Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of Americana

Bluegrass and Gray: Sounds of Americana
Sunday, Jun 8, 2014
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jefferson Johnson, DCINY Debut Conductor
Carol Barnett, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Carol Barnett's The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass
Michael Adelson, Guest Conductor
John Purifoy, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
NY Premiere of "Chronicles of Blue and Gray" by John Purifoy, New York Premiere
Dailey & Vincent, Special Guest
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Participating Ensembles:

Lexington Singers
Berea College Concert Choir
The Lyric Chorale
Saint Augustine Singers
Columbus Choral Society
Knoxville Choral Society
The Maryville College Community Choir
Treasure Coast Community Singers

Lexington Singers

Jefferson Johnson
Jefferson Johnson
 
Jefferson Johnson is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kentucky where he conducts the University Chorale and Men's Chorus.  Johnson received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia, his Master of Music from the University of Tennessee, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado.
 
Dr. Johnson is currently in his seventeenth year as Music Director of The Lexington Singers. In 1999, The Lexington Singers celebrated its fortieth anniversary with a performance in New York City as Johnson made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Singers and orchestra in Faure's Requiem.
 
Lexington Singers is one of the oldest continuously performing independent community choral groups in America. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, The Lexington Singers currently comprises approximately 170 voices. Since its founding in 1959, the group has entertained hundreds of audiences throughout Kentucky, the United States, and the world.
Recent performances have included, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mozart's Requiem, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, and Verdi's Requiem. Tour concerts have included performances at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, St. Mark's basilica in Venice, Vienna's Hofburg Palace, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. 
 

Berea College Concert Choir

Dr. Stephen Bolster, Program Chair of Music, is the Mary W. McGaw Endowed Chair in Music at Berea College, where he has taught for 34 years. He holds music degrees from Dartmouth College, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Colorado, and conducted major choral organizations at each school before joining the Berea faculty.  From 1996-1999 he was a member of the prestigious Robert Shaw Festival Singers.  Dr. Bolster is in frequent demand as a lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator in Kentucky and Tennessee. He is an expert on acoustical phonetics, especially vowel modification and choral blend. 
The Berea College Concert Choir is a vocal ensemble of about 60 undergraduate men and women chosen by audition each year from the student body.  Repertoire consists of sacred and secular choral literature in several languages from a variety of historical periods.   For more than 60 years, the choir has performed for audiences in most states east of the Mississippi River, and on international tours to Canada, Europe, and Asia.  Other notable performances include appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the United States Marine Band.  

The Lyric Chorale

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Chrisanne Yule
Chrisanne Yule holds a Certificate of Harpsichord and Early Music at the doctoral level from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, and Bachelor of Music degrees in both Choral Music Education and Organ Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She founded and directs The Lyric Chorale - a community chorus of amateur and professional singers-and also directs a select a cappella group, VOCE. Chrisanne serves as the Director of Music and Organist at St. Rita Catholic Church in Webster, NY.
Founded in September, 2003, The Lyric Chorale is a 40-voice community chorus of experienced singers dedicated to the art of choral and ensemble singing.
Directed by Chrisanne Yule, The Lyric Chorale is artist-in-residence at St. Louis Church in Pittsford and attracts listeners of all ages from throughout the Greater Rochester area.
The Lyric Chorale is committed to musical excellence and the highest performance standards that inspire, enlighten, and enrich their listeners.
The Lyric Chorale’s repertoire includes classical, traditional and contemporary choral works, as well as pop standards and jazz.

Saint Augustine Singers

Kathleen Vande Berg
Kathleen Vande Berg

Kathleen Vande Berg has been the Choral Director of the Saint Augustine Singers and the Saint Augustine Community Chorus since 2006.   Ms. Vande Berg earned her BA in organ performance from Iowa’s Central College and a Masters in Music from Georgia State University.  She has been a music educator in settings from kindergarten through college for over thirty years and is now the music director at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.  Ms. Vande Berg was recently knighted by Queen Mariana for  community service and also received the 2014 ROWITA (Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts) Award for her contributions as a musician.

The Saint Augustine Singers from Saint Augustine, Florida, are a 25-voice ensemble chosen from the 100-member Saint Augustine Community Chorus.  They present an October concert in the Cathedral Basilica on the Plaza in the Nation’s Oldest City every year to an enthusiastic, large audience.  Recently, their repertoire has included “The Mass of the Children”, John Rutter; “Jubilate” and “A Little Jazz Mass”, Bob Chilcott; and a program of madrigals.  Their concert this year featured “World Beloved: a Bluegrass Mass” performed with local bluegrass musicians.  The Singers have been directed by Kathleen Vande Berg since 2006.

Columbus Choral Society

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Alisa Toy
Alisa holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Mississippi University for Women.  An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Alisa enjoys conducting the Columbus Choral Society as well as the northern Mississippi regional choir for her church.  She placed first in the southern region NATS competition in 2011 and was a soloist with the Greeley Chorale on tour in Italy in 2005. She has taught private voice and piano for 20 years and is currently teaching through her private studio, SingingToy Studio. Alisa lives in Columbus, MS with her husband and five children.
The Columbus Choral Society of Columbus. Mississippi, was founded in 2009 with the mission to bring quality choral music to the local area. Currently under the direction of Alisa Toy, the CCS offers free public concerts twice a year, in addition to making appearances at area churches, festivals, and civic group meetings. In its short history, accomplishments of note include performing under the direction of world-renowned composer and conductor, Mack Wilberg, and being part of a mass choir for the world premiere of composer Benjamin Harlan’s “Seven Last Words of Christ.”

Knoxville Choral Society

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Eric Thorson
Dr. Eric Thorson has been conductor of the Knoxville Choral Society since 1995 and artistic director since 1996.  He is professor of music and director of choral activities at Carson-Newman University. 
 
Thorson received his BA from Buena Vista University and both his master of music and doctor of education degrees from Arizona State University. 
 
 Thorson has prepared choirs for such notable conductors as Eduardo Mata, Douglas McEwen, Robert Page, John Rutter, Gregg Smith, Noel Tredinnick, Kirk Trevor and Lucas Richman. 
 
His choirs have toured both nationally and internationally, performing  in Atlanta, Phoenix, New Orleans, New York,  Knoxville, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Italy, and Ireland.
The Knoxville Choral Society is an auditioned group of over 150 singers from the Knoxville area, bringing great choral music to East Tennessee audiences. Under the direction of Dr. Eric Thorson, they have performed in New York City, Eastern Europe, Jordan, Israel, Italy and Ireland.  KCS sings frequently with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, performing masterworks and taking part in the annual Holiday Concerts. KCS’s concert season typically includes both major works and a variety of short literature.  Their annual Young Classical Musicians Competition provides opportunities for accomplished youth to win a cash prize and perform in concert with the KCS.  For more information, visit www.knoxvillechoralsociety.org

The Maryville College Community Choir

Alan Eleazer has conducted the Maryville College Community Chorus since 2008, having been a professional musician, conductor, and college educator in East Tennessee for over 30 years. In addition to Maryville College, Eleazer serves as Chair of the music faculty at Hiwassee College and has directed the music programs of several large United Methodist churches. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Eleazer holds degrees in Music Education, Choral Conducting, and Sacred Music. He was twice named Distinguished Faculty of the Year, and is a member of the Tennessee Music Education Association, the East Tennessee Vocal Association, the American Choral Directors Association, and The Order of St. Luke. Choirs under his direction have toured throughout the United States, Eastern and Western Canada, and Scotland. He is an active guest conductor and festival clinician.
Composed of College students and community singers, the Maryville College Community Chorus, directed by Alan Eleazer is a large, non-auditioned ensemble that specializes in large choral works. The ensemble performs two major concerts per season, usually accompanied by the 60-member Orchestra at Maryville College.

Treasure Coast Community Singers

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Douglas Jewett
Dr. Douglas P. Jewett is currently Minister of Music at North Stuart Baptist Church, Stuart, FL, where he has served since 2001. He has a BA in Music Theory, MM in Choral Conducting, and EdD in Organizational Leadership. Jewett is founder/artistic director of Treasure Coast Community Singers, begun in 2003.  He was awarded Outstanding Performing Artist in 2010 by the Martin Arts Council. He is a member of The CenturyMen, a national men’s choir, and will serve as their president in 2015.
Treasure Coast Community Singers was formed in 2003 to “keep people singing.” The organization has grown from 6 dedicated singers to over 150 members who sing popular, sacred, and classical music in the community.  There are five singing groups under the TCCS umbrella, including Community Chorus, Classical Chorus, Show Choir, Youth Choir, and Nursing Home team. Managed by a team of volunteers, there are over 60 people in leadership/team member roles. The two main choruses perform 6 different sets of music within the year, with multiple performances of each set.
 
Along with Treasure Coast Community Singers are members of the Sanctuary Choir of North Stuart Baptist Church, Stuart, FL