Calling All Dawns

Calling All Dawns
Monday, Mar 23, 2020
7:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
Warren Cook, Guest Conductor
Dan Forrest, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Forrest: Jubilate Deo
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Christopher Tin, Composer/Conductor
Tin: Calling All Dawns
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Rivertree Singers and Bob Jones University Choirs, Greenville, S.C.
Emmanuel College Chorale
Tri-State Community Choir
Singapore American High School and Community Choirs
Angels Rule
Singing Earth Divine
CAD2020
Burr & Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble
Vocal Latitudes Choir (Alberta, Canada)
Chor Eintracht Illingen
Stuyvesant High School Oratorio Choir
Gemischter Chor Radolfzell e.V. - Harmonie/Frohsinn 1835/1881
Mt. Vernon High School Chamber Chorus
Symphonic Chorale
Aurora Singers (California/United States)
St. John’s School Glee Club - Guam

Rivertree Singers and Bob Jones University Choirs, Greenville, S.C.

Warren Cook is the founder and artistic director of Greenville, South Carolina’s award winning Rivertree Singers and Director of Choral Activities at Bob Jones University, where he has taught on the music faculty since 1984 and currently directs the Chamber Singers and the Chorale, the University’s premiere choral groups. His choirs have been auditioned performers at international, national, NAfME and ACDA events. Cook recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the S.C. chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association. In addition to teaching and performing, Cook served as a Pastor of Worship for over 30 years.


Rivertree Singers desires to achieve the highest level of choral artistry, to enrich the choral arts community and to support and encourage emerging artists and composers. All members are alumni of collegiate choral organizations from across the Southeast who share a passion for choral singing that delights and inspires arts communities across the globe. Founded in 2010 by artistic director Warren Cook, the ensemble has grown into an internationally recognized community arts organization of disciplined singers, professionals, artists, and teachers. The Bob Jones University Chorale is widely known for its tonal beauty and dramatic expressivity. The 50-voice choir is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from many of the university’s degree programs and maintains a full performing schedule in concerts, oratorio and opera productions, and campus events.The Chorale recently made its Chicago Orchestra Hall debut, has represented the U.S.at the World Choral Festival in Seoul, Korea, and has been a featured performing choir at ACDA and NAfME events. Now in its 31st year under the direction of Warren Cook, the Chorale continues a long tradition of delighting audiences with excellence in choral art.

Emmanuel College Chorale

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Dr. Deborah Herring

Dr. Deborah Herring is Professor of Music and Chair at Emmanuel College where she directs the Chorale, teaches applied voice, and other related courses. She earned her D.A. degree in vocal performance from Ball State University, M.M. from Pittsburg State University, and B.M. from Ozark Christian College. She is the founder and director of Emmanuel Arts Academy has over 30 years of experience as voice teacher, adjudicator, music minister, and owner of her private voice studio business, working with singers of all ages, leading choral workshops and vocal masterclasses. She is a member of NATS, NAfME and Phi Kappa Phi.


The Emmanuel College Chorale under the direction of Dr. Deborah Herring is a select ensemble of 24 voices, comprised of both music majors and non-majors. The chorale performs a wide variety of repertoire from Medieval to Modern periods, both secular and sacred classical music in addition to musical theatre, spiritual, and gospel styles. The choir performs solo concerts in addition to regional festivals, and special events.

Tri-State Community Choir

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Laura Grace Holmes

Award winning soprano, Laura Grace Holmes, considers the South her home. During her collegiate years, Mrs. Holmes studied under prestigious conductor, Dr. James Meaders of Vox Anima London, and under her direction, her choirs have gone on to receive numerous awards and invitations to perform in New York and abroad. Mrs. Holmes is the Artistic Director for the Tri-State Community Choir and currently serves as the Traditional Worship Leader at Covenant United Methodist Church in Dothan, AL. Mrs. Holmes enjoys spending her spare time at home with her children and husband and tackling odd home renovation projects.


The Tri-State Community Choir is a non-auditioned choir that was born of a desire to connect and enrich its community through song. Three friends partnered together in 2018 to bring the vision of excellent choral music to reality. Forty-two voices attended the first rehearsal, and two months later, 80 voices were ready for their premier performance of Dan Forrest's Jubilate Deo. One year later, the TSCC has over 140 registered singers, and is excited for performances ahead. The TSCC holds to a high standard of rehearsal technique and seeks to bring unity, healing, and hope in each rehearsal as well as every performance. All are welcome to sing with the Tri-State Community Choir.

Singapore American High School and Community Choirs

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Nanette L. Devens

Nanette Devens has directed the Singapore American High School Choirs for 18 years. In that time she has had the privilege of conducting major choral/orchestral works such as Orff's "Carmina Burana", Mozart's 'Requiem", Jenkin's "The Armed Man", Rutter's "Gloria" and most recently Dan Forrest's "Jubilate Deo". She has also conducted choirs in the US, China, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. Ms. Devens has worked most of her career in international school settings. In her time overseas she has enjoyed working with motivated student musicians and colleagues. Time and time again she is amazed by how singing together builds community and strengthens relationships in even the most diverse settings.


The Singapore American School Choirs is an amalgamation of three high school choirs and one community choir. Located in beautiful Southeast Asia, SAS boasts a wonderfully diverse and culturally rich student body. All SAS singers in tonight's program performed "Jubilate Deo" with full orchestra last May. The SAS Choirs are excited to perform "Jubilate Deo" again in the beautiful Lincoln Center. They experienced many wonderful musically enlightening and community enriching moments in their preparation and performance last spring. They anticipate the same "jubilation" that comes with singing great music together with new friends again tonight.

Angels Rule

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Angels Rule consists of 4 (semi) professional singers, accompanied by a keyboard player. For more than 10 years this vocal group has been providing top-notch musical entertainment! From light pop music, to gospel and musical. No challenge is too big!

Singing Earth Divine

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Jua Amir and Crystal Petit

Jua Amir, Choir Director for Singing Earth Divine, is an American artist who came to France with “The Lion King,” and later “Hair” and “Freedom Opera Gospel.” A vocal coach for some of Europe’s biggest singers and productions, including Michel Sardou, M Pokora, Shy’m, and the musical, “Adam et Eve” (Pascal Obispo), Jua believes that ART is the facilitation of sacred energy. Crystal Petit, Artistic Director for Singing Earth Divine, is originally from Atlanta, but based in Paris since 2000, and is a singer, songwriter, coach and voice-over actor who has worked with renowned artists in Europe and Asia.


Singing Earth Divine officially began five years ago. Jua Amir and Crystal Petit, two American artists based in Paris for many years, held the first rehearsal in the basement of the American Cathedral in Paris. As singers, vocal coaches, and Americans with Gospel roots, they had always been aware of the power of song. Singing has the unique ability to allow Human Beings to feel their own authentic expression contribute to and be supported by a collective expression. The choir now counts almost 100 singers from various confessions and cultures: artists, mathematicians, students, judges, farmers, sailors and everything in between!

CAD2020

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Magalie Tauzin

Magalie Tauzin (43) is a music teacher and coordinator at the Bizanos music school. As a passionate person, she is enthusiastic about sharing her imaginary musical world with her students, her singers and her audience. After studies at the regional conservatory of BAYONNE, she participated in numerous traineeships, including the 4th international academy for young choirmaster in Luxembourg. Recognized for the originality of her performances, she won 1st prize at the “Festichoeurs d'Aquitaine” festival and was recently named Béarn ambassador for the "Calling all dawns" project in New York.


The recently created CAD220 choir is the result of the grouping of several members coming from four Pau choirs who already had in 2017 the opportunity to play Calling all dawns (Christopher TIN) in various locations of Pau vicinity.

Burr & Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble

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Julie Freebern

Julie Freebern received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Eduction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Summa Cum Laude with a Chancellor’s Talent Scholarship for clarinet performance. Julie has been teaching for twenty-seven years. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Yale School of Music and was the recipient of Burr & Burton Academy’s Bigelow Fund for Excellence Faculty Grant. She was honored by Burr & Burton Academy with the 2017 Rowland Faculty Chair Award. She plays clarinet with the Sage City Symphony Orchestra and performs Early Music with the Equinox Consort on various Renaissance and Baroque Recorders.


The Burr & Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble first performed Calling All Dawns with the support of composer Christopher Tin for their 2012 Prisms Concert. They then performed the New York City Premier at Lincoln Center in 2013 followed by a World Premiere of The Drop that Contained the Sea at Carnegie Hall in 2014, both presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York(DCINY). The ensemble returned for a repeat performance of Calling All Dawns in 2016 at Lincoln Center and is excited to relive this experience in 2020 under the direction of the composer, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York(DCINY).

Vocal Latitudes Choir (Alberta, Canada)

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Frank Rackow

Frank Rackow is an active music educator, director and performer. A saxophonist and clarinetist, he has recorded and toured with jazz and world music groups at festivals, clubs and theatres across Canada. A longtime chorister, he is the founding director of Vocal Latitudes Choir (2005) and also directs the Calgary Jewish Community Centre klezmer band, as well as leading his own group, The Black Sea. Frank studied music at Concordia and McGill universities in Montreal, Canada.


Vocal Latitudes was founded in 2005 and provides a welcoming and accessible choral community for singers interested in learning a wide variety of repertoire: from madrigals to Motown, from gospel and jazz, to Indigenous songs and more. A non-auditioned, mixed-voice community choir, the group has performed widely around Calgary, Canada and has sung (at last count) in 18 different languages (including gibberish for an arrangement of music from Cirque du Soleil).

Chor Eintracht Illingen

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Karen Thiedicke

Member of the choir since 1999, married to the vice chairman Hartmut Thiedicke. Together they have 3 children. Apart from singing she helps to translate, because she is a British native speaker (born in Wales / Great Britain)


The history of the choir Eintracht started 1852 as a male voice choir and 100 years later it became a mixed voice choir. In 1994 the new conductor Juergen Huttenlocher formed a further formation that was given the name illCanto (ill = Illingen). The number of all active members from both choirs is 60. illCanto celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2019 by presenting the great concert "Calling All Dawns"

Stuyvesant High School Oratorio Choir

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Liliya Shamazov

Liliya Shamazov is a conductor, pianist, and a music educator. She holds degrees in piano performance, music history, and school administration. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including Conservatory of Music Scholarship (Brooklyn College, CUNY), Harvey Lichtenstein Prize in Performing Arts, Laurence Dilsner Memorial Award for Choir Directors and Music Educators, Choral Award (Brooklyn College), and John Challener Award in Piano. Ms. Shamazov has worked with choruses for over 20 years, singing, accompanying, and conducting. As a choral accompanist, she has worked at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Middle School Audition Boot Camp at Lincoln Center, New York University Chorale, and the NYC Honors Festival. She sings and conducts at the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Manhattan, and has worked with the Stuyvesant High School Choruses since 2005. Ms. Shamazov currently serves as a Music Teacher Mentor for the NYC Department of Education and is a Music Teacher Professional Development Facilitator for the DOE's Office of Arts and Special Projects.


Stuyvesant High School’s Choruses number over 300 singers drawn from the international community of Stuyvesant High School, encompassing grades 9 through 12. Students accepted into the Oratorio Choir, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, and the Madrigal Choir commit themselves through senior year. Repertoire is varied, representative of masterworks and pieces from the popular canon. The choruses have performed at the NYC Honors Choral Festival, at Choral Fest at Symphony Space, at the River-to-River Festival with Master Voices Chorale, at the National Chorale's NYC High School Choral Festival, at Citi Headquarters Plaza and Lobby Opening Ceremony, with the Cornell University Men's Glee Club, and at the 9/11 Glade Dedication Ceremony last year. At NYSSMA festivals, the choruses have received Gold Awards, as well as Gold with Distinction Award at 2017 festival. The choruses have sung with DCINY since 2013, performing Handel’s "Messiah", Verdi’s "Messa da Requiem", Mozart’s "Requiem in D Minor", Orff's "Carmina Burana", a solo segment in “Songs of Inspiration and Hope,” and in "Reflections of Light" concert.

Gemischter Chor Radolfzell e.V. - Harmonie/Frohsinn 1835/1881

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Jochen Stuppi

Jochen Stuppi (* 1983) was born in Germany and studied music education with additional training forapplied theater and theater pedagogue. He staged his own compositions, inspired by picture books such as "Queen of Colors" or school texts "What a FEEling!" With children and adolescents. At the State owned Seminar for Didactics and Teacher Training in Meckenbeuren, he developed musical concepts for stage entertainments such as “Mensch! Fist!". Under his artistic direction of the Mixed Choir Radolfzell, "Radolfzell by Night" was created in 2015 with excerpts from "Calling all Dawns", "Vocal Delights" (dinner and choral singing) and "Paradoxes". With the performance of the stage work “Snoopy !!! The Musical”, he fulfilled a long-awaited childhood dream in 2019 and was the first, who adapted this work for choir.


Modern choir with tradition Mixed Choir Radolfzell is the oldest association in the city of Radolfzell. It was founded in 1835 as a male choir, since 1954 women and men have been singing together. Currently 60 singers between the ages of 28 and 72 rehearse weekly, go on concert tours and excursions. The choir is not restricted to any style of music. So we performed sacred music with B.Chilcott's Christmas Cantata together with Jack Willbergs Requiem. Last year, we premiered “Snoopy !!! The Musical” a German choir adaptation and were nominated therefore by a cultural promoting institution of the region for a prize. Choir director J. Stuppi has designed for 2020 a choir festival for the 185th anniversary-celebration of the choir with artists and workshops all around singing.

Mt. Vernon High School Chamber Chorus

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Ryan Knight

Ryan Knight is the Director of Vocal Music and Technical Theatre at the Mount Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy where he directs multiple choral ensembles and teaches courses in applied vocal music, musical theatre, and technical theatre. As a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, he also serves as a Curriculum Technology Leader, providing technical support and professional development for staff at Mount Vernon High School. Mr. Knight serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus which produces several major choral works each year, most recently Puccini’s “Turandot” in April 2020. Knight serves on the state board of the Indiana Choral Directors Association and is an area event coordinator for the Indiana Music Education Association. Knight earned his Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Murray State University in Murray, KY.


The Mt. Vernon High School Fine Arts Academy in Mt. Vernon, Indiana is comprised of award-winning students in vocal and instrumental music, theatre arts, technical theatre, and visual design. The MVHS Chamber Chorus features twenty elite students and is represented by a select group of students who are proud to return to New York City to work with DCINY and Christopher Tin.

Symphonic Chorale

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Sara Nichole Slone Smith

Sara Smith is in her sixth year as Choral Director at Giles High School in Pearisburg, VA. In addition to directing three choirs: Symphonic Chorale, SSA Chorus, and Chamber Ensemble, Sara also teaches class guitar, class piano, and music appreciation. Her philosophy is to provide a foundational understanding and appreciation for music of all types and to encourage life-long musicianship. Sara holds her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Kent State University (2015), and her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Radford University (2013). Sara holds affiliations with NAfME, VCDA, VEA, and Mu Phi Epsilon.


Symphonic Chorale is the mixed chorus at Giles High School. Under the direction of Mrs. Sara Smith, the Chorale has consistently earned Superior ratings at VCDA District Assessments and won top honors at various choral competitions. The Symphonic Chorale performs repertoire in various genres and styles from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.

Aurora Singers (California/United States)

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Dawn Reyen

Dawn Reyen, Director, received her undergraduate degree in piano performance from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont and her masters degree in Choral Conducting from Loyola University in New Orleans. She has accompanied professionally since the age of 12, and enjoys working in many different musical styles and genres. In addition to directing the Aurora Singers, Dawn is also the assistant conductor and accompanist for Schola Cantorum; music director at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City; music teacher for pre-K through 8th grade at St. Raymond School; Music and Movement teacher for Ragazzi Boys Chorus; and freelance accompanist/coach.


The Aurora Singers is a non-profit community chorus of about sixty mixed voices. We are based in Palo Alto, but our choir members come from around the Bay Area and beyond. We prepare two concert programs each year. Our December program draws from winter and holiday music of all cultures, and our Spring concert is always devoted exclusively to American music of all genres - folk, spirituals, pop, classic, standards, show tunes - anything made in America! Our mission is to bring quality, uplifting entertainment to people who otherwise would not be able to enjoy live music. In fulfillment of this mission, Aurora brings each concert to different venues such as convalescent homes, veterans' hospitals, senior centers, and retirement facilities. We also present each program to the public as a benefit for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, which generously provides our rehearsal space. The Aurora Singers have been celebrating together in song since 1989. Our extraor­dinary Musical Director is Dawn Reyen. We are also proud to have a sister choir, Assou Lezert Chorale of Albi, France, with whom we have had joint concerts on both sides of the Atlantic.

St. John’s School Glee Club - Guam

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Norman Babia

Mr. Norman Babia is the current Music Director of St. John’s School. He teaches General Music Theory to Middle and High School students and 2-year IB Diploma Music course for selected Juniors. He conducts the school’s Symphony Orchestra and is the choral director for Middle School Glee Club.


St. John’s School Glee Club is composed of high school students. They perform in various school events - Christmas and Spring Concerts, Benefit Concerts, and worship events. They also participate in various local choral competitions to enhance their vocal skills.