Calling All Dawns

Calling All Dawns
Sunday, Apr 7, 2013
2:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
Anonymous 4 
Christopher Tin, Composer
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Tin: Calling All Dawns
 
, New York Premiere
Featuring "Baba Yetu"
Eric Johnson, Guest Conductor
Geoffrey Paul Boers, Guest Conductor
Eric Johnson and Geoffrey Boers conduct works by Mozart, Haydn and Rutter
 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra 
and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Anonymous 4, Featured Guest Artists
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Bel Cantare Choir (Australia)
Burr & Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble (VT)
Rock Up and Sing! (UK)
Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy Chamber Choir (IN)
North Penn High School Chamber Singers (IN)
McHenry High School Vocal Warriors (IL)
Northern Illinois University Concert Choir (IL)
Sandy High Symphonic Choir (OR)
Valencia Vikings High School Concert Choir (CA)

Bel Cantare Choir (Australia)

Theo Legowo
Theo Legowo
Bel Cantare Choir was founded in 2004. Its members were initially drawn from the Catholic Indonesian Community in Sydney, Australia. As the choir continued to serve in the church, it also sung in wedding masses, and started participating in choral competitions, as well as other community events.

Bel Cantare held its first concert in 2010 with various traditional choral pieces from different regions in the world, and its second in 2012 with an even more variations including Christoper Tin's Baba Yetu.

Intending to provide its members with the experience of choral performance, the choir will continue to seek for and perform in choral festivals and other events in the future."

Theo Legowo has been serving as the artistic director of Bel Cantare Choir ever since its founding in 2004, leading the choir to participate in a number of festivals, competitions, musical collaborations, as well as running its own concerts.

Apart from choral music, his interests include classical guitar, ethnic music, and jazz. He studied classical guitar from twelve-years old, and found his passion in choral music during his high school years. He strongly believes that participating in a choir could play a significant role in shaping someone's confidence, developing sense of music, and fostering teamwork."

Burr & Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble (VT)

Neil Freebern
Julie Freebern
Burr and Burton Academy is an independent, coeducational New England secondary school located in Manchester, Vermont. Committed to exploring the artistic process, the music department's course of studies include, two music history classes, music theory, AP music theory, musician's process, contemporary vocal ensemble, electronic music, audio production, as well as a vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble that present collaborative performances throughout the year. Representatives from these ensembles are honored to perform Calling All Dawns by Christopher Tin presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York(DCINY) at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in April of 2013.
Neil Freebern is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst having received his Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education.
His success on the podium lead to annual engagements as a festival conductor across New England, and a return to the University of Massachusetts as the conductor of the Youth Wind Ensemble. Mr. Freebern enjoyed five summers as the conductor of the United States Youth Wind Ensemble in Europe and received outstanding educator awards from the Massachusetts Western District Music Educators Association, Central Berkshire Regional School District, Yale University, and recently was the recipient of the Roland Faculty Chair at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont.

Julie Freebern received her Bachelor's degree in music education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst graduating Summa Cum Laude with a full tuition Chancelor's Talent Scholarship for clarinet performance. In 1999, Julie was presented the Excellence in Teaching Award from Wahconah Regional High School and together with her husband was awarded the Naras Foundation's Grammy Signature School Award for outstanding music offerings at the high school level. In 2007, Julie received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Yale School of Music and was the recipient of the Bigelow Fund for Excellence Faculty Grant that afforded her the opportunity to study Castles and Cathedrals of Medieval England during the summer of 2008.

Rock Up and Sing! (UK)

Rhiannon Gayle
Rhiannon Gayle

Based in Yorkshire, UK, Rock Up and Sing! was launched in May 2009. Led by Rhiannon Gayle, our ethos is inclusion - members do not have to audition or be able to read music. Membership currently stands at 400 across 5 distinct choirs, and our repertoire includes rock, Motown, gospel, African and some stunning a cappella pieces.
We are proud to have recorded at London's famous Abbey Road Studios and are regularly involved with high-profile charity and massed choir performances. We enjoy a strong media and Press following. This New York choir contingent draws its singers from all our choirs.

A distinguished and highly qualified Soprano, Rhiannon Gayle graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 1986. She founded an Opera Company and went on to perform Vocal Recitals and Oratorio throughout Europe. In the UK she performed solo Historic Costumed Musicals for English Heritage and National Trust. In 2000 Rhiannon became Vocal Coach at Marlborough College, Wiltshire and later started her own Teaching Practice. Inspired by a wish to make music and singing accessible to all, Rhiannon founded Rock Up and Sing! in May 2009. There are now 400 members across five inclusive choirs in the family.

Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy Chamber Choir (IN)

North Penn High School Chamber Singers (IN)

Matthew Klenk
Matthew Klenk
The North Penn High School Chamber Singers are a 46-voice choir chosen by audition each fall, and are the premier ensemble of the NPHS Choral program. This extra-curricular group focuses mostly on a-cappella music of all periods, typically performing about 15 concerts each school year. The ensemble rehearses 3-4 hours each week, always outside of the school day. The group has earned numerous honors over the years, including a Gold (superior) rating for their performance at National City Christian Church at Worldstrides Heritage's festival in Washington DC in May 2012.
Matthew Klenk is currently in his fourth year as Director of Choral Activities at North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA. Mr. Klenk directs the 220-voice curricular Chorus, along with four extra-curricular ensembles. He also serves as the music director for North Penn Theatre’s annual spring production, in addition to serving as organist/pianist at Corpus Christi Church in Lansdale.
 
Mr. Klenk holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of the Arts. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Coopersburg, PA with their 1-year-old son Christopher.
 

 

McHenry High School Vocal Warriors (IL)

Concert Choir is an audition only honors choir open to every grade of high school student. This choir covers all types of genres during their in school concerts and public shows including classical, contemporary, secular, pop culture, non-secular, and sacred. The choir ranges anywhere from ninety to one hundred and ten students. Recently, they have performed songs such as There Will Be Rest by Frank Tichelli, numerous pieces by Eric Whitacre and 12 choruses from Handel's Messiah.

Surround Sound is an audition only high honors choir open to every grade of high school student. The choir covers very difficult collegiate level compositions as well as creating accapella, and accompanied arrangements to popular songs. Surround Sound has twenty four members, six singers per vocal part. Surround Sound regularly competes at choral competitions and places within the top five. Recently, they have performed songs such as Vivaldi's Gloria, Rutter's Magnificat, and performed Handel's Messiah.

Mr. Derek D. Galvicius or "Mr. G" has been a teacher for 13 years, spending the last 11 at McHenry High School. While there, he teaches two non-audition treble choirs, Concert Choir and their chamber group named "Surround Sound." When he is not in front of a choir, he teaches Intro to Guitar and Guitar II (Ensemble Guitar). He has his BA from Carthage College in Kenosha Wisconsin and is working on his MA at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Derek is a strong Christian and regularly plays keyboard and bass in his worship band. When he is not there he gives private voice, piano, trumpet, guitar, bass and theory lessons from his house and owns his own DJ company where he routinely dj's for parties and weddings. When he is not doing that, he loves spending time with his beautiful wife Colleen and his amazing children Zachary and Lorelei at the pool, on the boat or playing at the house.

Northern Illinois University Concert Choir (IL)

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

Eric is Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University where he directs the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and teaches choral literature and conducting. Ensembles under his direction have been featured in live public radio concerts, have appeared with many professional orchestras, and have performed at national and state conventions for the Music Educators National Conference, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the American Choral Directors Association.

In spring 2007, Eric served as guest conductor of the Clare College Chapel Choir, Cambridge England and worked with Sir John Tavener on a commissioned piece for the NIU Chamber Choir. He has studied conducting with Helmut Rilling, Dennis Keene, Robert Fountain, and Weston Noble. Johnson has had articles published in the Choral Journal and presented interest sessions at national, divisional, and state ACDA conventions.

He is active nationally as a clinician presenting sessions on developing audiation skills in the choral rehearsal and refining expressive conducting gestures through Laban techniques. As a guest conductor and adjudicator, Eric has worked extensively with festival high school choirs from Michigan to Montana. He is also the Music Director of the Bach Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Rockford, IL, and is Past-President of the Illinois-ACDA. He earned degrees from University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Luther College.

Past DCINY Performance:

April 5, 2009 - Lincoln Center

Sandy High Symphonic Choir (OR)

Bruce Scarth
Bruce Scarth

The 60 voice Sandy High Symphonic Choir is one of 4 performing choirs at Sandy High School in Sandy Oregon. Since 1922, Sandy Has produced a fine music program. In 1968 the "A Cappella Choir" changed its name to Symphonic Choir and became the main large performing choir. Symphonic Choir is usually a State Qualifying Choir and also travels every two years to National or International Festivals where it consistently places in the top 3 positions. This is a very special year for us as we opened a brand new Sandy High with wonderful performing facilities and high expectations.

Bruce Scarth has been teaching high school choir since 1976. After graduating from Central Washington University he taught High School and Jr. High Choir in Lakeview, Oregon for 2 years, before moving to Sandy Oregon, where he has been the High School Choral Director for the past 34 years, teaching both Vocal Jazz and Concert Choirs. He is a member of the Oregon Music Educators Association, The American Choral Directors Association and The Oregon Education Association. Mr. Scarth is also active in the Boy Scouts of America, local theater groups, and performs occasional Solos for his Church.

Valencia Vikings High School Concert Choir (CA)

The Valencia High School Choir program consists of 200 students in six separate touring choirs. They have performed solely as the mass guest choir in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Westminster Abbey in London, and St. Patrick's Cathedral in Ireland. Under Christine Tavares's direction, the VHS Choirs have also traveled to Florida, Hawaii, Carnegie Hall New York, Italy and in 2012 performed in London at the time of the Summer Games. The Concert Choir and Women's Chamber Ensembles have repeatedly achieved the ratings of "Gold Choir" and "Choir of the Festival" and have been invited to the highly prestigious Festival of Gold numerous times. They have also been fortunate to have outstanding student accompanists whom have repeatedly won the honored Maestro Awards (Heritage Festival). Each year for the last four years, Valencia has had multiple students accepted into the California All-State Honor Choir. In May 2008, the Women's Choir Dona Bella was awarded Best Overall Choir, the "Esprit Du Cour - Ensemble of the Festival" and given the highest rating in the nine year history of the San Francisco Music in the Parks. The Dona Bellas received a score of 100 out of 100 from Deke Sharon, founder and current vice-president of the Contemporary A Cappella Society. "I have never actually given a score of 100 percent but I gave them 100 percent. I rarely have an opportunity to hear a group that is such a pleasurable experience." "It was like reading a high school essay and, while reading it, finding yourself pouring over an article found in the New Yorker." (This quote is taken from the May 2008 Signal Newspaper Article Interview). The VHS Vocal Jazz program is one of the strongest in California. In April 2008 they won first place in the national Fullerton Jazz Festival in the "Advanced" category, 2011 Third place in the internationally renowned Monterey Jazz Festival, followed by a "Unanimous Superior" rating at the Vocal Jazz Festival in Greeley, Colorado where students in the vocal jazz group Two N' Four were offered $10,000 in college scholarship money for their performance. From 2009 - present students from the VHS Choir program comprised the 15 total Californians chosen to participate in the California All-State Jazz Choir.

Christine Tavares is the choral director to 200 students at Valencia High School in Valencia, California. The choir has six different touring ensembles that have traveled and performed throughout the world, including from 2009 - present, being the guest choir to lead mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Westminster Abbey in London, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Ireland, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the 2012 Summer Olympics games in London, and Carnegie Hall, New York. Valencia Vocal Jazz has two advanced vocal jazz groups with 32 students. www.valenciachoir.com

Christine Tavares is an alumnus of The Young Americans, an original member of VOCO (a improvisational group that focuses on Appalachian and Eastern European music). In 2007, she won the National Harmony Acapella Sweepstakes (Voco). In 2009, Christine was nominated for a Bravo Music Award, and was recognized as teacher of the year for 2009-2010. She is excited to serve on the California Alliance for Jazz Board. In her spare time, Christine sings in a jazz swing group "She Her and I" www.sheherandi.com and just finished their album with Scottie Morris from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Christine intermittently also sings backup for Ben Folds. She also loves licorice, yoga, and her manly poodle, Jack! www.christinetavaresmusic.com