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The Holiday Music of Eric Whitacre

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Eric Whitacre, Composer/Conductor

The Holiday Music of Eric Whitacre

Also Featuring:

Laurence Servaes, Della

Sara Jean Ford, Sheila

Nikki Renée Daniels, Mrs. Sinclair

David Castillo, Jim

Participating Groups

West Bloomfield High School Choirs

Christ Episcopal Church Chancel Choir

Kimberly High School Choir

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Eric Whitacre

Artist's Name

Kelly Yu-Chieh Lin

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Participating Group Directors

West Bloomfield High School Choirs

Sheryl Hauk
Sheryl Hauk is currently the Choral Director of West Bloomfield High School and serves as Fine Arts Coordinator of West Bloomfield School District. From Hawaii, she received degrees from Baylor University, Marygrove College, and Oakland University. She has worked as a guest conductor, clinician, and performer. Her choirs have performed throughout the US including Carnegie Hall with Dr, Nina Nash, Michigan Music Conference Specialty Choir 2018 and 2019, and All-State Jazz Choir Michigan Youth Festival 2014, 2015, 2016. She was nominated as Life Changer of the Year for 2018-19. And named Grammy teacher of the Year Quarterfinalist in 2018.
West Bloomfield High School Choirs perform at the community, state, and national levels. Performances include Carnegie Hall with Dr. Nina Nash, PBS' Shoa Requiem and Ethan Bortnick, New York City Jazz Festival in the Lincoln Center, Michigan State Capitol Rotunda, Pistons, Michigan Music Conference Specialty Choir 2018 & 2019, and State MSVMA Solo/Ensemble and Choral Festival, with top Superior scores. Alumni Include Ryan Destiny - Fox’s Star and Grownish, Danny Kornfeld - RENT 20th revival Tour & Barry Manilow’s Harmony, Chelsea Helm - Barbara Bush Funeral soloist , Lauren Chapman - Broadway Kinky Boots and Frozen.

Christ Episcopal Church Chancel Choir

Rachel Root
Rachel Root has served as the Director of Music and the Creative Arts at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida over twelve years. She received her Bachelor’s in Applied Organ from Michigan State University under Corliss Arnold, Masters in Church Music from Northwestern University under Wolfgang Rubsom and Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington under Abraham Kaplan and Geoffrey Boers. She and husband Tim lead the musical theater and creative arts programs at Christ Episcopal Church, where she also directs the Mens Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, Chancel Choir and is principal organist for all services.
The Christ Episcopal Church Chancel Choir participates in many additional singing opportunities outside of regular church services. We were thrilled to sing here with Bob Chilcott and Simon Carrington at the 50th Anniversary of the King Singers and we sing at diverse secular events in our community as well. The ensemble participating in this concert is honored to return to Carnegie Hall to sing the Gift of the Magi with Eric Whitacre. Fostered under the leadership of Rachel Root, when our choir family lifts our voices in song, it is truly an act of ministry and service.

Kimberly High School Choir
Jennifer J. Schmitz & Pamela L. Westphal
Jennifer J. Schmitz and Pamela L. Westphal are the co-directors of the Kimberly High School Choirs. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Music Education with a choral and general music emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been teaching at Kimberly High School since 2017. Pam earned her Bachelor of Music Education with a choral emphasis from Central Michigan University. Pam has been teaching choral and vocal music since 2007.
The Kimberly High School Choir is located in Kimberly, Wisconsin, and consists of students in grades 10-12. This choir is co-directed by Jennifer Schmitz and Pamela Westphal. The Kimberly High School Choir previously performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of Eric Whitacre in 2018. They maintain an active performance schedule and enjoy working with guest conductors and clinicians.