This Shining Night: The Music of Lauridsen and Whitacre

This Shining Night: The Music of Lauridsen and Whitacre
Sunday, Apr 1, 2012
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Eric Whitacre, Composer/Conductor
Morten Lauridsen, Visiting Composer
Tali Tadmor, Accompanist
The Music of Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International
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Participating Ensembles:

Desoto Central High School Chorale (MS)
Legacy Christian Academy Concert Choir
West Monroe High School
Winter Springs High School Chorus
Delta State University Chorale (MS)
Lowell Choir
molto cantabile
Mt. Carmel High School Festival Choir (CA)
Olive Branch High School Choir
Ridgeland High School Choir
River Dell High School Select Choir

Desoto Central High School Chorale (MS)

Legacy Christian Academy Concert Choir

Sandra Clark
Sandra Clark

Legacy Christian Academy opened its doors 13 years ago in Frisco, Texas; the fastest growing city in the United States. The LCA concert choir is under the direction of Sandra Clark. They have received Division I-Superior ratings in Concert and Sight-Reading Festivals through TPSMEA (Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association), ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), and the Bluebonnet Festival held in San Antonio, TX. This year will mark LCA's 5th invitation to perform in New York City. Past performance include a 2004, 2006, and 2008 performances at Carnegie Hall as part of the ACSI's Youth Chorale Concert series and in 2010 with the Z. Randall Stroope Invitational Choral Festival held at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

Sandra Clark is in her 13th year at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas where she serves as the Fine Arts Director and Choral Music Director for grades 6-12. She has taught in both public and private schools in Arkansas and Texas and also traveled as a cast member and show manager for the international music group, "Up With People." Sandra is an active member of ACDA, TCDA, TPSMEA, ACSI and TMEA. Sandra received her BSE in Music Education from the University of Arkansas, and her Masters in Music from Boston University. Sandra and her husband, Mark, have two sons, Byron and Matthew.

West Monroe High School

Greg A. Oden
Greg A. Oden

The West Monroe High School Choir performs numerous concerts each year throughout the south. They have had several members selected to the American Choral Directors Association Honor Choruses, LA-ACDA All State Chorus, LMEA All State Chorus, and other honor organizations. The members of the choir have performed Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Handel's Messiah, Poulenc's Stabat Mater, and other masterworks of choral music. Founded in 1953, the West Monroe High School Choir has been accorded numerous accolades as a performing choir. The choral program is comprised of five choirs with over 400 singers. They have performed both nationally and internationally. This will be their fifth appearance at Carnegie Hall and their first performance under the direction of Eric Whitacre.

Greg A. Oden is the Music Coordinator for Ouachita Parish Schools and is the Director of Choral Activities at West Monroe High School. Mr. Oden received his university training from Northeast Louisiana University in both undergraduate and graduate schools with Dr. Edward Deckard. He has 22 years of experience in middle school, junior high, high school, and university teaching. A sought after clinician, adjudicator, and commissioned composer, Mr. Oden has been the musical director for over 20 local musical theater productions. He has been commissioned to compose for chorus, solo, and symphonic ensembles. Mr. Oden is a member of NAFME, ACDA, LA-ACDA, LMEA, District I Choral Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Vickie Freeman is the Assistant Choral Director at West Monroe High School. She maintains an active vocal studio, where her students consistently place well in local and regional competitions. Her professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, and the District I Choral Directors Association. Mrs. Freeman holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Winter Springs High School Chorus

Kara Knowles
Kara Knowles

The Winter Springs High School Chorus has a long history of excellence at various national competitions and Music Performance Assessments. For years they have scored superior ratings at both district and state assessments, earning a reputation as one of the most musical choral programs in the state of Florida. They have sent a large number of student representatives to the FMEA All-State Choirs, ACDA Honor Choir, and Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment. They have consistently been selected as an Honor Choir in the EPCOT Candlelight Processional at Disney World in Orlando, performing with the Voices of Liberty and Walt Disney World Orchestra.

Kara Knowles has been the Chorus, Guitar, and Keyboard teacher at Winter Springs High School for the past 6 years. She earned her Certificate of Church Music, Bachelors, and Masters Degrees in Choral Music Education from Florida State University. She has sung with the Festival Singers of Florida for the past 3 years, and currently serves as the Florida Vocal Association District 6 Chair. She is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Vocal Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

Delta State University Chorale (MS)

Nicholaus B. Cummins
Nicholaus Cummins

Delta State University Chorale is the premier large choral ensemble at DSU. This 40-45 voice choir is comprised of students from a variety of academic majors across campus. They present several major concerts throughout the year and tour annually. The Chorale has performed by invitation at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, including the 2010 ACDA Southern Division Conference in Memphis. In April 2012, the Chorale will travel to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Eric Whitacre. Membership is by audition only.

Mr. Nicholaus B. Cummins is Instructor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Delta State University. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Mississippi, the Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), and is presently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at Louisiana State University. Prior to coming to Delta State University, Mr. Cummins was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Louisiana State University where he conducted the LSU Women's Chorale. He also taught public school choral music in Birmingham, Alabama and in San Antonio, Texas.

Lowell Choir

Jason Chan
Jason Chan

The Lowell Choir is the largest choral program in the San Francisco Unified School District and has a long history of excellence. The choir received a gold rating from the Heritage Festival and a superior rating from CMEA, and is frequently invited to perform at functions in the Bay Area. The choir also works closely with Chanticleer and is a frequent participant at the Chanticleer Youth Choral Festival. Most recently the choir has performed at the Chanticleer National Youth Choral Festival at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall.

Jason Chan is the director of choral activities at Lowell High School. He directs four choral ensembles, teaches piano, and produces the spring musical. Chan holds degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Concordia University, Irvine. He has studied voice with Cynthia Haymon and George Hernandez, and choral conducting with Dr. Chester Alwes, Dr. Grant Joe, and Dr. Michael Busch. Chan has sung with prestigious choirs and has toured and competed in the United Kingdom, Llangollen, Spain, and throughout California.

molto cantabile

Andreas Felber
Andreas Felber

Swiss choir molto cantabile was founded in 2003. The enthusiastic group of singers from Lucernewassoon recognised by its audience thanks to their success at various choral competitions. The ensemble won numerous awards at the international festivals in Tolosa (Spain), Cork (Ireland), Spittal an der Drau (Austria) and recently participated at the renowned International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf (Germany). molto cantabile regularly holds concerts in Switzerland and its neighboring countries. The choir released four of their concert programmes on CD as yet and has also appeared on national television.

Andreas Felber studied conducting and singing in Switzerland at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and graduated with honours. He practices and expands his skills continuously in workshops and master classes by different conductors such as Ton Koopman and Johannes Prinz. Furthermore he has participated in singing master classes by Margareet Honig, Mariëtte Nollen and Jakob Stämpfli. He was guest singer and conductor at Lucerne Theatre, and in 2010 he was musical director of a musical production in Walenstadt, Switzerland. He also pursues an active career as a concert singer.

Mt. Carmel High School Festival Choir (CA)

Marti Martinez
Marti Martinez

The choral program at Mt. Carmel High School includes the auditioned groups, Classical Vocal Ensemble and Bel Canto, as well as two other non-auditioned groups. Their reputation for excellence includes performances at the California ACDA convention, the Golden State Festival at UCLA, the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and Disneyland's Candlelight Procession and Ceremony. In 2003, the music department was recognized by the Grammy Foundation as the number three program in the United States, followed by another Grammy in 2005 and 2008. Both Classical Ensemble and Bel Canto have traveled the United States extensively receiving superior ratings at CMEA, ACDA, and SCVA festivals.

Marti Martinez received her B.A. in music education and M.A. in education at San Diego State University. She has been teaching choral music for twenty years; twelve years at the middle school level and the last eight years at Mt. Carmel High School. She has been a member of the San Diego Opera Company and is an active soloist for many concerts in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas.

Olive Branch High School Choir

Michael Wegener
Michael Wegener

Olive Branch High School Choir in north Mississippi, consists of six different choirs from all different backgrounds and experiences in music. Olive Branch Choirs regularly attends choral festivals at the district and state levels-receiving superior ratings. Choirs from Olive Branch have appeared at ADCA conventions at the state and regional level.

Michael Wegener, from St. Louis, Missouri, is currently in his second year of teaching at Olive Branch High School in Olive Branch, Mississippi. He received his BME from The University of Mississippi where he was involved in student chapters of ACDA, MENC, and MCDA. In addition to teaching, he is an active performer in musical theatre and opera in the North Mississippi area.

Ridgeland High School Choir

Lisa Clark
Lisa Clark

The Ridgeland High School Choral Program has a tradition of excellence in performance and leadership. The Choral Department consists of a Mixed Choir, Women's Choir, Madrigals, Sextets, Mixed Ensemble and Show Choir. The Choir has consistently achieved Superior Ratings at Invitational, District and State Competitions. The Choir has received "Best In Class" Awards at Festivals throughout the State. The Choir has performed for community activities which include concerts for the Make-A-Wish and Relay for Life Foundations. The RHS Choir is honored to be making its third Carnegie Hall Performance.

 

Lisa Clark is a cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. She holds a Master of Music from Mississippi State University. Her teaching experience has ranged from kindergarten through the college level. An accomplished pianist, Ms. Clark has been the Choral Director at Ridgeland High School, Ridgeland, MS for ten years. She was presented the "Power of One" award from the Mississippi Governor in 2005. Ms. Clark was honored to be named the Mississippi Music Educator of the Year in 2010.

River Dell High School Select Choir

Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith

The River Dell High School Select Choir was founded by their director, Lisa Smith, in 1995. Since that time, the Choir has won many prestigious awards and the hearts of their audiences through their dynamic performances. The Choir is an auditioned group of dedicated high school students that rehearse every morning before the school day begins. The Select Choir has received many awards including a superior rating in the Washington DC Choral Festival in 2004, 1st place at the New England Festival of Music in 2006, and a Gold rating at the New York International Choral Festival in 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2010. The River Dell Select Choir was also chosen to perform at the Board of Educators Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the opening ceremonies in 2004.

 

Lisa Smith is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree for trumpet performance and has earned her Masters in Education from Long Island University. Lisa has been a music educator in the New York and New Jersey area for the past 22 years where she has conducted both instrumental and choral ensembles, achieving numerous first place and Gold awards for their performances. Lisa was also chosen to conduct the New Jersey Bergen County Chorus for the 2011 season. In the spring of 2010, she was chosen as an "Outstanding Bergenite" for teachers making a difference in education. In 2011, Lisa received the Governor's Award for teacher of the year. Lisa also works as a professional musician in the New York, New Jersey area.