The Great War: Commemorating 100 Years

The Great War: Commemorating 100 Years
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Paul Mealor, Composer/Conductor
Mealor: Requiem: The Souls of the Righteous (US Premiere)
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International 
Patrick Hawes, Composer/Conductor
Hawes: The Great War Symphony (Joint US Premiere)
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International 
Diana McVey, Soprano
Scott Joiner, Tenor
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Kansas City Kansas Community College Choir
St Columba Anglican School Chamber Choir
Lauderdale Community Choir
Grand Union Community Choir
The Village School Concert Choir
The Cecilian Singers
Plainfield High School Chamber Choir
Jubilate Chorale
Ulster University Chamber Choir
New York Chamber Choirs
South West Philharmonia & Chorus
Tapestry
Pangbourne Choral Society
Candover Valley Choir
The New Mexico Peace Choir
Canadian Military Wives Choir
Madrigal Choir of the Maristen-Gymnasium Furth / Germany
The Cecilia Consort
Belfast Philharmonic Choir

Kansas City Kansas Community College Choir

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John Stafford II
John Stafford II is currently Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Co-Chair of the Music Department at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Professor Stafford was a 2015 recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and leadership at the community college level. He has also received two teaching awards, within the past year, from KCKCC for Recruitment and Teaching Excellence. He was previously appointed at Millikin University, Eastern Illinois University, and Danville Area Community College teaching composition, theory, orchestration, history, and vocal jazz. He holds degrees from Millikin University (music business), Bowling Green State University (composition), and has done additional doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (choral conducting). Among his professional activities, Professor Stafford serves as the Jazz Chair of the Kansas Choral Directors Association; he is also a member of National Association for Music Educators, Jazz Educators Network, and American Choral Directors Association. Also, Stafford has served as Director of Choral Music at Community Christian Church in Kansas City, MO since 2014.

The primary objective of the Choral Music Program at KCKCC is to educate the students and the community about vocal ensemble music through stylistic variety and tonal diversity, based on historical precedent. This objective is achieved by exposing choir members to music of different nationalities and/or cultures and their commitment to recreate a unique tone quality that identifies with the cultural environment of each composition.

St Columba Anglican School Chamber Choir

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Marie van Gend
Marie van Gend is the Vocal Coordinator K-12 for the vocal program at St Columba Anglican School. The school has ten different vocal ensembles ranging from 120 voice un-auditioned senior choir, to auditioned ensembles for boys, girls or mixed voices. She also runs adult community choirs and school workshops. Marie is currently completing a PhD on adolescent mixed-voice choirs.

The St Columba Chamber Choir is an auditioned ensemble for boys and girls aged 13-18. There are currently 37 members. The group meets weekly for an hourly rehearsal and they focus on classical repertoire. Its purpose is to introduce students to the rich experience these works provide, and give them the chance to challenge themselves musically.

Lauderdale Community Choir

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James Robertson
James Robertson comes from Helensburgh in Scotland. He studied piano and singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) before training as a music therapist at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London. He has worked for many years in music therapy and music education and is now a Visiting Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University. He has sung with and conducted several choirs throughout Scotland, including Lauderdale Community Choir. James now lives in Edinburgh where he works as a music therapist and composer.

Established in 2010, Lauderdale Community Choir based in the Scottish Borders, UK is a thriving mixed voice choir singing a range of music from pop to classical, folk to sacred. Membership reflects the community by welcoming people of all ages from different walks of life, and with varying musical experience. We have members who find that singing with a friendly sociable group helps them live with personal challenges, and helps to boost well-being and self-confidence. The Choir contributes to the local community by raising money for local charities, and spreading the joy and enthusiasm that singing together gives us all.

Grand Union Community Choir

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Susan Cox
A graduate from Durham and Cambridge Universities, Susan taught Music, French and English in Bedfordshire and Devon for many years before joining Bedfordshire Music in 2003. She went on to become an Area Leader for Sing Up; a KS2 Trinity Guildhall Wider Opportunities Vocal Trainer; and Music Director for Inspiring Music, Central Bedfordshire's Music Service, leading both the service and the Music Education Hub until December 2017. A member of the Association of British Choral Directors since 1994 Susan is incredibly proud of the Grand Union Community Choir and extremely grateful to her husband and daughters for their constant support.

Grand Union Community Choir is a non-audition, all embracing choir in which any adult who wants to sing is welcomed and valued. Singers do not have to be able to read music or have any prior musical experience. We work as a supportive team, developing musical skills, whilst having fun as we learn and challenge ourselves. We have shared performance platforms with ABC Big Band, Heath Band, Luton Concert Orchestra and Leighton-Linslade Gala Orchestra, raising money for local and national charities. With half of the choir in New York and half back home in England, we’ll be together in spirit.

The Village School Concert Choir

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Clara Chan
Clara Chan is currently the director of the Village School Concert Choir at the Village School, Houston TX, and is in her third year with the Village School Fine Arts Division's Music Department. She has taught in both private and public school settings, including Pittsfield Public Schools, MA, Channelview ISD, and before finding her home at the Village School. Born in Hong Kong, she holds a degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music, and has studied choral conducting under William Weinert at the Eastman School of Music.

The Village School is a private day and boarding PreK-12 school from Houston, TX, with a wide array of Fine Arts offerings. As a member of the Nord Anglia Education, it has forged a partnership collaboration with the Juilliard School, allowing their students to explore and experience a curriculum created by Juilliard specialists. The Village School Concert Choir is just one of the choir opportunities offered to Village students in grades 9- 12. The group's repertoire spans a range of genres from Classical to Jazz to Pop. Its choir members regularly represent the Village School at State-level events, competitions and conferences.

The Cecilian Singers

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Kent Lee
Kent Lee graduated from Trinity College of Music, London, in 2007 where he studied piano performance and conducting. He has conducted performances at St James’s Church Piccadilly, London and was the assistant conductor of Trinity College of Music’s opera production. Kent studied orchestral conducting with Colin Metters (Head of Conducting of the Royal Academy of Music) and with George Hurst at the Canford Music Summer School. Kent is currently conducting several choirs and orchestras in Hong Kong including the Cecilian Singers, HK City Philharmonia, HK Wind Symphony, the Diocesan Choir and the Standard Chartered Bank choir. Kent is a director of the HK Association of Music Educators.

The Cecilian Singers was founded in 1962 and it is one of Hong Kong’s oldest mixed choirs. We sing a myriad repertoire from madrigals and world music to Mozart - in the style of a cappella harmonies or pieces with accompaniment. Our programs reflect our love of choral diversity and it is something we are known for. We are a registered charity in Hong Kong and a large proportion of ticket sales from our concerts go to selected charities of our choice. All singers share a passion for singing and Kent Lee has been our conductor since 2012; his musical knowledge and positive encouragement are a delight to sing to!

Plainfield High School Chamber Choir

Brian Stevenson is the Director of Choirs at Plainfield High School in Plainfield CT. He also serves as the producer of the Theater program and AP Music theory instructor.

PHS Chamber Choir performs at a wide variety repertoire at a diverse set of events throughout the year. Whether it is at the Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston, singing with Barry Manilow at Foxwoods Casino, or our third time on the Carnegie Hall stage,we are always excited to perform!

Jubilate Chorale

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Vicki Taylor
Vicki Taylor is in her eleventh season as director of the Jubilate Chorale. Choirs under her direction have previously performed in New York, London and Canterbury, England, as well as throughout the greater Milwaukee, WI area. Having recently retired as a school choral director, she currently serves as Director of Music Ministries and organist at Ascension Lutheran Church in Waukesha, WI. Ms. Taylor earned her undergraduate degree from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and has completed graduate courses at the Westminster Choir College of Ryder University.

The Jubilate Chorale is in its 26th season of presenting choral music to audiences in southeastern Wisconsin. The auditioned ensemble is comprised of experienced singers whose repertoire is chosen from a wide range of time periods and genres with particular emphasis on the a cappella tradition. In addition to offering compelling programming and artistic performances, the Jubilate Chorale seeks to promote the art of choral music by commissioning new works, fostering young talent through its high school intern program, and collaborating with other area ensembles.

Ulster University Chamber Choir

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Shaun Ryan
Shaun Ryan is a senior lecturer at the Ulster University. In addition to directing the University’s Choir, Shaun was Conductor of Larne Choral Society from 2002 to 2005, has worked with the Chapel Choir of Trinity College Dublin and The Dublin Gospel Choir, and has acted as coach and rehearsal conductor with the Ulster Youth Choir. In 2006, Shaun was Musical Director for UTV’s opening ceremony of The Special Olympic Games. In recent years Shaun has worked with the Ulster Orchestra and London’s Southbank Sinfonia and has conducted the combined chamber choirs of the Universities of Ulster and Aberdeen.

The Ulster University Chamber Choir has gained considerable popular and critical acclaim for its distinctive and dramatic performances presented in beautiful ecclesiastical settings. The Choir has been the focus of numerous T.V. and Radio broadcasts. In 2012, the group performed at a welcome ceremony for the State Visit to Northern Ireland of State Councilor of China, Liu Yandong; the event was attended by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. The Choir has also performed for President Bill Clinton on his 2014 visit to Derry/Londonderry.

New York Chamber Choirs

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Alistair Hamilton
A native of Northern Ireland, Alistair has conducted and produced concerts, tours and events throughout the UK, Asia and the United States. As a violist and singer, Alistair has long been involved with the Apple Hill Center of Chamber Music, NH, and serves on the board of the New York Choral Consortium. Alistair has a postgraduate degree in music education from Durham University, UK, and a masters in choral conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. Alistair is the Head of Performing Arts at Dwight School, NY, and composes and arranges for a variety of ensembles.

New York Chamber Choirs is a non-profit organization and charity dedicated to the promotion of chamber choir music through performance, education and outreach.

South West Philharmonia & Chorus

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Marcus Alleyne
Founder & Director of SWPC, Marcus brings a unique style to music making in the U.K. The GWS has been the most challenging work the choir has taken on to date and are thrilled to have been invited to join Patrick on his journey. Marcus has strong links with musicians here in the USA so the opportunity to perform in such a fantastic venue is a welcome one. The SWPC team look forward to strengthening links with the states and look forward to a return visit in the not too distant future. The SWPC are currently preparing Dan Forrest's Lux for a Perform International UK visit in 2019.

The SWPC are one of the UK's largest musical ensemble to boast its own orchestra. Providing a platform for all musicians of any ability to perform. We have raised thousands of pounds for charity and continue to support local organisations. There is a true family feel within the ensemble and it is a privilege to be part of it. Although a relatively new entity SWPC have performed to a capacity audience over 800+ at every one of their main events. www.swpac.co.uk for more details

Tapestry

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Jeremy Burrows
Jeremy began his musical career as a chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.. He has sung with many other leading UK choirs since then, including New College Oxford, St Alban’s Abbey and Ely Cathedral. After leaving university he worked as a freelance singer with Ex Cathedra, I Fagiolini, Polyphony, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Finzi Singers and The Gabrieli Consort. He has considerable experience as a soloist in oratorios, both as a countertenor and bass. Jeremy’s main influences in classical choral music come from Barry Rose and Edward Higginbottom. Jeremy started singing with Tapestry in 2012 and has been Musical Director since February 2017.

Tapestry are an a cappella choir of sixteen voices based in Cambridgeshire, England. We come together every week to rehearse- a great antidote to a busy working day! Our repertoire is both secular and sacred, contemporary and period music in a wide variety of genres. Tapestry perform regularly in and around Cambridgeshire, usually raising considerable sums of money for a variety of local charities. We also sing at weddings and corporate events. Not all of our singers were able to get the time off work to travel to New York for this concert, but they are all here in spirit!

Pangbourne Choral Society

Ellie Calver is a music graduate of Worcester College, Oxford. She has extensive experience as a choral trainer, teaches singing privately, is Director of Music at Pangbourne College, and has been Musical Director for many youth shows including Guys and Dolls, Fame, Bugsy Malone and West Side Story. She has previously brought a girls' choir to perform in the Carnegie Hall.

Pangbourne Choral Society is a local choir in Berkshire, in the UK. It has approximately 100 members and rehearses weekly through most of the year. It performs three concerts per year - usually a carol concert at Christmas, a sacred music concert in March and a lighter selection in June.

Candover Valley Choir

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Jane Versteeg Bryant
With a honours degree in Music (Leeds University), Jane Bryant has been conducting the Candover Valley Choir since 2008/09. Jane’s day job is Chief Executive of Artswork, a national youth arts charity. Previous roles include Chief Executive, Coda Music Trust, and Head of Development with Arts Council England. Jane began her career as Music Teacher in the Orkney Islands, then Head of Music at Dubai College where she also conducted the Dubai and Sharjah Singers/Orchestra. Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and Trustee of music therapy charity, Nordoff-Robbins.

The Candover Valley Choir is a chamber choir of some 26 singers based in the Candover Valley near Winchester, UK. We perform a wide repertoire of both sacred and secular music and whist non-auditioned, aspire for high standards combined with genuine enjoyment of music making. Our most recent concert , ‘For the Fallen’ was performed both in Northington and in Headbourne Worthy attracting an audience of over 150 people and performing works by Eleanor Daley, Mendelssohn, Karl Jenkins and John Ireland.

The New Mexico Peace Choir

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Christy Conduff
Starting at age 16, Christy Conduff has directed adult choirs in a wide variety of church settings most of her life. She has been a music teacher since receiving her BME from Southwest Missouri Baptist University with a dual emphasis in vocal performance and conducting. Christy recently retired from teaching but remains a much sought after clinician by school districts throughout the state. Christy has been honored by NM Interfaith Power and Light for raising awareness about caring for the earth and addressing climate change. She was also a finalist for Baha’I’s 2017 “Light of Unity” award.

The NM Peace Choir began as the vision of our Founder and Director, Christy Conduff, to form an inclusive choir that would inspire peace and joy and help raise social awareness. The Choir has had sell out concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and represented U.S. at The Eighth Annual World Peace Choral Festival in Vienna, Austria. The Choir performed The National Anthem at the opening ceremonies for The 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, followed by a concert on center stage! We were also recently honored to perform at The Baha’i Faith’s 200th Anniversary celebration in Albuquerque.

Canadian Military Wives Choir

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Allison Houston
Allison Houston is the founding Music Director of the Canadian Military Wives Choir, Ottawa. She is also the Director of Music at Stittsville United Church, in Ottawa, Ontario. Her undergraduate degree is from Brandon University, and her master of Music is from Arizona State University. Allison has worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, both in radio (production) and as a professional chorister and soloist on CBC’s national show ‘Hymn Sing’. Allison is also very involved in community theatre, both as performer and music director.

The Canadian Military Wives Choir movement started with one choir in Ottawa, and now has 15 choirs across Canada. CMWCs use singing and music to help support and uplift each other through the challenges of the military lifestyle. The Canadian Military Wives Choirs perform at many different events within there areas. In September 2017 all of the choirs joined together in Toronto to sing at the opening ceremonies of The Invictus Games.

Madrigal Choir of the Maristen-Gymnasium Furth / Germany

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Niko Firnkees
Dr. phil. Niko Firnkees was born 1960 in Frankfurt, he studied music education and musicology at Munich and Salzburg/Austria. Since 1989 he is music teacher and choir conductor at the Maristen-Gymnasium Furth. He publishes in various media and plays the organ and conducts the choir at a Lutheran church. He is responsable for the U.S. students exchange program and performed with the school choir in different countries of the European Community.

The Madrigal Choir of the Maristen-Gymnasium is a mixed school choir of about 55 singers starting at the age of about 14. Together with some elder, experienced singers a selection of this choir will perform in New York. The choir has sung in the last years a diverse repertoire from Mozart's "Requiem" via Purcells "Dido and Aeneas" and Orffs "Camina Burana" up to musicals.

The Cecilia Consort

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Janet Coxwell
Since graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Janet has worked professionally as a solo artist and consort singer. She spent 23 years with the Tallis Scholars and worked closely with Patrick Hawes on Blue In Blue. While still performing and recording, Janet is Head of Choral Studies at Cheam School, trains amateur singers, adjudicates choral competitions and leads singing master classes. In 2015, she and David Woodcock (Harrow School) launched the Early Music Academy; now spanning the Atlantic with successful Summer Schools in Boston. Founding her choir, The Cecilia Consort, 28 years ago, Janet is delighted that the choir was invited to perform in the Great War Symphony premiere this Armistice Day.

With 28 years of performing under its belt, The Cecilia Consort is an auditioned 40-strong chamber choir from Newbury, UK, which sings primarily a capella or with organ accompaniment, covering a repertoire of sacred and secular music from across a broad historical span. In 2009 the Consort gave the first British public concert performance of Patrick Hawes’ song cycle, Song of Songs, to a standing ovation. More recently the choir devoted a whole programme to works by contemporary female composers including Judith Bingham, Cecilia McDowall and Teena Lyle. Janet Coxwell ascribes the ‘unique quality’ of her choir’s sound to “the poise the group can achieve and the beauty of their quiet singing, which make a stunning combination that sends shivers down the spine.” (Photo Credit: Simon Crompton-Reid)

Belfast Philharmonic Choir

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Stephen Doughty
Stephen Doughty is Chorus Master of Belfast Philharmonic Choir, giving a number of world and European premieres in recent years, and is Musical Director of the Garleton Singers, Haddington. He was recently appointed Musical Director of Edinburgh Bach Choir. Stephen was Director of Music of St John’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh for 18 years, regularly plays harpsichord/organ continuo and orchestral piano. His organ recitals have included Belfast, and recitals of French and German music in St. John’s. He is in demand as an arranger and orchestrator and is an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. www.stephendoughty.co.uk.

Belfast Philharmonic Society (known affectionately as ‘The Phil’) formed in 1874 is Northern Ireland’s only symphonic choir and sings regularly with the professional Ulster Orchestra including performances of Handel’s Messiah every Christmas. Recent concerts have included Brahms’s German Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and the European premières of Stuart Scott’s Requiem Brevis and Christopher Marshall’s Earthsong. In 2017 the choir toured Poland and Ukraine and this year sang Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in Dublin with the Tallaght Choral Society. The Society has several youth choirs collectively known as ‘Phil Kids’ with over 300 singers ranging in age from 7 to 20 years.