A Choral Extravaganza - Federal Way Chorale

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A Choral Extravaganza - Federal Way Chorale

When we look back on ten years of Northwest Repertory Singers' performances, some of our mostmemorable concerts have been collaborations with other performing arts ensembles. Our experiencesperforming Mozart's Requiem and Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with Northwest Sinfonietta and maestroChristophe Chagnard immediately come to the fore. Our very first collaboration in May 2003 waswith The Coats, a popular a cappella quartet. This was also our first "sold-out" concert. We have experiencedcollaborations in jazz with the Kareem Kandi Quartet and in opera with the Rainier FamilyOpera Company. These collaborations have increased our audience base and provided some challengingand enjoyable experiences for our choir.Other collaborative highlights have been our concerts featuring outstanding high-school agemusicians, including Tacoma Youth Chorus, Emerald Ridge High School, Curtis High School, andTacoma School of the Arts Dance Company. Tonight we welcome two outstanding choirs to our stage.The Federal Way Chorale, under the direction of Laird M. Thornton, has been well established in theSouth Puget Sound since its founding in 1993. The Clark College Chorale, now in its fourth seasonand co-directed by April Duvic and Janet Reiter, provides choral opportunities for students, faculty,and members of the greater Vancouver, Washington, community. And we also welcome a talentedensemble of brass musicians from Stadium High School for our finale this evening.The directors of these ensembles have been friends and colleagues of mine for many years.April Duvic is an outstanding vocal coach and choral director who taught many of my former universitystudents. Janet Reiter directed one of the finest high-school choral programs in Washington duringher tenure at Mountain View High School in Vancouver, and I always heavily recruited her students.Several of them have gone on to successful professional careers in the performing arts. Laird Thorntonalso leads an outstanding choral program at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way. He is alsoa church musician and maintains a busy schedule as an opera and musical theater performer. It is aprivilege and honor to share this program with these three gifted musicians and their singers.Don't forget to mark your calendars for our Tenth Anniversary concerts on June 4 and 5. Wehave an outstanding program of repertoire planned, including the world premiere performance of "Invitationto Love," a commissioned work by Donna Gartman Schultz. We hope you will all be there tojoin in the celebration.Paul W. SchultzArtistic Director and FounderNorthwest Repertory Singers

Founded in the fall of 2001, the Northwest RepertorySingers (NWRS)are a premier vocal ensemblewhose missionistoenrich and educate the Northwest communitythrough the promotion and development of choral music.NWRS has quickly become one of the Puget Sound region'smostrevered choral ensembles. They sponsored theRollingRequiem in 2002 to commemorate the first anniversaryof September 11, presenting Mozart's Requiem toa capacity audience at Mason United Methodist Church.NWRS has presented collaborations with The Coats, TacomaYouthChorus, and the Lake Union CivicOrchestra,and they received critical acclaim for their March 2006performances ofMozart's Requiem with Northwest Sinfoniettaunder the direction of Christophe Chagnard.NWRS's June 2007 performance at Seattle Pro Musica'sAmerican Masterpieces Choral Festival received thehighest praise from composer Morten Lauridsen: ''Thisensemble is among the finest Ihave ever heard, displayingchoral art at its finest; a jewel among chamber chorusesin America." Renowned conductor Dale Warlanddeclared: "I never expect tohear a better performance ofthe Argento and the Lauridsen pieces than you gave atTown Hall. Superb!"In November 2007, NWRS received the Jim SmithAward from the Pierce County Arts Commission. Thisrecognition for contribution to the healthy development ofthe arts and the preservation of cultural traditions is oneof the prestigious Margaret K. Williams Awards. April2008featured two performances of Beethoven's SymphonyNo. 9 with Northwest Sinfonietta. Maestro Chagnardstated these performances were one of the highlights ofthe Sinfonietta's history. The Tacoma News Tribune concluded:"What ajoy to have an orchestra and singers ofthis caliber performing works like this-it's somethingTacoma should beproud of."NWRSensemble members are selected through arigorousaudition process, and each comes from arich musicaltradition. The collective effect of this experience isan ensemble with an unparalleled commitment to themusical, emotional, and technical performance of abroadrange ofmusical styles and genres.Paul W. Schultz, ArtisticDirectorA native of Richmond, Michigan,Dr. Schultz has accrued adistinguishedcareer as a teacher andconductor spanning over five decades.He received a BME andMA from Central Michigan University,aPh.D inmusic educationfrom Michigan State University,and has studied conducting withHelmuth Rilling at the InternationaleBachakademie in Stuttgart. He founded the NorthwestRepertory Singers in 2001. His choral ensembleshave consistently received acclaim fortheir standards inrepertoire, interpretation, and musicianship.Dr. Schultz taught in the public schools of Michiganand served onthe faculties of Tacoma School of the Arts,Michigan State University, and the University of PugetSound. He retired in 2006 after 44 years ofteaching. He isa life member ofthe American Choral Directors Association(ACDA)and a memberof ChorusAmerica. In 2004 hereceived aLifetime Achievement and Leadership awardfromthe ACDANorthwest Division. An active guest conductor,clinician, and adjudicator throughout the UnitedStates, Dr. Schultz resides in GigHarbor with his wife,composer Donna Gartman Schultz.Marjorie Skreen, AccompanistMs. Skreen received a BM from the University of PugetSound and an MM from the University of Washington.She isamember ofthe Tacoma Chapter MusicTeachersAssociation, where her students havebeen chosen as convention representatives.Ms. Skreen served on the PierceCollege faculty, and she currently accompaniesNWRSand serves as organistat Chapel Hill Presbyterian Churchin Gig Harbor. She has performed atthe Kennedy Center in Washington,DC, and has appeared as avocal soloistwith the Tacoma Symphony and asa featured artist with the Orpheus Chorus. She has accompaniedNWRSsince their founding in 2001.Kyle Haugen, Assistant ConductorMr. Haugen, a Tacoma native, directsthe YoungMen's Choir and co-directsthe mixed Chorale for Tacoma YouthChorus. He holds aBA from the Universityof Puget Sound, where he iscurrently a senior associate directorfor the Office of Admission, and theMaster of Sacred Music degree fromLuther Seminary in conjunction withSt. Olaf College. He has held churchmusic positions in the Tacoma area; inSt. Louis Park, Minnesota; and in Boston, where he wasthe tenor soloist for the premiere of Daniel Pinkham'sMissa Brevis. His setting of Lost in the Night is featuredinMinnesota PublicRadio's newrelease, Taste of the Holidays:Vol. 1, as recorded by Magnum Chorum for theirrecent album, Love Divine.

qede'C.a(1.WOe¥ elto'C.aleLaird M. Thornton, Artistic DirectorBrian Soushek, Assistant Artistic DirectorPhilip Wilkinson, AccompanistPraise to the Lord Joachim Neander (1689)trans. Catherine Winkworth (1863), arr. F. Melius ChristiansenPrayerThis MarriageRene Clausentext by Mother Teresa of CalcuttaEric Whitacretext by Jalal aI-Din Rumi2.ela'C./

J.dfo'C.tltwtit ~e'C.t0"IJ.8i.n.le'UPaul W. Schultz, Artistic Director and FounderMarjorie Skreen, AccompanistGlory Day (from Gabriel's Daughter)Henry MolliconeRussell Seaton, Melissa Canfield, and Melanie Locke, soloistsAJubilant SongKatie Walker Loffer, soloistNorman DelIoJoio4.cflte eomhil1eJ f/toi'U0, America! arr. Roger EmersonLaird M. Thornton, conductorLamentations of JeremiahApril Duvic, conductoro you people who pass this way,look and see if there existsany sorrow (agony) like unto my sorrow.Remember, Lord, consider and noticeour humiliation and disgrace!Z. Randall StroopeSong of TriumphAnthem of PeaceJanet Reiter, conductorPaul W. Schultz, conductorStadium High School Brass EnsembleMarjorie Skreen, organistDale Grotenhuisarr. Mack Wilberg

The Federal Way Chorale was formed in 1993 by a smallgroup ofFederal Way residents (including first artistic directorDon Barrows) who wanted to bring vibrant choralmusic to the community. Today the Chorale, under theartistic direction ofLaird Thornton, is achorus 70strong,performing awide variety of choral music-from classicsto madrigals tospirituals to Broadway.The mission of the Chorale is toprovide Federal Wayand surrounding areas with an inspirational musical experience:for its talented vocalists to learn and to performmusic in a variety of styles, in a quality manner, bringingtogether musicians of diverse backgrounds, from teenagersto senior citizens, without regard to amateur or professionalstatus; and toinspire and encourage interest inthe performing arts.The goal of the Chorale is musical excellence. Throughits performances, the Chorale seeks to become recognizedas one of the Northwest's premier choral organizations.Each member belongs to the Chorale because he or shereceives much joy from singing, and takes pride in theChorale's accomplishments.In the 2009-2010 season, the Chorale's Christmas concertfeatured Vivaldi's Gloria and Britten's Ceremony ofCarols. In April 2010, the Chorale sang with the AuburnSymphony Orchestra in a presentation ofProkofiev's AlexanderNeusky. In May 2010, the Chorale's program featuredchoral versions ofworks ofBroadway great StephenSchwartz. The Chorale isextremely proud tohave hostedas special guest artists at that concert the newly formedWashington Korean Chamber Ensemble.On April 3, 2011, the Chorale will perform Beethoven'sSymphony No.9 and other works with the Federal WaySymphony, and the June 4 and 5spring concert will featureaconcert version of Schonberg and Boublil's Les Miserables.For more information, visit the Chorale's websiteat www.fwchorale.com.Laird M. Thornton, DirectorMr. Thornton received his Bachelorof Music in Performance from PacificUniversity in Forest Grove, Oregon,and did his graduate work invocalstudies at the University of SouthernCalifornia. He earned his teaching certificateat the University of Washingtonwhere he studied choral conductingunder Abraham Kaplan. He hasconducted many major choral worksincluding Fanshawe's African Sanctus.In addition to his duties with the Federal Way Chorale,Mr. Thornton has maintained an active performance careerin the Seattle area, singing with Seattle Opera andTacoma Opera, as well as smaller regional opera companies.He has also appeared in musical theater productionswith Civic Light Opera, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, andPuget Sound Musical Theatre. He has performed asasoloistwith the Northwest Chorale, the Seattle RepertoryJazz Orchestra, and the Choir of the Sound, among others.He is currently Director of Choral Music at Grace LutheranChurch in Des Moines and Director of Vocal MusicatThomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way. Hishigh-school ensembles and musical theater productionshave a long record ofregional and national awards..The Clark College Chorale is in its fourth season and isco-directed by April B. Duvic and Janet Reiter. Membershipiscomprised ofClark College students, faculty, andstaff, and musicians from the community, ranging in agefrom 16 to life-long singers intheir 80s. With its combinedmembership of college and non-college choristers, theChorale boasts multi-generations of families as well aslocal public school music teachers. In addition to its collegeperformances each term, the Chorale has performedat Portland's Grotto Festival of Lights Holiday ConcertSeries, the Friends of the Carpenter concert, and mostrecently was the guest choir for Vancouver's First UnitedMethodist Church's "Sing Your Own Messiah," conductedby Dr. Donald Appert. The Chorale has more than doubledin numbers in its four years.April Brookins Duvic, Co-DirectorA member oftheClark College musicfaculty since 1990,Ms. Duvic is directorof the Women's Choral Ensemble,Concert Choir, co-directs the ClarkCollege Chorale, and teaches AppliedVoice, Music Education, and MusicAppreciation courses. She is atwotimerecipient ofthe Exceptional FacultyAward, Clark College'saward foracademic excellence (2001 and 2007). She earned aBMfrom Whitman College and a MST from Portland StateUniversity. An active member ofthe National AssociationofTeachers of Singing, the American Choral DirectorsAssociation, the Music Teachers National Associationand theMusic Educators National Conference, sheis a frequent adjudicator for both choral and solo vocalcompetitions and master classes. She has also receivedrecognition as the teacher ofthe2001 and 2003 NationalWinners of the MTNA High School Voice Competition.Ms. Duvic performs with Chor Anno, a group comprisedof choral directors and singers from Washington and 01'-

PresidentCasey HuckabyVice PresidentSteve ShulzeSecretaryCarrie KuhelTreasurerTom MartinArtistic DirectorPaul W. SchultzDirectorsThomas BlackTed FahyMartin GrahamSteve PierceAdvisory BoardJohn MeGilliardCarol WebsterThis concert will celebrate the culmination of theTenth Anniversary season of NWRS. The concertwill include works by some of America's top composers,including Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein,and John Corigliano. Special guests and dignitarieswill join in the celebration, a fitting tributeto a decade of choral artistry.Saturday, June 4, 7:30pmSunday, June 5, 3:00pmCONDUCTOR'S CIRCLE ($1000+)Tom & Marilyn BlackClark Nuber, PSGreg & Diane GossMartin & Karen GrahamMicrosoft CorporationSteve ShulzePatty ThomsonBENEFACTOR ($500-$999)John & Carol McGilliardSteve & Ruth PierceCarrie & Larry KuhelVernon & Teresa TroyChris & Carol WebsterPATRON ($250-$499)Christine HallCasey Huckaby & Michelle ToyJim & Margret McDonald -Paul & Donna SchultzSUSTAINING ($150-$249)Dr. Ted FahyAndrea & Vince KueterPaul & Karen MartinTom & Julie MartinJack & Nadine SlamaFRIEND ($49--$149)J enelle BlackWalter & Arlys BosselmannBoeing CorporationBeverly CoxJane DavidDeborah HagardtMay W. HammondRobert & Jean HardwickLaura Hull & John AtwillCarolyn JohnsonErnest & Marilyn KarlstromJoan KlynTim McManemy & Mia GrossDoris MorrillLouise PolizzottoSolveig Robinson & Peter GrosvenorRobert & Shirley WagersDONOR ($1-$49)Jason & Nora GoldenAnn JacobsonJudith KarmanMarie LyndemereThama NorthropPat PatnodeNorthwest Repertory Singers would like to thank the following businessesfor their support of our Tenth Anniversary Season:Prosser Piano ~OrganCLARK NUBERNWRS would also like to thank the staff and members of MasonUnited Methodist Church for the use of this beautiful facility. Specialthanks to Sharon O'Toole, office manager, Robert Dietz, custodian,Jeff Orr, music director, Gail Parker, sound technician, andJoe Miller, senior pastor.We wish to acknowledge the following people for their contributionsto this concert: Solveig Robinson, program design; JasonGolden, design of publicity materials; Marsha Perry and StephenWightman, ticket sales; Martin Graham, concert logistics and ticketsales; Jennie Traeger and Julie Martin, concert attire.NWRS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a member ofChorus America and the Proctor District Association. If you areinterested in more information about NWRS audition schedules orgiving opportunities, please contact us at www.nwrs.org.NORTHWEST REPERTORY SINGERS2522 N. Proctor, PMB 382, Tacoma, WA 98406Phone: 253-572-4831; Email: nwrs@nwrs.orgWeb: www.nwrs.org©2011 NWRS

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