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Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Kevin McChesney, Handbell Conductor
The Great Christmas Ring
A massed ringing concert for English Handbells

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
George Frideric Handel: Messiah

Sir Eugene Gooseens' & Sir Thomas Beecham's 1959 Re-Orchestration for full symphony orchestra Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Also Featuring:

Penelope Shumate, Soprano

Teresa Buchholz, Mezzo-Soprano

John McVeigh, Tenor

Christopher Job, Bass-Baritone

Participating Groups

Nebo Holiday Chorus & Orchestra

North Forsyth High School Raider Chorus


Richmond Presbyterian Church Choir (British Columbia/Canada)

Chesapeake Community Messiah Choir

Rogue Community Chorus

Palisades Community Chorus

Streator Community Chorus

Travis Avenue Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir

Trinity Episcopal Church Choir

Zanesville Civic Chorus

The Flint Hills Messiah Chorus

Kuwait Chamber Chorale

St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Senior Choir

Radio Community Chest Combined Church Choirs Sydney

Helsingborgs Motettkör

Master Chorale of Flagstaff

St. Helena Choral Society

First Baptist Church Marble Falls Choir

Baha'i Choral Festival Choir

Joyful Band of Singers

Phoenix Singers, Hong Kong

Dubai Chamber Choir

The Liturgical Choir of Incarnation Lutheran

Clintonville Community Choir

GDS Singers

D. M. Davis Choirs

Saint Mark United Methodist Chancel Choir

Special Guests

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Participating Group Directors

North Forsyth High School Raider Chorus
Gene Seese

Mr. Seese is in his 11th year as director of the NFHS Choirs and his 24th year as a music educator. Mr. Seese has directed middle & high school choral programs in Colorado, New Mexico, Florida and Georgia. Choirs under his direction have consistently received Superior ratings at local, regional and national competitions. His choirs have performed at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association In Service Conference. Mr. Seese has also had the privilege of directing several honor choirs throughout Georgia. In addition to his duties as NFHS Choral Director, Mr. Seese is the Director of Music for Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville and serves as Choral Chair for GMEA District 9. He would like to thank his wife and daughter for their love and support!

The North Forsyth High School Raider Chorus is comprised of 150 singers in four main ensembles: Our women's choirs Bella Voce & Cantamus, the Raider Men and our top ensemble, the Chamber Singers. We also offer several extra curricular choirs. The Raider Chorus consistently earn top honors at local, regional and national competitions and are in demand to perform at events throughout the southeast. North Forsyth High School has an enrollment 2700 students and is located about an hour north of Atlanta at the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.

Nebo Holiday Chorus & Orchestra
Kameron Kavanaugh

Mr. Kavanaugh is a native of Payson, UT. He currently serves as the Director of Choirs at Spanish Fork High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from BYU-Idaho and his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from BYU where he studied with Dr. Andrew Crane and Rosalind Hall. As a member of BYU Singers, he performed with such groups as the King’s Singers and Tenebrae. In 2017, he founded “Sound of Ages”, a professional level chamber choir specializing in Early Music. As a composer, Mr. Kavanaugh was a finalist in the annual Raymond W. Brock Student Competition hosted by the ACDA. He continues to receive commissions from local choirs and collegiate ensembles.

The NEBO HOLIDAY CHORUS & ORCHESTRA (NHCO) was established by residents of Spanish Fork, Utah in June 2017. NHCO promotes the performing arts, provides quality performances of large choral works for free to the community in Southern Utah County, and exercises and improves the artistic skills of those performing in the choir and orchestra. During their annual Christmas concerts, approximately 300 volunteer musicians perform together to bring Handel's Messiah to the local communities. Performers include auditioned hobby musicians, high school students, and independent professional musicians from local communities, public schools and area universities.

Jonath Backia Seelan Baskaran

Jonath Backia Seelan Baskaran is best known for his peppy and stirring harmony works for the revival of traditional Tamil Christian songs. Under his baton, the choir has performed Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, Judas Maccabeus, Coronation Anthems, Haydn's Creation & Mass in C Minor, cantatas and Contemporary & modern choral works. Apart from conduction, he works to bring together orchestral and choral groups to perform together. He is an accomplished Pianist, serving as church organist for 20 years at St. Thomas church, Srivilliputtur and is currently an Associate of Trinity College London in singing. He is also a music educator.

Founded in 2005, Singspirations, a 75-mixed voice choir, is one of the largest open access western classical choirs in India. The choir is renowned for its energy filled presentations and its repertoire is diverse and challenging reflecting adventurous spirit. Its aim is to present choral singing with excellence that will inspire and refresh audiences while moulding its singers’ vocal abilities. With core value to be for the benefit of others, the choir performs dedicated fund raising concerts to help missionary organizations every year. Notable presentations includes Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, Judas Maccabeus, Coronation Anthems, Haydn's Creation & Mass in C Minor, cantatas and other contemporary & modern choral works

Richmond Presbyterian Church Choir (British Columbia/Canada)
Graeme Stager

Graeme has enjoyed directing the RPC choir for over 25 years, and also sings in the Richmond Chorus and EnChor. He is a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He is so happy for his singers to be participating in DCINY's Messiah.

The Richmond Presbyterian Church Choir is a talented and dedicated group of volunteer singers who find energy and fulfillment in offering their musical gifts to God and the congregation.

Rogue Community Chorus