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A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Mary Margaret Sadler, Director
From the Voice Comes Inspiration...
Navo Middle School Varsity Treble Choir

Tim Sharp, Composer/Conductor
Tim Sharp/Wes Ramsay: A High, Lonesome Bluegrass Mass 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International 

Also Featuring:

Chuck Nation Band, Special Guests

Nollie Moore, Tenor

Participating Groups

Berry College Choir

The Jane Froman Singers

Rutherford Community Chorus

Murfreesboro Community Men's Chorus

North Idaho College Choir

Our Lady of Loreto Parish Cantati Loreti

Tulsa Oratorio Chorus

The Voices of the Mountains

Special Guests

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Tim Sharp

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Chuck Nation Band

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Mary Margaret Sadler

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Nollie Moore

Participating Group Directors

The Jane Froman Singers
Nollie Moore Jr.
Nollie Moore is the Director of the Music Program and an Instructor of Voice at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri where he directs the highly selective campus choir the Jane Froman Singers. He is the faculty advisor to the college A Cappella Society and the campus drama club, The Elysium Players. His singers can be heard on two professional compact disc recordings. "Simply American" is a compilation of performances from the groups many international tours and "Peace", a full length disc containing several of the works performed by the group annually at the home campus Holiday Lighting Festival. Concert tours have taken members to New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the great Cathedrals of Scotland, England, Austria, Italy, and Ireland and the state of the art concert halls of The Republic of China. He is active as a professional tenor singing regularly with the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. He most recently sang the tenor solos for Handel's "Messiah" in Dublin and London to critical acclaim. He will make his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in NYC next May in a festival performance of Tim Sharp's High Lonesome Mass. Professional regional musical theater work includes The Music Man, Forever Plaid and Fiddler on the Roof. Moore has served or is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Columbia College Alumni Association, Theater Reaching Young People in Schools, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, and the Missouri Symphony Society. Moore serves as Director of Traditional Music for Broadway Christian Church. He also maintains a full teaching studio of local high school students who can consistently be seen in national honor choirs and in leading roles on stages throughout mid-Missouri.

Rutherford Community Chorus
Tony Spencer
Tony Spencer is minister of music at First Baptist Church, Forest City, NC; a position he has held since 1982. Throughout his tenure, he has volunteered his expertise in the development of a community chorus. He received his MCM (in vocal pedagogy) at the School of Music in Louisville, KY. He also received degrees from Carson-Newman and North Greenville Colleges. He has taught on the faculty of the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he recently served as Southern Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music in Worship

Murfreesboro Community Men's Chorus
Jamila McWhirter
Dr. Jamila L. McWhirter is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University and Director of the M.A. in Liberal Arts Program.  She serves as a presenter, clinician, guest conductor, and festival adjudicator throughout the United States.  Her choral students and choirs have been selected for performance opportunities with the American Choral Director’s Association, Missouri Music Educator’s Association, and Tennessee Music Educator’s Association. Her music education research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and presented at numerous national conferences for MENC/NAfME, SMTE, and MTNA.  This is her 27th year of teaching.  

The Murfreesboro Community Men’s Chorus (MCMC) was created as a singing outlet for men in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and surrounding areas, as well as the men of Middle Tennessee State University who wished to sing in a men’s collaborative ensemble.   MCMC sings a wide variety of choral music including standards, short coral collection, jazz arrangements, and classical works.  The auditioned ensemble of 30 members rehearses once a week on the MTSU campus.  For special choral events, women from the community and university are also asked to participate in the ensemble.  This is MCMC’s fifth season.  

Our Lady of Loreto Parish Cantati Loreti
Charles C. Nolen
Charles Nolen is the Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish in Foxfield, CO, where he oversees the liturgical program for the parish of 2,700 families serving as the principal organist and choirmaster. Charles serves as the vice-chair of the Music Committee of the Archdiocese of Denver and on the executive board of the Denver Chapter of the AGO. Charles holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Rhodes College and the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Memphis.

The Voices of the Mountains
W. Patrick Flannagan
Pat Flannagan is now in his 33rd year on the faculty at King University where he teaches music history, conducting, musicology, choir, and voice. Dr. Flannagan is also the founding conductor of the Voices of the Mountains, a regional choir working with The Symphony of the Mountains. Flannagan earned a B.A. in Psychology from King College, B.M. in Church Music and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from The Catholic University of America. While a student at Westminster, his mentors were Dennis Shrock and Joseph Flummerfelt, and he had opportunities to sing and study with some of the outstanding conductors of the 20th century including Robert Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, Seji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Antal Dorati, et al. Under his leadership, King University Choirs have toured extensively in the U.S. and in Scotland and England. In December of 2008, King University was privileged to host Morten Lauridsen for a week of residence and perform a concert of his music. Dr. Flannagan has trained choirs for 5 different performances at Carnegie Hall, working with conductors such as Timothy Sharp and John Rutter. In July of 2010 and July 2014, Flannagan accompanied 20+ singers from King College and the Voices of the Mountains as participants in the Festival of the Aegean in Greece. Flannagan has also published several articles including Select Examples of Choreinbau in the Cantatas of J.S. Bach, The Choral Journal, December, 2000. Dr. Flannagan is committed to bringing quality choral literature and performances to the southern Appalachian Mountains. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator at choral festivals in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee.