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Appalachian Winter: A Bluegrass Christmas

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Joseph Michael Martin, Composer/Conductor
Martin: Appalachian Winter
Distinguished Concerts Singers International and GRAMMY Award winning Bluegrass ensemble, Dailey & Vincent.

Joseph Martin, Composer/Conductor
Martin: Rhapsody in Bluegrass (WORLD PREMIERE)
Distinguished Concerts Singers International and GRAMMY Award winning Bluegrass ensemble, Dailey & Vincent.

Also Featuring:

Dailey & Vincent, Special Guest

Sue Martin, Soprano

Sarah Whittemore, Alto

Participating Groups

The Chancel Choir, First United Methodist Church, Uvalde, TX

Bethel Singers

Cathedral Choir of Napa Methodist Church

Estherville United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

Bethany United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

New Covenant Church Ensemble of Cedar Creek/Bastrop

First Baptist Church School Chapel Chorus

First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

Central Christian College of Kansas Concert Choir

Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Chancel Choir

Covenant United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir

Centenary UMC Chancel Choir

First Church Sanctuary Choir

Hope Presbyterian Church Choir


St. Mark's United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

Bandon Community Sacred Choir

Atascadero United Methodist Church Choir

Cross Lanes Bible Church Adult Worship Choir

St. John Catholic Church Adult Choir

First Evangelical Lutheran Choir

Summit Chorale

Faith United Methodist Chancel Choir, Bradenton, FL

Open Door Baptist Church Choir

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Joseph Michael Martin

Artist's Name

Dailey & Vincent

Artist's Name

Sue Martin

Artist's Name

Sarah Whittemore

Participating Group Directors

Bethel Singers
Robin Anderson
Robin Anderson’s diverse history as a director, composer, and arts administrator has included appointments with the University of Missouri School of Music, Columbia College, Columbia Youth Choirs, Odyssey Chamber Music Series, and Columbia Public Schools. She serves on the advisory board for the Quorus and is a member of NATS and ACDA. Robin holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She regularly appears as a soloist or with The Upsides, a 4-piece touring Americana group.

Bethel Singers is a 15-voice multi-generational worship ensemble from Columbia, Missouri. The choir is made up several families traveling as partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, and friends. Its members’ participation in services and the greater church and music community span decades. Established in 1855, the congregation of approximately 100 remains one of Columbia’s oldest churches. The choir presents service anthems throughout the year and an annual full-length Christmas cantata along with pianist Audra Sergel and church instrumentalists. They are excited and grateful for the opportunity to collaborate alongside amazing musicians, directors, and performers!

The Chancel Choir, First United Methodist Church, Uvalde, TX
Susan Lovelace-Gerrish
Susan Lovelace-Gerrish has been Director of Music Ministries at FUMC Uvalde, TX since 1996, directing UM church choirs and handbell groups since 1980. She is certified as an Associate in Music Ministry in the United Methodist Church, having successfully completed the requirements at Church Music Summer School at SMU Perkins School of Theology. Susan conducts the Chancel Choir, Ring of Truth handbells, and God’s Kids. She has led the Chancel Choir in several community wide events.

The Chancel Choir is composed of thirty-five members, most participating for more than twenty years. The group provides the choir choir for community special events. They were blessed to be part of Carnegie Hall's "Mozart, Mealor, Martin" performance on February 15, 2016 and are very excited to return to NYC.

Estherville United Methodist Church Chancel Choir
Diane Blom
Music has always been in Diane's life. She started taking piano lessons in 1st grade and began playing the organ in junior high. Throughout her school years, she was either at a keyboard or singing in a choir. Diane graduated from college with a double major in vocal music and elementary education. She retired after a 35 year classroom teaching career and currently continues in education as a substitute teacher. She has been the Chancel Choir director for 18 years. Diane spends every opportunity she can with her sisters, her two children, and most importantly, her five grandchildren.

The members of the Chancel Choir are volunteers that share a love of music. Many are over 60 years old and began singing in a church choir when they were in high school. Most of the singers have retired from their profession and now enjoy traveling and spending time with their families. In their spare time, they volunteer their services within the community. The Chancel Choir sings from September through May and averages 16 to 18 singers in attendance each Sunday. They are truly a very dedicated and talented group that believes in sharing the word of God through music.

Cathedral Choir of Napa Methodist Church
Jan Lanterman
Jan Lanterman has served as director of music at Napa Methodist Church in Napa, California, since 1973. She is a graduate of California State University, Chico, where she studied voice and conducting, and has studied postgraduate with several luminaries in the choral field. She is passionate about providing opportunities and direction for lifelong singing experiences. Jan was born in Texas but was raised in Petaluma, California. She is also the artistic director and executive director of Sing Napa Valley, Napa's intergenerational, auditioned community chorus, and serves as treasurer of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association.

The 40-voice Cathedral Choir of Napa Methodist Church, Napa California, is the adult choir of the congregation and sings regularly on Sunday mornings and for special occasions in the life of the church and community. With a repertoire ranging from renaissance through contemporary music (including premieres), the choir has also worked with Dr. Carlton Young of Nashville on creative and innovative services of worship involving drama and liturgical dance. The choir also annually presents selections from a Broadway musical in collaboration with the pastor(s) and their interpretation of the gospel told through musical theater.

New Covenant Church Ensemble of Cedar Creek/Bastrop
LaVerne Rivers Banks
LaVerne Rivers Banks is a member of the New Covenant Church in Cedar Creek, Texas, and serves as the head musician, organist and pianist under the leadership of Pastor Eddie E. Willis, Sr. In 1970 she began serving in the music ministry with the church’s founder, the late Bishop Roland James Allen. Throughout the years she has shared her music and singing during missionary endeavors in several states, Canada, Guatemala and Belize, Central America. LaVerne and Associate Minister Charles Banks, Sr. have been married for 45 years, and have 4 children with their spouses, 17 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. 

The New Covenant Church Ensemble of Cedar Creek/Bastrop received an exceptional recommendation by conductor and composer Joseph Martin to perform in the Distinguished Concerts International New York presentation at Carnegie Hall. This select group of singers and musicians represent the church's two choirs, Hope Choir and Young Adult Choir, which are under the leadership of Pastor Eddie E. Willis, Sr. and Director LaVerne Banks.  Joseph Martin heard about their participation in last year’s Joyous Christmas Program. This nonsectarian event was conceptualized by C. Joyce Lukrofka, and was conducted and accompanied by Dr. Brad Nix.

Bethany United Methodist Church Chancel Choir