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Hope and Dreams

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
DCINY presents the world premiere of Heather Sorenson's REQUIEM, conducted by the composer.  Opposite will feature CHRISTMAS DREAMS led by co-composer/conductor Joseph Martin, Ms. Sorenson at the piano.


Heather Sorenson, Composer/Conductor

Sorenson: Requiem (NY Premiere)

Joseph M. Martin, Composer/Conductor

Martin & Sorenson: Christmas Dreams

Also Featuring:

Heather Lake Bays, Soloist

Sue Martin, Soloist

Ryan Johnston, Soloist

Layke Jones, Soloist

Participating Groups

Arkansas Delta Choir

Lift Every Voice Choir

First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, FL Requiem Festival Chorus

Trinity York Mills Choir

Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio

Saint Andrew United Methodist Church Festival Choir

Central Bearden Choir

First Christian Church

Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church Choral Ensemble

Newprasie of Smyrna First United Methodist Church

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor CONCERT CHOIR

First United Methodist Church Choir

Pensacola Christian College Chamber Ensemble

Burks UMC Chancel Choir

"Spirit of Praise" Ensemble

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Heather Sorenson

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Joseph M. Martin

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Heather Lake Bays

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Sue Martin

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Ryan Johnston

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Layke Jones

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Participating Group Directors

Arkansas Delta Choir

Alex Turner
The Arkansas Delta Choir is comprised of individuals from across Northeast Arkansas. The new ensemble, founded in 2022, is excitedly looking forward to creating a rich heritage of music, both Sacred and Secular, to last for generations to come.
Alex Turner, Director of the Arkansas Delta Choir, is currently staff organist at Graham Presbyterian Church and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and concurrently serves the Associate for Music Ministries at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University (B.A., M.A.), and takes great pleasure in teaching music to the next generation of uprising musicians through his piano and organ studio.

Lift Every Voice Choir

Vanessa Todora Crixell
The Lift Every Voice Choir at Abiding Grace Lutheran Church welcomes all who are passionate about praising God through song. An active group for thirteen years, this is the choir's second trip to New York City to perform in a DCINY production!
Vanessa received her bachelor's degree in Choral Music Education from Baylor University. During her time there, she won a National Association of Teachers of Singing competition and toured the country singing with the Baylor A Cappella and Concert Choirs. After graduating, she was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall. Vanessa has a deep passion for church music, worship arts, and music technology. She has served as Director of Music Ministries at Abiding Grace Lutheran Church for seven years.

First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, FL Requiem Festival Chorus