A Quiet Alleluia, Kenton Coe
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Carolina Concert Choir 2014-2015 Season
Lawrence Doebler, Conductor/Artistic Director
The Carolina Concert Choir invites you to hear Western
North Carolina’s premier choral ensemble live in concert.
Carolina Concert Choir is one of Western North Carolina’s greatest
musical treasures that produces big-city, professional-quality
choral performances in our mountain community.
The musicians sing because they love to sing and their passion
for their craft is evident in each performance.
Join us in our 2014-2015 Season.
Saturday, December 6, 2014 3:00 PM
J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” with orchestra and
seasonal music Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM
HISTORY OF THE CAROLINA CONCERT CHOIR, 1979-currently
The Carolina Concert Choir, formerly the Carolina Chamber Singers, began in 1979 as a madrigal group of ten to twelve voices directed by Dr. Robert Barrow, retired head of the Music Department at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Beverly Ward, who was dean of the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Guild of Organists, directed the growing ensemble from 1980 to 1996. The group performed classical and contemporary pieces, including some composed by Ward. Several guest conductors directed the Choir during the 1996-2002 seasons -- Dr. Carl Gilmer, John Semingson, Dr. Joy Berg, Anne Rhymer and Ward Scott. From 2002-2013 the Carolina Concert Choir performed under the direction of Bradford Gee. During his eleven years as Conductor/Artistic Director of the Carolina Concert Choir, Mr. Gee focused on excellence in repertoire and performance.
The Carolina Concert Choir is associated closely with Blue Ridge Community College and uses a portion of the proceeds from its annual Christmas concert to fund a music scholarship. The College reciprocates by granting academic credit to music students who sing in the Choir.
The Choir is comprised of rich and diverse voices from Hendersonville, Asheville, and upstate South Carolina. In June 2005, May 2006, June 2007 and May 2009 the Choir performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; performances were held in either St. Philips Episcopal Church or the historic First Baptist Church, in downtown Charleston.
In the fall of 2013 Professor Lawrence Doebler assumed leadership of the Carolina Concert Choir as Conductor/ Artistic Director.”Lawrence Doebler served as director of choral activities at the Ithaca College School of Music. In his 35 years at Ithaca College, he led the Ithaca College Choir on tour in the United States and Ireland, founded the Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest and Festival (1979) that has generated 33 commissioned works published by Theodore Presser and Roger Dean Publishing, appeared at major MENC and ACDA conventions with the choir, and conducted the Ithaca College Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and other major venues. Orff’s Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem were two of the most recent works he conducted at Lincoln center. On April 19, 2013 Professor Doebler conducted the Ithaca College Choir and Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln center performing Poulenc’s Gloria with Jessica Julin, alumna soprano soloist. The Ithaca College Choir and faculty-student orchestra under Professor Doebler’s direction performed Bach’s B Minor Mass in the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia, and at the Ithaca College School of Music in 2010.
Professor Doebler is an active guest conductor and clinician, offering workshops in movement, editing Renaissance music, and conducting. Doebler’s early training in keyboard, strings, voice, and brass led to degrees in conducting from Oberlin Conservatory and Washington University in St. Louis. He began his professional career in 1960 at Smith College. From 1971 through 1978 he taught and conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received awards for research and teaching excellence form the University of Wisconsin and Ithaca College, and he helped establish the master of music degree in conducting at Ithaca. The Lorenz Company in the Roger Dean Catalogue publishes his editions of Renaissance music. In addition to his academic appointments, he has served a music director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble and has been the director of music at churches in Cleveland, St. Louis, Madison and Ithaca.
Professor Doebler and his wife Patty have been married for 46 years and made their permanent home in Hendersonville, North Carolina in 2013.
KATHERINE MENEFEE PRICE
Katherine Menefee Price, in addition to being a highly accomplished flutist with solo and concert credits at major New York venues, is also a skilled and experienced collaborative pianist. She began to study piano when she was five years old, flute at age ten, and in high school was active as a pianist and flutist, and accompanist for choirs.
Educated at Stetson University, the Brevard Music Center, the Juilliard School,and the Dalcroze School of Music, Ms. Price has had many accompanying opportunities. These included playing for flute juries during her years at Juilliard, Music Director for the Triangle Theatre Company in Durham, NC; accompanist for the 92 Street YMHA.
Professional Children's Theater Company; choral accompanying at schools in Long Beach, NY; Blair Academy, and the Kent Place School in NJ, and extensive experience as a pianist and flutist for instrumental and chamber music recitals. She also worked on the artistic and administrative staff of the NJ Youth Symphony, and the NJ Youth Orchestra.
Ms. Price is the pianist, choir director, and Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, and maintains a private teaching studio.
Composer in Residence
From 2002-12 Kenton Coe served as Composer in residence for the Carolina Concert Choir. During the choir’s Spring 2009 concert, Mr. Coe’s first commissioned piece for the Carolina Concert Choir was premiered, “The Architects of Heaven”. At that same concert, the choir performed another Coe work entitled “A Quiet Alleluia”, which has been adopted as an encore piece for every concert since.
A native of Johnson City Tennessee, Kenton Coe began his musical training at the Cadek Conservatory in Chattanooga and continued his studies in Knoxville before attending Sewanee Academy. He attended Hobart College in upstate New York before entering Yale University from which he graduated as a History of Music major. He studied composition with Paul Hindemith and Quincy Porter. He worked privately for three years in Paris with Nadia Boulanger both at the Paris Conservatory and the American School at Fontainebleau and received two French Government scholarships at her request.
Among Kenton Coe’s abundance of musical compositions and scores, he was sponsored by Aaron Copland and received two fellowships from the MacDowell Colony where he began his first full length opera, “South”, which premiered in 1965 by the Opera of Marseilles under the direction of conductor Jean-Pierre Marty. A new production of “South’ was given by the Paris Opera with an opening night Gala in the presence of President and Madame Pompidou. A studio recording by the French Radio of his opera was given as part of their American Bicentennial celebration and has been rebroadcast most recently in 1989.
In addition to his numerous stage credits, Mr. Coe has scores of Choral, Instrumental, Orchestral, and published songs. For more detail of his expansive resume and history visit: http://www.ageefilms.org/coe.html .
Most recently, he wrote the musical score for the PBS documentary: “APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People” which is the first environmental history series ever made of the Appalachian region. An all-star cast, narrated by Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek, also includes Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson and best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver, explores the intersection of natural history and human history in one of America’s grandest treasures. http://www.appalachiafilm.org/