THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE

THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE
Friday, May 27, 2016
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Paul Mealor, Composer/Conductor
Military Wives Choir
The Military Wives Choirs

Military Wives Choir Sing in New York (UK)
In support of MWCF

Greg A. Oden, Director
West Monroe High School Choir (LA)
Dr. Jason Altieri, Director
Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (NV), New York Premiere
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Participating Ensembles:

Rebel Choir
Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra

Rebel Choir

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Greg A. Oden

Greg A. Oden is the Music Coordinator for Ouachita Parish Schools and is the director of the West Monroe High School Rebel Choir. Mr. Oden received his university training from Northeast Louisiana University in both undergraduate and graduate schools.  He has 23 years of experience in middle school, junior high, and high school teaching.  A sought after clinician, adjudicator, and commissioned composer, Mr. Oden has been the musical director for over 20 musical theater productions. He has been commissioned to compose for chorus, solo, and symphonic ensembles.  Mr. Oden is a member of MENC, ACDA, NATS, LA-ACDA, LMEA, District I Choral Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is currently serving as the LMEA District Director for District 1 and the High School Chairman for the District 1 Choral Directors Association. Mr. Oden is the Music Coordinator for the Ouachita Parish School System.

The West Monroe High School Rebel Choir performs numerous concerts each year throughout the south.  They have had several members selected to the American Choral Directors Association Regional/National Honor Choruses, LA-ACDA All State Choruses, LMEA All State Choruses, and other honor organizations. The members of the choir have performed Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, Rutter’s Magnificat, Rutter’s Gloria, and other masterworks of choral music. 

A tradition of excellence since 1953, the West Monroe High School Rebel Choir has been accorded countless accolades as a performing choir. The Rebel Choir has performed in some of the most prestigious concert venues in the world:  St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome), Carnegie Hall (New York), Salzburg Dom (Salzburg, Austria), St. Mary in Montesanto (Rome),  Church of San Firenze (Florence), Votive Kirche (Vienna, Austria), Jesuitkirche (Lucerne, Switzerland), St. Germain des Prez (Paris, France), Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris, France), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London, England), and the Wreath Laying Ceremony June 6, 2010 at the American Cemetery at Normandy Beach. They returned to Italy in 2014 with performances at St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome), St. Mark’s Basilica (Venice), and St. Francis Cathedral (Assisi). They are to return to Carnegie Hall in May 2016.

Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra

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Dr. Jason Altieri
DR. JASON ALTIERI, CONDUCTOR Dr. Jason Altieri is the current Music Director of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and Associate Conductor for the Reno Philharmonic. Dr. Altieri is also a strong advocate for young musicians through his position as Director of Orchestras at the University of Nevada and with guest conducting engagements with youth orchestras all over the United States. In addition, Jason enjoys regular conducting engagements with the Hollywood Film Orchestra, an ensemble which he has led on several tours throughout the United States, China, and Japan since 2006. His extensive touring has seen him conducting in most of the major performance venues in the United States and Asia including The People’s Hall in Beijing, China and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to his extensive touring and as a result of his tireless work with young musicians, Dr. Altieri was invited as a guest conductor for the Los Angeles Orchestra Festival held in Walt Disney Hall on June 24th, 2011. He also served as the orchestra director for the International Double Reed Society Conference in July of 2012 as well as guest conductor for the Santa Fe Symphony in December of 2014. In addition to his orchestral work, Jason is also an accomplished conductor of opera as well. He was engaged by London’s Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company to lead them on three North American tours. He was also the Associate Music Director for the Ohio Light Opera Company in the summer of 2006 where he conducted six productions and over 40 performances during their 29th season. As a result of his work with the OLO, Jason Altieri has released two recordings on Albany Records. In 2002 Dr. Altieri was chosen to study with Valery Vatchev of the National Bulgarian Opera, which led to guest conducting engagements of La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Rigoletto in the Czech Republic. He has also worked on the faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Sewanee Summer Music Center. A native of Georgia, Jason Altieri grew up in a musical family with both parents being members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. High School was completed at the Dekalb Center for the Performing Arts and his education continued at the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While pursuing advanced degrees in conducting from Michigan State University, Jason not only served as Assistant Conductor for the Orchestra Program but was also the conductor of the Opera Theatre Program and was fortunate to have additional studies with Neeme Jarvi of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Gustav Meier of the Peabody Conservatory. Dr. Altieri currently resides in Reno, Nevada.

Reno Phil Youth Orchestras The Reno Phil’s three Youth Orchestras (RPYO) provide a high level orchestral experience for woodwind, brass, percussion, and string players in grades 4-12. Founded in 1995, the Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is northern Nevada’s premier youth orchestra, consisting of the area’s most advanced players. In 1999, the Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO) was formed to provide developing musicians with a well-balanced symphonic experience. Both orchestras are conducted by Dr. Jason Altieri. In 2009, a third youth orchestra was established in partnership with Washoe County School District. The Youth Strings Symphonia (YSS), conducted by Reno Phil assistant concertmaster Carol Laube, is a strings-only ensemble that serves many string players in grades 4-8. In the 2015-2016 Season, the RPYO consist of 240 members from Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Gardnerville, Fallon, Fernley, Incline Village, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, and Tahoma. For more information visit www.renophil.com/rpyo