Celebration & Reflection, Part 1

Celebration & Reflection, Part 1
Sunday, May 25, 2014
7:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
Aimee Beckmann Collier, Guest Conductor
Mozart Mass in C Major, K. 317 (Coronation Mass)
Bradley Ellingboe, Composer/Conductor
Star Song, Bradley Ellingboe, World Premiere
Jeremy Galyon, Bass
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Drake University Choir
Free State High School Choir
Linn-Mar High School Choir
Albuquerque Festival Singers (NM)
Caliente Community Chorus (NM)
Piedra Vista High School Choir
Chino Valley Varsity Choir (AZ)
First United Methodist Church of Roswell Chancel Choir
Moriarty High School Messengers (NM)
Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church Adult Choir
Trinity Chancel Choir and Friends
St. Mark Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir

Drake University Choir

Aimee Beckmann-Collier
Aimee Beckmann Collier

Aimee Beckmann-Collier is Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Studies at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  She is a frequent clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for high school and college choral festivals, contests, and All-States through the country.  Drake ensembles under her leadership have performed in Carnegie Hall and major venues in England, Austria, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic, as well as for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.  In 2013 she appeared as guest conductor and clinician at Minzu University in Beijing.
 
Dr. Beckmann-Collier has served ACDA in a variety of capacities, including as president of the Iowa Choral Directors Association and editor of its quarterly publication, president of ACDA’s North Central Division, chair of North Central ACDA conferences in 2012 and 1992, and editor of NC ACDA’s quarterly publication.  Her articles on a variety of topics have appeared in the Choral Journal and the Music Educators Journal.  She is chair of the Iowa Comprehensive Musicianship Project, a mastery teaching program for music educators.
 
A graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, which recently presented her with its Distinguished Alumna Award, Dr. Beckmann-Collier received master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from The University of Iowa where she studied with Don Moses.  She is the recipient of Drake University’s Madelyn Levitt Award for Distinguished Community Service, the University’s Stalnaker Lecturer designation, the Iowa Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award, the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association Outstanding Music Educator Award, and ACDA’s Weston Noble Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Drake University Choir is the University’s select touring ensemble and is one of four choruses which provide singing opportunities for more than 250 students at Drake.  The choir tours throughout the United States annually and internationally every four years.  It has appeared in major venues in Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic.  The ensemble, which presents four on-campus concerts each year, regularly collaborates with the Des Moines Symphony, most recently in performances of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana.  The choir has performed in Carnegie Hall and has been featured on the conference program of the American Choral Directors Association North Central Division.

Free State High School Choir

Hilary Morton
Hilary Morton
Hilary Morton is in her eighth year as Choral Music Director at Lawrence Free State High School.  Under her direction at Lawrence Free State High, Hilary's choirs have performed at the KMEA convention twice, Festival Disney and the SWACDA convention in Dallas.  She also organized a concert for the Lawrence bands and choirs, performing the music and conducted by Eric Whitacre.   She previously taught three years at Oregon Trail Junior High School in Olathe.   Hilary received her BME from the University of Kansas, with a minor in Vocal Performance.  As an undergraduate, she sang under the direction of Simon Carrington.  Hilary received her Master's Degree in Choral Pedagogy, also at KU in 2010.  A member of NAFME and ACDA, Hilary is the Multi-Cultural Chair for KCDA.  
The Lawrence Free State High School Choral program is comprised of 7 ensembles, and includes 400 students. The Free State Choral faculty include directors Hilary Morton and Jake Narverud, and accompanist Jamie Bone. Since the opening of Lawrence Free State High School in 1997, all choral ensembles have received straight superior ratings at Large Group Contest. 165 Free State students have participated in the Kansas All-State Choir. Five ensembles have performed at the KMEA convention, one ensemble perform at SWACDA, and nine ensembles receive superior ratings at Festival Disney. Those students performing today represent five ensembles at Free State.

Linn-Mar High School Choir

Robert Anderson
Bob Anderson

Robert Anderson is currently in his nineteenth year as Director of Choral Activities at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. He has taught public school choral music in Iowa for over thirty years. Mr. Anderson’s choirs have done featured performances at two North Central ACDA Conventions and the 2005 National ACDA Convention.  His choirs have toured internationally on four different occasions. Robert was President of the Iowa Choral Directors Association from 1991-93, served as the President of the North Central Division of ACDA from 2002-2004 and was the Chairman of the 2004 North Central Division Convention. He holds a B.M.E. degree from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa, and has done graduate work at the University of Iowa.

Robert and his wife Jill live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jill is the choral director at Northwest Junior High in Iowa City. They have a seventeen-year-old son, Matthew.

The Linn-Mar High School Choir appearing as a part of this performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass KV 317, is comprised of students from across four separate curricular choirs at Linn-Mar High School.  The Linn-Mar High School Choral Music Department has an enrollment of 415 in a public school high school with a total enrollment of just over 2000 students. This comprehensive vocal music program places an average of 18 students per year in the Iowa All-State Chorus, has three competitive show choirs, produces an annual musical with the Theater Arts Department, and has been recognized twice as a Grammy Signature School along with the Band and Orchestra programs at Linn-Mar.

Albuquerque Festival Singers (NM)

Bradley Ellingboe
Bradley Ellingboe
Bradley Ellingboe is Director of Choral Activities at the University of New Mexico. He has led a wide-ranging career in the world of singing, including accomplishments as a choral conductor, soloist, composer, scholar and teacher.  As a choral conductor he has led festival choruses in 40 states and 14 foreign countries. He made his operatic conducting debut in December, 2011, leading the world-premiere of Stephen Paulus’s opera Shoes for the Santo Niño in a joint production by the Santa Fe Opera and the UNM. As a bass-baritone soloist he has sung under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks. Ellingboe has over 130 pieces of music in print, including the Requiem for chorus and orchestra, which has been performed more than 300 times in this country and Europe, and his newest work, Star Song, which premiered in December of 2013. Star Song will have its New York debut (Lincoln Center) in May of 2014, and its European debut (London, Oxford, Bath) in July of that year. For his scholarly work in making the songs of Edvard Grieg more accessible to the English-speaking public, he was knighted by the King of Norway in 1994.  As a teacher, the University of New Mexico Alumni Association named him Faculty of the Year in 2008.

Caliente Community Chorus (NM)

Virginia Nickels-Hircock
Virginia Nickels-Hircock
Caliente Community Chorus was created in the Fall of 2006 to inspire audiences, provide a creative outlet for adult singers, and travel abroad. Caliente is a non-auditioned, volunteer ensemble.  Members of our fifty-voice ensemble have a wide range of musical backgrounds, from professionals to former school choir and church choir members.
 
Besides our annual Spring and Fall concerts, Caliente performs "Broadway for Brunch" and "Cabaret" song and dance concerts.  These two special events help raise funds for the next overseas adventure.  Caliente has traveled to Italy and Austria, Ireland, Greece, and Spain.  While on tour, Caliente enjoys collaborative performances with local international choirs in order to share musical experiences.
 
Caliente Community Chorus is a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization. Our goal is to make a positive impact in the community through musical performances. Following that objective, Caliente instituted a Scholarship Fund with a primary focus on providing monetary awards to students either entering or attending post-secondary educational programs.
 
Caliente has collaborated with other community organizations such as local college and high school choirs, other regional community choirs, brass and orchestral ensembles, and the San Juan Symphony. Caliente performs works that range in variety from opera choruses to cathedral classics, from world folk to jazz standards, as well as traditional Broadway and cinema greats.

Piedra Vista High School Choir

The Piedra Vista High School Choirs are an integral and active part of the Farmington, New Mexico community.  The choirs actively sing for the Veterans Association, Rotary Clubs, and other community organizations, as well as providing concerts for the public.  PVHS Choirs consistently receive outstanding ratings at NMMEA music adjudications in both performance and sight-reading.  Members of the choirs also participate in Solo and Ensemble festival, honor choirs, and New Mexico All State Choruses.  PVC Pipes Concert Choir is the AAAA State Champion Choir for the sixth consecutive year, and the only AAAA champion choir since the contest’s inception.  The choir was also awarded the exclusive Centennial Award in 2011 for its outstanding performance at the New Mexico Athletics and Activities Association state choral contest.Virginia Nickels-Hircock has been employed with Farmington, New Mexico Municipal Schools since 1990 where she has taught general, choral, and instrumental music at both elementary and secondary levels.  Under her direction, choirs have consistently received Superior ratings in district, state, and national music festivals and competitions.  Ms. Nickels’ choirs have twice been selected to perform at the New Mexico All State Music Convention, and have won the title of AAAA State Champion six consecutive years.
 
Ms. Nickels-Hircock received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting and Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
An active choral clinician and adjudicator, Ms. Nickels has prepared and conducted festival choruses, given in-service workshops, performed clinics, and adjudicated in the Four Corners area.  Ms. Nickels-Hircock was honored in 2011 as the New Mexico Music Education Association’s Music Educator of the Year.  Ms. Nickels has been nominated for the Disney Outstanding Teacher Award and Who’s Who Among American Teachers.  She received the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the World of Music Festival in 2002 and the Farmington’s Foundation for Excellence Red Apple Award in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
 
Active in community musical endeavors, Ms. Nickels has performed with San Juan College, and has served as Choir Master for the Showcase Choir.   She has prepared choruses for performances with the San Juan Symphony in Farmington, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado.  Additionally, Ms. Nickels has served as vocal director for numerous local musical theater productions.  Ms. Nickels is the co-founder and conductor of Caliente Community Chorus.
 
 
The Piedra Vista High School Choirs are an integral and active part of the Farmington, New Mexico community.  The choirs actively sing for the Veterans Association, Rotary Clubs, and other community organizations, as well as providing concerts for the public.  PVHS Choirs consistently receive outstanding ratings at NMMEA music adjudications in both performance and sight-reading.  Members of the choirs also participate in Solo and Ensemble festival, honor choirs, and New Mexico All State Choruses.  PVC Pipes Concert Choir is the AAAA State Champion Choir for the sixth consecutive year, and the only AAAA champion choir since the contest’s inception.  The choir was also awarded the exclusive Centennial Award in 2011 for its outstanding performance at the New Mexico Athletics and Activities Association state choral contest.

Chino Valley Varsity Choir (AZ)

Dr. M. Dee Wilkins
Dee Wilkins

Dr. M. Dee Wilkins is the proud and happy husband of Leisel Wilkins, and together they are raising their seven children in Chino Valley, Arizona.   He is in his second year as Choir Director at Chino Valley High School, and his ninth year of teaching.  He holds a Doctorate of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado, with a Masters of Music Teaching and Bachelors of Music Education from Northern Arizona University.  Dr. Wilkins has been active in AMEA and ACDA throughout his career, serving in various positions with both organizations.

The Chino Valley Varsity choir is the top, select ensemble at Chino Valley High School in Arizona.  In only the second year of its existence, the group has enjoyed increased numbers and quality, and has been invited to perform at numerous civic and cultural events in the area, and recently named the top ensemble at a local choral festival.  

First United Methodist Church of Roswell Chancel Choir

Moriarty High School Messengers (NM)

Penny Vos
Penny Voss

Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church Adult Choir

Sherri Dees
Sherri Dees

Trinity Chancel Choir and Friends

Carol Feather Martin
Carol Feather Martin
Carol Feather Martin, a native of North Carolina, graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a BM in piano performance in 1978 and a MM degree in Organ Performance and Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying Performance from Catholic University in 1985. Carol has completed her twenty fourth year as Director of Music and Arts and Organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Virginia where she works with a program including eight choirs of singers and handbell ringers.  Recitals have taken Carol to many areas of the U.S. and also Canada and Germany.  She frequently serves as clinician for professional organizations and is a member of The American Guild of Organists, Choristers Guild, Handbell Musicians of America and The Hymn Society of America.  Carol composes, arranges, and transcribes music  for the groups that she directs.  In her free time, Carol enjoys reading, gardening, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, biking and cross country skiing. Carol resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, two children, and four animals.
Trinity Presbyterian Chancel Choir and Friends lead worship at the traditional service at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington, VA.  Their repertoire spans the centuries and includes extended works with chamber ensembles and acappella works.  This choir has been an important part of the ministry in the community since the founding of the church in 1945.  Singers include members of the congregation and friends of the faith community.  

St. Mark Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir