Shawnee Press: Celebrating 75 Years in Music

Shawnee Press: Celebrating 75 Years in Music
Monday, Feb 17, 2014
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Tim Seelig, Conductor Laureate
Mark Hayes, Composer/Conductor
Music of Tim Seelig and Mark Hayes
Greg Gilpin, Composer/Conductor
Joseph Martin, Composer/Conductor
The Music of Greg Gilpin and Joseph Martin
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

The Blakeslee United Methodist Church Choir
Byrnes Singers
Great Lakes' Touring Chorus
The Messiah Project
The Choir of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ
Sandy Creek High School Chorus
The Village Chorale
Arlington Heights United Methodist Church Harmony Singers
Community United Methodist Church Chancel Choir
Elder High School Glee Club
Grand Cities Children’s Choir
Greenwich Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
The Seton High School Concert Choir
Sounds of the Southwest Singers
West Central Singers and Vinje Lutheran Church Choir

The Blakeslee United Methodist Church Choir

Julie Kerrick Geiser is Music/Choir Director of Blakeslee U.M. Church and has been for the past 40 years, since a Senior in High School. Julie has been the Church pianist since 1970! She volunteers her time and talent for Blakeslee U.M. since the Church has been her family’s church since the first service in 1840!
Blakeslee U.M. Choir is comprised of volunteers who enjoy singing and giving praise to God. They perform for Sunday Worship services year round with special music programs for Christmas and Easter. The group travels to other area Churches to sing and has performed in three previous DCINY productions at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Byrnes Singers

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Rusty Keesler
Rusty Keesler has been a music educator in South Carolina for 36 years and has been “Teacher of the Year” for three schools and two school districts.    He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Converse College and has done graduate studies at Florida State and the University of SC.  Choirs under his leadership have appeared in Carnegie Hall, St. Bartholomew Church, the Kennedy Center, the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and a concert tour of Germany and Austria. He is active in NAfME and ACDA.
The Byrnes Singers is the most advanced choral ensemble at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. These singers have earned superior ratings in state and regional festivals. Students from this class have been selected to participate in the South Carolina All-State Choirs as well as ACDA state and regional choirs.

Great Lakes' Touring Chorus

The Great Lakes' Touring Chorus (Toronto) is one of Canada's finest community choirs. The chorus has won awards for its interpretations of Handel's Messiah, Faure's Requiem, Rutter's Requiem, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Orffs' Carmina Burana, and Beethoven's Nineth Symphony. The blended and expressive sound has been the Chorus' trademark for over 10 years. Performing both sacred and secular repertoire, choir members are committed to offering audiences authentic interpretation, clarity of expression and a profound emotional experience of some of the most beautiful music ever composed. Concerts are uplifting celebrations of the triumphs, great and small, of the most creative composers.
The founder and principal conductor of the Great Lakes' Touring Chorus is Robert Hennig B Mus, P.G. Diploma (Honours), the chorus is very fortunate to have Shelagh Tyreman as a co-assitant director. The chorus has been invited to perform in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls and sanctuaries. In the summer of 2009 the choir traveled to Austria to perform at the Esterhazy Palace as a result of an invitation to appear at the Haydn Choral Music Festival. The choir presented concert repertoire in the acoustically perfect Haydn Hall and in the awe-inspiring Melk Abbey. From there they performed in the Marble Hall in the Mirabelle Palace in Salzburg and completed their concert tour in Prague, Czech Republic with a joint choral performance with a famous Prague choir, Iventus. In March of 2010 the chorus was invited to sing at the 65th Anniversary of the Liberation of France by the Allies. The Chorus represented Canada in a choral series that featured Canada, England and the USA. A full concert was presented in the Eglise de la Madeliene as well as being musical guests of France's national Cathedral – Norte Dame de Paris. The choir presented Canadian as well as European composer's music from the high altar at Notre Dame. The choir also performed at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome in March of 2012.
 
Robert Hennig B.Mus., P.G. (Honors) graduated from the University of Toronto with a Music degree and a post graduate diploma in Music with Honors. Studies have taken him to scholarship appointments for UCLA at Berkeley and the Oberlin conservatory of Music in Ohio. He has won the Toronto Kopaz foundation award and the Canadian Opera Women's Society award for excellence in music as well as the Brampton Arts Council Bloom award, for best new composition, for his "Alleluia for Peace." He attended the Banff School of Fine Arts, and completed advanced choral studies with Canadian choral icon Elmer Iseler. Mr. Hennig is a keyboard as well as a strings specialist. Orchestral conducting is a passion of his and he has conducted such works as Beethoven's Ninth, Requiems by Puccini, Faure and Rutter. He is the director of the award-winning choir, Brampton Festival Singers as well as the Headwaters Concert Choir. He has performed in Haydn Hall in the Esterhazy palace (Vienna), Notre Dame in Paris, France and St. Peters' Basilica in Rome.    
 
Shelagh Tyreman holds degrees from the University of Toronto, and Mount Royal University, as well as studies at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies and the Banff School of Fine Arts. As cofounder of Great Lakes' Touring Chorus, she has performed at the Vatican, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Haydn Hall. She conducts the Senior Choir, Junior Choir, and Leap of Faith band for St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Brampton, Canada, and has conducted them as guest performers at Lincoln Cathedral and St. Alban's Cathedral, England. As a soprano, Shelagh was featured in Canada as vocal winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's National Competition for Young Performers. Recent performances include the soprano solos for Handel's Messiah, and Saint-Saen's Christmas Oratorio. 

The Messiah Project

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Steve Yates
The Messiah Chorus is comprised of members from Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas. The Messiah Project, under the leadership of Lindsey Robison, presents multiple concerts, internationally, each year. Over the past 20 years the Messiah Project has presented concerts in 23 Countries, including An International Messiah Festival, held each year in Branson, Missouri. The concerts presented by the Messiah Project have attracted participants from countries as far away as Japan.  One of their most notable concerts was a multinational performance of Messiah by G.F. Handel in the Kremlin State Palace Theater with the Moscow Symphony in 2010.
Steve Yates received his education at the University of Southern Mississippi where he attained his degree in Music education. He is active in church choir leadership, has performed in several operas including Barber of Seville, A Mid Summer's Nights Dream, and Pirates of Penzance. He has also performed with a number of choruses throughout the world. He has been a guest rehearsal director of the annual Halle Germany International Messiah Festival. For the past six Mr. Yates has served as the Assistant Director of the Messiah Project, in Springfield, Missouri and is the Director of the Messiah Chorus. 

The Choir of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ

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Bryan Lohr
During the past decade the Choir of Saint Paul's United Church of Christ in Somerset, Pennsylvania has sought to extend their ministry beyond the walls of the church building by making regular visits to sing for and visit with residents of area nursing care facilities. Members have traveled as far away as Greenville, PA to share their gift of song. The choir frequently accepts invitations to sing at special events and worship services, including the Annual Meeting of the Penn West Conference of the United Church of Christ and the annual memorial service of Somerset's In-Touch Hospice. Most notably, in 2008, the choir accepted an invitation from Christian Leader's Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania to sing at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall for a Christmas festival. In 2009 the choir began their now annual Carols From Saint Paul's radio broadcast, which is an adaptation of the church's popular Christmas Eve worship service, aired on a local radio station for those in our community who might not otherwise get to experience worship during the Christmas holiday.
Saint Paul's choir members are, and have always been volunteers. The average choir member devotes nearly 200 hours of their time each year to practice and leading worship services on Sunday mornings, special holy-days, and occasional funeral and memorial services, to say nothing of special projects and concerts.
 
Bryan Lohr has been St. Paul's organist for the past eight years and its director of music for six years. Prior to coming to St. Paul's, Bryan was the Organist and Director of Music at Manhattan's First Church of Religious Science, New York.
A native of Stoystown, Bryan holds degrees in organ performance from The Juilliard School and Carnegie Mellon University, where he has also served on the pre-college faculty and Acting Professor Of Organ. Bryan is a member of the board of directors of the United Church of Christ Musicians' National Network and served as the organist for the UCC's 29th General Synod, held last summer in Long Beach, California. He and his wife Catherine live in Hooversville, Pennsylvania where Bryan is the past-president of the Lion's Club and a member of the Borough Council.  

Sandy Creek High School Chorus

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Craig Robertson
The Sandy Creek High School Chorus has a tradition of excellence and outstanding achievement offering a valuable opportunity for musical growth and development to its talented members through a variety of performance outlets.  The SCHS Chorus is one of the top choral programs in Georgia with Superior ratings in Large Group Performance Evaluation, numerous District Honors Chorus and All-State Chorus members, performances for the Georgia Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association Conferences, honors at regional and national contests, and invited performances at the Chanticleer National Youth Choral Festival in San Francisco and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Mr. Craig L. Robertson is the Director of Choral Activities at Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County, Georgia. Prior to this appointment, he was the choral director at Dutchtown Middle School (2008-2012). Choruses under Mr. Robertson's direction consistently receive superior ratings at their annual performance evaluations and have presented performances at the Georgia Governor's Mansion, Georgia Aquarium, Lincoln Memorial, American Choral Directors Association, and the Georgia Music Educator Association's Annual In-Service Conference. Mr. Robertson received a Bachelors of Music Education from Virginia State University and Masters of Music Education from Georgia State University.

The Village Chorale

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Ellen Nagode
The Village Chorale is a 45-member select choir based in the vibrant retirement community of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. The choir was founded in 1997 and includes professionally trained musicians as well as other auditioned singers who share a love of singing. Their mission is to provide quality choral music programs in the area. The Chorale performs vocal selections from the classical, sacred and secular genres. Their annual calendar includes regular public performances, as well as guest appearances, including the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Christmas Concert in the Village. Our current director is Ellen Nagode.
Ellen R. Nagode was named Director of The Village Chorale in May, 2013, after singing with the group since September 2010.  She holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music performance from Alverno College, Milwaukee, and the University of Michigan, respectively. Doctoral residency was completed at Northwestern University, Evanston. Her career in music includes performance as both a piano and organ soloist and chamber musician. She has taught piano at East Carolina University and Southern Methodist University. She has worked in all areas of church music, as director of music, choir director, organist and handbell director. 

Arlington Heights United Methodist Church Harmony Singers

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Pam Price
Harmony Singers is a select group of singers made up of members of the Fort Worth Harmony Chorus and associate members added for this special event. The Harmony Chorus is an integral part of the Harmony Club of Fort Worth, a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and charter member of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs. Its purpose is to inspire and educate the members in music appreciation and performance, to assist young musicians in furthering their educations, and to perform community service through music.
Pam Price, a native Texan, retired in 2011 after forty-plus years in business administration and information services. With singing as an avocation, Pam has been privileged to sing with volunteer and auditioned symphony choruses and groups. Her choral training includes master classes by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott of the Kings Singers, and Moses Hogan. She has sung with the Amarillo Symphony chorus, Tarrant County Community Chorale, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Oratorio Chorus, and the Fort Worth Symphony Festival Chorus, as well as small madrigal and vocal jazz groups.  
 
Pam is acting director of the Fort Worth Harmony Club Chorus, the Harmony 6 Ensemble, and she directs a ladies ensemble and leads the congregational singing in worship at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. Choral performance highlights for Pam include two concerts at Carnegie Hall with John Rutter and Greg Gilpin, and a 1999 Christmas Day performance of the Messiah with David Keith and the SWBTS Oratorio in Jerusalem.

Community United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

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Robert Milam
Robert W. Milam (Robbie) is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  He has studied Piano, Organ and Choral Conducting with various notable coaches since 1986.  Mr. Milam received consistent superior grades in all festivals and competitions of piano and organ.  Robbie attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.  There, he studied organ performance under the direct tutelage of Dr. Robert Parris, University Organist, and choral conducting. 

Robbie serves as Minister of Music for Community United Methodist Church in Fruitland Park, Florida.  Mr. Milam has been the Organist for The Sons of Jubal and Jubal Chorus (Georgia Baptist Adult Men’s Chorus and Mixed Chorus) since 1997.  Robbie has performed in venues across Europe, Russia, China, North Korea and England as well as the United States.  Mr. Milam’s adult, youth and children’s choirs gained recognition throughout Georgia and now Florida as one of the best up and coming groups in the state and community.  Mr. Milam has experienced tremendous growth in his choirs in the church and in the community over the past decades and continues to enjoy growth in number, but more importantly, the spiritual growth that has occurred is all his choirs.  Robbie’s passion is for excellence in music; both in performance and the ministry that it provides.   Robbie strives to offer Psalm 150, “…let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord…” to anyone willing to serve.

Robbie is married to Paula Garrard Milam of Sandersville, Georgia.  They have two children, Sims and Elizabeth Milam.  They currently reside in Lady Lake, Florida.  The family enjoys the arts, sports but most of all, people.
Community United Methodist Church in Fruitland Park, Florida has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years. The Music Ministry consists of Adult, and Contemporary musicians. The Ministry also includes Children’s, Youth, hand-bell choir’s and ensembles. The Church is also host for the Community Concert Series which provides diverse genres of music and theater performers from all over the state of Florida and the U.S. The Music Ministry at Community, has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years, almost tripling its’ size. God has truly blessed our church with wonderful musician’s and leaders and we intend to lift praises to Him in everything we perform.

Elder High School Glee Club

David F. Allen
David F. Allen
The Elder High School Glee Club is an all-male chorus consisting of students who are currently in grades 10-12.  In addition to their school concerts during the course of the year, they perform at many events in the Greater Cincinnati area. Most recently the Glee Club has had the opportunity to sing at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, as well as participating in the World Choir Games. The Elder Glee Club also tours Europe biennially having traveled through Italy, Germany, Austria, and Ireland. 
David F. Allen has been the director of the Elder Glee Club in Cincinnati, Ohio for 43 years.  He is also the music director at St. William Church and the director of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. Mr. Allen is also an accomplished pianist, with a Music Performance degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  His assistants for the Glee Club are Ms. Jordan Schad and Mr. Jack Anderson.

Grand Cities Children’s Choir

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Melanie Popejoy
Founded in 2002, the Grand Cities Children's Choir is a performance-based, music education program whose mission is to offer children of the Greater Grand Forks Area the experience of musical artistry and excellence through choral singing in a youth centered atmosphere.  
The program operates four performing choirs: Primo Voce, Accordo Voce, Canto Voce, and Poco Voce. Membership in the program is by audition and offered to boys and girls in grades 3-9. All of the choirs rehearse one evening a week during the academic school year. The Grand Cities Children's Choir program strives to create a spirit of community and understanding through the universal language of music in which all children are encouraged to participate regardless of ethnic, social or economic background.
In the twelve years since the program was founded, GCCC choirs have presented concerts at the 2003 North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference, the 2006 American Choral Directors Association North Central Conference, and the 2009 & 2010 North Dakota ACDA Conferences. They have toured and made appearances throughout the state and region. Partnering with Dr. Mary Goetze, Professor Emerita of Music at the University of Indiana, GCCC created and hosted the "Voices of the World," an International Children's Choral Festival, in 2006 and 2009. The Grand Cities Children's Choir program is a division of the Summer Performing Arts Company (SPA) and the Grand Forks Public Schools (GFPS). 
Melanie Popejoy is Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Dakota where she conducts the Allegro Women's Choir and Vivo Chamber Ensemble, and instructs courses in Choral Music Education Methods and Music Fundamentals.  In addition, she is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Grand Cities Children's Choir, serving as conductor of the elite Primo Voce choir.  
Mrs. Popejoy has earned numerous teaching awards throughout her career, including Distinguished Alumnus award from the Central Missouri State University Department of Music; an Athena Award for Professional Excellence and Community Leadership; the Phenomenal Woman Award from UND Multicultural Student Services; and selection as the North Dakota Choral Director of the Year. She is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and is a member of North Dakota Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, North Dakota Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. She holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree and the Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Central Missouri State University, and has taught in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Texas prior to coming to North Dakota.

Greenwich Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir

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Lon Quinones
In the Fall of 2002, the congregation of Greenwich celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the first prayer meetings in the home of Mrs. Aminta E. Moxley. From these humble beginnings grew the church that was to become Greenwich Presbyterian Church. The church currently has three services, at 8am, 930am and 11am. The Greenwich Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir provides primary musical leadership for the 11:00am Sunday morning services.   
Lon Quinones is the Director of Music Ministries at Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Nokesville, VA, where he has served for seven years. Prior to this he served as Director of Music and Organist at churches in Winchester, VA, then Manassas, VA. Lon earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Church Music and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, all from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. In addition to his ministry responsibilities at Greenwich, Lon has a full-time job, is married and spends many of his evenings and weekends attending baseball and football practices and games for his two sons, Jonathan and Hunter.

The Seton High School Concert Choir

Mary Elizabeth Samoya
Mary Elizabeth Samoya
The Seton High School Concert Choir consists of sophomores, juniors and seniors under the direction of Mrs. Maribeth Samoya. The 75-member choir performs in The Seton-Elder Performance Series as well as many school functions and benefits. The choir hosts an annual Cincinnati Archdiocese Choral Festival that is held at Seton High School and where as many as 20 Cincinnati grade schools and high schools perform. The choir has performed in Disney World, Virginia Beach, Chicago, Toronto and Nashville.  
Maribeth Samoya received her Music Education degree from Northern Kentucky University. She has taught and directed choirs at Seton High School for 28 years. Samoya directs the Seton Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Singing Saints, Freshman Chorus, co-directs the Seton-Elder Show Choir, and teaches general music as well.  She has co-directed over 30 musicals and is also a member of the Seton-Elder Performing Arts Series staff. Samoya is a soloist with and directs the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra Singers. She has performed as a soloist in several US cities as well as internationally in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Sounds of the Southwest Singers

Matt Deller
Matt Deller
The Sounds of the Southwest Singers, a 90-voice adult community choir from Glendale, Arizona. They perform a wide variety of music – sacred, secular, patriotic, Broadway, popular and seasonal tunes throughout the Phoenix Metro area all year round. Members of this choir have previously performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, toured Germany and Austria, twice at Disneyland, and Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The Sounds of the Southwest Singers all share a common passion for singing that is evident from their first note to their last. 
 
Matt Deller is Founding Director of the Sounds of the Southwest Singers, a 90-voice adult community choir from Glendale, Arizona. Matt's true passion is directing choral music and he has directed church and community choirs since 1994. In February of 2012, Matt made his orchestral debut by guest-conducting the prestigious Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Moody. He divides his time between directing his choir in many different local venues to traveling across the country attending choral and orchestral conducting events and workshops. He is a graduate of Central Washington University, and has lived in Arizona since 1999. Matt believes music isn't just notes on the page, but one truly experiences it through their emotions.

West Central Singers and Vinje Lutheran Church Choir

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John Jahr
West Central Singers is a mixed community chorus based in Willmar, MN. Willmar is located 90 miles west of Minneapolis. The membership of the group is approximately 40 and includes singers from Willmar and the surrounding areas. West Central Singers celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. Highlights of the group's history include singing at the St. Paul Cathedral, and singing the National Anthem for a Minnesota Twins game. West Central Singers presents two concerts each year, and also sings for other events. West Central Singers is directed by John D. Jahr.
John D. Jahr has directed the West Central Singers since the fall of 2009. He is also Director of Worship and Music for Vinje Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Willmar, MN. John received his undergraduate degree in Music from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he studied choral conducting with Rene Clausen; he also earned the Master of Sacred Music degree from Luther Seminary, where he studied with Robert Sholz, John Ferguson and Anton Armstrong. John is a certified children's choir director through Choristers Guild Institute, and serves on the faculty of the Leadership Program for Musicians. John has served congregations in Fargo, ND; Columbia Heights, MN; and Dallas TX.