Artist's NameMack Wilberg
Artist's NameRobert Istad
Artist's NameJoseph Michael Martin
Artist's NameChristopher W. Peterson
Artist's NameSasha Grossman
Participating Group Directors
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.
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 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.
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 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.”
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 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.