A Summer Night of Love in Old Vienna

Friday, July 19, 2013 WWU Performinig Arts Center Concert Hall | 7:30 PM

Choral Arts Symposium Chamber Choir | Vance George, Conductor
Whitney Reader, Piano | Wade Dingman, Piano

O schöne Nacht, Op. 92, No. 1 Johannes Brahms
Heidi Kim, Soprano; Rebecca Robinson, Mezzo-Soprano;
John St Marie, Tenor; Martin Brubaker, Baritone
The Lord is My Shepherd, D 706 | Women's Voices & Piano Franz Schubert
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118 | Heidi Kim, Soprano & Whitney Reader, Pianist Schubert
Impromptu, Op. 90, No. 4 | Whitney Reader, Pianist Schubert
Ständchen, D 957 | Rebecca Robinson, Mezzo-Soprano; Men's Voices & Piano Schubert
Love Songs & New Love Songs | Whitney Reader & Wade Dingman, Pianists Brahms
O broken heart, Op 65, no. 1
My beloved, not so close, Op. 65, No. 13
Oh, the ladies, Op. 52, No. 3
When you fondly glance at me, Op. 52, No. 8
Crashing waters from on high, Op. 65, No. 7
Hungarian Dance, Op. 69, No. 1 | Whitney Reader & Wade Dingman, Pianists Brahms
Three Gypsy Songs | Whitney Reader, Pianist Brahms
Hey there, gypsy, Op. 103, No. 1 | John St Marie, Tenor Solo
Roses red are blooming, Op. 112, No. 4
Heaven's light streams bright, Op. 112, No. 3
Intermezzo, Op. 118, No.2 | Whitney Reader, Pianist Brahms
In Conclusion, Op. 65, No. 15 | Whitney Reader & Wade Dingman, Pianists Brahms
Ave Maria, D 839 | Heidi Kim, Soprano & Piano Schubert
How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place, Op. 45 Brahms

The Choral Arts Symposium

For the past seven days twenty young choral conductors have immersed themselves in the music of Schubert, Brahms and Verdi.

They have devoted long hours daily to the craft of choral and orchestral rehearsal techniques. They have studied and experienced a synthesis of how the text relates to vocal range, the uniformity of vowel color, phrase structure, overall key relationships and languages which all come together to make an expressive whole. How to bring a seemingly effortless performance that satisfies musically and spiritually has been our focus.

Last year the first symposium brought together five students who gave some positive responses. "In depth score study and concurrent performance preparation realizes both the theoretical and practical aspects of music." "For me it was one of the richest experiences i have had in my past 24 years of singing and directing music...the natural beauty around us magnified our time together...kindred choral colleagues...absolutely priceless."

This year these twenty musicians range in experience from elementary, middle and high school teaching to university and professional work. They have come together to hone their musical, score reading, rehearsal techniques and conducting skills. The symposium has made an effort to tailor their study to their needs on the job. Ann MacDonald and Vance George have worked hard to make the symposium a success.

Rose Dyer
Jenn Evora
Marty Hitchcock
*Diane Johnson
*Heidi Kim
*Bonny Ledray
*Sarah Russell
Mary Sommerville
Jake Davis
*Nicholas Koo
*Joseph Livesey
Derek Langhorn
*David Post
*Gerald Rutgers
*John St. Marie
Leith Swenson
*Miriam Anderson
*Debbie Brown
*Xiomara Di Maio
*Deanna Gestrin
Margie Katz
*Rachel Mast
Tonya Myers
*Carol Reed-Jones
*Rebecca Robinson
*Peggy Szu-Jan
*Martin Brubaker
Roger Clark
*Brooks Gingerich
*Hussein Janmohamed
Eric Morgan
*Michael Stuart
John Tilley

* Choral Arts Symposium Personnel

Featured Guest Artists

Vance George, ConductorVance George, Conductor

Vance George is recognized internationally as one of the world's leading choral conductors. He has conducted throughout the U.S. as well as Europe, Australia and Asia. His performances encompass the major choral/orchestral repertoire including the passions of Bach, the choral works of Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Verdi, Faure, Poulenc and Stravinsky.

His range of musical styles, knowledge of languages, mastery of vocal colors, and synthesis of the choral-orchestral tradition has been lauded by audiences, critics, and conductors. His work embodies the legacy of the great maestros and mentors he has known as protege and colleague, especially Kurt Masur, John Nelson, Helmut Rilling, Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Shaw, Julius Herford, Margaret Hillis, Robert Page, Otto Werner-Mueller, and Mary Oyer

Martin Brubaker, Bass/BaritoneMartin Brubaker, Bass/Baritone

Martin Brubaker holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Communication from Goshen College (Goshen, IN). He is a two-year member of the Saint Joseph Valley Camerata, a semi-professional chorus from northern Indiana. He currently lives and works in Goshen as a sub-contractor and freelance photographer. Aside from indulging his passion for choral music, Martin enjoys weekend camping trips and coaching high school soccer.

Wade Dingman, Piano

Washington native, Wade Dingman is a graduate from Western Washington University with degrees in Piano and French. He furthered his studies in piano and vocal accompanying in Salzburg and Graz, Austria. He holds a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from the University of Notre Dame and Germany's highest degree in Organ Performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany. He has taught and performed extensively throughout Europe and locally as an organist, pianist and vocal accompanist. He is currently the Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bellingham, and a staff accompanist in the vocal department at WWU.

Heidi J. Kim, SopranoHeidi J. Kim, Soprano

Heidi J. Kim, soprano, has had a varied career as a soloist and member of some of the United States' most prestigious professional choirs. She has sung with Conspirare, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, with whom she appeared on the Grammy nominated CD, Evocation of the Spirit. She co-founded Portland Pro Musica (Maine), an early music vocal chamber ensemble that debuted in 2004 to critical acclaim. She has sung for many internationally renowned conductors, including Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, James Conlon, Peter Schreier, and Placido Domingo. She is currently a member of the St. Mark's Cathedral Choir in Seattle, WA.

Rebecca Robinson, Mezzo-sopranoRebecca Robinson, Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Robinson is a first year Master's student at McGill in the studio of Mr. Sanford Sylvan. This year she sang the title role in Opera McGill's production of Handel's Rinaldo and Erminella in the Canadian premier of John Musto's Volpone. Previously based in Chicago, she did her undergraduate study at DePaul University with teachers Jane Bunnell and Susanne Mentzer, and was a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus from 2010-2012. She joined the Central City Opera's Studio Artist program last summer, where she covered the role of Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti's The Medium, as well as performed in the mainstage shows and scenes programs. Earlier that spring, Rebecca won first place in the Donald Chen Young Artist Competition in Chicago.

Whitney Reader, PianoWhitney Reader, Piano

A native of Kansas, Mr. Reader studied violin and conducting in his home town of Wichita before moving to Europe, where he has served as a pianist and conductor for various opera houses and festivals in Germany and Switzerland, including those in Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Geneva, and Vevey. He is pleased to return to Bellingham this summer where he will serve as assistant to the Music Director as well as collaborative pianist for the Choral Arts Symposium.

John St. Marie, TenorJohn St. Marie, Tenor

John St. Marie is a frequent soloist in the Los Angeles area and critically acclaimed for his versatile, impassioned performances. As a featured soloist, John has been heard in numerous master works including Bach's St. John Passion and Magnificat, Handel's Messiah and Chandos Anthems, Vaughan Williams' Hodie and Mass in G Minor, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Mass in C, and Ninth Symphony, Haydn's Missa in Angustiis and Die Schöpfung, and Mendelssohn's Elijah and Conversion of St. Paul with noted choral organizations in Southern California area including the Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Millennium Consort Singers, San Fernando Valley Master Chorale, Opera Pacific, Mountainside Master Chorale and various high-profile church music programs. John has performed nationally and internationally and his vocal talents can be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, popular video games and Grammy Nominated classical and pop music albums.