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The Suite Sounds Of Christmas

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Mark Hayes, Composer/Conductor
Mark Hayes: International Carol Suites (NEW YORK PREMIERE)
This work features 5 suites or movements. Each suite contains Christmas carols from a different part of the world, including Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the British Isles, South and Central America and North America. It was recently premiered by the commissioning choir in South Carolina: First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island.

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
The Music of Randol Bass

Maestro Jonathan Griffith conducts The Night Before ChristmasSeasonal Sounds, Gloria, and A Feast of Carols narrated by composer Randol Bass. Both acts feature the Distinguished Concerts Singers International and Distinguished Concerts Orchestra.

Also Featuring:

Laura Sutton Floyd, Soprano

Jessica Best, Mezzo-Soprano

Mark Gilgallon, Baritone/Bass

Scott Joiner, Tenor

Participating Groups

St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church Choir

The Hampton Choraliers

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown Chancel Choir

Spectrum Singers of West Kelowna

Plainfield High School Chamber Choir

Hope Lutheran Church Chancel Choir

Jubilate- Orange County Youth Choir

The Chancel Choir of Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church

Bitterroot Valley Chorus, MT

First Christian Church Chancel Choir, Las Vegas, Nevada

Arcadian Chorale (NJ) and Richmond Choral Society (NYC)

Acton UMC Chancel Choir

Glen Cove High School Select Chorale

Southport Christian Church Chancel Choir

Johnson County Chorus

Lynnewood United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, Hilton Head Island, SC

Loch Raven United Methodist Church Chancel Choir

The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches Chancel Choir

Severna Park United Methodist Chancel Choir

Eagle Song

Special Guests

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Mark Hayes

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Jonathan Griffith

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Laura Sutton Floyd

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Randol Bass

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Mark Gilgallon

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Jessica Best

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Scott Joiner

Participating Group Directors

The Hampton Choraliers
Marty Pieper
Marty Pieper retired from teaching public school music in Wauconda, Illinois, moved to Florida, and soon became the director of the Hampton Choraliers, a senior community chorus. She is a graduate of the school of music education at Northwest Missouri State University and received her master's degree from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to her chorus work she keeps busy performing with the Harmony Voices, a vocal and comedy act entertaining the central Florida area. She feels honored to be performing with Mark Hayes, her favorite choral composer/arranger!

The Hampton Choraliers is a community chorus of retirees in Auburndale, Florida. The group was founded 15 years ago with a dozen seniors gathering to sing a few hymns and folk songs. It has grown to be a full fledged SATB chorus of 55 dedicated singers. The Choraliers perform both a Christmas concert and a spring show each year to sold out audiences. The Choraliers were recently honored to sing for the closing ceremony of the Polk County Senior Games at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida. They shamelessly claim to be the best senior community chorus in the state!

St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church Choir
Gabriel Wanous
Gabriel Wanous is an experienced musician, composer, producer, and liturgical music director in the Catholic Church. In 2013, after pursuing a degree and career in information technology, Gabriel and his family responded to God’s call and left their way of life to do full-time music ministry. Since then, Gabriel has written over one-hundred compositions and planned and conducted annual Christmas concerts with the St. John choir and local orchestra. Gabriel believes music plays a pivotal role in helping people encounter Christ. He is also founder of WorshipNOW Publishing, with a mission of revitalizing music in the Catholic Church.

The St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church Choir is a group of talented and passionate singers who’s mission is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through prayerful song. Always open to new challenges, the choir has progressively taken on more difficult compositions including works by Mack Wilberg and Randol Alan Bass. In addition to weekly Masses, the choir has performed annual Christmas concerts with a full orchestra to share the joy of the holiday season and raise money for charities in the Panama City area. The St. John choir is extremely honored to be participating in DCINY.

Spectrum Singers of West Kelowna
Kim Kleineberg
Kim has been directing choirs her whole musical life and has developed an award winning choral program at her beloved Mount Boucherie Secondary School, where she directs five choirs. Kim graduated from Western Washington University, where she focused on both instrumental and vocal music. Kim started the Spectrum Singers in the Fall of 2010 and has enjoyed each and every concert this group has prepared and performed.

Based in Kelowna, BC, Canada and established in 2010, this auditioned mixed gender choir spans a broad spectrum of ages and careers. The Spectrum Singers not only cover a wide variety of musical styles and genres, but also offer audiences faces to watch and enjoy, since their entire repertoire is memorized.

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown Chancel Choir