Symphony of Carols: The Music of Randol Bass and Pepper Choplin

Symphony of Carols: The Music of Randol Bass and Pepper Choplin
Sunday, Nov 18, 2018
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Pepper Choplin, Composer/Conductor
Choplin: Christmas Presence (World Premiere)
                Come, Emmanuel!, World Premiere
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Randol Bass, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
The Music of Randol Bass
Bass: Carols from a Victorian Fireside, Mvmt II & III (World Premiere)
           Laus Nativitatis (World Premiere)
           Symphony of Carols
           Gloria
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

The Alamance Chorale
St. Elizabeth Seton Choir
Mount Zion United Methodist Church Chancel Choir
Calgary Central Seventh-day Adventist Church Choir
Niwot United Methodist Church Choir
Calvary Baptist Church Choir, Midland ON CA
Chancel Choir of The Memorial Baptist Church
Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir
Duncan First Baptist Church Celebration Choir
Peninsula Bible Church Cupertino Choir
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Senior Choir
Valdosta Choral Guild
Durham Philharmonic Choir
Torrance Civic Chorale
Pinnacle Presbyterian Chancel Choir
William Cullen Bryant High School Show Choir
Highbridge Voices Singers
The Lakeland Chorale & Chamber Singers

The Alamance Chorale

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Arleen Widerman
Arleen Widerman is a resident of Burlington, NC. She received a degree in Music Education from Elon College and a master’s in Vocal Pedagogy and Music Education from UNC-Greensboro. She worked for more than 30 years teaching music. Her choral experience includes service as Minister of Music at First Reformed UCC in Burlington. Arleen’s first experience with Alamance Chorale was as a college student, and she has been singing with the group since that time. She says that working with the Chorale as musical director is a wonderful way of continuing to learn and grow as a musician.

The Alamance Chorale, a member of Alamance Arts, was formed in 1974 and consists of about 60 members from throughout the community. Chorale members range in age from early twenties to retirees and come from all walks of life. Members come together every Monday evening for two hours of rehearsal and present three concerts per year: a Christmas Concert, two Dinner Show performances and a Spring Concert. The dedicated members, some of whom have been in the group for forty years, enjoy a variety of musical styles and never shy away from a challenge.

St. Elizabeth Seton Choir

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Linda McKeague
Linda McKeague is Director of Music at St. Elizabeth Seton in Orland Hills, IL. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Education Degree from DePaul University and a Master of Education Degree from National Louis University. She is a pianist, vocalist, organist, composer and choral director. Linda is an avid traveler and has performed in many of the churches of Europe and Israel. Her favorite saying is “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Linda is married to Tom and mother to Kaitlin, Patrick, and two pups, Sparky and Stella. They are the music of her life.

The St. Elizabeth Seton Choir of Orland Hills, IL is comprised of the Adult and Teen Choir and considered themselves a Choir Family. They sing at Sunday masses, holidays, special events and annual Christmas and Palm Sunday Concerts which are a highlight to parish and the community. They have also performed for Archdiocese Events, the Chicago White Sox and the Minor League Teams in suburban Chicago. This is their first “tour” outside of the Chicago area and are hoping to do more traveling to spread God’s praise through their wonderful music!

Mount Zion United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

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Shelley Griffin Little
Born in Charlotte, N.C. and raised in the surrounding areas. Ms. Little is a 1987 graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., with a B.A. in Music Education. She was a piano teacher for 30 years and has been the Director of Music Ministries in area churches for 25 years. Shelley has been a piano accompanist/soloist for "Magnify" for 15 years with a wonderful Christian choir that performs powerful monthly concerts in Cornelius, N.C. She has been married to David, the love of her life, for 14 years and resides in Cornelius, N.C. Shelley enjoys visiting family, long walks with our dog, and boating. She loves St. Augustine's quote, "Those who sing pray twice"

The Mount Zion Chancel Choir sings each Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. worship service, providing anthems, special music and introits/responses for the congregation, along with leading the congregational singing during the hymns. This choir also provides music for special seasonal services throughout the year and is open to youth age and older. Along with the newer members, there are many participants of the choir who have been members for decades! At the 8:30 a.m. worship services on Sunday, small ensembles/soloists from the Chancel Choir provide the music in a smaller worship setting.

Calgary Central Seventh-day Adventist Church Choir

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Sandra Dodds
Sandra Dodds is the choir director for both the adult and childrens choirs at the Calgary Central SDA Church. When not conducting, she works as an elementary school teacher. She has experience teaching music from kindergarten through highschool, both choir and band, running her own Kindermusik business, as well as teaching private piano lessons. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music from York University in Toronto, and a Bachelor of Teaching degree from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, playing board games, reading and gardening.

The Calgary Central SDA Church Choir has been singing for many years, and more recently, has been led by Sandra Dodds since September 2014. They are thrilled to be part of the DCINY Choplin's cantata premier. Along with regular church duties, the Calgary Church Choir performs a Christmas Cantata and Easter Cantata every year, together with the church orchestra, for the local community, and have performed for various other community events. They are looking forward to participating in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival in the spring of 2019. The main focus and pleasure of the Calgary choir is singing to the praise the glory of God.

Niwot United Methodist Church Choir

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Laura Elizabeth Olson
Laura "Liz" Olson is a conductor, composer, and vocalist who grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She recently earned her Master's of Music Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is currently enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Licensure Program at CU. She conducts the Anschutz Campus Choir on CU Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus. In 2018, Olson was a finalist in the Southwestern ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition. Olson has been directing the Niwot United Methodist Church Choir for two years, and is honored to have the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with this group of singers.

Originally founded in 1870, the Niwot United Methodist Church includes a diverse mixture of families and individuals seeking a small but active community-based church. This church is located in Colorado, and has an incredible outreach mission to work for various programs and families. Music is a big part of what makes Niwot UMC a special place and a sacred place. Our choir enhances each service with their gift of song, energy, and spirit. The Niwot United Methodist Church Choir has been singing under director Laura “Liz” Olson for two years. For more information, please visit www.niwotumc.org.

Calvary Baptist Church Choir, Midland ON CA

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Elizabeth Hough
As Organist and Music Director in the Niagara area, and currently in our Georgian Bay community, Elizabeth has directed choirs of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. Elizabeth has held the position of Niagara Symphony Association Orff / Kodaly educator, along with memberships in Choristers Guild, The Royal School of Church Music, and the Royal College of Organists. Elizabeth was awarded the Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medal in Organ. Elizabeth and the entire Calvary Baptist Church choir are excited to be offered the mountaintop experience to sing under the baton of Pepper Choplin at Carnegie Hall.

Our Calvary Church Choir sings at Services throughout the year. Soloists and ensembles enjoy continuing their ministry during the summer. Calvary Choir presents Easter and Christmas cantatas throughout the year. A particularly meaningful privilege is our community outreach to Retirement, Long Term Care Homes, and our Mental Health Facility for the Criminally Insane. In preparation for our trip to Carnegie Hall, we hosted a concert inviting distinguished local performers to join us, resulting in amazing support and good wishes from the entire community. We are all looking forward with great anticipation to our Carnegie Hall experience.

Chancel Choir of The Memorial Baptist Church

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Andrew Roby
Dr. Andrew Roby has served in choral conducting positions in academic, church, and community settings since 1981. Academic appointments have included Asbury College, Shorter College (GA), and Union University. He has also taught at Gardner-Webb University, and has served in church music positions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. Currently he provides leadership to the music and worship ministries of The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville and is the newly appointed director of the Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Andy currently serves as president of its North Carolina Chapter. He has presented sessions at both state and regional conferences, and has been published The Choral Journal. He has served as a choral clinician/conductor in a number of states and internationally in Germany, Brazil, and most recently, Cuba.

The Chancel Choir is the primary adult choral ensemble of The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, NC. The choir, 32-voices strong, focuses on excellent weekly worship offerings in a diverse range of styles, as well as seasonal major works. The Memorial Baptist Church was founded in 1827 and continues to be a vibrant congregation whose music and worship arts ministries include five choral groups.
 

Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir

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Michael A. Burke
Michael Burke studied music with an emphasis on piano and organ at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. He accepted his first organist position during his sophomore year in college and has been playing and directing church choirs of various denominations in the Rochester and San Diego, California areas continuously since that time. Michael began his work as Music Director at Grace Lutheran-San Diego in January 2009.

The Grace Lutheran Sanctuary Choir is made up of 25 dedicated volunteers who love choral music and also love serving the church in this capacity. Past performances include Vivaldi's "Gloria", Stainer's "Crucifixion" and Britten's "Ceremony of Carols". In addition, the choir has participated in multiple Choir Festivals including those with other San Diego Lutheran Churches as well as with choirs of various denominations.

Duncan First Baptist Church Celebration Choir

Reverend Mitch Crow is an accomplished vocalist and worship leader from Duncan, South Carolina. He has 32 years of experience in the music ministry. Mitch was educated at the University of South Carolina and has continued to serve the Lord in his home state in full-time music ministry in 3 churches. He is currently in his 18th year as the Worship Pastor at Duncan First Baptist Church. Mitch has achieved much success during his time at Duncan First, building the music program and growing the choir to a membership of well over 100 strong.

The Celebration Choir of Duncan First Baptist Church is comprised of individuals from all walks of life from teens to senior adults. A volunteer choir with a wide range of musical abilities, they exhibit a true desire to serve the Lord and to lead others into His presence through the gift of song. Under the leadership of Reverend Mitch Crow, the music of the Celebration Choir has drawn hundreds to their concerts and community events. They have completed two successful CD projects and continue to be a faithful and inspirational part of the worship experience.

Peninsula Bible Church Cupertino Choir

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David L. Hibbert
David Hibbert earned both the B.M. and M.M. degrees in Choral Music from the University Of The Pacific Conservatory of Music. David has been conducting the PBCC Choir for 14 years, and recently retired from public school music education after serving 38 years. He feels God is directing him to develop a childrens music program at his church, and to spend time with his grandchildren.

The Choir at PBCC is unique in that it performs in church only once a month, which leaves plenty of rehearsal time for tone development and polishing our music. We also do an annual Christmas concert and participate in Chorus Magnus, a yearly gathering of area church choirs to perform music together and raise money for a local charity.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Senior Choir

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Jonathan Fuller
Jonathan Fuller is organist and senior choir director at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Clifton Park, New York. He graduated with a music performance degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2007. At Fredonia, he studied horn with Marc Guy and musicology with James A. Davis and was a finalist in the 2006 Concerto Competition. A professional organist since 2015, Jon is fortunate to regularly play and exhibit the 1847 Davis-Ferris organ — the oldest large American-built pipe organ in the United States — in Round Lake, New York.

A product of longtime organist and choir director Jim Roberts, the Prince of Peace Senior Choir has delighted in "making a joyful noise unto the Lord" for decades. Currently averaging around 40 members, the choir performs a weekly anthem and full cantatas on Palm Sunday and at Advent each year. The group is ecstatic to join their fellow singers onstage at Carnegie Hall.

Valdosta Choral Guild

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Adrienne Nichole Reissiger
Adrienne Reissiger was born and raised in Griffin Georgia. She attended Valdosta State University (VSU) and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She is also certified in early childhood education and Kindermusik. This will be her third year directing the Valdosta Choral Guild. She also currently maintains an active voice studio, teaches music at Park Avenue Preschool and Crossroads Baptist School, and is the Music Director at Hahira United Methodist Church. While directing is her passion, she considers the job of "mom" and "wife" to be the most meaningful in her life.

The Valdosta Choral Guild began in 1978 in Valdosta, Georgia. The Guild provides an opportunity for adult singers in the community to experience and share the joy of music. Their current membership of over 60 vocalists performs two concerts each year- a holiday concert and a spring concert. Though many members have been with the Guild for decades, they challenge themselves by performing pieces in different styles, languages, and difficulty levels. They are truly honored to join together with other performers as they continue their mission of fostering excellence and innovation in the performance and presentation of choral music.

Durham Philharmonic Choir

Founding conductor of Durham Philharmonic Choir, Robert Phillips holds degrees in performance and literature from Mt. Allison University and University of Toronto. Over the past 25 seasons, he has developed an annual 3 concert series with a chorus of 65 singers and orchestra. He is also Music Director at Simcoe Street United Church, Oshawa and operates a landscape construction business. Born in Cape Breton, he is an avid athlete enjoying tennis, hockey, and skiing.

Durham Philharmonic Choir began in 1993 as an auditioned mixed voice ensemble of about 40 voices and maintains an active roster of about 70. Members come from throughout Durham Region and beyond as do our large and appreciative audiences. Professional soloists and orchestral players enhance the concert experience. The choir has commissioned several works, the latest, a Celtic arrangement by Paul Halley. Striving for excellence, sensitivity and versatility through a wide range of repertoire from the baroque of Bach and Vivaldi to arrangements of contemporary standards by Dolly Parton and Sting, the choir has a special attachment to the Celtic idiom.

Torrance Civic Chorale

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Irene Apanovitch-Leites
Irene Apanovitch-Leites is the Artistic Director of the Torrance Civic Chorale, an accomplished choral organization that has been an integral component of the musical life of the South Bay since 1961. Prior to joining the Torrance Civic Chorale, Irene has worked with choirs of all ages and types in Canada, where she is from. Irene holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Toronto as well a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta. She is currently in the dissertation stage of completing her DMA at the University of Southern California.

Founded in 1961, the Torrance Civic Chorale’s membership is nearly 100 singers. Members come from the various Southern California communities and encompass all age groups from young adults to people with over 50 years’ vocal music experience. The Chorale represents professions in aerospace, finance, education, parenting, military, medical, governmental social services, antique dealers, students, retirees, and church employees. The group’s musical repertoire varies widely from the classics to ancient ballads, pop tunes and Broadway musicals, to newly composed masterworks. The Chorale operates under the sponsorship of the Community Services Department of the City of Torrance.

Pinnacle Presbyterian Chancel Choir

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David E. Allen
David joined Pinnacle in January 2018 as Director of Ministries in Music and Arts. A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, David most recently served as Director of Music and Worship Arts at Kingwood United Methodist Church in Houston, TX, and as the associate conductor of EVŌK, a semi-professional chamber choir in residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Education from the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina.

In the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church invites all people to hear God’s story and experience God’s love expressed in the life of Jesus Christ; and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we strive to equip the generations with the practices of our faith. At the foot of the mountain we created a sanctuary. We come together as God’s people, reaching out to make a difference in one another's lives, in our community, and around the world. We express our faithfulness through excellence in worship, the arts. The 75 member Chancel Choir is the premier choir at Pinnacle and seeks to lead others in creative, refreshing, and engaging ways each week.

William Cullen Bryant High School Show Choir

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George Weisman
George Weisman has been the Choir Director at William Cullen Bryant High School for the past three years. Within the school's growing performing arts program, he has expanded the choir program by adding two beginner choir classes, doubling the mixed SAB choir, and adapting the advanced choir into a show choir.

Show Choir consists of freshmen through senior singers who are unified through the love for singing music, especially music from musicals and a capella arrangements. The group contains some of the best singers of the school, most who participate in our spring musical. Most of the singers participate in the solo NYSSMA festival every year, along with being part of the All-City and All-State choirs, respectively. Our students recently performed an original song for the EduHam program on the stage of Hamilton and participated in the Shubert Theatre Foundation Festival.

Highbridge Voices Singers

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Mary Clementi & SunHee Lim
Mary Clementi Mary Clementi is the Executive Director and Music Director, and a performance of the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden. Mary has served as a guest clinician and adjudicator in schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Wisconsin. She is also the Metropolitan Region Representative of the New York chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and was a 2014 International Conducting Fellow in Hangzhou, China. She received her Master of Music Education degree at Florida State University in Tallahassee, and her Bachelor of Music degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. SunHee Lim, Associate Music Director SunHee Joined Highbridge Voices as a voice instructor in 2010 and she now serves as Associate Music of Highbridge Voices. As music director, Mary conducts the Chamber Choir, a 26-voice ensemble of students in grades 7-9, and co-conducts the Highbridge Singers, a 26-voice ensemble of students in grades 8-12 .Mary has led Highbridge Voices in several high-profile performances, including a concert for the Justices of the United States Supreme Court, a televised performance at the Apollo TheaterDirector. SunHee conducts the Concert Choir, a 55-voice ensemble of students in grades 4-6 and co-conducts the Highbridge Singers. SunHee received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton and her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance with Secondary Education Teaching Certificate at Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea. Before she came to the States, she served as an assistant music director for the youth choir Pueri Cantores in South Korea and also performed extensively in choral works around the world.

Highbridge Voices Since 1998, Highbridge Voices has been teaching children to embrace a commitment to excellence. The program provides an extraordinary training experience in choral singing to more than one hundred students in the historically underserved Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. With its robust academic program, Highbridge Voices is also dedicated to improving the academic outcomes of all our students through enrichment activities designed to show students the direct correlation between academic and personal success. Both the choral and academic programs are designed to teach young people the importance of prioritizing future goals over immediate gratification. Highbridge Voices helps children see the possibilities that lie ahead of them and equips them with the necessary tools for lifelong achievement. Highbridge Voices stands alone as the premier youth choir in the Bronx, and has secured a strong reputation throughout the state and country. Since 2006, more than 90% of our seniors have completed high school in four years, while more than 80% have enrolled in college. Highbridge Voices looks forward to opening its brand new, state-of-the-art facility, which will allow the organization to continue helping the children of the South Bronx for many years to come.

The Lakeland Chorale & Chamber Singers

James E Weber Jr. is a freelance musician who trained at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. He began his professional performing career singing in the Westminster Symphonic Choir and studied conducting, organ and voice at Westminster. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut as a singer in 1999 performing Monteverdi and Bach. Mr. Weber has performed at Carnegie Hall over 100 times, mainly with conductor/composer John Rutter. Mr. Weber maintains an active career accompanying and coaching Opera and Broadway singers. As a teacher, he is able to pass his passion and love of music to many younger students. Mr. Weber is the vocal music director at Lakeland Regional High School in Wanaque, NJ, where he conducts the award-winning Lakeland Chorale and Chamber Singers.


The Lakeland Chorale is an auditioned choir made up of students from Lakeland Regional High School in Wanaque, NJ. Since its founding in 1975, the Lakeland Chorale has amassed an extraordinary chronicle of concerts, chronicles and reviews. A regular touring ensemble, the Chorale has undertaken over twenty international tours, including performances at cathedrals in England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and Italy. The Chorale has also toured extensively throughout the United States. In 1997, the Chorale made its Carnegie Hall debut and has performed at least once every season since. In addition to its intense performance schedule, the Lakeland Chorale also enjoys participating in music festivals and competitions.