Spirit Journey

Spirit Journey
Sunday, Jun 17, 2018
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Kevin McBeth, Guest Conductor
Andy Waggoner, Guest Conductor
Hayes: Spirit Suite 1, 2, & 3
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Pepper Choplin, Composer/Conductor
Choplin: Our Father: A Journey through the Lord's Prayer 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, Kitchener, Ontario
PSUMC Chancel Choir
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Voices of Hope
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Community Choir
Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia
Cheney United Methodist Church Chancel Choir
Russian Ukrainian SDA Church in Federal Way, WA
Norwalk First United Methodist Chancel Choir

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, Kitchener, Ontario

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Douglas Haas

Douglas Haas has been Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada for 50 years and has taught at two Canadian universities. At age 19, he was awarded an organ scholarship to study with Vatican organist, Fernando Germani, in Rome. He holds a Master’s Degree (Stuttgart) in Sacred Music and Theology. He has performed and recorded throughout North America and Europe in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City; the Los Angeles Baroque Festival; the Laurenskerk, Alkmaar; la Madeleine, Paris; the Stuttgart Bach Academy; the Rome Organ Festival; Yorkminster, Gloucester, Lincoln, St. Albans, and Ripon Cathedrals, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. George’s Chapel, England. In 2011, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Canadian College of Organists) for his contributions.

The Sanctuary Choir of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada has sung for over 50 years. Led by Director of Music, Douglas Haas, and conductor, Gordon Burnett, the choir sings musical genres from classical requiems to gospel. Music plays a vital role in worship at St. Andrew's which celebrates its 164th anniversary this year. Splendid music is performed during Sunday services, major choral works are presented every Easter and Christmas with an orchestra, and the church is home to the largest Casavant organ of its kind in the area. St. Andrew's Sunday services are broadcast nationally to a loyal television audience.

PSUMC Chancel Choir

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Wayne Hinton
Wayne Hinton For over 20 years, Dr. Wayne Hinton has pursued an active career as a vocal coach and recital pianist in chamber music, opera, and song repertoire in addition to working in arts administration. After finishing his undergraduate studies in piano with honors at Florida State University, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Institute of Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland. In this innovative school he performed in Master Classes of such great artists as Gregor Piatigorsky, Zino Francescatti, composer Alberto Ginastera, and pianists Ania Dorfmann and John Ogdon. After finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California, Dr. Hinton worked as a music editor for film and television and was assistant music director of Orange County Opera and Golden West Opera. Dr. Hinton has been the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, the General Manager of the Nimoy Concert Series of Temple Israel of Hollywood and the Executive Director of the Riverside County Philharmonic in Riverside, CA. He currently works as Opera Coach and Accompanist at the University of Redlands, Adjunct Faculty at Moreno Valley College and is the Music Director of Palm Springs United Methodist Church.

The Chancel Choir of the Palm Springs United Methodist Church has been an integral part of the life of the church since its founding in 1965. It is a volunteer group composed of 20 to 30 members of the congregation. The Chancel Choir provides meaningful special music for the services of the church every Sunday. During the Easter and Advent seasons the group puts in many hours of extra rehearsals to present a Cantata or musical service as a special service for the congregation. During the height of the tourist season in Palm Springs, the church offers two services on Sunday and members of the Chancel Choir offer solos and small ensembles as special music for the service.

St. Paul United Methodist Church

Leslie Fox Mabe received her bachlor's degree in Music Education from Radford University in Virginia. She has taught in the Virginia public school system for 20 years and has directed the St Paul United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir for 15 years.

St Paul UMC Sanctuary Choir consists of 25 members. The choir has performed many musical dramas and cantatas throughout it's history. They were privileged to perform Pepper Choplin's "Night of the Father's Love" under his direction in 2015 in their hometown of Wytheville, Virginia.

Voices of Hope

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Wendy Kallen
Wendy Kallen, a native of Pennsylvania, is enjoying a career as a singer, accompanist, director, teacher, and innovator. Ms. Kallen has sung with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Slovak Radio Television Orchestra, the University of Southern California Orchestra, and in the Aspen music festivals. Now residing in San Diego, she continues to perform, train singers, and direct multiple choirs as a director of music ministries. She has created a concert series that draws artists, choirs, and composers from around the United States to come and share their talents.

The Voices of Hope Choir has been in existence since Hope United Methodist Church of San Diego was founded in 1977. The choir sings various styles ranging from contemporary, classical, spirituals, traditional, and everything in between. The choir sings 4-5 concerts per year, hosts a national composer festival, and encourages outreach opportunities. Through this powerful music ministry, the choir sings for worship, for the people, and for God.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Community Choir

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Cody C Killian
Cody C. Killian has served Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hayesville NC, as Director of Music since August 2015. He directs the choirs, oversees the Music Ministry and serves as Principal Organist/Pianist. Having received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Young Harris College in Georgia, Cody's background in Liturgical Music includes employment in Baptist, Catholic and Methodist Congregations. He enjoys accompanying and performing in Europe and an active schedule of teaching. He is currently working toward his Master of Music in Piano Performance at Converse College in Spartanburg SC, with an expected graduation date in 2019.

The Community Choir from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hayesville NC, is comprised of around 30 music lovers of multiple faiths, from far western North Carolina and north Georgia. The thirty-plus volunteer members lend their voices at various IHM’s Masses, adding musical prayers to the liturgy. Thirteen members of the choir, ranging in ages from 23 to 72, are thrilled to be travelling to New York City in June 2018 to participate in the DCINY concert, Pepper Choplin’s “Our Father: A Journey Through the Lord’s Prayer.”

Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

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Mark Elam Green
Mark Elam Green is the Associate Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia where he has served since March, 1999. In this role, he annually leads a Living Christmas Tree Production approximately 6,500 attendees. Mark directs choirs for adults, youth and children, and accompanies soloists regularly. A native of Oneonta, Alabama, he received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance at the University of Alabama and a Master of Music in Church Music with a piano concentration at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He is married to Joy, and they have one daughter, Lucy Katherine.

The 120-member Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist, Gainesville, provides music leadership each Sunday in the 8:30 am Chapel Service and the 10:50 Sanctuary Service. We also sing for special services and events throughout the year. The Sanctuary Choir has just completed its 17th year of presenting a Living Christmas Tree in five presentations for approximately 6,500 attendees. We have recorded one CD, "We Will Stand," a collection of timeless contemporary classics. The Sanctuary Choir sang Mozart's Coronation Mass in Carnegie Hall in 2002 under the direction of Terre Johnson. We are delighted to sing tonight with Pepper Choplin.

Cheney United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

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Mary Jane Shervais
Mary Jane Shervais has been active in and inspired by church music programs from childhood. She earned her Master of Music degree from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington, and has served as the Director of Music at Cheney United Methodist Church since 2006. She has also served as the director of the Annual Pacific Northwest District Choir Festival, composed of choirs from churches throughout the area. A former Commanding Officer in the United States Marine Corps, Mary Jane has brought her extensive leadership skills and music knowledge to her church, directing a challenging and inspirational program.

Recognizing music as a powerful worship tool, Cheney United Methodist Church Chancel Choir has served the worship services at their church since its inception in 1889. Membership in the choir is open to all those who are called to seek, serve, and share God through our music. The choir also participates in the annual Inland District music festivals, and performs an annual Christmas Cantata for the community. We are honored to be invited to participate in the DCINY tenth anniversary celebration, and to be singing in this wonderful cantata by Pepper Choplin.

Russian Ukrainian SDA Church in Federal Way, WA

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Svetlana Kuzmina
Svetlana Kuzmina M.A. is a graduate of St. Petersburg State Arts Institute, Russia. She has been working with church choirs for more than 25 years as a part of her ministry . Her professional background includes working with Christian TV broadcasting and public relations. Currently she applies her skills and talents as a piano teacher, accompanist and choir director. She has a husband, Sergey and two children, Mary and Daniel.

Youth choir of Russian-Ukrainian Seventh Day Adventist church was formed about two years ago. The main focus of the choir is to sing contemporary Christian choir music. On April, 2017 the choir had performed Pepper Choplin's cantata "Our Father" in Russian language for the Russian speaking community of greater Seattle. This collective has traveled to various churches in the area popularizing Christian music and praising the Lord.

Norwalk First United Methodist Chancel Choir

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Carol L. Phillips
Carol is a retired elementary music teacher of 36 years and she has directed adult, youth, children and handbell choirs for 41 years. She has been involved with the music ministry at Norwalk Methodist for 36 years. She has particularly enjoyed directing the Christmas cantata's that are accompanied by a full orchestra and also producing many children's Christmas presentations at their church. Singing in the concert choir at Mount Union College and touring internationally with this group helped begin Carol's appreciation for the role choral music plays in worship. She hopes that with all the new influences of music in worship the choral sound, the participation of many voices in song, will continue to be heard in our churches. That is why events like this are vital!

The Chancel Choir has been in existence for over a hundred years. It is well recognized in the Norwalk Community for its beautiful choral sound. This choir provides music every Sunday and is often invited to participate in community events. They provide several entire worship services during the year which share "WORD" and music. This has been done through cantatas or arranging a service around the many choral anthems in their library. This choir feels the music they provide is a very special ministry blessed by God.