Sounds of the Pacific

Sounds of the Pacific
Sunday, May 24, 2020
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Paige Mathis, Guest Conductor
Moira Smiley, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
The Music of Moira Smiley
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Eric Barnum, Composer/Conductor
Composers of the Northwest (featuring Eric Barnum, Andrew Jacobson, and more) 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Jace Saplan, Guest Conductor
Eō e Kuʻu Lāhui: The Choral Music of Hawaiʻi
Featuring the Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

womanSong Chorale of West Virginia
ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS Youth Chorale
Shoreline Community College Choirs
Wellspring Ensemble
Bellevue High School Chorale
Auburn High School - Creative & Performing Arts Academy Choir
Newport High School Chorale
The Kauai Chorale
Kona Choral Society
Windward Choral Society
Radford Chamber Choir
Maryknoll School Concert Choir
Mililani Trojan Choir

womanSong Chorale of West Virginia

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Jeanette Bowlby

Jeanette Bowlby is in her first season as Artistic Director and Conductor for womanSong. She is a music educator in Jackson County, WV, where she serves as Director of Bands for Ripley High School and an itinerate music teacher throughout the county. Ms. Bowlby holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Communications Studies from West Virginia University. She completed her Master of Music in Music Education at Kent State University. In addition, Ms. Bowlby has guest conducted county choruses, performed with the WV Symphony Chorus and womanSong Chorale as a member and soloist, performs as a flute soloist, and is music director and cantor for St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ravenswood, WV. Jeanette lives in Ripley, WV, with her husband Floyd and two children, Maggie and Matthew.


womanSong chorale of West Virginia is the only all-female community choir in West Virginia. womanSong brings local female singers together in a community that shares a commitment to excellence in musicianship and a passion for performing. Founded in 1997, and now under the direction of Jeanette Bowlby, only its third artistic director, womanSong incorporates traditional, classical, contemporary, and multicultural styles of music into concert repertoire and highlights works by female composers.

ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS Youth Chorale

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Paige F. Mathis

Music Director of ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS since 1998, PAIGE F. MATHIS holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University and Masters in Conducting from UMKC Conservatory of Music and is pursuing her PhD at Texas Tech University. Active in MENC, OAKE and Chorus America, she served as Repertoire & Standards Chair of the GA Division of ACDA and has served as clinician for many children’s choral programs and numerous Honor Choruses in the Southeast and GMEA District festivals. She is a 20+-year member of the ASO Choruses where she sang and recorded under the late Robert Shaw.


ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS – Atlanta’s premier choir for children and youth – provides a diverse, challenging learning environment inspiring intelligent thought, artistic creativity, and personal growth for 150+ talented Singers ages 7-18. AYS has traveled extensively, singing in all the cultural capitals of North America and Europe, winning invitations to prestigious international festivals and competitions. In 2018, Youth Chorale traveled to South Africa for IHLOMBE! Choral Festival in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 100 birthday! Since 1975, AYS has promoted music literacy, commissions of American choral works, support of local musicians, innovative concert formats, free workshops for educators, and outreach to underserved children.

Shoreline Community College Choirs

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Evan Norberg

Evan Norberg has extensive knowledge in both classical and jazz styles, having been part of top-notch ensembles in both community and school groups; Edmonds Community College’s Soundsation, Seattle Children’s Choir, Central Washington University’s Chamber Choir, Vocal Jazz 1, and Seattle Jazz Singers just to name a few. In the professional arena, Evan has performed as a guest bass/baritone soloist for various local community and school groups for major works, such as René Clausen’s Memorial, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Vespers and more. Evan holds degrees from Edmonds Community College (2003), and Central Washington University (2006), which includes a Masters from Central Washington University (2011) in both Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance. Evan is excited to be a part of the Seattle Choir scene as a singing member of Choral Arts, local jazz group Last Call, Director of Choirs, Private Voice, Jazz History and Conducting at Shoreline Community College and Artistic Director of Wellspring Ensemble.


Shoreline Community College choirs are excited to join together for the DCINY performance in New York. Shoreline CC is home to two traditional choirs, both auditioned and non-auditioned, as well as vocal jazz. Students of all types are encouraged to find a home in our choirs. The choirs present high quality programs in our home town, as well as join together for major works on stage with orchestra with other area schools.

Wellspring Ensemble

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Evan Norberg

The new Wellspring Ensemble has quickly stationed itself firmly in the Seattle choral scene. As a group, Wellspring Ensemble quickly realized that they were so much more than singers with outstanding musicianship; its members are carpenters, lawyers, web and graphic designers, and more. Their multifaceted talents were the pieces Wellspring Ensemble needed to grow to more than the sum of its parts. A font of knowledge, a shared love for bringing excellence in choral music to life, and a familial connection to one another give Wellspring Ensemble a dynamic all its own; you will truly enjoy this unique, connected experience!

Bellevue High School Chorale

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Andrew Jacobson

A composer, educator, conductor, and active pianist, Andrew Jacobson is currently the Director of Choirs at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Washington. He holds an advanced degree in Music Education from Boston University, in addition to a BM in Music Education from the University of Washington where he studied with Dr. Steven Zopfi, Dr. Giselle Wyers, and Dr. Geoffrey Boers. He is in demand as a Washington State Solo and Ensemble Clinician for the male voice, small vocal ensembles, and large vocal ensembles. In addition to his Solo and Ensemble work, he is active as a choral festival clinician across Washington State. He is also an active proponent and educator in teaching music literacy to junior high and high school choral students. As a composer, his works have gained popularity across the country and internationally. He has had works premiered by Dr. Steven Zopfi and the Adelphian Choir at the University of Puget Sound, The Oregon Chorale, the Wellspring Ensemble, and several high school choirs across the world.


The Bellevue High School Chorale is an auditioned choir predominately made up of students grades 10-12 and seek to combine a deep sense of family and community with artistic excellence. They perform a large variety of repertoire from renaissance polyphony to newly commission pieces.

Auburn High School - Creative & Performing Arts Academy Choir

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Dylan Ladd

Dylan Ladd is a music educator and vocalist from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is the Director of Choirs for the Creative and Performing Arts Middle School and High School Programs of Rockford Public Schools in Rockford, IL. Additionally, he is the Artistic Director for Kantorei Youth Choirs. Dylan earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts & Entertainment Administration degrees from Valparaiso University.


The Rockford Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CAPA) Choir, under the direction of Dylan Ladd, is an auditioned choir that is comprised of 9th through 12th grade students in the CAPA program at Rockford Public Schools in Rockford, IL. The CAPA program was established as part of the gifted program in the Rockford Public Schools in 1978. Students from across Rockford Public School District 205 can audition to attend school in the CAPA program and learn through in-depth arts integration within all content areas.

Newport High School Chorale

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Nancy Fisher

Ms. Fisher is a graduate of the University of Washington and has been a choral director in the Bellevue School District for 25 years. She has taught middle and high school choirs, as well as developing the curriculum for and teaching drama, guitar, piano. She music directs Newport's musicals and has been nominated for the prestigious 5th Avenue Music Director award. She has directed and performed extensively in theaters throughout the region as well as vocal jazz and choral ensembles. She is grateful each day for the opportunity to work with the talented, inspiring students in the Newport community.


The Newport High School has a thriving choral program that includes one jazz and three concert ensembles. They perform extensively throughout the region, earning superior ratings at festivals and competitions. Many students audition into the all state and northwest honor ensembles and win or place at the regional solo & ensemble competition. The vocal jazz ensemble has earned awards and accolades at competitions up and down the west coast, and has produced several composer/arrangers. Many students are also active in other fine arts, participate in clubs and sports outside of school and maintain a rigorous academic schedule.

The Kauai Chorale

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S. Morris Wise

S. Morris Wise became Artistic Director of The Kauaʻi Chorale in the Fall of 2018. Originally from Pennsylvania, he and his husband moved to Kauaʻi from Southern California in 2009. Morris has a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Denver in both Voice Performance and Choral Conducting. He has been active as a music director, performer, and conductor for over 40 years. His talents include being a pipe organ technician and he is a member of NATS, ACDA, AIO and also co-owns Kō Bakery in Kauaʻi.


The Kauai Chorale has been presenting choral music concerts on the Garden Island since 1963. Concerts are diverse and include works such as Chichester Psalms, Messiah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria along with standard choral works and selections from Broadway musicals. The Kauai Chorale is open to anyone who loves to sing and is often joined by guest performers and local ensembles. Concerts are always a celebration of local talent. Members of the group last appeared with DCINY in 2018, performing in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Kona Choral Society

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Susan McCreary Duprey

Susan McCreary Duprey, Artistic Director and Conductor of Windward Choral Society and Kona Choral Society, has forged a relationship between ensemble and audience. Her musical craftsmanship and leadership were shaped by her father John McCreary, and master conductor Joseph Flummerfelt during her years at Westminster Choir College. Home in Hawai‘i, Duprey founded the Hawai‘i Pacific University International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble and Windward Choral Society, and has embraced a multicultural repertoire and brings the joy of choral music out of her singers. Duprey has prepared choruses for renowned conductors; and her ensembles have performed around the globe.


Celebrating their thirtieth anniversary, the Kona Choral Society is a vibrant musical ambassador of the Aloha State from which it hails. With a mission of sharing this aloha, the very essence of being, the breath of life, with neighbors near and far, KCS sings to bring love, healing and peace to the world. Committed to producing unique and beautiful interpretations of classic chorus repertoire, Hawaiian music and a remarkable array of international music in its original languages, this diverse and enthusiastic group of singers thrives under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Susan McCreary Duprey.

Windward Choral Society

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Susan McCreary Duprey

Susan McCreary Duprey, Artistic Director and Conductor of Windward Choral Society and Kona Choral Society, has forged a relationship between ensemble and audience. Her musical craftsmanship and leadership were shaped by her father John McCreary, and master conductor Joseph Flummerfelt during her years at Westminster Choir College. Home in Hawai‘i, Duprey founded the Hawai‘i Pacific University International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble and Windward Choral Society, and has embraced a multicultural repertoire and brings the joy of choral music out of her singers. Duprey has prepared choruses for renowned conductors; and her ensembles have performed around the globe.


Born in 2008, Windward Choral Society, the soul-child of Artistic Director Susan McCreary Duprey, emerged from beautiful Kailua on the Windward side of O`ahu. Built on a mission of fostering healthier, more vibrant, diverse communities, bonded by joy, love, appreciation and performance of Hawaiian, multicultural, and master choral works, the non-auditioned, community-based chorus of more than 100 voices holds to its commitment to pursuing choral excellence . Dedicated to that pursuit as, “ One ‘Ohana, One Family,” WCS exudes the spirit of Aloha, breathing life and love into every note.

Radford Chamber Choir

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Evan Eliason

Evan Eliason is a bassist, composer, and music educator from Honolulu and the director of the Radford Chamber Choir. Prior to directing at Radford, Evan was music director at Maryknoll High School, and the string and choral music director at the performing arts academy of La Mirada High School. In addition to his teaching, Evan is active as a session bass player and composer/arranger. His compositions have won a number of awards including selection for performance at the Real New Music Festival for his soprano and double bass duet “Mine Eyes are of Your Color”.


The Radford Chamber Choir is a high school vocal ensemble from Honolulu, Hawai’i. The ensemble is made up of students grades ten through twelve with diverse musical backgrounds, but a common passion for singing. The group is an active member of American Choral Directors Association - Hawai’i Chapter events and also partners with other local organizations for events and performances. Radford Chamber Choir sings music from a wide breadth of cultures and time periods with the hope of bringing cultural understanding and deeper musical appreciation to our members and our audience.

Maryknoll School Concert Choir

Thomas Goedecke serves as the Director of Music at Maryknoll High School where he leads choral and jazz ensembles. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi - Mānoa in music composition, and has has enjoyed recent premieres by Nā Wai Chamber Choir and Cathedral Choir of St. Andrew, Honolulu. He is the recipient of awards from Honolulu Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, and TILT Ensemble. He received his Masters of Music from the University of Hawaiʻi - Mānoa and received his Bachelors of Music in composition from the University of Southern California.


The Maryknoll Concert Choir is the premier choral ensemble of the largest co-educational Catholic school in Hawaiʻi. Maryknoll Concert Choir is dedicated to performing music that make its members stewards of Hawaiian culture and disciples of Catholic faith. The ensemble performs regularly at festivals and collaborative concerts throughout the island, including Nā Leo Hou and Kapolei Choral Festival. As part of its mission, the ensemble also performs for all school masses and masses at Sacred Heart Church.

Mililani Trojan Choir

Mr. Bryson Terazono grew up in a small town on Big Island of Hawai'i. Bryson enlisted in the Hawai'i National Guard as a UH-60 Black Hawk mechanic and completed one tour in Kuwait in 2017-2018. Mr. Bryson Terazono received his bachelors in K-12 Music Education from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. There he studied voice under Dr. Martina Bingham. Bryson began his full-time teaching career at Mililani High School in 2018. He would like to sincerely thank the high school administration, mentors, parents, DCINY, and Dr. Jace Saplan for all their support and opportunities presented to him and his students.


Mililani Trojan Choir is an auditioned extracurricular choir ensemble that meets for rehearsal three times a week. The purpose of this ensemble is to provide students the opportunity to experience higher level high school repertoire in preparation for college level choral singing. The choirs at Mililani High School value hard work, patience, and kindness. It is imperative that the students work hard for themselves, be patient with themselves, and be kind to themselves. With these pillars the students will in turn work hard, be patient, and be kind to one another.