Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana
Sunday, Apr 19, 2020
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Orff: Carmina Burana
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Anton E. Armstrong, Guest Conductor
Kim André Arnesen, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Arnesen: Magnificat, World Premiere
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Dillon McCartney, Tenor
Keith Harris, Baritone
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Walhalla High School Concert Choir
First Congregational Church, Pilgrim Choir
Westchester Children's Chorus
Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau
Minnetonka Choral Societry
Canticum Warwick School
KlangKunst Choir Iffeldorf
Coro Promúsica Mexico
Flin Flon Community Choir
Paschal High School Choir
Christ The King Sanctuary Choir
University of Dundee Choir
BOUNDLESS vocal ensemble
Hilo Community Chorus
Springfield Catholic High School Choirs
LASSUS-CHOIR MUNICH
Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa

Walhalla High School Concert Choir

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Erin Elizabeth Phillips

This is Erin Phillips’ second year teaching at Walhalla High School. Under her direction, the choirs have participated in many events including county, region, state and national performances. Such events included the Oconee County All-County Choir, Lander Choral Festival, SCMEA Upstate Region Choir and State Performance Assessment, ACDA State and National Honor Choir, and Solo and Ensemble. We have also participated in the Music in the Parks Festival at Six Flags. We are super excited to be in New York City performing Orff's Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall with amazing singers from around the world! Mrs. Phillips received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Lander University in May 2006. After that, she went on to receive a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 2009, she returned to Lander University and earned her K-12 Certification in Music Education. She is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, the Palmetto State Teachers Association, Alpha Chi Honor Society, and the National Music Honor Society of Pi Kappa Lambda. Mrs. Phillips lives in Westminster, SC with her husband, Al, and their three children: Emilee, AJ, and Keaton. Outside of school, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, swimming, reading, and, of course, singing. GO WHS RAZORBACKS!!


Walhalla High School is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in upstate South Carolina. The chorus is known for its Standard of Excellence in work ethic, musicianship, and student dedication. The mission of the Walhalla High School Choral Program is to provide a positive and nurturing environment where all students can develop their musical and technical skills through teamwork, discipline, concentration, and personal achievement. As a part of the choral program, students have numerous and a variety of performance opportunities available to them. Many of these include All-County choir, Upstate Region Choir, SC All-State Choir, as well as State, Regional and National ACDA Honor Choirs. The choirs at Walhalla participate in Solo & Ensemble festival, Music in the Parks Festival, Concert Performance Assessment and the Lander University Choral Festival. This is the first time that the Walhalla High School chorus has participated in a performance at Carnegie Hall. We are very excited for the opportunity and grateful for the this once in a lifetime performance experience.

First Congregational Church, Pilgrim Choir

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Linda Susan Corbitt

Linda Corbitt served 20 years a s the Director of Music and organist at First Congregational Church of Riverside, CA


Our choir members have sung at DCINY with the King Singers 50th anniversary concert in 2018 and with the 2018 Ola Gjeilo concert. Our choir is 23 members strong. We sing a major work every year and an annual Christmas concert as well as every Sunday morning for worship. Our repertoire is very diverse. We enjoy singing classical, jazz, spirituals and contemporary Christian music. Many of our members are classically trained.

Westchester Children's Chorus

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Amanda Gundling and Jennifer Giustino

Amanda Gundling has served as a music teacher, choral conductor and vocal coach for the past 12 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in vocal performance from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Music Education from New York University. Amanda serves as a Choir Director at Mamaroneck HS and Hommocks MS. Her choirs perform both in and outside of their community, travel to collaborate with other ensembles and work with many guest clinicians. Previously, Amanda taught Choir and General Music in the Plainview-Old Bethpage and Huntington School Districts on Long Island.


The Westchester Children’s Chorus engages and empowers our diverse community of children through choral education and performance opportunities. Our commitment to artistry and performance creates a collaborative space with hands-on musical learning experiences, while bringing cultural events to our community. Our three ensembles rehearse weekly and perform semi-annual concerts as well as frequent performances in the community such as singing the National Anthem for the Harlem Globetrotters and performing holiday carols in Yonkers, Armonk, and the Kensico Dam. We are open to students in grades 2 – 12 and hold auditions three times a year. Learn more at wcchorus.org

Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau

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Malgorzata Digaud-Baluszynska

Dr. Malgorzata Digaud-Baluszynska graduated from the Krakow Academy of Music in Poland, where she studied music theory, choral and orchestral conducting, and music education. Her productions and innovations in choral singing have on multiple occasions won first prize from Poland’s Ministry of National Education. She has taught music education at the Institute of Education Science in Krakow, choir and chamber orchestra conducting at the Krakow Academy of Music, and choral conducting and education at the University of Strasbourg. She now directs the Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau and teaches music at Genolier High School (EPSGE) in Switzerland.


The Ensemble Jean-Philippe RAMEAU, based in France performs a wide classical repertoire from the 17th century to date (Hayden, Haendel, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Orff, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Karl Jenkins, etc.). It is the fourth time the Ensemble participates in an event organized by DCINY in Carnegie Hall (previously in 2014, 2017 and 2019). The choir has sung in Switzerland, China, Russia, Italy, Hungary, Poland and Austria The Ensemble is encouraging the development and diffusion of quality musical and artistic culture for the widest possible audience: "... Our choir inspires and uncovers the priceless legacy of classical French and international music! »

Minnetonka Choral Societry

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Jere Lantz

Jere Lantz has earned a national reputation as both a choral and an orchestral conductor. Dedicated to breaking down artificial barriers that divide audiences and performers, Lantz is a master communicator, writing his own program notes and bringing “the story behind the music” to his audiences through his magnetic personality and engaging speaking style. Maestro Lantz is a graduate of Yale University, from which he holds the doctorate in conducting. As a guest conductor, Lantz has appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and others. He has conducted internationally in Scotland, Italy and China.


After several years of presenting annual holiday performances of Handel’s Messiah, a skilled group of choral singers centered in the western suburbs of Minneapolis decided in 1969 to create a new organization both to continue the Messiah tradition and to explore additional repertoire and performance opportunities. This was the beginning of the Minnetonka Choral Society, which has since become known for its high level of artistry and its breadth of repertoire. The Society presents programs that span four centuries of musical creativity and the four corners of the globe. Masterworks of the great composers are balanced by holiday favorites, folk songs, patriotic classics, Broadway musicals, and contemporary compositions.

Canticum Warwick School

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Liz Green

Liz Green is a graduate of the Royal College of Music London specialising in singing and choral conducting. She has taught music for 40 years and taken choirs of all ages shapes and sizes to sing all over the world including Venice, Notre Dame Paris ,Barcelona ,China Canterbury Cathedral ,St Paul’s Cathedral London the Royal Albert Hall London and Carnegie Hall New York!


Canticum is an adult choir of 80 enthusiastic members who are connected to Warwick school, the 900 year old, oldest boys ‘school in England. We sing all of the major choral repertoire in concerts including Mozart Handel Vivaldi Verdi Vaughan Williams Karl Jenkins and of course Carl Orff!

KlangKunst Choir Iffeldorf

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Andrea Fressman

Andrea Fessmann´s passion is choir music. She studied voice and is a seasoned member of the Bavarian Radio Concert Choir, where she has had the opportunity to work with the most famous conductors in the world. Together with the “Laetare” ensemble (voice, soundstones and dulcimer) she is giving concerts internationally. Andrea Fessmann is a rare, authorized specialist for Carl Orff´s "Carmina Burana", conducting and performing this work in signature venues, such as in the Monastery of Benediktbeuern, where the lyrics originated. Andrea Fessmann is the conductor of the KlangKunst Chor Iffeldorf and the LASSUS Choir Munich, the latter specializing in polychoral music. She has performed many renowned oratorios such as Handel:„Messiah“, Brahms: "A German Requiem", Bach: "St. Matthew Passion", Mozart: "Requiem", Bach/König: "Grooving Christmas - Christmas Oratorio in Jazz", as well as specialized programs including "Magic Venice: Polychoral Music from San Marco". The concerts have taken place at remarkable venues including the Munich Royal Residence, Granada Cathedral (Spain), Verona Cathedral (Italy), Gewandhaus (Netherlands) and Thomaskirche (Leipzig). Andrea Fessmann is a faculty member at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. She has been awarded prizes by the „Internationales Festival Kunst im Kloster“ and the Bavarian Radio.


The cultivation of choir-singing, singing together, working hard on great and magnificent choral works as well as the performance of choral concerts are the core mission of the KlangKunst Choir. Founded 2002 by Andrea Fessmann Letzing the association offers projects for non-professional singers, even those who have no singing experience at all. Since then successful concert performances on various stages took place. Amongst them: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, also under the patronage of Orff's widow Liselotte Orff, Christmas Oratorio and the Mathew Passion by J.S. Bach, Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms.

One of the most spectacular performances was the world premiere of „Weihnachtsoratorium in JAZZ“: a grooving version of Bachs „Christmas Oratorio“ by Stephan König, electrifying the audience when- and wherever performed, for example at Munich Residenz, the Thomaskirche Leipzig and Gewandhaus Leipzig.

The choir went on concert tours abroad to Granada, Andalusia/Spain and Venice, Italy and is very happy to sing in Carnegie Hall, New York.

Coro Promúsica Mexico

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Samuel Pascoe, DMA

Dr Samuel Pascoe graduated as a pianist from the National Autonomous University in Mexico City. He holds a Master’s degree in choral conducting and composition from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University. He has been the musical director of the Bellas Artes Madrigal Singers, the National Music School Symphony Orchestra, Academia Orchestra in Mexico City, All Campus Orchestra in Boston University, and Promúsica Choir, among others. He is also a frequent guest conductor of renowned orchestras in Mexico. He currently conducts the Estanislao Mejía Symphony Orchestra from the UNAM Faculty of Music.


Promúsica Choir integrates polyphonic singing enthusiasts, following the European amateur choir tradition. The Choir’s motto “We sing for the joy of singing” summarizes its philosophy. In over thirty years, Promúsica has performed under outstanding batons and orchestras, and has always taken pride in its contribution to the development and diffusion of musical culture in Mexico, not only through its frequent performances in well-known cultural halls in the city, but also by sponsoring talented young Mexican musicians who perform as soloists in presentations, and a choir of primary school age children in Texcoco, Mexico.

Flin Flon Community Choir

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Crystal Kolt

Crystal Kolt is the Artistic Director of the Flin Flon Community Choir. She is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award and was invested in the Order of Manitoba in 2012. Since moving north twenty five years ago, Crystal and her husband, musician/composer Mark Kolt, have produced numerous musical theatre productions and classical masterworks concerts in Northern Manitoba. This is the third time that the Flin Flon Community Choir has collaborated with DCINY and they are delighted to once again sing under the baton of the extraordinary Maestro Jonathan Griffith.


The Flin Flon Community Choir (FFCC) has been a driving force in the development of professional choral music in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Built upon a strong musical tradition fostered by the dedicated and talented Flin Flon Glee Club which flourished in the postwar period, 'the choir' alternates between professional musical theatre productions and classical masterworks concert seasons. The FFCC has had the opportunity to perform with The WInnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Saskatoon Symphony and many renowned solo artists. It has produced original musical theatre productions including 'Bombertown,' music and book by Mark Kolt, and 'Three Brides for Kasos' music by Mark Kolt and book by Elias Kulukundis (New York). The FFCC transforms into 'FFCC International' when performing in New York. Through the marvels of online video conferencing choristers can attend rehearsals from far and wide . Our FFCC 2020 choir includes choristers from across Canada and a chorister from Belgium, in addition to the 60 core choristers located in Flin Flon. The FFCC International is please to collaborate for the third time with DCINY International and in particular is honoured to sing under the baton of the extraodinary Maestro Jonathan Griffith.

Paschal High School Choir

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Nathan Benavides

Nathan Benavides has been teaching choral music for 13 years at the middle school and high school level. His choirs gave gained consistent UIL success through-out his career. In 2015, Mr. Benavides was named the Head Choir Director at Paschal High School. Mr. Benavides has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas-San Antonio. He also received his Master's Degree in Conducting from Long Island University-CW Post in 2015. He is a member of ACDA, TCDA, and TMEA and enjoys singing professionally with local churches and chamber ensembles, adjudicating, and mentoring fellow musicians. His Boxer, Cadence, serves as the official mascot of the Paschal Choir Department.


Paschal High School is a historic high school in Fort Worth, Texas. The Paschal High School choral program is comprised of 8 ensembles and 240 students. Many students are in more than one ensemble, including Show Choir and a college preparatory Chamber Choir, as well as AP Music Theory. The choir department performs year round and enjoys annual state wide success.

Christ The King Sanctuary Choir

Heather Nelson, a Twin Cities native and graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA, serves as Director of Music at Christ the King in New Brighton, MN. She also works for Graphite Publishing and for Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen. She is very active in the choral community and has sung with MPLS (imPulse), PopUp Choir, Together in Hope Project Choir, Bach Roots Festival, Magnum Chorum, VocalEssence, Minnesota Renaissance Choir, and Exultate. If Heather is not singing, you will find her traveling with her husband, crocheting, playing her tin whistle, brunching, or spending time with their Cavalier, Palestrina.


The Christ the King Sanctuary Choir is a 60-voice volunteer adult mixed choir, and the primary worship ensemble at Christ the King. They sing a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the classics to current composers, gospel to barbershop. In addition to their primary role in worship they also have a history of performing cantatas and musicals.

University of Dundee Choir

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Graeme Stevenson

Graeme Stevenson is the 3rd successive generation of his family to have become an organist He took up his first organist post when he was 12 at St John’s, Dundee, Graeme studied Music at Aberdeen University where he was organ scholar at Kings College. After graduating with a First Class honours degree he went on to do a Masters degree on the Music for the Mass by Johann Ludwig Krebs, one of JS Bach’s favourite pupils. Graeme is currently Director of Music at the University of Dundee where he conducts a numbers of ensembles; under his direction the University Chamber Choir and Bach Consort have recorded CDs. He is also organist and choirmaster at Dundee Parish Church (St Mary’s). As well as solo recitals throughout Scotland including Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen, Graeme also accompanies local choral societies for their concerts. In 2016 he was awarded the LRSM from the ABRSM in organ playing.


The Choir has been singing together since the University was established. The choir is made up of students, staff and alumni and is part of Dundee University Music Society - a student led society which provides the opportunity for students and staff to come together to make music. In March 2019 the choir gave the Scottish premier of Will Todd's Passion Music, and in previous years performed other choral favorites such as Carmina Burana, Haydn's Creation, Will Todd's Mass in Blue and even Godzilla eats last Vegas! The choir have performed for Her Majesty The Queen and the Dalai Lama.

BOUNDLESS vocal ensemble

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Vicki Blake Thompson

Vicki Blake Thompson, came to conducting after a career as a dancer/choreographer. For over 23 years she has worked with high school, community, and children’s choirs. Her choirs have been selected to perform for state and regional music educators’ conventions, and for several international festivals. She has been blessed by music’s power to bring people into community in her home town as well as around the world. Her choirs have shared music in China, Tanzania, Iceland, Greece, Costa Rica, Ireland, Austria, and Hungary. Bringing people of diverse cultural, political, and spiritual perspectives together to work as one to create a work of beauty fuels her love of choir conducting and touring.


BOUNDLESS vocal ensemble features singers from northern Idaho and southern British Columbia. The group presents choral theater works, highlighting a cappella and accompanied choral works with poetry, visuals, story, and dance. Recent original productions have included “Ancient Voices: songs of Earth and Ancestors”, “Stardust: embracing the cosmos”, “The Elusive Heart: science and myth of the human heart”. BOUNDLESS sang in The King’s Singers 50th Anniversary Concert with DCINY in Carnegie Hall. We are thrilled to return for Kim Arnesen’s “Magnificat”.

Hilo Community Chorus

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Tom McAlexander

Tom McAlexander is a former tuba player and chorister who became a choral director in 1996 when the director of the community chorus in Volcano, HI, left because of health issues and asked him to take over the chorus. He held that position until 2011, and in 2005 he also became director of the Hilo Community Chorus. He brought singers from the Chorus to New York in January of 2008 for the inaugural concert of DCINY and has returned frequently. He also conducts the choir at Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo.


The Hilo Community Chorus emerged from a union with the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the early 2000s. Under Tom’s direction, they have presented at least two concerts each year, one holiday themed concert in December and another in May. Their repertoire has included composers from Cherubini to Arnesen, and other composers such as Mozart, Dan Forrest, and Sir Karl Jenkins.

Springfield Catholic High School Choirs

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Kathryn Cole

Kathryn Cole earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri in May of 2008. She continued on to receive a master of music degree in choral conducting from Missouri State University. Upon graduating in 2010, Cole served on the faculty of Evangel University, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Grace Classical Academy, where she spent the first four years of her teaching career. She was the Director of Vocal Music at Bolivar Middle School in Bolivar, Missouri from 2014 - 2018. Currently, she serves as the Director of Choirs at Springfield Catholic High School. She is also a soprano in the Springfield Chamber Chorus, a professional choral ensemble. As an active adjudicator and clinician, she has conducted honor choirs in Missouri, Illinois, and Oklahoma. She has worked as musical director and pit conductor for several musical theater and opera productions at Evangel University and Springfield Catholic High School.


The Springfield Catholic High School Choirs are divided into two ensembles - Concert Choir and Irish Singers. Concert Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble of 40 singers. Irish Singers is a smaller auditioned chamber group made up of mostly upperclassmen. The choirs perform several times a year and collaborate with other ensembles in the Springfield, Missouri area.

LASSUS-CHOIR MUNICH

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Andrea Fessmann

Andrea Fessmann´s passion is choir music. She studied voice and is a seasoned member of the Bavarian Radio Concert Choir, where she has had the opportunity to work with the most famous conductors in the world. Together with the “Laetare” ensemble (voice, soundstones and dulcimer) she is giving concerts internationally. Andrea Fessmann is a rare, authorized specialist for Carl Orff´s "Carmina Burana", conducting and performing this work in signature venues, such as in the Monastery of Benediktbeuern, where the lyrics originated. Andrea Fessmann is the conductor of the KlangKunst Chor Iffeldorf and the LASSUS Choir Munich, the latter specializing in polychoral music. She has performed many renowned oratorios such as Handel:„Messiah“, Brahms: "A German Requiem", Bach: "St. Matthew Passion", Mozart: "Requiem", Bach/König: "Grooving Christmas - Christmas Oratorio in Jazz", as well as specialized programs including "Magic Venice: Polychoral Music from San Marco". The concerts have taken place at remarkable venues including the Munich Royal Residence, Granada Cathedral (Spain), Verona Cathedral (Italy), Gewandhaus (Netherlands) and Thomaskirche (Leipzig). Andrea Fessmann is a faculty member at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. She has been awarded prizes by the „Internationales Festival Kunst im Kloster“ and the Bavarian Radio.


The LASSUS Choir Munich was founded in 1957 by Bernward Beyerle sen.. It was his goal and passion to introduce the polychoral music of the 16th and 17 centuries to a contemporary public. Utilizing the unique design of each venue, the singers are divided into multiple groups, creating the signature spatial sound characteristics in the tradition of this early polyphony. The effect may be compared to a modern-day „Dolby Surround“, yet purely unplugged. Under the direction of Bernward Beyerle jun. the LASSUS Choir Munich gained high acclaim and now ranks as one of Europe´s most renowned ensembles specializing in polychoral music performances. The repertoire also includes oratorios such as Handel´s „Messiah“, Brahms´“A German Requiem“, as well as Contemporary Music. Over the past decades the LASSUS Choir Munich has been invited to sing in many of Europe´s most famous cathedrals including Rome, Venice, Florence, Vienna, Salzburg, Reims, Granada and Prague. The choir undertakes numerous tours, near and far, every year. In 2017 Bernward Beyerle jun. passed the baton to Andrea Fessmann, who is the current musical director. This year the choir will perform Johann Sebastian Bach´s „Mass in b-minor“ in the Munich Royal Residence, and polychoral masses in the Salzburg Cathedral and the St. Thomas Cathedral in Leipzig.

Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa

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Elaine Reding

Elaine Reding brings a lifetime of choral experience to her role as founder and music director of the Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa. At Carnegie Hall she returns to her NYC musical roots, where her music education through the New York University Honors Scholar degree program was enhanced by musical training with faculty at Mannes College and Julliard. Elaine performed actively in many NYC choruses and vocal ensembles, singing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with renowned conductors of the day. These sublime early experiences inspired a lifetime of innovative choral programming, choral conducting, and ongoing studies in the field.


The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa have brought joy and inspiration to their community for almost 30 years. Since 1991, music director Elaine Reding has expanded the group’s repertoire to include choral music from across the ages, ranging from medieval and Renaissance masterworks to new contemporary pieces and multicultural music. The Chamber Singers perform two concerts annually and sing for community and special events, delighting their large audiences with innovative programming, that has included over 600 choral works from 40 countries. They joined with DCINY in Carnegie Hall for Kim André Arnesen’s Requiem in 2017 and are honored to have been invited back by the composer to sing his beautiful Magnificat.