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Spring 4-17-2010

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Chamber Choir Invitational!

Last year, when Mr. Rob Wray proposed the idea for this festival, I was thrilled that our department would host such an event. With a choral background and a personal love of Chamber Choir music, I was both professional and personally grateful for his efforts.

Little did I know how successful it would be and that last year's success would be even greater the second time around. All thanks to you- the participating choirs and your directors.

Today is about the choral art. There are no winners and losers, just a day when you all come together, support one another, learn from other choirs and our wonderful adjudicators and clinician (one of my favorite people, by the way!), and leave ready to continue the life-long challenge and pure joy choral singing brings to those lucky enough to do it.

Please accept my thanks on behalf of everyone in the Marshall University Department of Music and College of Fine Arts for spending this day with us. We are better off for having you here, and I thank you for that.


Dr. Jeffrey Pappas


Bethany Brunelle, soloist

East Carter High School Choir, East Carter High School, Grayson,KY

Mark Deakins, director

James Sparks, pianist

9th and 10th Grade Ensemble, Chapmanville Regional High School, Chapmanville, WV

Brenda Hager, director

Rhapsody in Blue Chamber Choir, Ripley High School, Ripley, WV

John E. Ryder, director

Abby O'Brien, soloist

Wayne Singers, Wayne High School, Wayne, WV

Bill Glover, director

Kathy Matt, pianist

Collegium musicum, Cabell Midland High School, Ona, WV

T. Edwin Harkless, director

Marshall University Chamber Choir

David Castleberry, director

Mark Smith, pianist

Logan High School Choir, Logan High School, Logan, WV

Jean Kirk, director

T.K. Lombarso, piano

Chamber Choir, Cabell Midland High School, Ona, WV

T. Edwin Harkless, director

Travis Edwards, tenor

Rachel Wheeler, piano

Chamber Singers, George Washington High School, Charleston, WV

Mark Hornbaker, director

Chamber Singers, Raceland-Worthington High School, Raceland, KY

Thomas Stephens, director

Oak Hill High School Choir, Oak Hill High School, Oak Hill, OH

Bryce Werntz, director

Joyce McClurg, piano

Jordan Henry, tenor

Marshall University Chorus,

Robert Wray, director

T.K. Lombardo, pianist

Meet the Adjudicators

Dr. Angela Batey is recognized as a prominent conductor, clinician, adjudicator and teacher whose wide variety of experience encompasses professional, university, high school, community and church choruses. She is Director of Choral Activities, conducts the Chamber Singers and teaches conducting courses at the graduate levels. Dr. Batey has been selected as a James R. Cox Professor, one of only three at the University of Tennessee. She is Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church. Dr. Batey is a Past-President of the Tennessee American Choral Directors Association. She has been Conductor of the Roane Choral Society, Associate Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Florida, a professional chorus, Associate Music Director of the Florida Ambassadors of Music and Festival Director of the International Cathedral Music Festival held annually in the United Kingdom. Dr. Batey has appeared as a clinician for the American Choral Directors Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, Florida Vocal Association, and is a frequent adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor of choral festivals, honors choirs and educational workshops. Her concern for excellence in education is the focal point of her teaching career. Dr. Batey holds two degrees from Birmingham-Southern College in Music Education and Musical Theatre, a master's degree from The Florida State University in Music Education and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. In addition, she has studied Conducting with Hugh Thomas, Joseph Flummerfelt, Robert Shaw, Colleen Kirk, Clayton Krehbiel, Andre Thomas, Don V Moses and Larry Wyatt.

Dr. David Castleberry, Professor of Music, has served as Director of Choral Activities at Marshall since 1990. Under his direction, the Chamber Choir has established itself as one of the premier choirs of the region and has performed music spanning in any style periods and cultures. The ensemble tours frequently and has been heard widely on recordings and in broadcasts; Dr. Castleberry is the former President of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association and has performed and written extensively on many topics related to choral music literature and techniques. He has served twice as President of WV ACDA and as a member of the Editorial Board of Choral Journal a monthly publication of ACDA, where he edited the CD Reviews column and contributed many articles and reviews.

Dr. H.G. Young III is Professor of Music at West Virginia University, Parkersburg, where he conducts the College Chorale and teaches courses in music theory, history, and appreciation. He earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, masters' degrees from West Virginia University, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida with additional studies at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. He has conducted choral works from all periods and styles and has prepared singers for performances under Robert Shaw and with Dave Brubeck. An advocate for the creation of new music, he has been responsible for the commissioning of choral compositions by nine American composers, including two Continental Harmony projects, funded by the American Composers Forum and National Endowment for the Arts. A life member of the American Choral Directors Association, he served as state president, is a frequent sight singing judge for the WV-ACDA High School Chamber Choir auditions, and received WV-ACDA's Jean Singer Award for Distinguished Service to Choral Music in 2004. Dr. Young was selected as one of three finalists for Professor of the Year 2000 for all public and private colleges and universities in the state by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia.


Smith Recital Hall

Library of Congress Authorities

Clausen, René, 1953- All that hath life and breath, praise ye the Lord

Lauridsen, Morten, 1943- Chansons des roses. Dirait-on

Stroope, Z. Randall. Where the earth meets the sky. Pasture

Clements, John, 1910- Flower of beauty

Lauridsen, Morten, 1943- Chansons des roses. Contre qui, rose

Hassler, Hans Leo, 1564-1612. Sacri concentus. Cantate Domino, voices (12)

Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da, 1525?-1594. Alma Redemptoris Mater (Motet), voices (8) (Collegio romano)

Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897. Quartets, mixed solo voices, piano, op. 64. An die Heimat


recitals, choral music, motets, vocal ensembles, secular music, sacred music


Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts | Music | Music Performance

Marshall University Music Department Presents the 2010 Marshall University Chamber Choir Invitational, Dr. Angela Batey, Adjudicator/Guest Clinician, Dr. David Castleberry, Adjudicator, Dr. H.G. Young III, Adjudicator