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These Ancient Words

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

The music of Heather Sorenson and Pepper Choplin will rejoice through Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage this Spring. Heather Sorenson brings her new work These Ancient Words for a Carnegie Hall premiere, conducting hundreds of singers and the wonderful DCO. Pepper Choplin leads the baton on his own act as well, featuring his work Our Father.

Acts

Heather Sorenson, Composer/Conductor

Sorenson: These Ancient Words (CH Premiere)

Pepper Choplin, Composer/Conductor

Choplin: Our Father

Participating Groups

Community Christian Church Choir

Chancel Choir First United Methodist Lancaster PA

VOCE of Surry County & First Baptist Church Elkin Chancel Choir

Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church Choir

South Main Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Heather Sorenson

Artist's Name

Pepper Choplin

Press & Marketing

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Participating Group Directors

Community Christian Church Choir

Ronald Strong
The Community Christian Church choir is an all volunteer ensemble comprised of congregation members of this church. Singers range in age from High School to post-retirement. The choir provides special music for the worship service on a weekly basis. From 1987 - 2007, Community Christian Church organized and hosted a biannual Madrigal Dinner and members of this choir formed the core group of singers for this event. The choir participated for many years in an ecumenical benefit concert organized by the choir directors of 10 churches on the west side of Rochester. Since 2020, most of the anthems performed by the choir have been posted on YouTube as a form of Music Ministry. In 2021, Nancy Price, led a sight reading workshop for members of our choir. Nancy worked alongside Don Besig for many years as the lyricist for his music. We were thrilled when Don Besig made a surprise appearance to hear us perform some of his music during this workshop.
Ron Strong has been the director of the Community Christian Church choir since 1979. Ron has enjoyed music all of his life. He was chosen to be a member of the United States of America High School Band and Chorus in 1967. In college he sang with the University of Nebraska Chorus. Following college, Ron moved to Rochester NY to work as a Research Chemist for Eastman Kodak. In Rochester, Ron sang with the Rochester Oratorio Society for several years. In addition to vocal music, Ron plays the piano, pipe organ and French Horn.

Chancel Choir First United Methodist Lancaster PA

Brian H. Norcross
The Chancel Choir of First United Methodist is a 50 voice ensemble of dedicated musicians who sing every Sunday throughout the year. They also present at least 2 cantatas each season, often presenting the premieres of new works including major compositions by Pepper Choplin, James Ra, Jospeh Martin, Arlen Clarke and Heather Sorenson.
Dr. Brian Norcross is the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church of Lancaster, PA, the Senior Director of Instrumental Music and Conducting Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, and the Artistic Director of the Allegro Orchestra Lancaster. A champion of new music he has directed over 100 premiere performances with various ensembles. Dr. Norcross is an active guest conductor and clinician in the mid-Atlantic states including appearances with the New England Music Festival Orchestra, Pennsylvania Music Educators (PMEA) All-State Wind Ensemble, PMEA Region IV/V and VI Orchestra, and the PMEA District 7, 10, 11 and District 12 Orchestras.

VOCE of Surry County & First Baptist Church Elkin Chancel Choir

Lance Newman
VOCE was established in 2002 by the late Sandy Beam. His dream was to develop a premier choral ensemble featuring some of Surry County’s most talented musicians. Our Mission: Voce is an auditioned choral ensemble whose goal is to provide outstanding concerts for the education and enjoyment of our audiences, and to provide life-long singing opportunities for our members.
Lance, a native of Wilkes County, NC, has served at FBC Elkin since 2016. His musical journey began at age 10 with his first church solo. He honed his skills under his grandmother's guidance and pursued studies at Western Carolina University, majoring in Music Industry with a focus in voice. Lance has exceled in NATS competitions and has performed as a bass-baritone soloist with acclaimed ensembles like the Asheville Symphony and Asheville Lyric Opera. Active in musical societies, he is a dedicated member of NC NAFME, ACDS, PAM, and Elkin's Community Chorus.

Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church Choir

Amy Reynolds
The choir at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church is composed of 60 volunteer choir members. They are a group of people that desire to use their voices to help lead worship every week, with the prayer of drawing those that attend closer to Christ. In addition to weekly rehearsals and services, this choir holds various concerts throughout the year.
Amy Reynolds received her BA in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in 1996. She taught elementary, middle, and high school chorus and orchestra as well as drama and music theory for 20 years before being called into full time church music. Currently, Amy is the Director of Music and Arts at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Irmo, SC.

South Main Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir

Adam Cogliano
The South Main Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir is an all-volunteer community of friends and church family that provides music for most Sunday morning worship services throughout the year. Since 1955, South Main's Sanctuary Choir has been directed by only four music ministers. Recently, the choir has participated in international tours and presented such works as Mozart's Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, Forrest's Requiem for the Living, the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, and more. In 2018, the choir released an album entitled "I Was Glad."
Adam Cogliano has served as Minister for Music and Worship at South Main Baptist Church in Houston, Texas since July 2022. Before then, he served churches in Waco, Texas, and Dalton, Georgia. Adam attended Baylor University, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Church Music (vocal emphasis) and a Master of Music in Church Music (conducting emphasis). He also received a Master of Divinity from Baylor’s Truett Seminary. Adam and his wife, Kelsey, welcomed their daughter, Karis, in November 2023.