A Winter Rose: The Holiday Music of Martin & Hayes

A Winter Rose: The Holiday Music of Martin & Hayes
Monday, Nov 26, 2018
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Joseph M. Martin, Composer/Conductor
Martin: The Winter Rose (NY Premiere)
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Mark Hayes, Composer/Conductor
The Music of Mark Hayes
Hayes: Hodie Christus Natus Est, A Carol Fantasia (World Premiere)
Hayes: Gloria 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Andrea Lynn Cianflone, Soprano
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

FUMC Marble Falls Chancel Choir
St. Thomas Adult Choir
First United Methodist Church Choir, Quitman, Texas
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Choir, Penticton, BC, Canada
Westminster Christian High School Choir
Saint Elmo United Methodist Church Worship Choir
The Chancel Choir of FUMC Uvalde, TX
Beale Memorial Baptist Church Choir
McEachern UMC Sanctuary Choir
Spencer Baptist Church Adult Choir

FUMC Marble Falls Chancel Choir

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Joni Bedard
Joni Bedard has been the Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls for 20 years. She directs Children, Youth and Adult Choirs as well as Handbell choirs and small ensembles. Joni Studied voice and piano at The University of Nebraska and completed her Music Ministry Certification for the United Methodist Church at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.

The 40 voice Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church leads traditional worship each Sunday and presents two or three Musical Cantatas to the community each year. They enjoy a diverse selection of anthems and love to bring in composers as Joseph Martin, Bruce Greer, Joel Raney and more, for special weekend retreats.

St. Thomas Adult Choir

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Pamela Mary Bazinet
Pamela Bazinet has been directing the St. Thomas United Church Adult Choir in Calgary, Alberta since 2003. Previous to directing, she was a member of that choir. Her musical interests also include directing school choirs, playing the violin, both in orchestral and fiddle settings, teaching ukulele skills to school children and adults, playing with a community ukulele group, and singing in Bach, bluegrass, and folk groups.

The St. Thomas United Church Adult Choir is an active group with approximately 45 members who provide anthems and/or hymn support every week for our church services. We meet once a week for rehearsal. Some of the other events that we participate in during the year include the annual 12th Night service with other churches in the north-west area, our annual "choir advance" previous to our fall start-up , the annual Octoberfest party, the bi-annual themed show and more.

First United Methodist Church Choir, Quitman, Texas

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Lepha Luttrall
Lepha Luttrall is a native of east Texas and received her Bachelor's degree in 1989 from Texas A&M, Commerce, Texas. While always having been a singer, she now finds herself as Director of the First United Methodist Church Choir in Quitman, Texas. She started this position in September of 2017. This has been an exciting time preparing the FUMC choir to come and sing at Carnegie Hall, for many, it will be a first time to visit New York. When not directing, Lepha and her husband, Jim, enjoy playing a round of golf each week.

The First United Methodist Choir helps to lead in worship on a weekly basis. The members come from a variety of backgrounds, from retired pastors & teachers to healthcare professionals. They also provide special music programs to the community during Christmas and Easter, as well as other holidays and special events specific to our hometown.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Choir, Penticton, BC, Canada

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Shayla Sipila
Shayla is a long time choir director. She studied (RCM University of Toronto) and taught piano, voice and guitar. Retired from teaching she concentrates her talents on directing.and composing. As a composer of choral/choir music, many of her works have been performed by numerous choirs throughout Canada. One of Shayla's compositions from her Christmas Cantata was performed in concert "Fanfare of Canadian Hymns & The Great Canadian Hymn Competition" October/09, in which she placed 4th. Shayla remains close to her Finnish heritage and is part of the world renowned Finnish composer Uuno Klaami family. Shayla and her husband reside in Penticton, BC, Canada.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Choir has been in existence for nearly 50 years. As most choirs, they rehearse every Thursday evening. The men and women of this choir are individually talented but have come to earn recognition as an accomplished choral entity. Each Sunday for the past 7 years they have offered an anthem which is recorded by their director and uploaded to youtube. At Christmas time, Our Redeemer Choir performs a spectacular Choral service. In late May they hold an evening concert followed by a "Strawberry Social" which has become very popular and well received in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

Westminster Christian High School Choir

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Lois Irene Shaw
Lois Shaw is the Choir and Theater Teacher at Westminster Christian School in Elgin, IL. Originally from Vermont, Shaw moved to Chicago to study Music Education and Voice at Wheaton College, where she served as Honors Conductor for the Women’s Chorale. Prior to Wheaton, Shaw studied Theater Performance at Addison Repertory Theater in Vermont. In her spare time, Shaw vocal-directs and choreographs musicals, leads worship at her church, enjoys hiking and is recording her first vocal-jazz album in Chicago. In 2017, she married her college sweetheart, Mike, and they now live in Geneva, IL with their dog, Macy. Ephesians 3:20

The Westminster Christian High School Choir, directed by Lois Shaw, is an ensemble dedicated to musical excellence for the glory of God. It provides students with the unique opportunity to explore music through diverse repertoire, as students learn theory, history, professionalism and vocal-health. Outside of school-sanctioned performances, the choir sings regularly at assisted living facilities, attends workshops at Chicagoland universities. Additionally, its members are encouraged to compete in district choral competitions. Westminster Christian School’s goal is to inspire students to discover God as they develop their unique gifts and display Christ confidently in their lives.

Saint Elmo United Methodist Church Worship Choir

Keith Walker is a native of Dalton, Georgia and attended VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois where he studied Voice and Music Education. A true performer with many credits to his name including singing the National Anthem at several MLB games and numerous outstanding roles in a variety of local theater companies' musical productions. Keith has been the Worship Music and Choir Director for Saint Elmo UMC in Chattanooga, TN since 2014 and is beyond thrilled to prepare his choir for this once in a lifetime performance at Carnegie Hall.

With nearly a century of history, the Saint Elmo UMC Worship Choir in Chattanooga, TN supports the whole worship experience in a variety of styles including traditional hymns, contemporary anthems, Southern Gospel, Praise and Worship and more. The 20 member ensemble contributes their talents regularly with an excitement and passion that will have you singing, clapping and praising along during the blended service on Sunday mornings. In addition to assisting worship, the SEUMC Worship Choir presents two Musical Cantatas a year for the greater Chattanooga area with most recent performances of Joseph M. Martin's "Canticles in Candlelight" and Pepper Choplin's "Come to the Cross and Remember".

The Chancel Choir of FUMC Uvalde, TX

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Susan Lovelace-Gerrish
Director of Music FUMC Uvalde, TX 22 years. Associate in Music The United Methodist Church, Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Have accompanied the choir to Carnegie Hall in 2016 & 2017.

35 member adult choir who provides music at two traditional worship services each Sunday. Share Easter & Christmas musicals with the community each year. The choir is the core group for the special community services.

Beale Memorial Baptist Church Choir

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Marcus Vaughan
Marcus Vaughan has served as the Minister of Music at Beale Memorial Baptist Church in Tappahannock, VA since 2013. He is a graduate of Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Music. This will be Marcus’ third performance at Carnegie Hall. Marcus and wife Gina have two amazing children a son, William and a daughter, Libby Caroline.

Beale Memorial Choir is comprised of 15-30 voices. We sing on Sunday mornings for worship. We sing various styles of choral arrangements and perform two concerts a year. This is Beale Memorial's Choir debut at Carnegie Hall.

McEachern UMC Sanctuary Choir

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Tanya Ghoreishi
Tanya has served as the Minister of Music and Worship at McEachern UMC for 27 years. She oversees the music program including ensembles and special events. Her extensive background in conducting and creative worship planning has made her a sought-after clinician and consultant at churches around the Southeast. Tanya is married to Abol Ghoreishi and together they have one son, Jordan. Tanya and Abol love to travel and are looking forward to their first trip to NYC. The best thing is to experience this with the choir and friends. They are looking forward to making memories.

The McEachern UMC Sanctuary Choir is made up of 90+ singers who provide music weekly in the sanctuary services. They offer several special programs throughout the year... including Christmas and Easter concerts. They are an eclectic group of people that enjoy the multi-generational fellowship and service. This choir is active in music beyond the walls of the church....to community events and service. They have been active in the needs of foster care, homeless, school needs and mentoring and many other important needs. There are many ensembles and small groups within the choir as well as accomplished instrumentalists. They love "doing life" together and are looking forward to joining others in this great concert.

Spencer Baptist Church Adult Choir

Kelly is originally from Sumter, SC. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Furman University, Greenville, SC, followed by a Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. After serving as a hospital chaplain for 1.5 years, she became the Minister of Music and Education at Spencer Baptist in Spindale, NC where she has served for the past twenty years. Kelly is married to Greg, and they have two children, Josh (a high school chorus teacher) and Connor (a high school student). Kelly is also currently enrolled at Gardner Webb School of Divinity, working towards a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

The Spencer Baptist Adult Choir has a long tradition of excellence. In addition to leading in worship each week, the ensemble presents two to three major works each year. The Adult Choir has been a part of the Rutherford County Chorus in previous years with many members singing in both ensembles. The Adult Choir is one of 5 music ensembles at Spencer Church and most of its members have been singing together for 40 years.