Messiah....Refreshed!

Messiah....Refreshed!
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens' 1959 Re-Orchestration for full symphony orchestra Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Kevin McChesney, Guest Conductor
The Great Christmas Ring
A massed ringing concert for English Handbells
Penelope Shumate, Soprano
Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo-Soprano
John McVeigh, Tenor
Christopher Job, Baritone
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

North Forsyth High School Raider Chorus
Richmond Presbyterian Church Choir (British Columbia/Canada)
Rogue Community Chorus
Streator Community Chorus
Travis Avenue Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir
Zanesville Civic Chorus
St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Senior Choir
Helsingborgs Motettkör
St. Helena Choral Society
Baha'i Choral Festival Choir
Joyful Band of Singers
The Liturgical Choir of Incarnation Lutheran
Clintonville Community Choir
Nebo Holiday Chorus & Orchestra
Singspirations
Chesapeake Community Messiah Choir
Palisades Community Chorus
Trinity Episcopal Church Choir
The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus
Kuwait Chamber Chorale
Radio Community Chest Combined Church Choirs Sydney
Master Chorale of Flagstaff
First Baptist Church Marble Falls Choir
Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong
Dubai Chamber Choir
The Holman United Methodist Church Choir
D. M. Davis Choirs

North Forsyth High School Raider Chorus

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Gene Seese

Mr. Seese is in his 11th year as director of the NFHS Choirs and his 24th year as a music educator. Mr. Seese has directed middle & high school choral programs in Colorado, New Mexico, Florida and Georgia. Choirs under his direction have consistently received Superior ratings at local, regional and national competitions. His choirs have performed at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association In Service Conference. Mr. Seese has also had the privilege of directing several honor choirs throughout Georgia. In addition to his duties as NFHS Choral Director, Mr. Seese is the Director of Music for Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville and serves as Choral Chair for GMEA District 9. He would like to thank his wife and daughter for their love and support!


The North Forsyth High School Raider Chorus is comprised of 150 singers in four main ensembles: Our women's choirs Bella Voce & Cantamus, the Raider Men and our top ensemble, the Chamber Singers. We also offer several extra curricular choirs. The Raider Chorus consistently earn top honors at local, regional and national competitions and are in demand to perform at events throughout the southeast. North Forsyth High School has an enrollment 2700 students and is located about an hour north of Atlanta at the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.

Richmond Presbyterian Church Choir (British Columbia/Canada)

Graeme has enjoyed directing the RPC choir for over 25 years, and also sings in the Richmond Chorus and EnChor. He is a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He is so happy for his singers to be participating in DCINY's Messiah.


The Richmond Presbyterian Church Choir is a talented and dedicated group of volunteer singers who find energy and fulfillment in offering their musical gifts to God and the congregation.


Rogue Community Chorus

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Deborah Pratt

Deborah Pratt holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Her experience includes 40 years of teaching music in public and private educational settings. Currently, in addition to directing the Rogue Community Chorus at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon, Ms. Pratt owns and teaches at Music4Kids Music Learning Center where she offers Kindermusik classes for ages birth to seven, as well as a youth choir and piano classes.


Singers high school age and older join together in the Rogue Community Chorus to sing a variety of music, culminating in performances at the RCC Rogue Auditorium and in other community venues. The music performed covers a wide variety of musical genres, including seasonal music, popular songs, classical works, patriotic and traditional music, Broadway selections, contemporary choral compositions, and a capella arrangements.

Streator Community Chorus

JeanDrendel and Nancy Mueller, Streator, Illinois, have co-produced a community production of MESSIAH for 30 years. Both are music majors and former music teachers, church musicians and private instructors in Streator.


The Streator Community Chorus has performed MESSIAH in alternate years since 1990. The performances are always enthusiastically performed and received!

Travis Avenue Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir

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William R. Howell

Bill Howell is the Associate Pastor of Worship of Travis Ave. Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has a passion for leading people in worship to our Creator God. He has served as a Minister of Music in Texas churches since August 1989 when he surrendered to God's call into full time vocational ministry. Bill and his wife, Kathy, met while at Texas Tech University where they played in the Goin' Band from Raiderland. They have been married for 33 years, and have 2 sons, Jonathan (Emily) Howell, and Jacob Howell. They have two amazing grandkids, Rebekah and Jaxon.


The Sanctuary Choir of Travis Ave. Baptist Church has been a huge part of the church's history. Just a few miles from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, it was a training ground for men called into vocational music ministry. The music ministry continues to thrive as we lead God's people into the presence of a Holy God, seek to know Jesus, the Messiah, and make Him known among the nations. We love to do that utilizing great hymns of the faith, and cutting edge spiritual songs that remind us of who He is and His great love for us!

Zanesville Civic Chorus

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James L. McLaughlin

James L. McLaughlin is music director to the Zanesville Civic Chorus. His music study has been at Ohio University and Westminster Choir College. He is Musician in Residence at Central Trinity UMC, assistant Director to the Y-City Barbershop Chorus, adjudicator for the OMEA, and booking agent for the Zanesville Concert Association. He taught vocal and choral music in the Zanesville City Schools for 31 years. His music conservatory offers private voice, organ, and piano lessons.


The Zanesville Civic Chorus is a community chorus sponsored by the Thursday Music Club of Zanesville, Ohio. Membership is open to high school and adult singers from the community. This year the chorus is celebrating its 90th annual production of Handel’s Messiah with orchestra for the Zanesville/Muskingum County community. A free will offering is taken each year at the concert and given to a local charity in “the spirit of Handel”. The chorus also performs a spring choral concert often partnering with other music ensembles.

St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Senior Choir

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Bina Ann John
Dr. Bina John is a Professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Dr. John received the Faculty of Music Excellence in Teaching Award in May 2014. Currently, Dr. John is working on two collaborative projects; one is to bring music education to vulnerable and at-risk youth in the Greater Toronto Area, and the second is developing a music curriculum for a mixed reality video game to provide early childhood music education for children with cerebral palsy. Dr. John is the organist/choir director at St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Toronto. She is very proud of her Senior Choir.

The Senior Choir at St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church @ Lakeview, Toronto, is made up of very committed members, who have been part of the choir for the past 10 years. They perform yearly for all special occasions, including Christmas concerts and other important church celebrations. In addition to singing traditional sung liturgy for every Sunday service, alternatively in English and Malayalam, the choir members have successfully embraced learning new repertoire in the Western Classical Tradition, performing works by Benjamin Britten, and G. F. Handel and several contemporary Christian composers.

Helsingborgs Motettkör

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Ilze Štāla Stegö
Ilze Štāla Stegö holds a master's degree in choral conducting from the Latvian Academy of Music and a church musician education from the Malmö Academy of Music. Since 2009 she works for Gustav Adolf's parish in Helsingborg, Sweden and she founded Helsingborg Motettkör in 2014.

Helsingborg Motettkör is a mixed chamber choir, founded in 2014, that currently consists of 30 young ambitious singers led by Ilze Štāla Stegö. The choir is proud to have won silver and gold diplomas at international choir competitions in Helsingborg (2018), Berlin (2017) and Málaga (2015). The repertoire is primarily contemporary choral music, mainly a cappella, but also works with orchestra. The choir is constantly striving for progress, both vocally, musically and scenically.

St. Helena Choral Society

Craig Bond received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Physical Education from the San Francisco State University, where he majored in piano and voice.  As a graduate student he studied choral conducting at Sonoma State University and the Northern Arizona University.  Mr. Bond is a highly respected member of the choral community and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) and the National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE).  Craig has served as an adjudicator for CMEA Bay Sections Festivals, as well as the CMEA Golden Empire Festival held at the Sacramento State University.  In 2007 Mr. Bond formed the non-profit organization called “The St. Helena Choral Society”.   This organizations includes the 35 member “St. Helena Children’s Chorus”, the 30 member “St. Helena Teen Choir” the 10 member “Jazz @ 7 Vocal Ensemble” and the 65 voice “St. Helena Chamber Singers”  

The St. Helena Chamber Choir is part of the non-profit organization known as the St. Helena Choral Society. This St. Helena based community choir has been in existence for over 35 years. The choir performs twice annually in their very popular Christmas and Spring Concerts, accompanied by a chamber  orchestra. Their home is at the new St.Helena Performing Arts Center at the corner of Grayson Avenue and Hwy 29 in St.Helena. This 65 voice ensemble performs a wide variety of choral literature but specializes in major classic choral works by such composers as  Bach, Handel, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Lauridsen  and many others. The St. Helena Chamber Choir meets on Monday evenings at the Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena and is directed by Mr. Craig Bond. For additional information please go to our website at  sthelenachoralsociety.com.

Baha'i Choral Festival Choir

Van Gilmer, renowned soloist, composer, and director, is the original organizer and director of the first Bahá’í Gospel Choir that made its debut appearance during the 2nd Bahá’í World Congress held at Jacob Javitt's Center in New York City in 1992. Since then, he has directed several Bahá’í choirs, including a 100 member Choir that toured western Europe in 2004. He currently serves as the Music Director at the Bahá’í House of Worship for the North American Continent, in Wilmette, Illinois, where he has led 13 Annual Choral Festivals, toured throughout Europe, and the Caribbean and has appeared twice at Carnegie Hall.

The Baha'i Choral Festival Choir is made up of singers from many different races, cultures and countries around the world who come together to sing a varied program of music from classical to gospel. The music must be a cappella and based on the scriptures of any of the world's major religions and is presented each year in an annual Devotional Concert held in the Baha'i House of Worship for the North American Continent in Wilmette Illinois. This year marks the 13th year of these annual concerts.

Joyful Band of Singers

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Finley Woolston
Finley Woolston devotes himself to music after a career in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. He’s the Music Director of The Crystal Coast Choral Society and The Joyful Band of Singers in North Carolina. He’s a retired United Methodist Music Director. He sings with the choir of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. He’s prepared choruses for performances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. He is a member of The Jonathan Griffith Singers. He was in the chorus that recorded Messiah Refreshed in Abbey Road Studio. Woolston serves with numerous musical organizations in North Carolina.

The Joyful Band of Singers is an invitation only auditioned choral ensemble formed for specific performances in eastern North Carolina and other locations. Membership ranges from a quartet to 24 singers.

The Liturgical Choir of Incarnation Lutheran

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Rebecca J. Steller
Rebecca J. Steller, Director of Traditional/Youth Music at Incarnation Lutheran, received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from California Lutheran University and a Master of Education degree with a supplement in Music Education from National University. She studied piano and voice from teachers at the New England Conservatory of Music as well as several in the San Diego area. She has directed adult & youth choirs, been a piano and soprano soloist, and accompanist at a number of churches in southern California and Massachusetts.

The Liturgical Choir at Incarnation Lutheran Church is comprised of volunteer singers high school age and up. Great choral music from the Renaissance to the present makes up the choir’s repertoire. Members of the choir rehearse weekly to provide music for worship services as well as special concerts. The group performs works of Vivaldi, Handel, and Bach with the Poway Symphonette. Love of music and a passion for singing quality music is at the heart of this organization and we are so blessed to be able to sing Messiah at Carnegie Hall.

Clintonville Community Choir

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Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins is an active educator, church musician and conductor in the central Ohio area. After completing his M.M. in Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto in 2017, Ryan returned to central Ohio where he began working with the Clintonville Community Choir. Along with this appointment, Ryan serves as the Director of Traditional Music at Trinity United Methodist Church and Choir Director at Bishop Watterson High School.


The Clintonville Community Choir was formed in 2006 through the efforts of Tom Maxwell (Conductor Emeritus), Sharon Watkins (Artistic Director Emeritus), Glenn Williams (Clintonville Community Band), and many others. In the early years, the choir always performed as part of the Clintonville Community Band concerts, but now does two concerts a year on its own, joining the Band for an annual Holiday Concert. The Choir is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Nebo Holiday Chorus & Orchestra

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Kameron Kavanaugh

Mr. Kavanaugh is a native of Payson, UT. He currently serves as the Director of Choirs at Spanish Fork High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from BYU-Idaho and his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from BYU where he studied with Dr. Andrew Crane and Rosalind Hall. As a member of BYU Singers, he performed with such groups as the King’s Singers and Tenebrae. In 2017, he founded “Sound of Ages”, a professional level chamber choir specializing in Early Music. As a composer, Mr. Kavanaugh was a finalist in the annual Raymond W. Brock Student Competition hosted by the ACDA. He continues to receive commissions from local choirs and collegiate ensembles.


The NEBO HOLIDAY CHORUS & ORCHESTRA (NHCO) was established by residents of Spanish Fork, Utah in June 2017. NHCO promotes the performing arts, provides quality performances of large choral works for free to the community in Southern Utah County, and exercises and improves the artistic skills of those performing in the choir and orchestra. During their annual Christmas concerts, approximately 300 volunteer musicians perform together to bring Handel's Messiah to the local communities. Performers include auditioned hobby musicians, high school students, and independent professional musicians from local communities, public schools and area universities.

Singspirations

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Jonath Backia Seelan Baskaran

Jonath Backia Seelan Baskaran is best known for his peppy and stirring harmony works for the revival of traditional Tamil Christian songs. Under his baton, the choir has performed Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, Judas Maccabeus, Coronation Anthems, Haydn's Creation & Mass in C Minor, cantatas and Contemporary & modern choral works. Apart from conduction, he works to bring together orchestral and choral groups to perform together. He is an accomplished Pianist, serving as church organist for 20 years at St. Thomas church, Srivilliputtur and is currently an Associate of Trinity College London in singing. He is also a music educator.


Founded in 2005, Singspirations, a 75-mixed voice choir, is one of the largest open access western classical choirs in India. The choir is renowned for its energy filled presentations and its repertoire is diverse and challenging reflecting adventurous spirit. Its aim is to present choral singing with excellence that will inspire and refresh audiences while moulding its singers’ vocal abilities. With core value to be for the benefit of others, the choir performs dedicated fund raising concerts to help missionary organizations every year. Notable presentations includes Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, Judas Maccabeus, Coronation Anthems, Haydn's Creation & Mass in C Minor, cantatas and other contemporary & modern choral works

Chesapeake Community Messiah Choir

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June Vinson

June Vinson is not our musical director, but she is the driving force behind the creation of our choir. Growing up in West Virginia, June sang in her high school chorus and all-county chorus. At WVU Tech she continued to sing in various groups, including the traveling concert chorus. They sang The Messiah for the town before Christmas and June has never forgotten the emotional impact it had on her. She wanted to recreate this wonderful spiritual feeling and bring the people of Chesapeake, Virginia together to experience the true meaning of Christmas. June sings in the production each year.


The Chesapeake Community Messiah Production is entirely volunteer, with participants who live, work, or worship in Chesapeake. For our first performance in 2007, we had 185 voices and 25 musicians. Ranging in age from 16 to 88, some members of our choir have participated every year, others come and go. Our orchestra is largely made up of music teachers and students from our schools. Each year we have a guest conductor and begin rehearsals in October. We have been hosted all 13 years at Great Bridge Baptist Church. Our concert is free and open to the public.

Palisades Community Chorus

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Jack Schmidt

Dr. Jack Schmidt has directed the Palisades Community Chorus since 1998. He is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts at Delaware Valley University. He received his PhD in Music History from Northwestern University. His research specialty is seventeenth century Lutheran Sacred music. He has published articles and presented papers on related topics for many professional musical organizations. Dr. Schmidt has conducted numerous amateur and professional ensembles. Prior to his appointment at Delaware Valley University in 1997, Dr. Schmidt taught music at Towson University, Northwestern University and Elgin Community College.


The Palisades Community Chorus was founded by Donna Parris in 1992, the PCC provides a valuable cultural experience to the people of Bucks County in Eastern Pennsylvania. The members study and perform choral music under the direction of Dr. Jack Schmidt. We are a non-auditioned choir and registration is at an affordable cost. The Chorus has performed a diverse classical repertory, a variety of American music and music from around the world as part of its exploration of musical expression. The Chorus continues its collaboration with several local organizations as we unite many different walks of life through music.

Trinity Episcopal Church Choir

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Jennifer Linhart Wood, Ph.D.

Jennifer Linhart Wood (B.Mus., M.A., Ph.D.) is a lyric soprano who directs the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir, and enjoys singing music ranging from Renaissance motets to Classical arias to church choral music. She has directed choirs for over fifteen years and is an active composer, penning choral arrangements and original anthems. She has performed as a soloist throughout the District-Maryland-Virginia area; on studio albums; and with acclaimed choirs, including the Metropolitan Chorus at the Kennedy Center. Jennifer’s fascination with the transformative power of music inspired her first book, *Sounding Otherness in Early Modern Drama and Travel Writing* (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).


The Trinity Episcopal Church Choir, the Voices of Trinity, is an inclusive, joy-filled, and diverse branch of the Trinity family, and is comprised of parish members and students from Saint Mary’s College. We sing a wide range of music to celebrate our diversity; we have performed works by Haydn, Moses Hogan, Tallis, Stanford, Chilcott, Joseph Martin, Mary Macdonald, Pepper Choplin, and—of course—Handel. At Trinity, the music we sing serves as an enhancement to the worship experience, drawing people closer to Christ. We believe that music, especially music that is reflective of God’s love, is a transformative force.

The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus

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Christine Day

Mrs. Day has a music degree from Iowa State University in Music Education and Performance. She is also certified in the Orff Levels and Master Class. Christine is retired after teaching 42 years in the public school system but still continues teaching private music lessons. For 37 years she has been chancel choir director and for 12 years as bell choir director for the First United Methodist Church in Wamego. She has received the “Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher” from the North Central District of the Kansas Music Educator’s Association two times and the Geary County “Shining Star” award. From the Santa Fe Trail Association, Christine has received the following awards; Educational Teacher Award, the Paul Bentrup Ambassador Award, and a Huck Boyd “Leader of the Year” award for the Santa Fe Trail education trips with students.


The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus and Chamber Orchestra traces its roots to the late 1980's when the KANZA Conference of the United Methodist Church organized an ecumenical performance of Messiah three times before the Wamego Council of Churches and a steering committee of volunteers from the area took the reins of the organization in 1991 and named it The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus.The all-volunteer chorus has gathered each year since, except 2000, to perform portions of Messiah during the Easter season. Until 1998, an organist and pianist accompanied the chorus. In 1998 the chamber orchestra was added to the performance. For the performance in 2019, the chorus numbered 54 singers with a 26 piece chamber orchestra.

Kuwait Chamber Chorale

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Fredrick Nirmal is a passionate musician, from Coimbatore, India, residing in Kuwait for the past 20 years. Being a part time music instructor, he also holds positions such as, Church Organist and Choir Master. Having formed the Kuwait Chamber Chorale in 2017; his vision was to bring enthusiastic choristers from different communities in a common platform. Looking back, this 3 year journey has been a dream come true, which was to take KCC global. His dream is to explore quality Classical music through KCC with mentors in support, which highlights our motto “Music beyond boundaries”.


The KUWAIT CHAMBER CHORALE, is a musical ensemble conceived in the hearts and minds of a few ardent lovers of music. The vision had become a reality when this group of choristers from various choirs in Kuwait came forward to join this musical venture. KCC endeavors to position itself as an integral part of the community, not simply a peripheral attraction. From amateur musicians to artistic collaborations with other musical groups, we are constantly seeking new ways to bring immediacy, relevance and personal connections to all segments of the community through the shared experience of orchestral music.

Radio Community Chest Combined Church Choirs Sydney

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Timothy Chung
Timothy Chung began his music training as a Choral Scholar at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and St Andrew’s Cathedral School and has devoted his life to teaching. Tim has directed many Sydney-based ensembles and as a countertenor, performed with a number of choirs including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Choir. He continues to perform regularly with the early music ensemble Consort 8 and the Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney. In addition, to adjudicating for the City of Sydney Eisteddfod (Choral), Tim has taught music at a number of elite private schools across Sydney Australia. He is currently Artistic Director of Santa Sabina College in Sydney and is only the 5th conductor in the 78 year history of the Combined Church Choirs’ annual Christmas performances of Handel’s Messiah in the Sydney Town Hall.

For the past 78 years, the Combined Church Choirs Sydney have presented two annual Christmas performances of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah in the heritage listed late 19th century Sydney Town Hall. The Choirs’ Messiah performances began in the 1930s, with the annual performances starting in 1941 on behalf of the Radio Community Chest, a charity started in 1929 by Frank Grose to coordinate the charitable activities of a Sydney Australia radio station. The Choir today comprises over 300 voices from churches of all denominations. Gathering in October each year for rehearsals, the Choir performs two concerts as part of Sydney’s festive season. For over 11 years the Choir has been under the direction of Timothy Chung, an accomplished conductor, countertenor performer, choirmaster and artistic director. Under Tim’s tutelage, the Combined Church Choirs has achieved new acclaim for their outstanding Messiah performances. Following the success of the December 2012 performances, choir members were invited to participate with international choirs to sing Messiah Refreshed in New York. Since 2013, each year choristers of the Radio Community Chest Combined Church Choirs have travelled to New York to participate, with some choristers repeating their participation a number of times.

Master Chorale of Flagstaff

Soloist in musical theater and operetta; member of Master Chorale of Flagstaff and formerly of Santa Barbara Choral Society

Master Chorale of Flagstaff has represented northern Arizona for over 50 years at home and has also sung on three other continents.

First Baptist Church Marble Falls Choir

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Dorey Stubblefield
Dorey graduated from East Texas Baptist University with a degree in all-level music education in 2000. He has spent his years in worship ministry, leading traditional and contemporary worship, conducting choirs and orchestras, directing musicals, and teaching on worship, among other things. He and his beautiful wife, Amy, started Reclaim Arts Academy three years ago and have enjoyed seeing all ages grow to love the arts. Dorey and Amy have six wonderful children that keep them on their toes.

First Baptist Church Marble Falls Choir is a vibrant group of people who love to sing and lead others in worship to our God. They have performed Handel's "Messiah" for their community and have performed numerous musicals as well. They are extremely honored to be here and join with this wonderful group of musicians to perform this amazing work we know as Handel's "Messiah".

Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong

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Celia Leung
Graduated from University of Hong Kong, Celia Leung started conducting in the age of 11. She has worked with singers from all ages. In 2015 and 2016, she founded Sing City (a vocal ensemble) and Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong. Both groups are mostly made up of expats who love to share their passion in singing during their leisure time. The Choirs present performances regularly in the city. Prior to be a music director, Celia was a producer to various music groups.

Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong was founded in 2016. Led by Celia Leung, the choir is named after the many flame trees that are found around the city. Phoenix Singers has performed at various locations in HK, including Sheung Wan Civic Centre, HK Arts Centre and more. The choir rehearses weekly and presents 3 concerts a year.

Dubai Chamber Choir

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Debra Dixon

Debra is a vocal coach to high school students and runs a small private studio in Dubai. She also manages the Dubai Chamber Choir.


Dubai Chamber Choir, founded in 2003, is a semi-professional auditioned choir which prides itself on multi-cultural diversity, attracting expatriates of all nationalities. Its aim is to bring new and traditional choral music to the Middle East with a specialism for a cappella works.

The Holman United Methodist Church Choir

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William Campbell, Jr.

William Campbell, Jr., born in Texarkana, Arkansas, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. A member of the marching band, member of the concert choir, served as singer and student accompanist. Attended Los Angeles City College, University of California at Los Angeles, California State University, Los Angeles; awarded bachelor and master degrees in choral music education with post-graduate studies at the University of Southern California. An Army veteran, graduated from the Norfolk Virginia Army School of Music; served as accompanist and assistant conductor of the Eighth Army Chaplain’s Chorus. After serving for more than twenty years as church organist at Holman United Methodist Church, he now serves as the Holman Church Choir’s director. Professional memberships include The National Association of Negro Musicians, The American Guild of Organists, California Choral Directors Association, The Hymn Society, and a lifetime membership of The American Choral Directors Association.


The Holman United Methodist Church Choir is unique in its composition. Although the choir has a wealth of trained musicians, there are no paid members. The choir counts among its personnel major officers of the Holman congregation. Well over half of the members give their time and talents to other ministries of the church. The Choir’s primary mission is to be inspiration prompters in the various worship services, provide special music for holy and festival days in the life of the church, and reach beyond the walls of the sanctuary to share their spirituality with the greater Los Angeles community. The Holman Choir is noted for its excellence in singing sacred and secular choral repertoire. Notable presentations have included performances at the John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial services; three appearances as the chief choir at the Easter Sunrise Services at the Hollywood Bowl; Christmas and Easter performances of Handel’s “Messiah” with orchestra; the choir’s annual “Concert Under-the-Stars” secular outdoor concert; participation in the opening ceremonies of the XXIII Olympiad at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; in 2020, its 60th Annual Negro Spirituals Concert.

D. M. Davis Choirs

Rick Noel is one of the directors of the D.M.Davis Choirs of Jackson, Ohio. Rick is the director of the D. M. Davis Women's Choir (aka, Rik's Chicks) and an associate director of the Men's and Blended Choirs. He is also the minister of music at First Baptist Church in Waverly, Ohio and is the percussion instructor of the Oak Hill Marching Band from Oak Hill High School in Oak Hill, Ohio.


The D.M. Davis male voice choirs was established a little over 10 years ago under the leadership of Wilbur McCormick. Almost 5 years ago, they invited ladies to form a choir and sing with them in their spring concert. The women are directed by Rick Noel. The ladies had so much fun that they decided to continue on with this and now we have 3 choirs. The Men's, Women's and combined choirs. We are happy to announce that this fall we have established the D.M.Davis youth Choir and they will be performing for the first time in early December. The choirs combined number over 75 voices and make the MarKay Theater in Jackson, Ohio their home.