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Total Vocal with Deke Sharon

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Acts

Deke Sharon, Conductor and Creative Director

Total Vocal, Act 1

Deke Sharon, Conductor and Creative Director

Total Vocal, Act 2

Participating Groups

El Segundo High School Chamber Choir

My Pop Choir

Mt. Sinai High School Jazz Choir

Crimson & Slate

Keiki Kani Choir

Mariemont High School Choir

Vocal Synergy

Pop Voices

Singing Earth Divine

Westport Youth Choir

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Deke Sharon

Press & Marketing

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Participating Group Directors

El Segundo High School Chamber Choir

Gianna Andrea Summers
Gianna Andrea Summers, Director and Performer, graduated with Honors from Arizona State University in Choral Education and Voice Performance in 2003, and in 2005 graduated with Honors with her Masters in 2005 in Multicultural Education from National University. She has taught choral music in El Segundo for the last 18 years. Gianna spent time with the Costa Rican Opera along with singing professionally in Los Angeles in the last 18 years. Gianna lives with her husband Bobby, 12 year old daughter Kate and their two dogs, Griffey and Daisy in El Segundo, CA. Gianna loves teaching choral music and sharing the love of music with the world.
ESHS Choirs is so excited to perform with DCINY, Total Vocal with Deke Sharon. Our DCINY Premiere, Carmina Burana in Lincoln Center was such an amazing experience and we can not wait to sing with all the choirs this year in Total Vocal. Our noteworthy concerts, to name a few: 2012 London Olympic Games, Obama's Presidential Inauguration, Altar of Notre Dame-Paris, France, Disneyland Paris’, Disney World Orlando, Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Grand Ole Opry. ESHS Choirs believe sharing our love of music with the world is our gift to give and we can not wait to sing for you.

My Pop Choir

Alex Fiddes
Alex Fiddes has owned and operated My Pop Choir since 2019, and has been a part of the organization as a music director since 2014. Alex has performed at many prestigious and exciting venues during his time with the choir, though perhaps none as legendary as Total Vocal at Carnegie Hall! Before My Pop Choir, Alex pursued a career in acting, working largely in theatre throughout Canada. He has also been a voice and piano teacher for the past 13 years. He is a songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, and music performer who plays the piano, guitar, trumpet, and the didgeridoo.
My Pop Choir is a community-based, group of ‘everyone’ choirs for people who love to sing. You don’t need any experience or training or consider yourself a ‘singer’ to join. There are no auditions, no solos, and no need to read music. In addition to its 8 in-person choirs, My Pop Choir also has a unique virtual choir, where anyone in the world can join! It uses post recording audio software, where it includes built-in vocal harmonies, so it feels like you are actually singing in a real choir! My Pop Choir is a beacon of community spirit. A welcoming, positive, and encouraging place for all!

Mt. Sinai High School Jazz Choir

Kathryn Toolan
Kathryn Toolan is the High School Chorus Director and AP Music Theory teacher at the Mount Sinai High School located on the north shore of eastern Long Island. She is very excited for her students to make their Carnegie Hall debut at the DCINY Total Vocal Concert. Mrs. Toolan holds the Master of Music degree from the Columbia University Teachers College and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She resides in Remsenburg with her husband, Kevin and their two sons.
The Mount Sinai High School Jazz Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Kathryn Toolan, is an auditioned ensemble open to students in grades 9-12. Students sing a variety of challenging music and have several performing opportunities throughout the school year. Members of the MSHS Jazz Choir are thrilled to be making Carnegie Hall debut and would like to thank their parents, the high school administration, Student Government, and the Friends of the Arts for all their support in helping us get here today!

Crimson & Slate

Dawn D Wisdom
Dawn D. Wisdom, Director of Vocal Music, Cheyenne Mountain HS Dawn Wisdom has been teaching music for 32 years, 26 of them as vocal music director at Cheyenne Mountain High School. She serves as the chair of vocal/ general music for the CSD12 schools and directs five choral ensembles. Dawn has served on the leadership boards of the CO MEA, the CO ACDA board, and AEA. Dawn has been a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator in several states, most recently serving as an adjudicator in CO and national festivals and a clinician at CMEA and ACDA conferences. The Cheyenne Mountain High School choirs have earned consistent superior ratings at state, national and regional festivals under her direction. Her choirs perform at home, at community events, and across the country. Ms. Wisdom has been recognized for her work as a Teacher of the Year locally and at the state level.
Crimson & Slate Colorado Springs, Colorado is home to Crimson & Slate, the premier a cappella ensemble from Cheyenne Mountain High School. Started by director Dawn Wisdom in 2002, the girls-Crimson and the guys-Slate performed for many years as two separate ensembles, but combined to be Crimson & Slate in 2017. Crimson & Slate have a long history of success with multiple state championships, 8 trips to the ICHSA national finals, 2 time NAAC national finalists, and 2 time NCHSA national finalists. They continued this legacy by appearing in the NAAC HS Showcase last spring, and won the State A Cappella festival. Crimson & Slate record music each year and release music videos. You can find their recent videos on their YouTube channel, and music on most streaming platforms.. They have been nominated for AVA awards for their videos. They have appeared on BOHSA albums, and have opened for multiple professional a cappella groups. The last time Crimson & Slate got to work with Deke Sharon was in Honolulu, HI in 2019. They are thrilled to sing with Deke again! You can follow Crimson & Slate on Instagram,Tiktok and Facebook.

Keiki Kani Choir

Camilla Corpuz Yamamoto
CAMILLA CORPUZ YAMAMOTO has directed the Keiki Kani Choir for over 30 years. Camilla founded her private Keiki Kani Music Studio in 1990, teaching piano, choir, voice, and general music. Camilla was also a music specialist for the Hawaii Public Schools system and local private schools for 20 years. Active in many local professional music educator associations, she served as Executive Director for the Hawaii Music Educators Association (National Association for Music Educators) for many years. An active church musician since age 11, Camilla continues to guide her church's Worship Team and Keiki Kani Choir toward excellence in music.
For over 30 years, the KEIKI KANI CHOIR has served Hawaii as a community performing group composed of students, working adults, and retirees from all over Oahu. The ensemble is trained in voice technique, stage production, self-confidence, and poise. The KEIKI KANI CHOIR has performed at many events (including radio and television shows) and featured in professional audio and video recordings since 1991. Recently, the ensemble sang for the Harlem Globetrotters and the Gandhi Aloha Festival. KEIKI KANI CHOIR was honored to sing and dance the hula at DCINY's “Total Vocal” 2022 at Carnegie Hall on April 10. We are excited to return to Total Vocal 2023, and we will continue to bring the spirit of Aloha to New York and Carnegie Hall. Thank you, DCINY and Deke Sharon!

Mariemont High School Choir

Liz McGahey
Liz McGahey is in her 18th year teaching the Mariemont High School Choirs in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally from New York, she has a B.M. in Music Education and a M.M. in Vocal Performance and Opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as well as a Masters in School Counseling from Xavier University. Liz is thrilled to be bringing her choirs to sing at Carnegie Hall for the 2nd time in her career.
The Mariemont High School Choir from Cincinnati, OH is composed of High School students ranging in age from Freshmen to Seniors. The choir rehearses 5 days a week and performs in their school, for their community, and throughout Cincinnati. This is the 2nd time that the Mariemont High School choir has performed at Carnegie Hall. The choir has also performed at other locations around New York City as well as DisneyWorld, Salt Lake City, and Cincinnati.

Vocal Synergy

Kenneth Bryson
Mr. Kenneth Bryson currently serves as a Director of Choral Activities at the School District of the Chathams in New Jersey as well as actively maintaining his private vocal studio. Additionally he serves as a mentor for The Juilliard School’s Mentorship Program. Mr. Bryson is also a published author whose article “Teaching a Student with Dyslexia” was published in the NATS Journal of Singing. He currently serves as the choral procedures chair for NJMEA All State Choir. Mr. Bryson received his bachelor of music degree from The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and went on to earn a master’s degree at The Juilliard School.
Vocal Synergy was founded in 2021 as the first mixed voice chorus associated with the Hunterdon Choral Alliance, a traditionally Male Barbershop group. Vocal Synergy has had tremendous growth in its first year and continues to add new members at a record breaking rate. We value collaboration, kindness and the diversity of our members. We enjoy each others company and most of all making music for our audiences.

Pop Voices

Anya Small
Anya has been professionally singing for over 30 years and her passion is live performance in a range of genres currently singing with a vintage vocal harmony group 'The Boogaloo Babes'. Her biggest claim to fame is supporting Sister Sledge and Gloria Gaynor at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai!! Anya is now delighted to be sharing the thrill of singing to enthusiasts of all ages as the Director of Pop Voices Choirs created in 2013, teaching over 500 singers of all ages weekly. Her proudest moment to date is preparing the choir for their performance in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
Pop Voices is thrilled to be taking part for the second time in Total Vocal. They are a 350 strong, mixed voice, community pop choir from the West Midlands in the UK. Members are made up of people who just love to sing, and they focus on friendship, fun and making a wonderful harmonious sound! This is the choir’s 10th Anniversary and over the years they have performed in many prestigious venues in the UK, Disneyland Paris Christmas show and The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. The choirs strapline is Big Heart Big Sound!

Singing Earth Divine
Jua Amir Tutein & Crystal Petit

Jua Amir came to France with the Broadway musical, "The Lion King,” and has since played in “ Hair," "Freedom Opera Gospel," and numerous other shows. He is also the vocal coach of some of Europe’s most successful singers and largest musical theater productions.

Crystal Petit is a Paris-based, Artistic Director, singer and coach. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia and a proud alumna of Spelman College, Crystal wears many hats in the Parisian community including writing songs for major French films, TV series and artists of all genres and coaching actors for the prestigious César Awards. In addition to being a prominent figure in the French musical scene, Crystal is a passionate advocate for Web3. 

Singing Earth Divine is a community choir created by Jua Amir (Choir Director) and Crystal Petit (Artistic Director), two American artists living in Paris, France. The S.E.D. choir has over 100 members and is open to all! They perform regularly in France throughout the year, and are known for their "joie de vivre,” authentic self-expression, and open hearts! They sing a repertoire of gospel, pop, musical theater, and original compositions and are accompanied by Remy Zeller on piano.

Westport Youth Choir

Eriko Hopkinson
Eriko comes from the islands of Okinawa, Japan. She has been involved in choral music since age of 11. She studied Music Education and Singing at the National University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, and took further studies in acting, singing and dance at the renowned Theatre Shiki Acting Institute in Tokyo. She has lived in the west of Ireland since 1994 and founded Westport Children's Choir in 2011, and Westport Youth Choir in 2015. She has studied choral conducting under Zoltan Pad, Gabriella Thiesz and Aria Birzina. She is passionate about exposing young singers to a diverse range of cultures through music.
Westport Youth Choir (ages 12-19) was established in 2015 to accommodate those singers who had aged out of Westport Children's Choir. We are a mixed a cappella group, with a diverse repertoire ranging from pop and blues to classical and baroque. We also delve into music from a range of different cultures from around the world. The group's leadership is member-driven and collaborative, with equal input into selection of material and performance.