Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
DCINY kicks off the holiday season with the world premiere of composer/conductor Joseph Martin’s Christmas Evergreen with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Singers.as well as his festive work Christmas Dreams with co-composer/pianist Heather Sorenson. Composer/Conductor Mary MCDonald and Joel Raney premiere their work Sing Christmas with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Singers.
Artist's NameJoseph M. Martin
Artist's NameMary McDonald
Artist's NameHeather Sorenson
Artist's NameMatt Cahill
Artist's NameJoel Raney
Participating Group Directors
Rev. Bryant L. Moxley has served as Minister of Music and Worship at Wake Forest Baptist Church since 2014. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Rev. Moxley has served churches in Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Kansas and North Carolina. Additionally, he served as Assistant Professor of Music and Music Department Chair at Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia, from 2002-2014. His choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, throughout the southeastern United States and in Europe. He is married to Lisa Nevin Moxley and they are the proud parents of Anna Moxley and Sarah Grace Moxley-White.
The Wake Forest Baptist Church Chancel Choir is composed of 70 singers who provide music and worship leadership for two weekly services and four major seasonal presentations each year. The Chancel Choir performs a wide variety of sacred music including anthems, hymn settings, spirituals and oratorio choruses. The Chancel Choir has commissioned anthems from well-known sacred composers such as Joseph Martin, Pepper Choplin and Jay Althouse and hosts a biennial Composer Residency. Membership in the Wake Forest Baptist Church Chancel Choir is open. The Chancel Choir is accompanied by Dr. Jeanine Skinner.
David Pletincks is in his third year as Director of Music at FUMC Spring Hill, FL. He is also the Director of Choirs at Powell Middle School Performing Arts Center where he has been for 18 years. His schools choirs consistently receive ratings of Superior by the Florida Vocal Association. He is an active adjudicator and clinician around the state of Florida.
The Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, Spring Hill is a 90-voice choir that sings each Sunday and two special events throughout the year. Their Christmas at Spring Hill Concert in December regularly attracts an audience of more than 2,500 people. They are thrilled to be making their Carnegie Hall debut with DCINY and Joseph Martin.
Dr. Thomas H. Naus holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Temple University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Michigan State University. He has held a number of full-time Director of Music positions in churches in Pennsylvania and Florida. In addition, he has taught in college and high school and served as assistant director of an opera company. He recently retired as Director of Choral Activities at Ocoee High School, Orange County, Florida. As a choral director, he has conducted many choral/orchestral works and taken choirs on tours in the United States and Europe.
The Port Orange United Church of Christ Choir leads worship regularly at traditional Sunday services, as well as special services throughout the church year. The choir also presents an annual Lessons and Carols service at Christmas. In addition, the choir has performed for events outside the church and for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Bryon K. Black II currently serves as the Director of Music at Tallmadge Lutheran Church, conducting the Chancel Choir and leading the Praise Team. As a Professor at Kent State University, Bryon conducts Coro Cantare (Men’s Chorus) and Gospel Choir and teaches conducting courses. Bryon received his M.M. in Choral Conducting from KSU in 2016. Bryon's choral compositions have been premiered by ensembles at TLC, KSU, and Slippery Rock University. He previously performed with a DCINY concert in 2012 featuring Eric Whitacre’s music. He currently holds membership in the American Choral Directors Association and resides in Akron, OH.
The Tallmadge Lutheran Church Chancel Choir believes in providing uplifting ministry through quality music as we glorify Christ through song. The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30–9:00pm in the sanctuary, September through May. Music reading skills preferred. Vocal and choral technique is taught to strengthen the ministry of our messages. This choir prepares anthems for our Sunday 8:00 and 10:30am services, and usually sings twice per month, as well as for special services during the Advent and Easter seasons.
Kim Duggins, Director of Music and Fine Arts at First United Methodist Church in Smyrna, Georgia, has had unprecedented success in developing youth and contemporary Christian choirs. Invited to perform in churches across the United States and Canada, her choirs are open to the community and require neither formal experience nor audition. Her ability to inspire choir members to lean into their talents and use them to honor God is one of her greatest strengths. Mrs. Duggins holds a degree in music from Tennessee Technological University. She is married , Jeff Duggins and they have two adult sons, Thomas and Andrew.
NewPraise is a Vocal Ensemble of Smyrna First United Methodist Church in Smyrna, Georgia. Led by Director of Music and Fine Arts, Mrs. Kim Duggins, NewPraise has been invited to sing at events including the 1996 Olympic Games, the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park, and most recently with guest composer, Heather Sorenson, at Music Atlanta. With a focus on Contemporary Christian Music, this versatile group creates a unique blend of voices and musical styles. NewPraise welcomes vocalists of all skill levels to experience the joy of worshipping God through music. NewPraise is honored to be invited to perform in Carnegie Hall.
Carole J. Haines graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education. She is a professional flute and piccolo player performing in many symphony orchestras and bands in the central Pennsylvania area. She has played for many choral workshops with Joseph Martin, Mary McDonald, and Heather Sorensen. Carole is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church since 2010.
The Chancel Choir of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church leads worship and sings the morning anthem each Sunday. The choir sings music in a variety of styles with organ, piano and additional instrumental accompaniments. Our twenty regular choir members comprise a wide range of age groups and come from many professional careers. This choir forms a strong bond of Christian fellowship singing and praising God with beautiful music.
Don Boylls became interim choir director for Burns UMC on January 2001, following previous directors departure. I had been a member of the choir since 1973. I was hired on and have been the full time director ever since. I graduated from Regis University in 1985 with a BS in business admin., but have over 90 hours of musical education prior to changing majors. I have been singing in choirs since I was 5 and sang my first solo at age 7.
Burns Memorial United Methodist Chancel choir has been in existence since the late 1950's. We are a small, slightly older choir with only about 15-20 voices on a good day. We may be small, but we are mighty! We sing a wide range of Christian music from classical to contemporary Christian Music. We have 8 members joining us for this New York concert.
Sharon Howell Welsch, D. W. S. , is an ordained minister who has served as the Associate Pastor at Mars Hill Baptist Church since 2006, where she directs the Chancel Choir, a Handbell Ensemble and a combined Children's Choir. Sharon holds a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship. She is married to William Welsch, director of The Lord's Harvest, a food ministry serving 1,750 hungry families in Madison County, NC. They have three children: Melissa, Will and Melody and eight grandchildren. Sharon is currently studying to be a spiritual director.
The Mars Hill Baptist Church Chancel Choir is an outstanding group of 25 non-professional musicians who provide musical leadership for worship services and other special events. With a 167 year tradition of musical excellence, this is the first time the choir has ever submitted an audition tape. We are proud to have been selected to sing with Mary McDonald at Carnegie Hall.