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Who Are The Brave: Music In Honor Of President’s Day

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Acts

Joseph Michael Martin, Composer/Conductor
The Music of Joseph Martin
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Robert Istad, Guest Conductor
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Hanson: Song of Democracy

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Christopher W. Peterson, Guest Conductor
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Hanson: Song of Democracy

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Mack Wilberg, Composer/Conductor
The Music of Mack Wilberg
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Also Featuring:

Sasha Grossman, Boy Soprano Solo

Special Guests

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Mack Wilberg

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Robert Istad

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Joseph Michael Martin

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Christopher W. Peterson

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Sasha Grossman

Participating Groups

Chariton High School Concert Choir

Sydney Jewish Choral Society Inc

The Celebration Choir of First Baptist Church of Perry

Gold Coast Concert Chorus

Riverside Poly High School Choir

Deseret Chamber Choir

Kennesaw United Methodist Church Choirs

Fanshawe Chorus London and Chorus Hamilton

Sycamore Community Singers (Ohio/United States)

Great Falls Community Gospel Choir

Laingsburg Community Singers

Minnesota Saints Chorale

The Anson Singers

California State University, Fullerton Symphonic Chorus

Community United Methodist Church Choir

Citrus Community Concert Choir

First Presbyterian Chancel Choir, Clifton, TX

Sunset High School Choir

Shelby County Texas

Emmanuel Baptist Singers

Participating Group Directors

Sydney Jewish Choral Society Inc
Rose Grausman
Born and raised in Russia, Rose trained at the Moscow Musical College and the Gnesinski Musical Institute. She worked at a Moscow school for musically talented children and at the Kabalevsky Laboratory before migrating to Australia in 1989. Since her arrival in Sydney, Rose has taught piano and musicianship in schools and privately. She worked as a choral conductor with the Sydney Children’s Choir and Singers 2000 and became the musical director of the Sydney Jewish Choral Society in 1989. Her leadership, guidance and mentorship has seen the Society successfully meet the challenges of a rigorous performance schedule.

Formed 33 years ago, the Sydney Jewish Choral Society has established itself on Sydney’s cultural scene. Its members come from a wide range of professions, countries and musical backgrounds. Its repertoire has been wide ranging too, taking in classical, opera, jazz and musicals, popular and folk music in many languages. But within the variety there is a common note: the love of the choristers for singing and performing. Using music as a bridge between the Jewish and wider communities, the Society aims wherever possible to support worthy causes, and to promote harmony and tolerance.

Chariton High School Concert Choir
Tyler J. Urich
The Chariton High School Concert Choir is under the direction of Mr. Tyler Urich. Mr. Urich earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wartburg College in 2007, and has completed graduate work through the University of Northern Iowa. While at Wartburg, he had the opportunity to perform in some of the most famous opera houses and cathedrals in the world. In May of 2014, he was awarded the Professional Educators of Iowa Teacher of the Year award. He is currently in his thirteenth year of teaching and his seventh year at Chariton High School.

The Chariton High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Mr. Tyler Urich, is the premiere vocal ensemble at Chariton High School, Chariton, IA. This select group is chosen by audition each May. The Concert Choir is comprised of 60 singers in grades 9-12. The choir rehearses and performs music of varying styles and genres. Each year, the choir looks foreword to presenting four concerts. In February, 2017, the Concert Choir made their Carnegie Hall premier, under the direction of Dr. Lee Nelson.

The Celebration Choir of First Baptist Church of Perry
Warren Rogers
Warren Rogers currently serves as the Worship Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Perry, Georgia. As a 36 year veteran of worship ministry, he has traveled all over the world in mission and concert programs. As a Worship Pastor and as a member of The Sons of Jubal and The Jubal Brass, he has played and sang in places such as China (Beijing), North Korea (Pyongyang), Israel (Jerusalem), Palestine (Bethlehem), Venezuela (Caracas), Moldova, and throughout the United States. He is married to Jerilyn Rogers and is the proud father of Joshua, Caleb, Hannah, and Jonathan.

The Celebration Choir of First Baptist Church of Perry has a long-standing tradition of providing quality musical leadership to the worship programs of their church. They not only lead worship each Sunday throughout the year, but they also provide great annual community worship events such as "A Night of Joy", "A Night of Worship", and the patriotic extravaganza, the "God Bless America Day". The Celebration Choir is comprised of all volunteers and it's membership is open to any interested church attender. The choir is under the direction of Rev. Warren Rogers and is accompanied by Brenda Bullard.

Riverside Poly High School Choir
Kristen Walton

Kristen Walton is in her seventh year as the director of choirs at Riverside Poly High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from CSU Fullerton. She currently sings as a member of Pacific Chorale and serves on the board for the Southern California Vocal Association.


Riverside Poly High School Choir is comprised of members from two ensembles, Chamber Singers and Bella Voce. These students are part of a very active program that performs throughout Southern California and the United States. Students from this ensemble regularly participate in regional and national honor choirs as well as numerous Southern California Festivals.

Deseret Chamber Choir
Brandon A. Stroup
Brandon Stroup, Director of Choirs at Cibola High School, is in his sixteenth year of choral music education. A first-generation college graduate, Stroup received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Capital University, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Messiah College, and is pursuing a PhD in Music Education through the Liberty University School of Music. Stroup has been named Teacher of the Year three times, and in 2016 was the youngest person ever to receive the Tribute of the Muse award, in recognition of the significant contributions he has made to the arts in Yuma, Arizona.

Deseret Chamber Choir was founded in 2016 and is comprised of singers of various backgrounds and faiths; singers for whom music is their vocation, and singers for whom music is their avocation! Despite the multi-faceted backgrounds of the members, DCC is united by a desire to make positive contributions to Southwest Arizona. The choir strives to go beyond entertainment, providing meaningful experiences for musicians and audience members alike; experiences that provide hope, joy, peace, and the witness that all of these can be found in and through faith. Most recently, the choir presented Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.”

Gold Coast Concert Chorus
Elizabeth Helms
As conductor, music director, collaborative pianist, music educator, and church musician, Elizabeth Helms plays an integral part in building and sustaining a strong, vibrant musical community in Ventura County. She currently works with Gold Coast Concert Chorus, Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation, Ventura College Music Department, Church of the Foothills and in her private music studio. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Redlands, and Master of Arts from California Lutheran University in 2005. ​The 2018-19 season marks her 18th year with the Gold Coast Concert Chorus. As Artistic Director since 2006, she has led the chorus in its continued success, including a journey to Carnegie Hall in New York City. She was principal accompanist for the GCCC from 2000 to 2005 under the direction of her late husband, Kenneth Helms. ​As Principal Collaborative Pianist and Associate Conductor of the Master Chorale of Ventura County, her skills have been given high praise by such choral luminaries as Vance George, Conductor Emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus; Boris Brott, Music Director Emeritus of the New West Symphony; and Paul Salamunovich, Music Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. ​Creating challenging learning and performance opportunities in a positive, generous environment, and helping students of all ages to find and nurture their musical voice is the focus of her work with the students of Ventura College, the singers in her choirs, and the many piano and vocal students she has taught. Ms. Helms’ deep belief in the value of music education and her enthusiasm for the collaborative arts makes her sought after as teacher, accompanist, and conductor.

The Gold Coast Concert Chorus began in January, 1988. For its first program, the Chorus’ original 35 singers and two other choirs in Ventura, presented Mendelssohn’s “Hymn of Praise” to celebrate Trinity Lutheran Church’s 50th anniversary. The original goal of the chorus was to “provide an opportunity for people to sing, but without the stringent qualifications required by organizations with a classical repertoire.” This philosophy piqued the interest of the choral community and the chorus quickly expanded. Today, the Gold Coast Concert Chorus is proud to be Ventura’s largest community chorus consisting of over 100 active singers. ​The Chorus adopted a format of presenting a holiday concert incorporating familiar tunes, a mid season concert consisting ofchoral classics, and a spring concert of light mixtures of choral selections. The GCCC has also actively participated in several community outreach events throughout the years. In 1996, the Chorus began “Klassics for Kids”, a special performance program brought to children as a means of introducing them to the world of choral music. Gold Coast Concert Chorus has represented Ventura’s musical community in several successful concert tours including performing in Carnegie Hall (under the direction of John Rutter) and Lincoln Center in 1991, Great Britain -1995, and to France, Italy and Croatia in 1998. The chorus toured Central and Eastern Europe in 2001 and performed the British premiere of Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” with members of the English Symphony Orchestra in 2004. In February of 2013, this versatile group came full circle and returned to Carnegie Hall on an invitation to participate in a joint choral concert of Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.”

Kennesaw United Methodist Church Choirs
Christine Edwards Salazar
Christine has been directing choirs of all ages for ten years and brings her passion for music and worship to this wonderful experience at Carnegie Hall. She began her ministry while studying music education at Kennesaw State University, and went on to broaden her spiritual abilities through masters studies in Worship Arts at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is grateful for Kennesaw United Methodist Church, where she has had the opportunity to engage in both modern and traditional worship with her husband, Guillermo. Christine looks forward to continuing her ministry work in service of Jesus Christ for many years to come.

Kennesaw United Methodist Church is proud home to two children’s choirs, a youth choir, and two adult choirs. Nestled in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA, KUMC is a diverse and welcoming church, and the choral ensembles reflect that passion for showing God’s love to the community. The combined youth and adult choirs present two full-length concerts every year with a professional orchestra aside from leading in weekly worship services. The choir is excited about the opportunity to stand the Carnegie Hall stage and perform with Joseph Martin, one of their favorite composers. Praise God for this amazing opportunity.

Sycamore Community Singers (Ohio/United States)