating multi-cultural, world music experience that redefines “choir” the way Cirque du Soleil redefines” circus.” Director, Annabelle Marie inspires over 120 children from ages 6-18 to celebrate music through voice, sound, rhythm, and physical expression. Singing in over 25 languages, VOENA has performed around the globe inspiring audiences at the 2012 London Olympics, the Grand Ole Opera, as repeat guests at the White House, for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome, at the half-time show of the San Francisco 49er’s, and the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics. They have traveled as goodwill ambassadors to Sicily, Bali, Italy, Ireland, China, Japan and Indonesia and were the first American Choir to sing at the Soweto Festival in South Africa.

Hillcrest High School Vocal Ensemble

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RaNae Pearce Dalgleish
RaNae Dalgleish Bio RaNae Dalgleish has loved teaching music for the past 29 years! She is currently director of choirs and orchestra at Hillcrest High School in the Canyon’s School District. She was thrilled to be named Hillcrest High School “Teacher of the Year” in March 2014. In addition to her 20 years as a public school music educator, she has taught private violin and viola in her Midvale/Sandy studio. RaNae served as chairman for the Utah Suzuki Association Celebration VII “Nurtured by Love” grand concert in 2007 and Celebration VIII “A Joyful Journey” grand concert in 2010. She has also served on the Suzuki Association Board as the Violin and Viola Vice- President. RaNae also loved her time on the UMEA Board as the Orchestra Vice-President for the state of Utah. RaNae holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a certification to teach grades K-12 from the University of Utah. RaNae loved her 8 years of singing with Dr. Brady Allred in the Salt Lake Choral Artists—one of the highlights being a tour to Japan with the Vocal Artists for a performance in the Karuizawa International Choral Festival. She is currently singing in the Mormon Tabernacle choir. RaNae and her husband, Scott are the proud parents of 5 musical children and 1 adorable princess granddaughter.

Hillcrest High School Vocal Ensemble is comprised of Junior and Senior singers. They are among the most dedicated students at HHS. Many of these students are involved in the school’s International Baccalaureate Program and other Performing Arts classes. They are actors, instrumental musicians, athletes, dancers and leaders in their school. They have many performances throughout the school year including performances on Temple Square, rest homes and senior centers, business functions and other cultural events in the community. One of our most memorable recent performances was in invitation to sing the National Anthem and other selections for the opening session of the House of Representatives at the Utah State Capital. Vocal Ensemble has received many awards including superior ratings at the UMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community and state of Utah. This is an event of extreme pride for our ensemble and we are overjoyed to be part of this unforgettable event.