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The Music of Eric Whitacre

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

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Eric Whitacre, Composer/Conductor
The Music of Eric Whitacre
Join DCINY and singers from around the world to perform with one of today’s most celebrated choral composers. Eric Whitacre makes his triumphant return to Carnegie Hall as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Concert Series, described by BBC Music as the “#1 North American Live Event Choice” for classical music.

Participating Groups

The Edwin O. Smith High School Choir

Earl Warren High School Choir

Vintage High School New York City Tour Choir

Munster High School Chorale

Wilson Central High School Chamber Choir

Carlsbad High School Concert Choir

Sidney High School Choir

O'Neill Collegiate Chamber Choir

Canandaigua Academy Chamber Choir

United on Whyte Choir and The Willan Chorale

Pope High School Chorus

Edwardsville High School Choir

New Canaan High School Concert Choir

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Eric Whitacre

Artist's Name

Kelly Yu-Chieh Lin

Participating Group Directors

Earl Warren High School Choir
Colin Varville
Colin Varville holds both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Masters of Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he studied with Dr. Gary Mabry and Dr. John Silantien. He is now in his third year as the head choir director at Earl Warren High School in San Antonio TX. Under his direction, the Warren High School choirs have consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL, and Warren Choir students have earned chairs in the Texas All-State choirs as well as the TMEA Region 29 choirs. He is an active clinician and judge for choral groups in Texas, and served as the UTSA All-State Choir Camp program director from 2015 – 2018.

The Earl Warren High School Choir is made up of students from all walks of life who love to sing, love to have a great time, and work hard to inspire each other and those around them to be the best people that they can be. They are excited to be performing with all of the other amazing singers tonight. Earl Warren High School is a part of the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio Texas.

The Edwin O. Smith High School Choir
Amanda Sprague Hanzlik
Amanda Sprague Hanzlik is the Director of Choral Activities at Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut. She is also the director of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus – Festival Summer Camp. Mrs. Hanzlik frequently appears as a guest clinician and conductor for both ACDA and CMEA festivals and most recently conducted the 2019 Rhode Island Junior Mixed All-State Choir. She is President-Elect of the Connecticut Chapter of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and her students regularly participate in both State and National Honor Ensembles. Mrs. Hanzlik is a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A. Vocal Performance/Music Education) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A. Music and Music education). She resides in Storrs, CT with her husband Louis and children, Ethan and Grace.

The E.O. Smith High School Choirs are from the Region 19 School District, located in the heart of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Choral students participate in Concert Choir, Treble and Bass Choirs and the E.O. Smith Chamber Singers, as well as Regional, State and National-level Honor Ensembles with NAfME and ACDA. Edwin O. Smith High School proudly supports the arts in our high school and greater community.

Vintage High School New York City Tour Choir
Mark Teeters
Mark Teeters - Vintage High School Director of Choral Music Mark Teeters is Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Vintage High School, and has been Director of Choral Music since 2000. In 2009, he was honored as a California Teacher of the Year, and additionally was the 2009 Napa County Teacher of the Year, and Rotary Teacher of the Year in 2005. Previously he taught Choir at Potrero Hill Middle School of the Arts and Herbert Hoover Middle School in San Francisco. He holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied under Dr. Dennis Schrock, and a B.A. in Music Education from Northern Arizona University, where he studied with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Dr. Edith Copley. Mr. Teeters is also Director of Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Napa, and is the proud father of twins.

The Vintage High New York Tour Choir is proud to showcase students from three of our five choirs. The VHS Choral Music Department meets the high standards of the University of California fine arts requirement, and exposes students to the historical and cultural context of music from many cultures. Students are given a foundation for lifelong learning and develop an appreciation of some of the world's greatest music. In addition, the Choral Music Program provides a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that fosters friendships, tolerance, and a challenging academic environment. As performers, our students represent Vintage High School to the community and to other youth, and are expected to act as role models. Our singers spend a significant amount of time rehearsing; our choirs participate in competitions, festivals, and tours within and outside of the United States as part of a well-rounded choral experience.

Munster High School Chorale
Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson, Munster High School Choir Director since 2016, leads six choirs, teaches class piano, and is Music Director for the Munster Theatre Company. He directs regional All-State Choir rehearsals, is Host Director for District Solo and Ensemble Contest and J/M/E Large Group Contest, and is Chair of the IMEA Indiana All-State Handbell Choir Committee. He was Chorus Master for the 2018 world premiere of "Symphony No. 5: Return to Middle Earth" by Johan de Meij. His award-winning compositions have been performed at four state music conferences. He is a member of ACDA and IMEA.

The Munster High School Chorale, the school’s premiere, audition-only choral ensemble, maintains an active schedule: five concerts, multiple community performances during December, and Commencement each June. Past highlights include trips to California, New York, and Florida; concerts with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; and the 2018 world premiere of Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 5: Return to Middle Earth. An upcoming collaboration with the Northwest Indiana Youth Orchestra (selections from Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living) is slated for this May. The Chorale consistently receives Gold “With Distinction” at ISSMA State Qualification and is a three-time State Finalist.

Carlsbad High School Concert Choir
Jessie Bullock
Jessie Bullock is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with his BA in Music Education. He has been teaching at Carlsbad High School since 2013. This will be Jessie's third performance with Eric Whitacre.

The Carlsbad High School Concert Choir is composed of the CHS Chamber Singers and Advanced Show Choir. This group performs major works every year with the CHS Orchestra. They have performed Bach's Magnificat and Mozart's Requiem. This year they are performing Vivaldi's Gloria in May.

Wilson Central High School Chamber Choir