Bluegrass 57@7

Bluegrass 57@7
Monday, Feb 18, 2013
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Nancy Menk, Guest Conductor
Carol Barnett, Composer
Barnett: The World Beloved, A Bluegrass Mass 
Featuring Monroe Crossing
Joseph Martin, Composer/Conductor
Pepper Choplin, Composer/Conductor
The Music of Joseph Martin and Pepper Choplin
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
and Distinguished Concerts Singers International 
Monroe Crossing
Derek Johnson: guitar, lead & harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie: fiddle, mandolin, lead & harmony vocals; Matt Thompson: mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson: bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson: banjo.
Monroe Crossing, Special Guests
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

College Of Central Florida Patriot Singers (FL)
The Eastminster Choir (Canada)
Gold Coast Concert Chorus (CA)
The Choral Art Society Singers (ME)
Dolce Canto (MT)
Minnetonka Choral Society (MN)
The Marion Civic Chorale (FL)
The Muscatine Civic Chorale (IA)
Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus (IN)
The Choir of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, St. Paul (MN)
Williamsport Civic Chorus (PA)
Vocaré (Ireland)
Dundee Presbyterian Chancel Choir (NE)
First Baptist Church of Kernersville Chancel Choir (NC)
First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir (PA)
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Choir (NJ)
Greystone Baptist Church Choir (NC)
Hayes Barton Baptist Church Choir (NC)
North Raleigh Presbyterian Chancel Choir (NC)
Tree of Life Lutheran Church Choir (PA)
St. Armand's Key Lutheran Church (FL)
Trinity Baptist Church Adult Choir (NC)

College Of Central Florida Patriot Singers (FL)

Matthew Bumbach an assistant professor and the director of vocal music at College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida where he teaches classes in voice, musical theatre, aural skills and guitar. He is also artistic director of the Marion Civic Chorale. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Stetson University where he studied with Dr. Duncan Couch, and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida where he studied with Dr. Robert Summer and Dr. Richard Zielinski.
Matthew was director of choirs and guitar at Seminole High School, in Pinellas County Florida, from 2007 until 2010 where he led an award winning chorus and taught over 100 guitar students. He has been director of music for the New Apostolic Church, Florida West District since 2002.

Matthew has sung with a number of professional ensembles and community choirs and is an accomplished composer. In 2000, he was a winner of the Southeastern Composers Competition with his choral piece "Alleluia". His choral works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe by such groups at the Orlando Chorale, the Virginia Chorale, and the Fredonia State University Chamber Singers. A recent work, "The Poet and His Song," was premiered in April of 2010 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, NY.

Matthew lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife Melissa who is the current Marion county, Florida teacher of the year.

The Marion Civic Chorale is Ocala, Florida's pre-eminent chorus, providing musical entertainment for all of the Central Florida area. The Chorale performs at civic functions, residential community organization gatherings, and with church and high school choirs. In addition, we present concerts for the holiday season and in the spring, each year.

Members of the Chorale come from throughout the area, from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical experience, who all share a common love of music, singing and entertaining.

The Marion Civic Chorale seeks to promote and encourage singing talent in our area young people. Through your generous donations to our group, the Chorale provides Grat L. Rosazza Music Scholarships for deserving high school and college students to pursue further musical education. Winners of Grat L. Rosazza Scholarships are invited to perform at our Holiday or Spring Concert.

The Eastminster Choir (Canada)

Gold Coast Concert Chorus (CA)

Elizabeth Helms
Elizabeth Helms
As conductor, music director, collaborative pianist, music educator and church musician, Elizabeth Helms plays an integral part in building and sustaining a strong, vibrant musical community in Ventura County, California. She currently works with the Gold Coast Concert Chorus, Ventura College Music Department, California Lutheran University Music Department, Pacific Shores Chorale, and Church of the Foothills. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Redlands and a Master of Arts from California Lutheran University in 2005. Ms. Helms' deep belief in the value of music education and her enthusiasm for the collaborative arts makes her a sought after teacher, accompanist and conductor.

Gold Coast Concert Chorus (CA)

The members of GCCC take pride in its fine tradition of bringing a wide variety of choral music to Ventura County in Southern California. GCCC is a true "community chorus" that, besides presenting its normal concert season, entertains at the Ventura County Fair, and helps the fund-raising efforts of local organizations.
It is especially fitting that GCCC celebrates its Silver Anniversary in 2013 by returning to Carnegie Hall after tours to Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the British Isles. Among its international accomplishments is the performance of the British premiere of Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna". GCCC is honored by DCINY's invitation to participate in this fabulous concert!

The Choral Art Society Singers (ME)

Robert Russell
Robert Russell
Dr. Robert Russell is a professor of music at the University of Southern Maine, and originally from Roanoke, Virginia. He studied music and religion at Wake Forest University, choral music at the University of North Carolina and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the literature and performance of choral music from the University of Colorado. In 1979, Bob and his wife Linda moved to Portland to begin his work at the University of Souther Naine and je began his tenure as music director at the Choral Art Society.
The Choral Art Society Singers (ME)

The Choral Art Society of Portland, Maine, is comprised of three groups: Masterworks Chorus, Choral Art Singers and Choral Art Camerata. Singers represented at this concert are comprised from the Choral Art Singers, a mid-size group of around 55 singers. This group sings a varied repertoire of a capella and accompanied works performing 2-3 concerts per year. Our signature event is "Christmas at the Cathedral" the first weekend of December at an historical Cathedral in downtown Portland. These 4 concerts consist of music from several centuries and begin and end with a candlelight procession.

Dolce Canto (MT)

Peter Park
Peter Park
Peter Park is the founding conductor and artistic director of Dolce Canto. He received his B.M. in Music Education from The University of Montana and is an active guest conductor and clinician. Peter has conducted the Wyoming All-State Choir, Alaska Region II Honor Choir, Montana Youth Sing Honor Choir, and Big Horn Basin District Honor Choir. As a chorister, he performed as a member of the critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall Workshop Chorus under Robert Shaw, James Conlon, Sir Neville Marriner, and Peter Schreier. He led Missoula's International Choral Festival as Executive Director from 2001-2006 and currently serves on its artistic committee.

Dolce Canto (MT)

Dolce Canto is an auditioned choral ensemble from Missoula, Montana that studies and performs exceptional choral music for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of its members and the public. The choir is comprised of people from all walks of life who share an enthusiasm for the choral art. Dolce Canto has participated in choral workshops with renowned conductors Anton Armstrong, Brady Allred, Charles Bruffy, and Giselle Wyers; and was showcased during the 2010 Northwestern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. The group has one recording, "A Cappella Around the World" and will release its second CD this year.

Minnetonka Choral Society (MN)

The Marion Civic Chorale (FL)

Matthew Bumbach
Matthew Bumbach
The Marion Civic Chorale is Ocala, Florida's pre-eminent chorus, providing musical entertainment for all of the Central Florida area. The Chorale performs at civic functions, residential community organization gatherings, and with church and high school choirs. In addition, we present concerts for the holiday season and in the spring, each year.
Members of the Chorale come from throughout the area, from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical experience, who all share a common love of music, singing and entertaining.
The Marion Civic Chorale seeks to promote and encourage singing talent in our area young people. Through your generous donations to our group, the Chorale provides Grat L. Rosazza Music Scholarships for deserving high school and college students to pursue further musical education. Winners of Grat L. Rosazza Scholarships are invited to perform at our Holiday or Spring Concert.

Matthew Bumbach an assistant professor and the director of vocal music at College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida where he teaches classes in voice, musical theatre, aural skills and guitar. He is also artistic director of the Marion Civic Chorale. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Stetson University where he studied with Dr. Duncan Couch, and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida where he studied with Dr. Robert Summer and Dr. Richard Zielinski.
Matthew was director of choirs and guitar at Seminole High School, in Pinellas County Florida, from 2007 until 2010 where he led an award winning chorus and taught over 100 guitar students. He has been director of music for the New Apostolic Church, Florida West District since 2002.

Matthew has sung with a number of professional ensembles and community choirs and is an accomplished composer. In 2000, he was a winner of the Southeastern Composers Competition with his choral piece "Alleluia". His choral works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe by such groups at the Orlando Chorale, the Virginia Chorale, and the Fredonia State University Chamber Singers. A recent work, "The Poet and His Song," was premiered in April of 2010 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, NY.

Matthew lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife Melissa who is the current Marion county, Florida teacher of the year.

The Muscatine Civic Chorale (IA)

Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus (IN)

The Choir of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, St. Paul (MN)

The semi-professional choir of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota comprises thirty-six singers, of whom four are mature professional singers. Another four singers are choral scholars, vocal majors from local colleges who are preparing for professional careers as singers. The choir sings for all Sunday services throughout the academic year, as well as for Evensongs, Holy Week and Christmas Eve. The choir first sang the bluegrass mass after Evensong in November 2011.
James Frazier is the organist and director of music at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has accompanied many of the finest choral ensembles in the Twin Cities and holds graduate degrees from the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary, and from the Yale University Divinity School, where he was enrolled at the Institute of Sacred Music. In 1975 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study with organists Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé in France. He is also the author of the acclaimed biography Maurice Duruflé: The Man and His Music.

Williamsport Civic Chorus (PA)

Vocaré (Ireland)

Sue Furlong
Sue Furlong
Vocaré, is a S.A.T.B. choral group, based in Wexford town. Founded and directed by Sue Furlong, a noted musician and composer, the choir held its first rehearsal in September, 2007, and has, in a short space of time, become a committed, noteworthy choral group of excellence. Within a few weeks of its foundation, Vocaré came 2nd in the Lyric FM Carol competition in 2007, and went on to claim much coveted 2nd place in 2008 and 2009 at the National Choir of the Year competition in Navan. May 2008 also saw the choir take 1st place at the New Ross AIMS Choral competition. An invitation to perform on the Late Late show saw Vocaré present at the official opening of Wexford Opera House, in September 2008. Vocaré has so far presented four sell-out concerts: the inaugural concert at White’s Hotel in 2008, “From Baroque to Bluegrass” at Wexford Opera House in May 2009, collaborating with Swedish composer and guitarist, Bo Hansson, Carol Barnett’s ‘The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass’, performed during the 2009 Opera Festival in Wexford, and a Christmas concert in December 2010, with Christmas music from around the world. Vocaré is proud to have been one of the featured choirs in RTÉ Carols for Christmas 2009 which was broadcast on Christmas Eve of that year. At the Cork International Choral festival in 2010, Vocaré achieved first prize in the National Open competition. Returning to the same festival in 2011, Vocaré won the Premier Open Competition, the National Competition for Light, Jazz and Popular music and a special award for a piece in the Irish language. Vocaré present another sell-out concert in May 2012. For further information visit: www.vocare.ie Sue Furlong, Musical Director can be contacted at furlongsue@eircom.net or 0872901265.

Dundee Presbyterian Chancel Choir (NE)

First Baptist Church of Kernersville Chancel Choir (NC)

First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir (PA)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Choir (NJ)

Greystone Baptist Church Choir (NC)

Pepper Choplin
Pepper Choplin
Pepper Choplin is an active composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. Beginning his music training at the age of four, he grew up singing and playing piano, trumpet, guitar and banjo. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
With a diverse musical background, Choplin composes incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published work includes over two hundred anthems for church and school choir, ten church cantatas and one book of piano compositions. An original hymn, “Come to the Water” appears in the recent hymnal, Celebrating Grace. His anthems consistently appear in the top seller lists of publishers and distributors. Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world.
He travels to many churches and conferences to share his compositions, to conduct and to entertain. Beyond his choral music, Choplin has produced two humorous CDs and an inspirational recording. In his solo concerts, he moves audiences with his powerful ballads and his zany humor.
Currently, he serves as Minister of Music at Greystone Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he leads worship music and directs choirs for children, students, adults and handbells. There in his hometown, Choplin has conducted several mass performances of his Easter and Christmas cantatas in Meymandi Auditorium (home to the NC Symphony) with over two hundred voices and full orchestra.
 

Hayes Barton Baptist Church Choir (NC)

Presently, Minister of Music, Hayes Barton Baptist, Raleigh, NC. Former Team Leader, Music and Worship Team, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Prior to coming to the Convention, Dan served as Minister of Music for First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Missouri, Swope Park Baptist Church, Kansas City, Missouri, and First Baptist Church, Matthews, North Carolina.
Dan is an Instrumental Music Specialist and has been a literary writer for music periodicals. He has participated in mission trips throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Dan enjoys rehearsing choirs and orchestras. He loves the challenge of building the complete ensemble sound in order to express the meaning of the music and, for instrumentalists, the text on which the music a based.
Leading the congregation in singing is a driving passion. His desire is to help each person engage in the beauty, the power, and the joy of corporate worship through singing and playing instruments.
Dan enjoys directing Handbell Festivals and workshops. He focuses on the ringers enjoying learning the craft of ringing and using their giftedness to worship and lead others in worship and the celebration of musical presentation.
Dan is a native of Clio, Michigan. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky

North Raleigh Presbyterian Chancel Choir (NC)

Michelle Snead
Michelle Snead
Michelle Snead has been the director of the North Raleigh Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir for twenty-two years. Within Raleigh’s premier concert venue, Meymandi Hall, she has participated in several joint performances led by composer Pepper Choplin. Besides her involvement in music, Michelle works as a professional visual artist.

North Raleigh Prebyterian Church Chancel Choir (NC)

The North Raleigh Presbyterian Chancel Choir is a cornerstone of worship within their faith community. This dedicated group led by director, Michelle Snead, sings every Sunday and on special occasions. Their repertoire includes classical selections, spirituals, and contemporary anthems. Combining with other churches, they have performed in Raleigh’s Meymandi Hall, home of the NC Symphony, under the direction of composer Pepper Choplin.

Tree of Life Lutheran Church Choir (PA)

Tree of Life Lutheran Church/Harrisburg, PA is a 950 member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving the greater Harrisburg community. The choir is a part of the full and vibrant music ministry of the church; they offer a wide range of styles which reflects the diverse talents and gifts of its members. The choir supports both weekly and seasonal services of the church and recently premiered Pepper Choplin's "Joy on the Mountain", which was commissioned in celebration of the church's 25thanniversary year. Approximately half its choir members are representing TLC on the stage tonight.

St. Armand's Key Lutheran Church (FL)

Trinity Baptist Church Adult Choir (NC)

Steve Byers
Steve Byers
For over 25 years, Stephen has been serving Baptist churches in music ministry as a choir and worship leader in Virginia and North Carolina. From his small town of Buena Vista, Virginia, Stephen entered James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA where he studied instrumental and vocal music, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Education with a vocal minor. Following a call to ministry, Stephen entered The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he graduated and received a Master of Church Music degree. His desire is to help those in the local church discover and use their musical passions in the act of worship and on mission for God. He is married to his wife, Amy, an elementary music teacher. They have one daughter, Hannah, and reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trinity Baptist Church (NC)

As a part of the fast-growing Raleigh landscape, Trinity Baptist has been a part of this capitol city's community since 1956. Today, the Trinity Adult Choir has been actively involved in worship ministry and communicating the gospel of Christ through song in this fast-growing church of 3000 members. This choir is just one of the 14 graded choirs and ensembles that rehearse and engage in worship throughout the year, and is blessed with over 90 singers who sing a variety of musical styles for worship presentation. Central to their musical offerings are Christmas cantatas, Easter cantatas with orchestra, as well as their annual Hanging of the Greens service. Trinity has been honored to have several commissioned anthems written by Joseph Martin. The choir is honored to be a part of this event featuring his music along with Pepper Choplin, a very gifted and talented composer from Raleigh, NC.