Mass in Blue: The Music of Will Todd

Mass in Blue: The Music of Will Todd
Sunday, Apr 7, 2019
2:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
Alicia W. Walker, Guest Conductor
Todd: Mass in Blue
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
James M. Meaders, Guest Conductor
Will Todd, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Todd: Songs of Peace
Todd: No More Sorrow
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Kristin Claiborne, Soprano
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Portage Northern High School Songleader's Chorale
Blythewood High School Choral Program
Weston Choral and Worle Chorale
Encore! Women's Choir

Portage Northern High School Songleader's Chorale

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Robert C. Jordan
Robert Jordan completed his BM in Music Education and Trumpet at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University - Bloomington and a MM in Organ Performance at Western Michigan University. He is Director of Choirs at Portage Northern High School and is the Organist/Music Director at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. He is trained in the Estill Voice Training model and Lincoln Center Education’s model of Aesthetic Education. Robert was a lecturer/presenter on the topic of Middle School Musicals at the Michigan Music Conference, the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Western Michigan University.

Founded in the 1960s, the Songleader’s Chorale is the premier SATB choral ensemble at Portage Northern High School in Portage, Michigan. Members of this group participate in many festivals throughout the State of Michigan and are members in good standing of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. They presented Will Todd’s Mass in Blue at the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo and at the Portage Northern High School Collage Concerts in December of 2017. The Songleader’s Chorale partnered with Soprano Katelin Spencer and a local jazz combo to present this special work.

Blythewood High School Choral Program

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Kristin M. Claiborne
Ms. Claiborne is in her seventh year as choral director & assistant boys basketball coach at Blythewood High School. The choral program consists of four choirs & a pop/jazz a cappella group. Ms. Claiborne holds a Bachelors in Music Education & a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership from Concordia University. Ms. Claiborne performs in Limited Time Only, a semi-professional chamber choir out of Columbia, SC. She is a proud, active member of the both the American Choral Directors Association & Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

The Blythewood High School Choral Department, under the direction of Kristin Claiborne, consists of five performing ensembles: Mixed Chorus, Treble Singers, Concert Choir, Bella Voce, & the acaBengals. These ensembles have routinely earned the highest superior with distinction ratings at local, regional, & state competitions & assessments. Students from the program have represented the school & the district on a yearly basis in the RSD2 Honor Choir, the SC All-State choirs, & the American Choral Directors Association Honor Choirs (state, regional, & national). Blythewood choir members have toured throughout Italy, New York City, Atlanta, & in the NC/SC area.

Weston Choral and Worle Chorale

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Howard Sayer
Howard trained as a music teacher at Bath College of Higher Education. He specialised in piano, oboe and music education. His career was entirely based at Worle School in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, where he founded the Worle School Youth Choir, which toured Europe extensively. Currently MD of Weston Choral and Worle Chorale, Howard specialises in directing music of contemporary composers. When not engaged in music he enjoys travel, walking, cooking and following Brentford Football Club, from London, the city of his birth.

Weston Choral (formally known as Weston Choral Society) is one of the longest established in the town of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset as it was founded in 1865. The society's aim is to bring choral music of high quality to people in Weston and the surrounding area. Worle Chorale was formed in 2007 and is a small ensemble of friends who enjoy performing locally and abroad. We have a strong link with a choir in Spain and later this year will be performing with choirs in Budapest, Hungary.

Encore! Women's Choir

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Patricia Milford
Patricia Milford directs Encore! Women's Choir and Bravo! Men's Choir in Wichita Falls, Texas. She received a Master's Degree in Music Education from Midwestern State University and was a public school music teacher and church pianist. After retirement, she founded Encore! and Bravo! in 2005. They present public concerts several times a year and perform throughout the community. She and her husband play in the orchestra at First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year!

Encore! Women's Choir in Wichita Falls was founded in 2005 and has grown to over fifty members. The group is multigenerational and sings from a variety of genres. Members come from many different backgrounds but unite to share the gift of music with others.