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Magnificat: Music In Celebration Of International Women’s Day

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Nancy Menk, Guest Conductor
Magnificat - Music for Women's Voices
Brahms: Ave Maria, Op. 12
M. Haydn:  Magnificat 
Vaughan Williams: Magnificat
Larsen: Canticle of Mary
Gjeilo: Gloria
Moore: Always Keep This Close 
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Rutter: Magnificat
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Also Featuring:

Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano

Claire Leyden, Soprano

Lindsey Anderson, Mezzo-Soprano

Participating Groups

Pope John Paul II High School Singers

Saint Mary's College Women's Choir

Saint Mary's College Alumnae Women's Choir

Medina Community Choir

Victor Valley College Singers and Master Arts Chorale

Capital Harmonia

Mountain Melody Women's Chorus

Christ Church Choir

Colorado Women's Chorale

Trinity Choir

Nazareth Academy Chorale

The Star Chorale

Wabash Community Women's Choir

Holy Family Filipino Chorale

Les Ms.

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Nancy Menk

Artist's Name

Jennifer Zetlan

Artist's Name

Claire Leyden

Artist's Name

Lindsey Anderson

Participating Group Directors

Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
Nancy Menk
Nancy Menk holds the Mary Lou and Judd Leighton Chair in Music at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, where she is Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Chair of the Music Department. She also teaches graduate conducting at the University of Notre Dame. She is founder and conductor of the South Bend Chamber Singers, an ensemble of 32 select singers from the Michiana area. Both the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir and the South Bend Chamber Singers regularly commission, perform, and record new works. Dr. Menk is also conductor of the 110-voice Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. She has conducted All-State Choirs in Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She has conducted 6 Carnegie Hall concerts with Distinguished Concerts International New York, including the Carnegie Hall premiere of American composer Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. She returned to NYC in November 2014 to conduct a concert of music by American composer Gwyneth Walker at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In October 2016, she became the first woman to program and lead a subscription concert of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, conducting works by C.P.E. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and Igor Stravinsky. She holds the D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The Saint Mary's College Women's Choir regularly commissions and performs new works for women's voices. An outgrowth of this emphasis is the publication of the Saint Mary's College Choral Series, a collection of new works for women's voices. The Choir has performed throughout the United States and has appeared before state, division, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Each November the Choir hosts the annual Saint Mary's College High School Women's Choir Festival, in which 20 choirs from neighboring states perform for each other and a panel of commentators. The Choir tours nationally every other year, and regularly performs with the University of Notre Dame Glee Club in joint performances of major works with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. The Women’s Choir has recorded six compact discs of new music for women's voices on the ProOrgano label. They were named Second Place Winners of The American Prize in Choral Performance for 2012.

Pope John Paul II High School Singers