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Perpetual Light
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Rutter: Requiem 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Debra Cook, Soprano
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Choir
Chancel Choir, First Christian Church of Falls Church, Virginia
Friends Congregational Church Chancel Choir
Utah Conservatory Choral Society (Utah/USA)
First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir
The Sheridan Singers
Wimberley Community Chorus (TX)
Covenant Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, Palo Alto, California
Williamson County Community Chorus
First United Methodist Church Choir and Mountain Voices Chorus, Inc., Franklin, NC

Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Choir

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Danielle Hartman

DANIELLE HARTMAN holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Butler University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from DePauw University. Ms. Hartman is a teacher and performer in the Indianapolis area, teaching high school and adult voice students at the Butler Community Arts School (Butler University,) and performing regularly in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Ms. Hartman has served as a church music director for twenty years, currently serving at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 2014. This is her return performance with DCINY.


Since 1833, Central Christian Church has contributed to the rich traditions in downtown Indianapolis. Throughout its long history, the choir has been referred to the glue keeping the church together through difficult times. The choir’s 25 members, share weekly in worship from September through June, singing a variety of musical styles. In addition, the choir sings the national anthem at professional sporting events, and participates in collaborative musical experiences, including presenting John Rutter’s Requiem in a local humanities festival. This is Central Christian Church Choir’s second appearance with DCINY, having participated in Lux: The Dawn from on High in 2019.

Chancel Choir, First Christian Church of Falls Church, Virginia

Lunette Arledge has begun her twentieth year as Director of Music Ministries for First Christian Church, Falls Church, Virginia. Previously, for fourteen years she was music director of Baptist Temple Church in Alexandria, Virginia. She was a professional singer for many years, performing with the former Paul Hill Chorale and the Washington Singers, and appearing as soloist with various ensembles in the Washington DC area. Her arts management experience includes eleven years as managing director of the Paul Hill Chorale, and two terms as a board member of Chorus America, where she facilitated retreats for chorus boards of directors.


First Christian Church, Falls Church, Virginia, has a well-established, excellent music program. The Chancel Choir is very active throughout the year, providing inspiring and uplifting music for weekly worship services and special occasions, including an all-music service two or three time a year. The choir has a facility with and enjoys performing music of many genres, and has presented programs for churches in Virginia and West Virginia. Day-long retreats twice a year provide opportunities for vocal and choral development, as well as relationship and spiritual bonding.

Friends Congregational Church Chancel Choir

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Chris Hoffman

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chris Hoffman has served the Director of Music Ministries at Friends Congregational Church since 2006. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mr. Hoffman currently resides in College Station, where he maintains a private studio. He continues to perform as an operatic tenor in Texas, and around the country. Other credentials include performing as a collaborative pianist with various soloists and ensembles, conducting orchestras and coaching vocals for musicals, and conducting orchestras for various Masterworks.


The Chancel Choir is the flagship ensemble of the Music Ministries Department at Friends Congregational Church in College Station, Texas, where they provide choral music for the Sunday Worship Services. The Choir also provides music for special services, ordinations, and memorial services. The musical offerings of this group include Renaissance a cappella pieces, oratorio movements, gospel, contemporary Christian, and more! Additionally, they are the centerpiece for the annual Christmas Cantata/Masterwork and Good Friday Services. Highlights include: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Rutter’s “Magnificat” during the Christmas season, and Mozart’s “Requiem,” and Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” for Good Friday Services.

Utah Conservatory Choral Society (Utah/USA)

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Dr. Donald Miller & Debra Cook

Dr. Donald Miller has trained elementary, secondary, university, and community musicians, along with professional performers. He has a DMA in Conducting, University of Iowa, and served in public schools and universities in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Colorado. He also served as Conductor/Music Director of Starlight Symphony Orchestra, Wimberley, Texas; West County (St. Louis) Youth and Summer Pops Orchestras, among many, and current founder, Music Director/Conductor, of Orchestra Esperanza Park City. In Debra Cook’s third project with DCINY as Director, Utah Conservatory Chorale Society, she and Dr. Miller presented Rutter’s Requiem in March and February of 2019 in Utah.


Utah Conservatory Chorale Society is pleased to enjoy it's third collaborative concert with DCINY, and it's 5th concert with conductor, Jonathan Griffith. The non-profit society is dedicated to special projects, such as works with local orchestras, presenting Beethoven's 9th, Carmina Burana, Messiah, Pops Concerts, La Boheme, Christmas with the Celts, recording sessions with various artists, and off-Broadway productions. Also specializing in children’s chorus projects, the choral society has prepared youth to perform with orchestras and ensembles locally and nationally, also opening for Utah Symphony, including premiers of two off-Broadway musicals, and mass media productions from Times Square and local Utah outlets.

First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

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Jeremy David Pyles

Jeremy Pyles serves as the Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Prattville, Alabama where he leads a thriving music program of eight ensembles and over 200 volunteer participants. He is also the Musical Director of the Prattville Community Chorus, a community choir that provides musical entertainment for various civic activities throughout the city of Prattville. Choirs under the director of Mr. Pyles have toured the United States and England and have sang for the Governor of Alabama on multiple occasions. He also remains active as a concert performer, voice teacher, and adjudicator. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Auburn University.


The Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church in Prattville, Alabama is a non-auditioned group made up of singers from varying musical and professional backgrounds. This hard working ensemble meets once a week for 90 minutes to prepare for its many worship responsibilities. Most importantly, serving as the service choir for our 8:30am & 11:00am traditional worship services. The Chancel Choir also prepares a Service of Lessons and Carols each Advent season as well as a modern major work each Spring. Described as eclectic, this group performs pieces from classical to contemporary; by such prolific composers as Handel, Mozart, Rutter, Todd, Hogan, and Wilburg. The Chancel Choir sings annually for the Alabama Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Tour and made its first international concert tour to England in the Summer of 2017.

The Sheridan Singers

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Oscar Alcantara

Oscar Alcantara has been directing choral ensembles such as the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, Chicago’s Lakeshore Jive, the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago, and The Sheridan Singers, for over 35 years. His vocal arrangements have been performed by ensembles such as The Michigan Men's Glee Club; Harvard Glee Club Lite; and Halfway to Midnight. Oscar’s book and lyrics for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Saint Misbehavin' won BMI’s First Place for University Musicals. Oscar served on the board of the American A Cappella Alliance and as counsel to the Fender Museum, and Chicago’s Protégé Philharmonic. Oscar is a member of the Grammy Association.


The Sheridan Singers have been performing throughout Chicago’s North Shore since 2013, exploring the rich canon of choral singing: motets, madrigals, spirituals, folksong, jazz, musical theater, doowop and pop. The highly selective ensemble has been invited to perform as guest chorus in congregations throughout Chicago’s North Shore, in artists’ salons, and events for arts organizations such as the prestigious Actors Training Center, and the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago. The Sheridan Singers are proud to lend their voices to civic ceremonies for village and township events and for educational causes such as the LEARN Network of College Preparatory Schools.

Wimberley Community Chorus (TX)

The Wimberley Community Chorus will celebrate its 40th season of providing a wide variety of choral music for the people of the Texas Hill Country. A schedule of three concerts a year gives the singers and their audience a sample of presentations associated with the December holidays, Independence day, and a spring concert with a variety of styles and themes. The 2019-2020 edition of the WCC has more than eighty members coming from communities throughout the region, all with a love of music and the joy it gives to both the listener and the singer.

Covenant Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, Palo Alto, California

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Donald E. Dillard

Donald E. Dillard is a graduate of West Chester University, PA and Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ., composer of works for chorus, instruments, solo voice, piano, chamber ensembles and full orchestra, including cantatas, oratorios, symphonic poems, and concerti for violin, violoncello and organ. He is a winner of national awards, with performances by Detroit Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Delaware County Symphony. Solo works have been performed at Weill Recital Hall and Kennedy Center. He is currently Director of Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, CA and teaches students in piano, voice and organ.


The Covenant Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir is composed of volunteer singers and presents music for worship each Sunday. In addition, the choir prepares and performs cantatas by noted composers, such as J. S. Bach, Gabriel Fauré, J. H. Maunder, Healey Willan and John Rutter. The choir has premiered numerous works by director, Donald E. Dillard, including a cantata "Immanuel" composed for the choir in 2017.

Williamson County Community Chorus

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Dr. Linda Bolding

Dr. Linda Bolding's credentials include: a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern New Mexico University, a Certificate of Performance in Piano from Nurnberg, Germany, a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Texas, a Masters's degree in Educational Administration from Texas State University and a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from Columbia Pacific University. She has also worked with Dr. Elaine Brown who supplied choirs for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Dr. Bolding is a past conductor of the Austin Civic Chorus and the Round Rock Community Choir. Before moving to Nashville, she was the Director of Choral and Orchestral Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Round Rock, Texas. Her choirs have toured Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Scotland, Ireland and Canada, and have sung in Carnegie Hall and the National Cathedral.


The Williamson County Community Chorus in Franklin, Tennessee, close to Nashville, began its 3rd season in September, 2019. Only 2 1/2 years old, the Chorus has 85 members and is becoming known for its fine choral excellence and its community emphasis. The purpose of the chorus is to build an inclusive choral community which will entertain and inspire its audiences and members with diverse, challenging, and eclectic choral concerts. It mission is to engage passions, inspire achievement, deepen connections, and broaden community through choral music.

First United Methodist Church Choir and Mountain Voices Chorus, Inc., Franklin, NC

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Beverly Barnett

Beverly Barnett directed an SSA chorus in Franklin, NC, for 10 years, beginning in 2004. In 2015, she formed Mountain Voices, an SATB chorus, which has grown to 75 members. She has been chancel choir director at First United Methodist church in Franklin for 18 months.


First United Methodist Church Choir of Franklin, NC, has 35 members. Mountain Voices Chorus, Inc., was formed in 2014. It has 75 members, and performs two main concerts a year, as well as participating in several other benefits each year.