The Music of Eric Whitacre

The Music of Eric Whitacre
Sunday, Mar 24, 2013
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Eric Whitacre, Composer/Conductor
Tali Tadmor, Pianist
The Music of Eric Whitacre
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
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Participating Ensembles:

Bakersfield College Chamber Singers (CA)
The College of Idaho Chamber Singers (ID)
Green Valley High School Choir (NV)
Naya Chorale (Australia)
Una Vocis Choral Ensemble (IA)
Virginia Tech Chamber Singers (VA)
Carlsbad High School - Festival Choir (CA)
Desert Oasis High School Chamber Singers
Hilliard Bradley High School Symphonic Choir (OH)
Prime Note Ensemble (Canada)
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Vocal Ensemble
Severna Park High School Vocal Ensemble (MD)
La Camarata, Red Mountain High School
Westhampton Beach High School Chamber Singers (NY)

Bakersfield College Chamber Singers (CA)

Ronald Kean
Ronald Kean

The Bakersfield College Chamber Singers have performed at state, division, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association under Dr. Kean's leadership. The Chamber Singers have championed Eric Whitacre's music since he was a 21-year-old student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Later, they were among the first choirs to perform Eric Whitacre's "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine" and "Five Hebrew Love Songs" which were conducted by the composer. Mr. Whitacre has conducted the Chamber Singers on three occasions. Eric and Ron have enjoyed a twenty-year friendship. His composition, "A Boy and a Girl," is dedicated to Dr. Kean.

Dr. Ronald Kean has been Director of Choral Activities at Bakersfield College teaching choral and world music for nineteen years. He was selected to be the 2007 California Music Educators Association Multicultural Educator of the Year. His advanced degrees are from the University of Southern California following a year of singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus where he was Robert Shaw's copyist. His compositions and arrangements, published by Pavane publishers, are widely performed throughout the United States and abroad. He recently conducted the world premiere performance of his "Yeats in Love" choral cycle in Sligo, Ireland.

The College of Idaho Chamber Singers (ID)

Green Valley High School Choir (NV)

Naya Chorale (Australia)

Adam Brockway
Adam Brockway
Naya Chorale is a new group of 38 singers created to perform high quality, hot, A Cappella repertoire that uplifts singers and audiences alike. Formed at the beginning of 2012 and fresh off the stage from their revolutionary debut concert, Naya’s choristers will tell you that this ensemble is fast-paced, challenging and a thrill to be a part of! "Absolutely inspirational", "utterly thrilling" and "you've changed the definition of choral music" are just some of the testimonials that Naya has received from its audience. Performing a powerful mix of traditional, contemporary and home grown repertoire, Naya and its conductor Adam Brockway bring energy, passion and attitude to their music.
In the first year of his degree at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Adam Brockway won the Faith Court Award for "the most outstanding first year violinist". He studied choral conducting under Micheál McCarthy for the full 3 years of his degree and completed his Bachelor of Music (Violin Performance Major) in 2011.
 
Naya Chorale is "the choir he's always wanted to conduct" and Adam has thrown his passion and full musical capacity behind the group to ensure its success

Una Vocis Choral Ensemble (IA)

Dennis Lee
Dennis Lee
Dennis Lee, native of grew up in Mason City, Iowa, and holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in music. The impact that music can have in profoundly touching people’s lives is what drives and impassions Dennis’ musical endeavors. In 2008 addition to founding and directing Una Vocis, Dennis is active in additional musical pursuits. In 2008 he Lee completed an one year interim position on the adjunct music faculty at Waldorf College in 2008, directing the collegiate women's choir. Dennis LeeDennis has served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Mason City,aFirst Presbyterian Church in localMason City church Iowa since 1997 and as Artistic Director of the North Iowa Messiah Choir and Orchestra since 1998. Beginning in college and continuing through the present, Dennis has directed several musical theatre productions. Beginning in college with Kiss Me Kate, he has also directed the musical theatre productions Fiddler on the Roof in 1997, and Amahl and the Night Visitors in 2012. Before returning to Iowa in 1995While living in Seattle in the mid 1990’s, Dennis LeeDennis and his wife lived in Seattle and sang with the Seattle Symphony Chorale. When not performing and directing music, he enjoys software engineering at his day job, figure skating, waterskiing, and spending time with his family.

Una Vocis (IA)

Una Vocis, began with Artistic Director Dennis Lee’s vision of a mixed voice choir of such sonority that it was worthy of the name “One One of Voice.,” Una Vocis has grown from 28 singers in March 2005 to the its current 48 members, many of whom hail from area towns as small as a couple hundred citizens. Una Vocis challenges its members’ musical talents and fosters a supportive community among its singers; it is an important creative outlet for members , and whose occupations range from farmer to physician to and from music educator to stay-at-home mom. Una Vocis has performsdperformed two major concerts each season and has been guest choir four times as guest choir for the annual Iowa Choral Directors Association Summer Symposium. Una Vocis enjoys a close relationship with Iowa composer Dr. William Backlin. In addition to premiering four works by Backlin, Una Vocis named its first CD 'In Sound' after Backlin's set of three art songs collectively titled 'In Sound, In Silence.' In May 2012 tracks from 'In Sound' began receiving air time on Iowa Public Radio's classical station, garnering new fans from around the state and strengthening its reputation as one of the finest auditioned adult choirs in the region. In addition to performing works from the standard choral repertoire, Una Vocis embraces as one of its missions the premiering of works by contemporary composers. Since it began eight years ago, Una Vocis has performed fifteen world premieres of choral works by nine composers from across the globe, including a Paulus work in its first concertconcert and Eric Whitacre’s SATB Goodnight Moon . The very first concert included a premiere of a work by Stephen Paulus. iIn July 2012. 2013 commissions and premieres include works by Alice Parker, Dale Warland and Britlin Losee.2012 Una Vocis performed the world premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon for piano and mixed choir.

Virginia Tech Chamber Singers (VA)

Dwight Bigler
Dwight Bigler
Conducted by Dr. Dwight Bigler, the Chamber Singers is a select mixed ensemble that performs literature spanning the Renaissance to the 21st century. This ensemble has been featured at conventions of the Virginia Music Teachers Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, and American Choral Directors Association. They recently performed at the Vatican and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice as part of their 2012 Italy tour. They have also performed in the Washington National Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, and Brooklyn Academy of Musics' Howard Gilman Opera House. Recent projects include collaborations with Opera Roanoke and the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra, including performances in Mozart'sRequiem, Verdi's Otello, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
Dr. Dwight Bigler is currently the director of choral activities at Virginia Tech and the music director of the Blacksburg Master Chorale. He has also held positions as assistant conductor and collaborative pianist of the Dale Warland Singers, director of choral activities at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and director of the University of Texas Men's Chorus.
Bigler is also the composer in residence for the Festival Choir of Madison and has published choral works with Oxford University Press and Hinshaw Music. He was recently a winner in the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization Choral Music Series competition and regularly receives commissions from choirs across the nation for new works. Bigler received his bachelor's degree in piano performance and his master's in choral conducting from Brigham Young University, and his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Carlsbad High School - Festival Choir (CA)

Christy Owen
Jessie Bullock
Carlsbad High School Festival Choir is made up of 34 elite vocalists from Chamber Singers, Sound Express and Encore. Throughout the year, the Carlsbad High School Choral Department competes all around Southern California. All three groups are extremely successful in their competing divisions and bring home numerous awards and recognition for the high school. In 2011, Carlsbad High School had the privilege to perform Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles with Eric Whitacre.
Ms. Christy Owen has been the Choral Director at Carlsbad High School for the past 9 nine years. She is a proud graduate of Azusa Pacific University, where Eric Whitacre was the Artist in Residence in 2003. During her years at Azusa, Ms. Owen performed with Eric Whitacre in Berlin, Germany and Sydney, Australia. During this time, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings was beginning to develop and was performed at ASCAP Disney Studios and Cal State Northridge. Ms. Owen counts it an extreme privilege to both bring singers to perform in Carnegie Hall and to work with Eric Whitacre.

Desert Oasis High School Chamber Singers

Michael Francis Polutnik
Michael Francis Polutnik

Hilliard Bradley High School Symphonic Choir (OH)

With the opening of Hilliard Bradley High School in 2009 and comprised of the top auditioned singers, the Symphonic Choir has developed a reputation for performing choral repertoire at the highest standard of musical excellence and style. Founded on the pillars of PASSION, INTEGRITY and FAMILY, the members of the choir have consistently received superior ratings at the AA level. They have had the privilege to sing under noted choir director Hilary Apfelstadt on the Carnegie Hall stage, share the stage with Trace Adkins at the Candlelight Ceremony at Epcot in Walt Disney World, and offer the national anthem for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lora L. Moore is pleased to be the first Director of Choirs at Hilliard Bradley High School in Hilliard, Ohio. Her choirs have received consistent superior ratings at state level contests and have studied with Eph Ely, Joseph Flummerfelt, Craig Jessop, and Donald Neuen. Her choirs have performed at the OMEA state conference and on Carnegie Hall stage. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Capital University, and a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University. Completing her thirtieth year of teaching, Lora has served the choir profession at the district, state, and national levels as a clinician and guest conductor.

Prime Note Ensemble (Canada)

Novem G. Cabios
Novem G. Cabios

The Prime Note Ensemble is Filipino Men’s Chorus in West Covina, Los Angeles County, in Southern California. It was, founded by Medard U. Obida on October 15, 2001 in Saudi Arabia, where it’s member used to work as expatriate Filipinos. Members enjoy the opportunity to rehearse & perform under the professional tutelage of its choirmaster and resident arranger Novem G. Cabios. Members of the choir are selected largely on the basis of character and musical ability. A large cross section of occupations is represented, as in the choir’s ranks are representatives of nearly every trade and profession. They sing because they love to share the beauty of choral music with people everywhere. All contribute their talents and time without compensation, except for the joy they receive in singing and the knowledge that they could help other people thru their individual efforts. The choir began competing internationally in 2006 at the 4th World Choir Games in Xiamen, China. What started as an innocent test of willpower ended up as the ultimate challenge for the choir members who have made music part of their lives. In May 2007, they participated on invitation in one of France’s choral festival, the Festival International de Chant Choral in Nancy and performed among other venues, at the UNESCO Heritage site Place Istanislas. This led to one competition after another as the group joined the 2008 World Choir Games in Graz, Austria where they earned the Silver Medal in the Male Chamber Category. It was followed by the choir’s participation in the American International Choral Festival in Reno-Tahoe in 2011. The group received Gold in the Folklore category and Silver in both the Male Chamber and Pop categories. At the recently concluded World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio last July 2012, the Prime Note brought home three Silver medals, one each for the Male Chamber, Scenic Folklore and Pop Music categories.

Novem G. Cabios graduated with a Bachelor of Music, major in Music Education - Piano from the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) in Cavite City. He studied conducting under Mrs. Minerva-Arit Peñaranda and the late Dean of the UP College of Music, Prof. Rey Paguio. He is an alumnus of the premier internationally renowned choir, The AUP Ambassadors Chorale Art Society, and sang baritone when the choir was adjudged the World Choir Games champion in Xiamen, China in July 2006. Mr. Cabios taught Applied Music at the Casa Del Niño Science High School, in Pacita, Laguna, Philippines, and at the AUP campus in Cavite. He had the opportunity to be a collaborative pianist to Dr. Paul Erhard, double bass professor of the University of Colorado, College of Music. He participated in the US Embassy sponsored worldwide simultaneous performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, commemorating the 1st anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York city. He was part of the choir that performed Rutter’s “Requiem & Magnificat”, Handel’s “Messiah”, Beethoven’s “9th Symphony” & Rachmaninoff “The Bells” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) as bass baritone under the baton of Italian conductor Rugerro Barbieri.

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Vocal Ensemble

Severna Park High School Vocal Ensemble (MD)

La Camarata, Red Mountain High School

Westhampton Beach High School Chamber Singers (NY)

Eric Rubinstein
Eric Rubinstein
The Westhampton Beach High School Chamber Singers is a co-curricular ensemble consisting of the most advanced vocalists in grades 9-12. This ensemble is highly respected in our community; having performed at concerts, various school/community events and county-wide engagements. They have also collaborated with such artists as the SUNY Potsdam Pointercounts (2011 ICCA Competition finalists) & Dr. David Rayl (Michigan State University). Committed to performing the works of contemporary composers, the Singers have debuted and collaborated with composers such as Daniel Braunstein, Brandon Ulrich and the London-based composer, Paul Ayres. The Chamber Singers have received many honors & accolades, including invitations to perform at the Centereach High School A Cappella Invitational and earning highest honors at various festival adjudications.