Vocal Colors

Vocal Colors
Sunday, Apr 26, 2020
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Quint Harris, Director

The Birmingham Voices with The Cathedral Brass of Birmingham, AL

, World Premiere
Solo Performances for Qualified Ensembles
Solo choral and instrumental ensembles are invited to audition for this select opportunity on the DCINY Concert Series.
Greg A. Oden, Director

The West Monroe High School Choir (LA)

Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

The Birmingham Voices with The Cathedral Brass of Birmingham
The West Monroe High School Choir

The Birmingham Voices with The Cathedral Brass of Birmingham


Quint Harris

Dr. Quint Harris, DMA is the Director of Music & Arts Ministries at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL where he directs the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and Youth Choir as well as supervises the music staff. In addition to his position at VHUMC, Quint is an adjunct professor at Samford University. Prior to Vestavia Hills UMC he was the Director of Music Ministries at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He has a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Mississippi, a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Alabama, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Alabama. Throughout his career Quint has enjoyed teaching and directing on the Middle School and High School levels as well as part-time and full-time church music ministry. Quint is a member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and FUMMWA (The Fellowship of the United Methodist Church in Music and Worship Arts) where he has served as the Handbell Committee Chair and the Membership Committee Chair. Quint is married to Paige Pittman Harris, CPA, and they have three active children, Colin (20), Sarah Beth (17), and Nate (15).

The Birmingham Voices is a collaborative choir from five local Birmingham churches and members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus. The connecting churches are Cahaba Heights United Methodist, St. Mark United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist, Vestavia Hills Baptist, and Vestavia Hills Methodist. The choir was formed from individuals from each group making the decision to commit to this Carnegie Hall performance as well as rehearsals and performances that prepared them for their Carnegie debut. The choir features highly experienced singers and music educators, as well as people who have been singing for a short time. Cathedral Brass of Birmingham was established in 2018 as a professional ensemble specializing in the performance of sacred and secular music for organ and brass. Performing a wide variety of music ranging from Renaissance motets to the most contemporary pieces, The five members represent over 150 years of performance experience in some of the finest chamber groups, symphony orchestras, church ensembles, and military bands from across the country. The members of Cathedral Brass of Birmingham are Dr. Jim Zingara, trumpet; Dr. Carly Johnson, trumpet; Mr. James Baker, horn; Dr. Doug Bristol, trombone; Mr. R. Scott Robertson, tuba.

The West Monroe High School Choir

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Greg A. Oden

Greg A. Oden is the Music Coordinator for the Ouachita Parish School System. His main teaching responsibilities are as the Director of Choral Activities at West Monroe High School. The choral program at West Monroe High School includes approximately 300 singers, including singers from the ninth through twelfth grade. Mr. Oden has conducted choirs in many of the great cathedrals of the world, including St. Peter’s (Rome), St. Marks (Venice), St. Francis Basilica (Assisi), Notre Dame (Paris), St. Paul’s (London), and Salzburg Dom (Salzburg). In June 2018, under Mr. Oden’s direction, the West Monroe High School Choir performed at Notre Dame Cathedral just weeks before the devastating fire. In addition, members of the West Monroe Choral program have performed at Carnegie Hall five times, with world-renowned conductors John Rutter and Eric Whitacre. Mr.Oden made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in May of 2016. A graduate of the Northeast Louisiana University, Mr. Oden has served on the Louisiana Music Educators Association Board of Directors, LA-ACDA Board of Directors, President of the North Louisiana Chapter of NATS, District 1 Choral Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is currently the LMEA District 1 Director. He is married to Kristen Anderson Oden and has two children, Blake and Morgan.

The West Monroe High School Choir, under the direction of Greg A. Oden and assisted by Vickie Freeman, is considered to be one of the finest choral programs in the south. They have been selected to represent the state of Louisiana in concerts throughout Europe and the United States. In 2001, they performed a Tour of Italy that consisted of venues including Florence, Milan, Venice, and Rome. In 2006, they were selected to perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria in celebration of Mozart’s birth. In 2010, they performed in Switzerland, France, and England. While in France, they represented Louisiana by performing the National Anthem for the Wreath Laying Ceremony, at the American Cemetery at Normandy Beach on June 6, 2010. They have performed in Carnegie Hall in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012, and 2016. In 2014, the Rebel Choir returned to Italy where they performed at St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome), St. Francis Basilica (Assisi), St. Mark’s Cathedral (Venice), and were recognized with a blessing from Pope Francis at the Wednesday Papal Audience. They have performed under such preeminent conductors as Sir John Rutter, Eph Ely, and Eric Whitacre.