The Cry of Jeremiah!

The Cry of Jeremiah!
Saturday, May 10, 2014
7:00 PM
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
William Powell, DCINY Debut Conductor
Rosephanye Powell, Composer/Narrator
Rosephanye Powell: The Cry of Jeremiah, New York Premiere
Robert Harris: Gloria (New York Premiere), New York Premiere
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Participating Ensembles:

Auburn University Choirs
The College of The Bahamas Concert Choir
The Wellington High School Chorus
Winston-Salem State University Choir
The Augustana Collegiate Chorale & Angelus
Heritage Chorale of Eastern North Carolina
North Shore Community Singers
Saint Viator High School Choir

Auburn University Choirs

William Powell
William Powell
Dr. William C. Powell is professor of music and director of choral activities at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama (USA). He holds degrees from Alabama State University, Westminster Choir College, and Florida State University. At Auburn University, Powell teaches choral-related courses and he conducts the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men's Chorus, and Gospel Choir. He has served as a guest conductor for various choral festivals and for various performances in Italy, at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney World, etc. Powell has also given presentations for American Choral Directors Association, Intercollegiate Male Choruses, College Music Society, and others. His choral arrangements are published by Hal Leonard, Gentry Publications, and Oxford University Press.
 

The College of The Bahamas Concert Choir

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Audrey Dean-Wright
Audrey Dean-Wright, conductor, pianist, composer and poet, is
probably the most prolific Bahamian composer, having composed over 250 compositions for voice, piano and flute.
Her community choirs have distinguished themselves internationally, performing with John Rutter at Carnegie Hall, winning awards in Russia, Poland and China.
She has been a featured composer at the Southeast African-American Music Festival, the International Symposium of Afro-Caribbean Composers and at Xavier University, Louisiana.
The College of The Bahamas Concert Choir was founded by its director, Audrey Dean-Wright, in 1998.
The Choir has performed nationally and internationally thrilling audiences with their choral expertise and varied repertoire from standard choral works to Bahamian Folk songs.
In 2012 they hosted and performed with ‘105 Voices of History’; and In 2013, delighted a New York audience in their performance ‘From Classical to Calypso’.
As the only non-American member of the South-east African-American Music Festival, they have concertized under the baton of outstanding composers such as Moses Hogan, Mark Butler and Rosephanye Powell, performing at historically black universities such as Fisk, South Carolina State and Savannah State.
The choir had the honour to perform for President Nelson Mandela and the President of Botswana.

The Wellington High School Chorus

The Wellington High School Chorus has a long history of excellence in South Florida.  The program has performed both nationally and internationally, most recently at Carnegie Hall in 2011 and Ponce, Puerto Rico in 2013.  In their hometown of Wellington (Florida) they keep an active performing schedule and regularly earn superior rating at choral festivals around the region. 
A native of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Chase is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Connecticut.  He has conducted ensembles of all ages and experience levels, from elementary schools to professionals, including multiple youth orchestras, magnet arts schools, and various ensembles at Harvard University. Equally at home in both orchestral and choral music, his ensembles have performed extensively throughout both the United States and Europe. 

Winston-Salem State University Choir

D'Walla Simmons-Burke
D'Walla Simmons-Burke
Maestra D'Walla Simmons-Burke has held teaching positions in Georgia,  South Carolina and presently at Winston-Salem State University where she is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies for the Department of Music.

Simmons-Burke is the founder of four of the five choral ensembles currently existing within the Music Department at Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem State University Women; Schola Cantorum; Complesso Voce' and the renowned Winston-Salem State University Burke Singers). The fifth choral ensemble, the Winston-Salem State University Choir is one of the first student organizations, founded at the university. The WSSU Choir has performed frequently with the Gateways Symphony Orchestra; Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, D'Vorak Symphony Orchestra and the New England Symphony Orchestra and is well sought after for its performances of master choral works (i.e…Haydn's Creation; Handel's Messiah; Faure’s Requiem; Rossini’s Stabat Mater; Orff's Carmina Burana & Mozart's Requiem), spirituals and world musics.

Maestra Simmons-Burke has conducted Gabriel Faure's Requiem with the New England Symphony and New England Symphony Chorale at Carnegie Hall. She returned to Carnegie Hall to conduct the Winston-Salem State University Choir in a mini concert. She has also performed internationally with her choral ensembles and as a guest conductor/lecturer (Prague, Czech Republic; Nassau, Bahamas; Accra, Cape Coast & Kumasi, Ghana - West Africa; and soon in Pilansberg, Cape Town and Johannesburg – South Africa).  Maestra Simmons-Burke has conducted The 105 Voices of History Concert Choir as a National Conductor at The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center and in Nassau, Bahamas (2010). She was also given the 105 Voices of History Kennedy Center Performing Arts Award (2010). Simmons-Burke was one of three conductors who lead the 105 Voices of History Concert Choir in their inaugural performance at the Grand Ole Opry (2012).
Maestra Simmons-Burke's choirs have recorded and produced seven compact disks (In Silent Night; Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing; I Wanna Be Ready; Hold Fast To Dreams; Pieces of A Dream; Joy To the World; 20th Anniversary Celebration In Honor of D'Walla Simmons-Burke) and a collaborative DVD with Singin' Black and White (Shout Hallelujah!: A New South Gospel Christmas) 
Under Simmons-Burke's baton, her choral ensembles have performed for and/or with such regional and national dignitaries as President George W. Bush; Kweisi Mfume; Susan Taylor; former North Carolina Governor James Hunt; Maya Angelou; Dick Gregory, Harry Belafonte'; Patti Austin; Harry Belafonté and Pope John Paul II, to name a few. Her exceptional and diverse vocal and choral pedagogies are continuously demonstrated through the outstanding students she has produced. As a result, Simmons-Burke has been the recipient of several teaching awards such as the Winston-Salem State University Patterson Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Winston-Salem State University Cedric Rodney Service Award and The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts 105 Voices of History National Conductor's Award.  Recently, The Recording Academy, in partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation nominated Simmons-Burke for the Grammy's Music Educator of the Year Award for 2014. D'Walla is also the recipient of many community service and performance awards for her national achievements in music
Maestra Simmons-Burke is listed in Outstanding Young Women of America and holds memberships in many other organizations such as the Music Educators National Conference; the American Choral Directors Association; the National Association of African American Studies; the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music; The Intercollegiate Music Association; the National Associations for African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Latino Studies; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Moles, and The Links, Inc.

Simmons-Burke has performed leading roles in such operas as Lost in the Stars; LaTraviata, Amahl and the Night Visitors; The Telephone; The Old Maid and the Thief and has also made numerous guest appearances as a conductor and adjudicator for several high school and middle school All-State/All-County festivals and collegiate choral festivals and workshops. She is often sought after as a sacred music and/or multicultural music clinician/lecturer and soprano.  

 
 

The Augustana Collegiate Chorale & Angelus

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Russell Svenningsen
Dr. Lisa Grevlos is associate professor of music and director of vocal studies at Augustana College,
Sioux Falls, SD. She directs the Augustana Opera Theatre program, conducts the Augustana Women’s Choir — Angelus, and teaches in the areas of applied voice, vocal pedagogy, singer’s diction, and choral music education. She received the Doctorate of Arts degree in voice performance and opera stage directing from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds master of music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, in voice performance and choral conducting, and she completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Augustana College.
Dr. Russell Svenningsen is assistant professor of music at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale and teaches applied voice. He holds a D.M.A., Music Education, from Boston University, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati and a B.M., Music Education, from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. An active performer, Dr. Svenningsen is currently preparing the role of “Meriwether Lewis” for fall 2014 world premiere of “Meriwether,” an opera by Jim Lahti and John Woodruff that deals with the gritty realities of Lewis’ life after his two-year exploration of the American West.

Heritage Chorale of Eastern North Carolina

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Cheryl Kite
A church organist and director since her teens, Cheryl Arthur Kite has served churches in the Carolinas and Illinois, she is currently organist for Trinity UM Church, Jacksonville, NC.  In 2009, she co-founded the New Bern/Craven Hymnfest Choir, which has evolved into Heritage Chorale of Eastern NC.  In 2012, she co-founded Carolina Coast Choral Festival, which premiered with Dr. Robert Harris conducting 85 voices and orchestra in Shubert’s Mass in B-flat.  Cheryl is a retired development executive, holds a B.A. in church music/business from East Carolina University, and studied at Northwestern University.    
Heritage Chorale of Eastern North Carolina grew out of eastern NC’s celebrations of its 300th anniversaries. Preceded by the Hymnfest Choir, Heritage Chorale is 40+ singers who have presented concerts of historic music to chronicle 300 years of settlement in historic eastern NC. Its director is Cheryl Arthur Kite. In 2012, the Chorale sponsored the creation of Carolina Coast Choral Festival to assist in building choral skills and repertoire in the area. Administered by area church and community choral directors, the Festival premiered in May 2013, with Dr. Robert Harris conducting.

North Shore Community Singers

Saint Viator High School Choir

Kristina M. Sandrock
Kristina Sandrock
Mrs. Kristina M. Sandrock is the choral director at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, IL. She holds a Master's degree in Music Education from Northwestern University, where she studied conducting under Dr. Robert Harris and Professor Victor Yamposky. Mrs. Sandrock also holds Bachelor's degrees in English and Music Education from Northwestern University and Elmhurst College.
 
Mrs. Sandrock has had an active performance career as a vocalist, performing with the DuPage Opera Theatre for four years and in the symphonic concert of Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings at the Auditorium Theatre in 2004.  Mrs. Sandrock currently performs as a freelance vocalist at churches throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as serving as the music director and a soprano for The Canterbury Carollers, a Victorian caroling ensemble. With the Canterbury Carollers, Mrs. Sandrock had the honor of performing at the White House in 2008 and 2010.
 
In addition to her performing credits, Mrs. Sandrock is an Illinois State Certified Teacher and has extensive experience music directing, conducting choirs, and teaching music to students of all ages. She has served as music director for many musicals with children's theatres, high schools, and community theaters, and has also taught piano and voice lessons from her private studio in Elmhurst, IL.
The Saint Viator High School Choir program is a rapidly growing group of enthusiastic young singers from grades 9 - 12. Under the leadership of Mrs. Kristina M. Sandrock, the program has expanded to feature three choirs that not only perform for school concerts and masses, but also provide music for fundraising events and other performances in the community. The Saint Viator Choirs maintain a solid grounding in technique and music theory as they study a well-balanced repertoire featuring different styles of choral literature. Several students have performed as part of the ILMEA All-State and Honors Choirs, and many alumni have maintained their involvement in choral singing at prestigious colleges and universities throughout the United States.