The Drop of Dawn

The Drop of Dawn
Sunday, Apr 13, 2014
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
The Drop that Contained the Sea (World Premiere), World Premiere
Christopher Tin, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Christopher Tin: Calling All Dawns, Carnegie Hall Premiere
Charity Dawson, Mezzo-Soprano
Saum Eskandani, Tenor
Jerome Kavanagh, Maori Chanter
Roopa Mahadevan, Indian Classical Vocalist
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Mezzo-Soprano
Shiv Subramaniam, Indian Classical Vocalist
Taniya Panda, Indian Classical Vocalist
Shobana Ram, Indian Classical Vocalist
Nominjin, Mongolian Singer
Nathalie Pires, Fadista
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Angel City Chorale
Badger High School Vocal Ensemble
Wissahickon High School Choir
Burr & Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble
Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy Chamber Choir
LaSalle-Peru Twp. High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
Mount Rainier High School Choir
The Combined Choral Ensembles of Davidson Fine Arts School
Westminster Chorale

Angel City Chorale

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Sue Fink
Angel City Chorale (ACC) is a group of multi-talented singers from Los Angeles.  Recognized for its concerts, international tours and television appearances, ACC has also performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nokia Center and the Staples Center (as the official choir the 1992 Democratic Convention).  

Christopher Tin is a member of ACC’s Board of Advisors, thus reinforcing ACC’s reputation as one of the most outstanding choirs in LA. In 2013, ACC performed the west coast premiere of “Calling All Dawns” and was selected by Mr. Tin to sing on his upcoming CD of “The Drop That Contained the Sea”.
Sue Fink is the founder and artistic director of Angel City Chorale whose dynamic energy can be seen and felt in the group’s exuberance and spontaneity.
After graduate work at UCLA, Sue studied conducting and toured internationally with Roger Wagner.
In addition to her work with ACC, Sue is an award-winning songwriter who composes and arranges for choirs, television and movie soundtracks.
As a respected vocal coach, Sue has worked with well-known recording artists including Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, singers from Weezer, Foo Fighters and more. She has released three solo albums and four with ACC.

Badger High School Vocal Ensemble

Matthew P. Roemer is in his 7th year as choral director at Badger High School. Mr. Roemer conducts the Badger Singers, Concert Choir, Treble Clef, and Vocal Ensemble, and teaches Music Appreciation and Piano. Mr. Roemer has conducted large works including Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns,” Karl Jenkins’ ”The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” and John Rutter’s “Requiem.” In addition, he has directed numerous musical theater productions including “West Side Story,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Anything Goes.” Mr. Roemer often teaches voice at UW-Whitewater’s summer choir camp and, in 2011, conducted the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
The Badger High School Vocal Ensemble has been existence since 1986. The ensemble consists of 20 high school students from sophomores to seniors. The group is frequently called upon to perform throughout the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area. Vocal Ensemble has performed many works including Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” and John Rutter’s “Requiem.” In February 2012, the Badger Vocal Ensemble became one of the first ensembles to perform Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns.” This is Vocal Ensemble’s first trip to New York and first world premiere.

Wissahickon High School Choir

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John Conahan
John Conahan is a Composer, Conductor, Performer, and Educator. As a composer, John’s Choral and Orchestral works have received much acclaim and are performed frequently all over the world, including his settings of PIE JESU and AVE MARIA.  He has been commissioned to write for National Events, numerous distinguished ensembles, leading performers from the Metropolitan Opera, and exemplary cutting-edge musicians. John is a frequently featured Guest Conductor and Clinician for a number of ensembles, including State Music Education Festivals, Choral Unions, and numerous academic institutions. John attended Ithaca College, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of the Arts, and the Juilliard School.
The Wissahickon Camerata is an auditioned performance ensemble including some of the most elite Choral Singers from the Wissahickon High School. The Camerata practices a wide variety of repertoire from Early Music to truly avant-garde works, sharing a positive ethic of awareness and love of Choral Music. The Camerata is also a service organization, maintaining a regular rehearsal schedule at assisted-living communities, educational institutions, and public events throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. You can find out more about the Wissahickon Camerata online at www.wissahickonmusic.com.

Burr & Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble

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Julie Freebern
Julie Freebern received her Bachelor's degree in music education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst graduating Summa Cum Laude with a full tuition Chancelor's Talent Scholarship for clarinet performance. In 1999, Julie was presented the Excellence in Teaching Award from Wahconah Regional High School and together with her husband was awarded the Naras Foundation’s Grammy Signature School Award for outstanding music offerings at the high school level.  In 2007, Julie received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Yale School of Music and was the recipient of the Bigelow Fund for Excellence Faculty Grant that afforded her the opportunity to study Castles and Cathedrals of Medieval England during the summer of 2008.

Neil Freebern is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst having received his Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education.
His success on the podium lead to annual engagements as a festival conductor across New England, and a return to the University of Massachusetts as the conductor of the Youth Wind Ensemble.  Mr. Freebern enjoyed five summers as the conductor of the United States Youth Wind Ensemble in Europe and received outstanding educator awards from the Massachusetts Western District Music Educators Association, Central Berkshire Regional School District, Yale University, and recently was the recipient of the Roland Faculty Chair at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont.



Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy Chamber Choir

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Dana Taylor
Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy Chamber Choir
Exploring music of virtually every style and genre, members of the Chamber Choir learn both the art and craft of singing by exploring music that is vital for vocal and artistic growth. Fine Arts Academy ensembles partner with world-class professionals and form lasting relationships through tours, recording sessions and performances. In 2012, the singers participated in the Indiana premiere of Mr. Tin’s “Calling All Dawns” and were thrilled to sing in last year’s New York premiere.
The MVHS Vocal Music Department features three curricular and two extra-curricular ensembles including  our men’s ensemble Cúl and our semi-professional sacred music ensemble Angelus.
Dana Taylor has been teaching vocal music and technical theatre at the Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy (Mt. Vernon, IN) for twenty-five years. He holds an MM degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University. In addition to his work at Mt. Vernon, he also serves as technical editor for Dramatics Magazine and Teaching Theatre Journal. In 2011 he received the Founder’s Award from the Educational Theatre Association for significant contributions to theatre education in the United States. In March of 2014, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Education from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

LaSalle-Peru Twp. High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

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Aimee Taylor
LaSalle-Peru Twp. High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers (Choir Bio)
The LaSalle-Peru Township High School Choral Program has a long history of excellence in music education and performance. The choral program consists of five different ensembles including Jazz Choir, Treble Choir, Mixed Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Last year the Concert Choir world premiered a piece, and the entire choral program released a professional recording for the first time in almost forty years. Representing LaSalle-Peru Twp. High School in New York City are the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are the two premier ensembles performing primarily advanced a cappella music. Both are mixed ensembles consisting mainly of junior and senior students. Acceptance into these ensembles is through audition only. Each group performs on four annual concerts as well as various places in the surrounding community. 


Aimee Taylor has been the director of choirs at LaSalle-Peru Twp. High School in LaSalle, IL since the fall of 2007. A native of Elburn, IL, she holds her Bachelors in Music Education from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University (Aurora, IL). Aimee has performed all over the United States and Mexico, and also performed “Carmina Burana” at Carnegie Hall with Augustana College in May of 2011 as an alumnus. Under her direction, the choral department at LaSalle-Peru Twp. High School has doubled in size, added three additional ensembles, has been invited to perform Handel’s “Messiah” with a professional orchestra, has world premiered a piece and has now been extended the opportunity to perform at one of the greatest concert halls in the world. Taylor is always striving to push choral groups to reach beyond their perceived limitations and to open their eyes and ears to the world. She teaches a variety of musical genres and styl

Mount Rainier High School Choir

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Sara Stricherz
The Mount Rainier High School Concert Choir joins us from Des Moines, WA, a suburb about 20 minutes south of Seattle.  MRHS boasts a strong choral music program which began under its director, Sara Stricherz.  There are four choirs at Mount Rainier, including an all-women’s choir and a pop/jazz group called Music Company – they can really entertain a crowd!  This year, Music Company won its regional Solo/Ensemble contest and will be going to state in late April!  MRHS is ecstatic to be performing at Carnegie Hall with other musical students from around the nation and are thankful for this opportunity.
Sara Stricherz is a Soprano from Tacoma, WA. She studied Music Education and Mathematics at Washington State University. Next, she earned her Master’s degree in Choral Conducting studying under Lori Wiest. Sara now directs the choral program at Mount Rainier High School in the Highline District, and loves her students!

The Combined Choral Ensembles of Davidson Fine Arts School

Timothy Powell
Timothy Powell
The Davidson Fine Arts Chorale performs regularly at prestigious events and venues in their home state of Georgia, across the nation, and internationally. The Chorale was honored in 2004 and 2005 with invitations to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Divisional and National Convention, as well as performances at the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. In 2007, The Chorale performed at the Music Educators National Conference Southern Division Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2007, and again in 2008, The Chorale became the first high school ensemble to present a concert on the National Gallery of Art Concert Series in Washington, D. C. In 2010, the Chorale received an exclusive invitation to sing for Easter Sunday services at the historic St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, the home church of J. S. Bach. The choir followed up this honor with a world-premiere performance at Lincoln Center in NYC in 2011, and are the 2012 Winners of the American Prize in Choral Performance.
Dr. Timothy Michael Powell is the Director of Choral Activities at the Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. Dr. Powell holds a DMA in Conducting from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Larry D. Wyatt. He was the 1999 National Choristers Guild Scholar, a 2002-2003 United States Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria, and a 2002 Fellow with the prestigious South Carolina Conductors Institute. He received both his Bachelors and his Masters degrees in Church Music from Belmont University where he studied with Timothy W. Sharp. His compositions include numerous major works, including his Wedding Mass, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall in June 2008 under his baton with festival chorus, and his opera His Terrible Swift Sword, which was premiered in April of 2007. In June 2011, Dr. Powell conducted the combined ensembles at Davidson along with choirs from around the world at Lincoln Center for the world premiere of his piece Incarnatio Mysteria. He is published exclusively through Spivey Music Publishing. Active as a scholar, Dr. Powell presented research at the 2010 ACDA Southern Division Conference in Memphis, TN. He holds memberships in the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, The Georgia Music Educators Association, The National Association for Music Education, and the American Choral Director's Association. In addition to his work with Davidson, Dr. Powell is a member of the Cecilia Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble based in Augusta, and founder and artistic director of Decorus: Augusta's Premiere Youth Choir. 

Westminster Chorale

Amy Turner
Amy Turner
The Westminster Chorale performs regularly at adjudicated festivals and civic functions.  Under the direction of Amy Turner, choral ensembles within Chorale have received superior awards in performance and sight-reading at Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) performance evaluations.  Members of the group consistently claim state choral awards through Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) and successfully audition into the GMEA All-State Chorus.
 
Amy Turner is the Choral Director and Fine Arts Coordinator at Westminster Schools of Augusta in Augusta, GA, where she conducts five primary choral ensembles.   She holds a MM in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University where she studied with Hilary Apfelstadt. Her Bachelor's degree in Music Education is from Wheaton College (IL) where she studied with Mary Hopper and Paul Wiens.  Amy holds memberships in Pi Kappa Lambda, GMEA, NAfME, and ACDA.   She organizes the GMEA District Honor Chorus and Vocal Solo and Ensemble and serves as an Advanced Placement (AP) Reader for Music Theory.