Magnificat: Music in Celebration of International Women's Day

Magnificat: Music in Celebration of International Women's Day
Sunday, Mar 17, 2019
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Rutter: Magnificat
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Nancy Menk, Guest Conductor
Magnificat - Music for Women's Voices
Brahms: Ave Maria
M. Haydn:  Magnificat (Magnify the Lord)
Vaughan Williams: Magnificat
Larsen: Canticle of Mary
Gjeilo: Gloria
Moore: Always Keep This Close 
 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Claire Leyden, Soprano
Lindsey Anderson, Mezzo-Soprano
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Pope John Paul II High School Singers
Medina Community Choir
Victor Valley College Singers and Master Arts Chorale
Christ Church Choir
Capital Harmonia
Les Ms.
Mountain Melody Women's Chorus

Pope John Paul II High School Singers

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Mike O'Neill
Mike is in his 5th year at JPII after having previously taught high school choir in Texas and Florida. Mike graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Florida and a Masters in Music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas. Before getting back into the classroom at JPII, Mike was a music educator for the Barbershop Harmony Society, headquartered in Nashville, TN, serving the non-profit organization for eight years in various roles. Mike and his family, wife of 18 years and three daughters, reside in Hendersonville, TN., a small suburb outside of Nashville.

The JPII Singers represent three different choirs at Pope John Paul II High School, made up of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The Concert Choir is JPII's intermediate traditional choir, the Chamber Choir is JPII's advanced traditional choir, and Voices uKnighted is JPII's contemporary a cappella ensemble.

Medina Community Choir

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Hannah Brear
Hannah sang as soprano soloist in Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur, Paris and at 20, sang for the Pope at the Vatican. She was Principal Voice Coach for the Choir of the Conservatoire of Music, Perpignan and moved back to London in 1999. She formed the Medina Community Choir in 2006 with only 6 members and this has since grown to 130 singers. She has performed with and arranged works for Lesley Garrett, The Royal Band of HM Royal Marines, Russell Watson and Fat Boy Slim. In 2012, Hannah ran with the Olympic Torch for services to musical education in the community.

Medina Community Choir was founded in 2006 by Hannah Brear at Medina College on the Isle of Wight, UK, so that parents of students at the school could perform alongside their children. In the Choir there are teachers, doctors, students, bar tenders and builders; all ages and abilities are welcome without audition. The Choir's biggest audiences have been at National Music Festivals where they have backed artists like FatBoy Slim and Melanie Safka in front of over 60,000. MCC recently performed in the UK Touring production of "Godspell" and tours France's cathedrals every two years with its award-winning Gospel repertoire.

Victor Valley College Singers and Master Arts Chorale

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Dr. Karen Miskell
Dr. Karen Miskell is the Director of Choral and Vocal Music at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California. Prior to earning her DMA in Choral Music from the University of Southern California (conferred May 2018), Dr. Miskell received a MM in Choral Conducting from Northern Arizona University (2013) and a BM in Music Education from the University of Miami (2005). In between her BM and MM degrees, Dr. Miskell taught secondary choral music in the public schools of Las Vegas, Nevada (2005-2011). Dr. Miskell actively serves as a choral clinician, adjudicator, and educator.

Members of the Victor Valley College Singers and Master Arts Chorale have a long history of excellent choral music performances. Both groups actively perform on campus with the VVC Orchestras, performing a wide range of genres and styles.

Christ Church Choir

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Lorna Barker

Dr. Lorna Barker is a concert pianist in the Charleston area. She holds a BM from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, a MM from Syracuse University and a DMA from the University of South Carolina, all in piano performance. She is an active accompanist, vocal coach and piano instructor for the College of Charleston. She is also the Music Director at Christ Church, a position she has enjoyed for the past twenty-seven years. She is the Executive Director of the East Cooper Concert Series. Her choir performs regularly in the Charleston area and is known for its energy and versatility.


The Choir at Christ Church has been an inspiration to congregants for many years. Besides leading Sunday worship with their musical gifts, they are active in other ministries at Christ Church and in their community. They have recorded two CDs and have performed for Piccolo Spoleto as well as at the Biltmore Estate during the December candlelight tours. They also perform in the community several times a year as well as perform classical and sacred concerts regularly at Christ Church.

Capital Harmonia

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Mary Ann East
Mary Ann East (BME, Indiana University; MM, George Mason University) has taught every level of music for Fairfax County Public Schools. Mrs. East is currently the Music Director at Community of Faith UMC in Herndon, adjunct professor at George Mason University, and owner of Monarch Music, offering private instruction. Mrs. East has also adjudicated and guest conducted throughout the state of Virginia. In 2013 she founded Capital Harmonia, a local women’s chorus whose mission is to bring music composed by women and for women’s voices to the DC area through partnerships with local women’s organizations.

Founded in 2013, Capital Harmonia is a community women’s chorus based in northern Virginia. We are dedicated to bringing music written for women’s voices to local organizations and events, particularly those which support and promote the concerns of women. Since our formation, we have performed with numerous local and regional organizations that serve and promote the causes of women, including shelters, women's clubs, nursing homes, and organizations concerned with women’s health issues. We feature music written by women composers and have a wide repertoire of songs from Classical to Broadway and Pop.

Les Ms.

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Dr. Valerie Long
Born in Gander, Newfoundland, Dr. Valerie Long holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Masters of Music in Choral Music Education and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Valerie has performed the roles of music director and pianist for numerous musical theatre productions and has earned a reputation for being an engaging and highly respected adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and performer. Her unique style of accompanying while directing is a celebrated feature of her work! Valerie also directs Let's Make a Choir – a unique program designed to initiate new singers into the choral collective, and the 100+ voice Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir, who have toured extensively throughout Europe. Among Valerie’s awards of distinction: • Music Educator of the Year • Founder’s Award for achievement in the Arts • Torch Bearer’s Award, World Harmony Run, • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Government of NL

In the fall of 1999, twenty women formed the female vocal ensemble Les Ms. Under the direction of and accompanied by Dr. Valerie Long, Les Ms. is recognized for high quality music and unique performance style. Delivering an eclectic repertoire spanning from sacred music and spirituals to traditional, pop and vocal jazz, Les Ms. performances are known for their high energy presentation style and engaging audience connection. Now grown to 40 members, Les Ms. takes great pride in its performances with other local choirs, particularly for events benefiting the community. The group's anchor event, Les Ms. & Friends Sing for Care, was created as an annual benefit concert to support the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation’s Patient and Family Support Fund. Every year, the event provides an exciting opportunity to highlight and celebrate other choral ensembles and musicians as they come together to share their gifts of music in the spirit of collaboration and good will. To date Les Ms. & Friends Sing for Care has contributed over $150,000 to this important fund. Please visit www.lesms.ca for further information.

Our director, Dr. Long, hails from Gander, the town in Newfoundland which inspired the hit musical, "Come From Away", and members of the choir were involved in assisting stranded passengers during the 9/11 plane diversions to our province.

St. John's, Newfoundland is the most easterly and oldest city in North America.  The province has a rich musical history and, per capita, one of the highest concentrations of choral singing in Canada.
 

Mountain Melody Women's Chorus

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Julia Shelby
Julia Shelby is the Director of Mountain Melody. She is a native Californian and hails from the San Francisco Peninsula. Since 2001, she and her husband have lived in Mountain Ranch in Calaveras County. Music has always been a part of her life. She plays multiple instruments, has sung in various choirs including the prestigious and internationally known Peninsula Women’s Chorus from Palo Alto, California. Julia formed Mountain Melody in the fall of 2005, to share her expertise and love of vocal music with the community. Ms. Shelby also works in Calaveras and neighboring counties as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner.

Mountain Melody Women’s was created in 2005 and is comprised of women throughout Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Amador counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills. While each member has a distinct and individual voice, when they come together as a group, the sound created is a stunning blend of resonant harmonies. Each singer in the chorus looks forward to the challenge and exhilaration of learning, rehearsing, and perfecting the beautiful music they perform.