The Music of Ola Gjeilo

The Music of Ola Gjeilo
Monday, Mar 16, 2020
7:00 PM
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Brian Schmidt, Guest Conductor
The Choral Music of Ola Gjeilo 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Cameron LaBarr, Guest Conductor
Ola Gjeilo, DCINY Composer-in-Residence and Pianist

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International

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Participating Ensembles:

Oldham County High School Chamber Choir
Chancel Choir of Plymouth Congregational Church UCC
CHOR UEBER DEM BODENSEE (APPENZELL-AUSSERRHODEN/SWITZERLAND)
InCantus (Gibraltar)
Temecula Valley Symphony Chorus
Friends' Central Upper School Chorus
Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy Choir
Blue Springs High School Chamber Choir and Women's Ensemble
Upper Canada Choristers
Vocadélys
Booker VPA Choir
Damenchor Chursüd
Nashoba Valley Chorale
Ozarks Technical Community College Chamber Singers
Los Altos High School Chamber Choir

Oldham County High School Chamber Choir

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Maggie Blair Owens
Dr. Maggie Blair Owens has been teaching at Oldham County High School in LaGrange, Kentucky, for two years. Previously, she has taught at Bellarmine University, Wayne State College, and Bowling Green High School. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky, Masters degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, Masters degree in Educational Administration from Western Kentucky University, and Bachelors degree in Music Education from University of Kentucky. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband, Michael, and their two children, Oliver and Charlotte.

Oldham County High School Chamber Choir is the elite choral performing ensemble at Oldham County High School in LaGrange, Kentucky. This auditioned ensemble has performed at district and state-level festivals and received many distinguished ratings and awards.

Chancel Choir of Plymouth Congregational Church UCC

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Mark Heiskanen
Mark Heiskanen has been Plymouth's Director of Music since September 2017. Originally from Northeast Ohio, he arrived from Cincinnati after several years of post-graduate study in organ performance and choral conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Previous study in organ and conducting was undertaken at Cleveland State University resulting in a Bachelor and Master Degree in Organ Performance. Mark also has experience and great interest in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, musical theatre, and gospel. He is thrilled to serve a congregation that values diversity and inclusion in all facets of life.

The Chancel Choir of Plymouth Congregational UCC sings throughout the academic year during the 11:00 a.m. choral service. The repertoire offered seeks to glorify God from a diverse range of composers and eras including Handel, Stainer, and Mendelssohn to Bob Chilcott, Moses Hogan and, of course, Ola Gjeilo.

CHOR UEBER DEM BODENSEE (APPENZELL-AUSSERRHODEN/SWITZERLAND)

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JUDIT MARTI
Judit Marti–Sandor is leading the Choir "Chor ueber dem Bodensee" since October 2002. Born and grown up in Hungary, she studied pedagogy at the university of Zsàmbèk. She found her new home in Switzerland. After acting as a desired Chorist at several Choirs, she decided to study conducting at the academy of music of St.Gallen with Guido Helbling as well as singing with Rodolfo Mertens. In parallel to her studies, she led several Choirs e.g. the yodelling Choir “Alpeblueme“. Diversity in music is very important for Judit. Feeling attracted not only by classical choral literature or pop music, she also is in favour of special projects, like musical theatre or in leading family choirs. On request, she also is engaged as solo singer or in teaching singing.

The Choir "Chor ueber dem Bodensee" has been founded in 1997 in Walzenhausen in the province of Appenzell-Ausserrhoden / Switzerland as a regional non-professional Choir. Lake Constance ("Der Bodensee") is geographically a connecting element fo this Choir. All Chorists live in close neighborhood to the Lake: the Rhine Valley, the Appenzell area close to city of Sankt Gallen, the Thurgau area. The rehearsals take place high above the Lake - this is the origin of the Choir´s name. The origins and the musical educations of the chorists are diverse. The common sharing is the joy of singing music from different epochs and of different styles. Usually each year a new musical program is defined and presented several times.

InCantus (Gibraltar)

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Phillip Borge & Samantha Bowling
Samantha and Phillip have both been involved in choral singing in Gibraltar from a young age and have been choral directors for over 25 years and over 10 years respectively. Samantha, a Chemistry teacher primarily, was musically trained privately and continues to train alongside her busy choral and solo schedule. Phillip, music graduate from Bath Spa University and the Royal College of Music, London, continues to teach, perform and direct. Both are vital in organising classical choral music events in Gibraltar. They are both thrilled to be representing Gibraltar as part of the InCantus ensemble in this event.

InCantus was formed in 2013 following a request to provide 16th century polyphony in a play and madrigals for a themed dinner for a festival entry by a local theatre group. After winning the “Best music” prize in the Royal Naval Theatre Association Festival the group decided that it would be interesting to continue together and give our music to the community of Gibraltar. The ensemble enjoys themed projects similar to this one. Putting together themes such as “wedding music”, “living composers” and “music inspired by nature”.

Temecula Valley Symphony Chorus

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Eric Rea

Eric Rea has been leading the Temecula Valley Symphony Chorus since its founding in 2015. He previously served as conductor of the Riverside Master Chorale. In addition to his work with the Chorus, he is on the full-time music faculty of Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee, CA. Eric has directed various University choral groups, conducted High School summer camp and festival choirs, and served as a choral clinician for schools and churches in Southern California, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Sydney, Australia. With degrees in both Music and Bible, Eric also serves on the leadership team and leads worship at Grace Bible Church of Menifee, CA.


The Temecula Valley Symphony Chorus is a volunteer ensemble formed in 2015 as part of the vision of Maestro John Mario Di Costanzo to broaden the Symphony's musical offerings. TVSC exists to advance the mission of the Symphony by enhancing its programming with excellent, varied, and engaging symphonic choral works. In addition, the chorus seeks to bring to our community greater awareness and enjoyment of the choral arts by presenting high-quality, diverse, and vibrant chamber concerts. The chorus aspires to become one of the premier choral organizations in Southern California by attracting and developing gifted singers through a warm, challenging, and fun rehearsal environment and a variety of performance experiences.

Friends' Central Upper School Chorus

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Michele Zuckman

Michele Zuckman has been Friends' Central's Middle and Upper School Vocal Music teacher since 2011. During that time, Zuckman has led FCS choral students in performances at events in New York and throughout the Philadelphia area, including the Electrical Spectacle in Franklin Square and the Main Line A Cappella Festival. Zuckman is a member of the Chestnut Street Singers and Healing Presence Singers in Philadelphia, where she loves making music with and for others. She holds a BFA in Voice Performance/Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University and an MM in Choral Conducting/Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.


The Upper School Chorus is a mixed-voice ensemble that is open to all students without audition. The Chorus performs in two annual concerts, as well as other school and community events. Repertoire is varied and represents music from a variety of cultures, traditions, and time periods. The US Chorus has been featured on “Good Day Philadelphia” and is thrilled to return for their fifth DCINY event. Members of US Chorus are selected by audition to participate in Foxtones and Grace Notes, largely student-driven a cappella groups that participate in charitable events such as the Main Line A Cappella Sing-Off and Friends’ Central’s Singing Valentines fundraiser

Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy Choir

Born in Midland, MI, Bradley Fergin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Saginaw Valley State University. During his undergraduate studies, he studied saxophone in both classical and jazz and was a member of the chamber choir. An active performer, Mr. Fergin has performed in jazz combos, big bands, classic rock bands, and folk groups. As a vocalist, he has performed as a soloist at Baroque on Beaver Island, Saginaw Choral Society’s Cabaret with Kevin Cole, and the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band. At home in Saginaw, he has a beautiful wife and two boys.


Located in Downtown Saginaw, MI, Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy is a gifted and talented public magnet school and is a 2019 National Blue Ribbon recipient. Under the direction of Bradley Fergin, the choir at SASA is a mixed ensemble of students grades nine through twelve who meet for two hours each day in their Voice/Keyboard concentration class. Within the class, students focus on vocal performance in preparation for college. The choir has performed with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band, and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2017 under the direction of the late Nina Nash-Robertson.

Blue Springs High School Chamber Choir and Women's Ensemble

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Nathan Rudolph
Nathan Rudolph received his undergraduate degree in 1997 from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, and taught two years of MS choir in Odessa, MO. He moved to Springfield, MO to complete his graduate work at Missouri State University as a graduate assistant, as well as teaching part time at Springfield Central HS. After two years, he moved back to Kansas City and taught for seven years at Grandview HS, and is in his 12th year at Blue Springs HS (his HS alma mater). He is currently in his 23rd year of teaching.

Chamber Choir and the Women's Ensemble are both curricular choirs at BSHS. All singers are also in the BSHS A Cappella Choir, and many are in AP Theory as well as in orchestra/band, theatre, forensics, and debate as well as various HS sports. They perform at many events throughout the community. They have also performed with local colleges at venues such as the Community of Christ Temple as well as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Upper Canada Choristers

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Laurie Evan Fraser
Laurie Evan Fraser is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Upper Canada Choristers and Cantemos. Under Ms. Fraser’s leadership, the Choristers celebrated 25 years of singing together last May with a performance tour of Japan. Evan Fraser is a composer, adjudicator, singer, and collaborative pianist based in Toronto, Canada.

Upper Canada Choristers is a mixed voice community choir founded in 1994. The choir's mandate is to nurture the love of singing choral music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, to educate singers and audience members alike, and to share high quality music programmes at a variety of community venues, particularly with those unable to attend live choral concerts. The choir's diversity is reflected in its wide range of repertoire.

Vocadélys

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Pierre-Olivier Bigot
Born in 1981, Pierre-Olivier Bigot was gratuated as a choir director in 2009 at the conservatory of Creteil (close to Paris). Upstream, he was assistant choirmaster at the vocal ensemble of Mayenne under the direction of Yves Parmentier. He also possesses a master degree in musicology obtained at UCO university of Angers. He is currently a professor of singing at the conservatory of music and dance of Chateaubriant, and conducts children and adults singing classes. In addition he is the founder, artistic director, and choral conductor of two vocal ensembles : Musica and Vocadélys.

In 2013, at the instigation of the choir director Pierre-Olivier Bigot, the Vocadélys choir was created at the request of choristers who had already sung under his direction: "The Solemn Mass" of Vierne during the Spring Festival of Organs at Segre-en Anjou-Bleu (49). Grouped within the association "Ensemble VOCADÉLYS", the choristers, attached to a spirit of group and conviviality, come from different ensembles of the Pays de la Loire region (notably Laval, Segre, Angers, Pouancé, Châteaubriant). The name of VOCADÉLYS choir comes from "Voca", the voice, then "Délys", delight, for the subtleties, all the nuances related to the voice.

Booker VPA Choir

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Alexander Zickafoose
Alexander Zickafoose is the current Co- Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities at Booker High School VPA in Sarasota, named one of the top 80 performing arts high schools in the country. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 with a Bachelors in Sciences Degree in Music Education. He also serves as Music Director for Spotlight Theatre Productions (named America’s Best Performing Arts School by Access Broadway). He also serves as Tenor Section leader of Key Chorale of Sarasota.

Booker VPA Choir is the primary mixed choir in the Booker High School visual arts program. Under the direction of Mr. Alexander Zickafoose, for three years, the choral program has seen exponential growth. Having performed in Disney World's Candlelight Processional, Key Chorale's Tomorrow's Voices Today combined concert program, and many Music Program Showcases put on in the Booker VPA Season.

Damenchor Chursüd

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Remo Arpagaus
Remo Arpagaus is 50 years old, studied music with a major in transverse flute in Zurich and later theater design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He already speaks 5 languages and is currently learning Russian. He lives and works as a freelance conductor, stage designer, costume designer, lighting designer, Romanic teacher, life artist and jack of all trades in Zurich.

Damenchor Chursüd - Fresh, passionate, versatile! A group of about twenty-five women with different hair color, ages and professions has been singing since eleven years in the beautiful city of Chur – Switzerland’s gate to the alps. The founding choir director Martina Hug implemented a versatile repertoire and put together show-concerts about feministic topics like “Schokolade”, “Desperate Housewives” and “Wechsel-Jahre”. The present choir director Remo Arpagaus is passionate about international and swiss folk songs, especially about songs in Romanic. The choir members not only like singing and performing together, but also stand together in friendship during good and bad times.

Nashoba Valley Chorale

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Anne Watson Born

Anne Watson Born is the Music Director of the Nashoba Valley Chorale, which performs choral-orchestral masterworks. Past performances include: Gjeilo Dreamweaver, Haydn Missa in Angustiis, Cooman The Revelations of Divine Love, Bach Motet No. 1 and B Minor Mass, Fauré Requiem, Lauridsen Lux Aeterna, Gjeilo Sunrise Mass, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Orff Carmina Burana, and the Verdi Requiem. Ms. Watson Born is the Director of Music Ministry at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton, MA and is also the Lifelong Repertoire & Resources chair for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.


The Nashoba Valley Chorale was founded in 1976, with a mission to bring excellent performances of beautiful choral-orchestral music to central Massachusetts. The Chorale currently has 100 members singing under the direction of Anne Watson Born. Recent performances include: the Requiems of Verdi, Brahms, Fauré, and Mozart, Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, Beethoven’s Choral Finale to Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, Bach’s Motet No.1 and B Minor Mass, and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Their 2019-2020 season will feature Gjeilo’s Dreamweaver and Beethoven’s Mass in C. NVC also collaborates with other ensembles, including the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.

Ozarks Technical Community College Chamber Singers

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Alberta L. Smith

Alberta L. Smith is a highly respected vocal performer and choir director who is recognized nationally and internationally for her achievements. After completing her degrees at Southwest Baptist University and Missouri State University, Alberta established herself as a master educator in the field of choral conducting through her work for thirty-five years in public schools throughout Missouri. In 2012/13 she was named the Springfield Public School District's Teacher of the Year. She is also a recipient of the Luther T. Spade Excellence in Music Education Award and the Springfield Regional Council of the Arts Ozzie Award for Educator of the Year. She is currently in her fifth year as the choir director at Ozarks Technical Community College and her third year as the high school choir director at the Greenwood Laboratory School for Missouri State University.


The Ozarks Technical Community College Chamber Singers is an auditioned group of singers from the southwest region of Missouri. This is the groups third appearance with DCINY. The ages range from 18 -55 and todays group also represents Greenwood Laboratory School at Missouri State University. The choir sings annually for the Veterans Day ceremony, provides the National Anthem at community events and performs two full length concerts comprised of choral works from the middle ages to the present. We are absolutely thrilled to perform at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, singing "The Music of Ola Gjeilo" with conductor Cameron LaBarr.

Los Altos High School Chamber Choir

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Lauren Diez

Lauren Diez is the Choral Music Director at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California. She is an active choral musician in the California Bay Area and sings regularly with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Ms. Diez serves on the board of the California Choral Directors Association as the SSAA Repertoire and Resources Chair, and on the board of the California Music Educators Association, Bay Section as the Assistant Choral Representative. She holds a BA in Music Education from UCLA and an MM in Choral Conducting from San José State University.


The Los Altos High School Chamber Choir is a select group of singers from the school's two top choral ensembles: Bel Canto and Volare. Students in these classes perform a variety of choral literature representing a wide range of languages, styles, cultures, and time periods. Singers are regularly accepted into local and state honor choirs and have gone on to pursue music degrees at top schools. The LAHS choirs have performed around the world and are excited to perform at the Lincoln Center for the first time.