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Immortal Invisible: The Music Of Pepper Choplin And Mary McDonald

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Acts

Pepper Choplin, Composer/Conductor

The Music of Pepper Choplin

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

The Music of Mary McDonald

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Miran Vaupotić, Guest Conductor

Beethoven:Piano Concerto #2

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra

Also Featuring:

Dmitry Ishkhanov, Other (indicate in text field)Pianist

Participating Groups

Sanctuary Choir, First United Methodist Church, Carbondale, IL

The First Baptist Church of Kewanee Illinois

The Asbury Singers

St. John's Presbyterian Church Choir

Mayfield United Church Choir

First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir (Jackson, MI)

Redeemer Lutheran Church

First Christian Church of Fort Worth Chancel Choir

Christ United Methodist Church Choir and Friends

Belin Memorial United Methodist Chancel Choir

St. Mary's Cathedral Choir

The Zebulon Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir

Community Lutheran Church Celebration Choir

Sharp Memorial UMC Choir

Zion United Church of Christ Chancel Choir

Windsor Hills United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

Abiding Grace Lutheran Church Lift Every Voice Choir

Fairfax Baptist Church Chancel Choir, Fairfax, VA

Scott Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Choir

Calvary United Methodist Church Choir, Latham, NY

Village Choir

Sanctuary Choir, Manchaca United Methodist Church

Northview United Methodist Sanctuary Choir

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Pepper Choplin

Artist's Name

Miran Vaupotić
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Artist's Name

Jonathan Griffith

Artist's Name

Dmitry Ishkhanov

Artist's Name

Mary McDonald

Participating Group Directors

The First Baptist Church of Kewanee Illinois
Dan Craig
Pastor Dan Craig has been in Ministry for 47 years and has served for 13 years as Worship Leader of First Baptist Church of Kewanee. He and his wife Karen have three sons and their families including eight grandchildren. Dan and Karen are both graduates of Lincoln Christian University both majoring in Music Performance. The Baptist Church choir, under Dan's direction, ministers regularly to our community through major productions. Dan also Pastor's a small country church at the edge of our community. Dan and Karen will soon be retiring and look forward to spending quality time with their family.

The First Baptist Church of Kewanee Choir has been established since the early 1900's. Our 47 voice choir is an outreach to our community, and we minister by ways of Sunday morning anthems, two large productions for Christmas and Easter and Patriotic and Fall Festival concerts. We participate and sometimes host community worship services throughout the year. We had the pleasure of hosting Mary McDonald at our church in November of 2018 and have enjoyed seeing the impact it had on the choir.

Sanctuary Choir, First United Methodist Church, Carbondale, IL
Robert Weiss
Robert Weiss is Professor Emeritus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he taught for 29 years, the last 13 of which he was Director of the School of Music. Prior to that he taught in the public schools of Puerto Rico and Quincy, Ill. Bob is currently in his 39th year as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, Illinois, and remains active as a performing trombonist. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The Sanctuary Choir provides the primary musical leadership for worship at First United Methodist Church Carbondale. The Choir sings at every 10:45 a.m. service , as well as special services. Membership is open to all adults, high school aged and up.

The Asbury Singers
Candace Syman-Degler

Candace Syman-Degler was hired at Asbury almost 20 years ago. She gradually took over as music director and started the Asbury Singers as an alternative to a traditional church choir. The group's competence, confidence and numbers have grown as they practice and perform every Sunday. The opportunity to uplift and brighten people's days with fun music is something that Candace and her Singers treasure!


The Asbury Singers, who provide lots of music every single Sunday, were so inspired by their Lincoln Center experience in 2015 that they started a new group: The Asbury Singing Club. The Club includes community members who like to sing SATB music. It meets in a private home for an hour and a half every week; and they sing all kinds of music (including Pepper Choplin's). Many say the experience of singing with other people is the highlight of their week!

St. John's Presbyterian Church Choir
Angela Tsai
Angela Tsai grew up in Taiwan, and received her master degree in vocal performance at the University of Oregon, Eugene. When she was 12 years old, Angela accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior, submitting herself to Jesus through the healing and transformation of God’s grace. Her personal journey with Jesus allowed her to become a music worship leader. It has been a blessing for her to be the music director at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Camas, Washington, since 2017. As an active accompanist and private music teacher, Angela lives with her beautiful family exploring God’s creation in nature.

St. John’s Presbyterian Church is a historical church established in the community of Camas, Washington in 1883. St. John’s Presbyterian Church Choir has a long and rich tradition of providing quality, scripturally based hymns during each Sunday morning service. The choir does not limit itself to one genre of music, but is open to using a broad range of genres to praise God with different instrumental accompaniments. Over the years, many members of the St. John’s church choir have joined a combined Columbia Chorale for European tours. Pastor Ken Campbell is the current pastor of St. John's Presbyterian church, and the choir, currently under the direction of Angela Tsai, is continuing to grow spiritually and musically in music worship.

First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir (Jackson, MI)
Timothy T. Meunier
Timothy T. Meunier has held the position of Director of Music Ministries at the First United Methodist Church of Jackson, Michigan for the last forty years. His 60 voice Chancel Choir has sung at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Chicago. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.

The Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church of Jackson, Michigan is the backbone of the wonderful Music Ministry. This hard-working chorus has achieved music through their combined efforts and talents. Such achievements include past performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in Chicago. They are a powerful voice in worship as they glorify the name of God through weekly services and concerts throughout the year as part of their music ministry.

Mayfield United Church Choir
Howard Lopez
Howard's musical studies began at the age of 5 in piano with Margaret Butler. As an advanced student, he studied with Edward (Ted) Maughan and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with his ARCT in Piano Performance. Subsequently, he attended the University of Toronto and completed his B.A. and B.Ed. in Special Education and Music. Howard divides his time operating Soundscape Productions and performing at Corporate events, recording his compositions (on Spotify and i-Tunes) and has served as Music and Choir Director at Mayfield since 2008. Mayfield is thrilled to be participating in this very special event!

In 1830 a group of Scottish Presbyterians organized the first congregation of what is now Mayfield United Church. They held services in a log school house at the corner of Mayfield Road and Dixie Road in the hamlet of Mayfield - now called Caledon, (Ontario) which is just north west of Toronto in the "Great White North " (Canada). The present building was erected in 1874 at a total cost of ,860 and seated 225 people. The Mayfield community has a long tradition of music that has continued until the present day. Currently, the choir has 20 dedicated members - largely non-music professionals - who attend weekly practices and services; solely (no pun intended), for the love of singing and the joy of creating music as a community. A sub-group - Spirit - performs more contemporary music for concerts and special services.

Redeemer Lutheran Church
Cheryl Van Ornam
Cheryl Van Ornam is the Traditional Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia, where she directs choral and handbell ensembles. She is also the Organist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Richmond, and has an active piano studio. In addition, she serves as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she accompanies in the Vocal Department. Her master’s degree in Organ Performance and Church Music is from Northwestern University. Summer Education opportunities have included ACDA conferences, and a Choral Pedagogy class from Westminster Choir College. She has served as the accompanist for the California Boys' Choir, the Chicago Archdiocesan Boychoir "Cantores minores", and the Nairobi Music Society in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also active as a choral accompanist for ensembles in the Richmond area. She has been active with the American Guild of Organists in Chicago, Boston and the Richmond, Virginia Chapter, where she just completed her two-year term as Dean. She and her husband have two married children.

Our choir includes members who have previously sung at Carnegie Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl, and internationally.

First Christian Church of Fort Worth Chancel Choir
Charles E. Duke
Charles E. Duke is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Texas Christian University with a Master of Music Education degree, and did further studies at the acclaimed Fred Waring School in Pennsylvania. He studied organ at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas Wesleyan University and Texas Christian University. He was staff organist for the Radio and Television Choir of the Southern Baptist Convention recording and touring nationally. He founded and was director of Castleberry High School Acappella Choir for forty years, annually produced two Broadway musicals, recorded two albums and made concert tours to forty-three states, Canada, Mexico, the Holy Land and Europe. With the First Christian Church Choir, Charles produces an annual summer musical, Easter and Christmas pageants, and leads the congregation musically in worship with anthems, hymns, cantatas, and oratorios.

Made up of a total of 40 members from many backgrounds, we unite in one voice in worship Sunday mornings. All of us join in joyful ensemble to lead the congregation in praise. And, outside the church, we are in demand to perform sacred and secular programs, far and wide. The choir affords a life of out-flowing expression to many of us. It enriches our existence and adds significance to our lives from week to week.

Belin Memorial United Methodist Chancel Choir
Jim Sellers
Jim Sellers is in his 15th year as Director of Worship Arts at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, SC. His primary duty is overseeing all aspects of music for the church's traditional worship services, including directing and accompanying the Belin Chancel Choir.

Belin Chancel Choir, an 85-voice volunteer ensemble, helps lead worship at traditional services at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, SC. The choir is honored to call Mary McDonald a friend, having sung with her several times and having been honored by her with a commissioned piece in 2014.

Christ United Methodist Church Choir and Friends
Tammara C. Housel Shipes
TAMMARA SHIPES A native of Washington, NJ, coloratura Tammara is a graduate of Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree (2010) and Master of Music Degree (2012), both in Music Performance Vocal Performance. Prior to relocating to Georgia in 2008, Mrs. Housel had a strong musical training background from growing up in the church. Mrs. Shipes began her studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she joined the world renowned Westminster Concert Handbell Choir, under the direction of Ms. Kathy Ebling-Shaw (2003-2007.) While at Westminster, she had the privilege of performing multiple times at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Today Show, and toured nationwide with the bell choir. Mrs. Shipes had the great honor of singing at a Master Class with Metropolitan Opera soprano Stella Zambalis and performing a duet with Metropolitan Opera tenor, Stanford Olsen. Throughout her studies, she made her operatic debut as Elmire in Kirke Mechum’s Tartuffe, and performed famous roles such as The Queen of the Night from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Madame Pompous from Edwin Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos, and Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Mrs. Shipes has taught seminar classes on the technique and playing multiple handbells for the Area 4 (Georgia) Handbell Ringers of America. She is the proud wife of Erik and Mommy of Clara Diane.

Christ United Methodist Church Chancel Choir is made up of members of CUMC Perry UMC and Trinity UMC. The group hosted Pepper Choplin in 2017 and was asked by Pepper to come and sing at Carnegie Hall! They are thrilled to have this opportunity and cannot wait to bring their experience back to Georgia and their congregations.

St. Mary's Cathedral Choir