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Keuka College Chorale, Band to Perform with the University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Dr. David Harman

The Keuka College Chorale and the Keuka College Band will perform with the University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Free and open to the public, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

The program includes Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 by Richard Strauss; Symphony No. 5 by Franz Shubert; and Ode to Peace by Beethoven, and arranged by Gregg Christiansen, who serves as the College’s instrumental music instructor. Christiansen has also arranged Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which will serve as the concert’s finale.

Led by Dr. David Harman, the University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra will mark its third time coming to campus and will feature Dr. Gregory Savich on French horn. The orchestra’s 40 student musicians perform throughout the Rochester community and tours both in the United States and internationally, including Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Italy, Montreal, and Chile. Performing music from the baroque to the contemporary, the chamber orchestra showcases the versatility of the university’s students.

Kelley Hamilton, assistant professor of music and director of music programs at the College, is “excited to again collaborate with Dr. Harman. He is the consummate musician and an excellent conductor. This concert will give our Keuka College students a rare opportunity to perform with a live orchestra.”

Harman earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from California State University at Sacramento, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. He has also studied at the Aspen Music School, and in Paris as a French Government Scholar.

In addition to his position as professor of music and director of orchestral activities at the University of Rochester, Harman also serves as music director of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and music director emeritus of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

He received the Richard H. Snook Award from the Monroe County School Music Association in recognition of his contributions to music education in 2005 and in 2008, the Rochester Chapter of the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon selected him as Musician of the Year.

Dr. Gregory Savich

Dr. Savich earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Optics of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Savich co-founded and served as the musical director of the University of Rochester Pep Band for 10 years, and was the assistant conductor of the University of Rochester Wind Symphony for six years. He served as a guest conductor for the Fairport High School Wind Ensemble, the University of Rochester Brass Choir, and the University of Rochester Viennese Ball Orchestra.  He continues to be a member of the horn sections of the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Symphony.

Christiansen earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University, and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He has had additional private instruction at the Eastman School of Music and Hochstein Music School

An active composer, his most recent works including a string quartet, wind quintet, and songs on poems by Robert Frost and e. e. cummings. As a pianist, Christiansen has performed as a soloist, vocal accompanist, and orchestral pianist. He is a certified Yamaha keyboard instructor and has been active as an educator, both on college campuses and within in the community.

His teachers have included Phil Winsor, Ray E. Luke, Carolyn Bremer, and Robert Laughlin (Piano). He has participated in master classes with Kirke Mechem, Nicholas Galuses, David Russell, and Alice Artz.

Showing Keuka College’s PRIDE

Colleen O'Neill

As part of PRIDE Week at Keuka College, Colleen O’Neill, New York City actress, will present a workshop on portraying gender as an actress Wednesday, April 15.

The performance begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Brezinsky Room of Geiser Dining Hall in Dahlstom Student Center. O’Neill will also be part of a performance showcase Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

Both performances are free and open to the public.

During the April 15 event, O’Neill will reveal some of her funny and fabulous ‘characters’ on stage. Those in attendance will learn more about how gender is portrayed and perceived. A question and answer session with O’Neill will follow the performance.

The following day, O’Neill will join Kelley Hamilton, assistant professor of music and director of music programs, several Keuka College students, and professional tenor Lance Anderson in a celebration of diversity and honoring our “true selves.” The performance, dubbed “True Colors: Be Who You Are,” celebrates the power of embracing your true self. There will be songs, poems, monologues, art, and more.

“For my presentation at Keuka College, I will focus on my work as an artist, an actor, and an androgynous performer,” said O’Neill. “I will refer to a short list of classic films, and images of some of my work will be included in my presentation.”

O’Neill has worked extensively in downtown New York City’s theater for more than 30 years. She has performed in several TWEED Fractured Classicks, live adaptations of classic films turned into a full night of theater. Cross gender casting is usually employed, and O’Neill has portrayed male roles opposite male performers in the female roles.

But it is not just male characters O’Neill portrays—for nearly 20 years, Dr. Julia Wonder has been the “embodiment of my outside the box, and satirical opinions, both social and political,” said O’Neill. “Dr. Wonder is my baby and a nightmare. I have video footage of her promotional film for her presidential run in 2000 that I will share [when I come to Keuka College].

O’Neill has performed in locations across New York City, including Westbeth, Dixon Place, New York Theatre Workshop, the Pyramid Club, S.N.A.F.U., 8BC, Townhall, Kamikaze, Darinka, Avery Fisher Hall, Comix, Barracuda, the Ohio Theatre, Cowgirl Hall of Fame, HERE, Crowbar, and Crazy Nannies, among others.

As a commercial actress, O’Neill had a six-month run playing Sister off-Broadway in Late Nite Catechism, and for 15 years she has toured nationally performing Sister in the series. As Sister, she has performed five different one-person interactive comedies as a nun in a full habit.

In the spring of 2016, O’Neill will return to Rochester’s Geva Theatre in Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?

PRIDE Week is a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

While both performances are free, donations to support Keuka College’s PRIDE Club initiatives will be accepted.

Songs from the Beatles to be Performed during Spring Concert At Keuka College April 29

Members of the a capella group QKApella

The Keuka College Chorale, Band and the newly formed a capella group, QKAppella, will perform its annual spring concert Tuesday, April 29.

Free and open to the public, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

The Chorale will sing a traditional Alleluia Canon and Old American Songs by Aaron Copland. The Band and Chorale will perform a set of Beatles songs, while QKAppella will present several popular solos and duets, according to Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the chorale.

“Chung ‘Johnny’ Nguyen will sing a fabulous rendition of the Bruno Mars hit Just the Way You Are, said Hamilton. “The concert will also feature Jakiem Brown, who beat-boxes on several songs.”

According to Hamilton, the concert will flow between larger groups and soloists.

“We will combine some instrumental and vocals and the finale, Viva la Vida by Coldplay, will feature everyone,” said Hamilton. “Our new instrumental music instructor, Dr. Dave Chisholm, has arranged two Beatles’ pieces and the jazz classic, Caravan for the band. Dr. Chisholm is an amazingly talented jazz musician, professional composer, and arranger. It’s exciting for the students to be able to play new arrangements written by him.”

Formed at the beginning of the spring semester, QKAppella, which features 10 students, performed during Accepted Students Day earlier this month, and was “well received,” said Hamilton. “The students love this opportunity, and our new sound equipment is awesome.”

QKAppella will perform four more times during the semester, including Saturday, April 26 from 1-3 p.m. in the Phillips Lounge of Dahlstrom Student Center; Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. outside of Hegeman Hall; Saturday, May 10, at 12:15 p.m. in the Geiser Refectory; and Sunday, May 25, select students from Chorale and QKAppella will perform during Baccalaureate. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. in Norton Chapel.

An additional performance will be Tuesday, May 6, as Chisholm, Hamilton, a jazz trio, and select Keuka College students will perform for the President’s Circle Dinner. The trio will play several jazz standards, and Hamilton will sing. In addition to Chisholm, who plays trumpet, the trio includes Fumi Tomita on bass and Alex Patrick on guitar.

A New York City native, Tomita has played at Carnegie Hall, was the bassist for the national tour of the Nat King Cole tribute Unforgettable, and is earning his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music.

Patrick, who is pursuing his bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, has performed with the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, and has studied with guitarist Bob Sneider. A composer as well as a performer, Patrick received Penfield High School’s Charlie Cote Music Scholarship for composition and has had his works featured in Penfield High School concerts.

Sharing Culture Through Music

The Keuka College Chorale and the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester (CCSR) will be featured in a concert Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

The concert, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and will be followed by a reception in the Alumni Lounge in Ball Hall. Authentic Chinese food will be served.

“The Chorale is two-thirds Chinese and Vietnamese students, and I was thinking about how hard they have to work to learn, understand, and sing in English,” said Hamilton. “I wondered how our American students would fare learning a piece of music in Chinese.”

Enter CCSR, which promotes the appreciation of Chinese culture through chorus practices and concert performances. The group has been invited to perform in Ottawa, Toronto, and New York City, and has received grants from the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.

“I contacted the choral society and wanted to know if they would come for a combined concert,” said Hamilton. “David Chin, the conductor and music director, thought it was a great idea.”

According to Hamilton, the Chorale will sing three selections, and she will perform a solo. Then, CCSR will take the stage. Their performance will feature Chinese soprano soloist, Ai-Ze Wang. The concert will end with both groups combining on two Chinese pieces—“Moon” and “Rasa Sayang,” conducted by Chin, and the final musical selection “Blessing,” sung in English and conducted by Hamilton.

A native of Beijing, China, Wang received her bachelor’s degree from Coe College, a master’s degree in voice from Kansas State University, and a master’s degree in opera from Temple University. She taught voice at Coe College, performed with the Coe Baroque Ensemble, and has studied and performed in Italy. A recording artist, Wang has sung with the Central Opera House of China in Beijing and performed leading roles with the Opera Theatre of Rochester.

David Chin

Chin serves as adjunct professor of music at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he is the director of choral activities and conducts the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in choral and piano performance from Liberty University and was awarded both Outstanding Music Student and Keyboard Student of the Year in 2010. He earned his master of music degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and completed his Piano Associate Diploma (ATCL) at Trinity College in London. Chin was awarded the Charles W. Kennett Scholarship and the Herman Genhart Choral Conducting Scholar Award by the Eastman School of Music.

Chin has served as the guest conductor of the International Christian Choral Conductor Society, and conducted the opening concerts of the new Eastman School Bach Cantata Series and the Hong Kong Bach Cantata Lecture Concert. He taught at the World Sacred Music Conferences in Auckland, New Zealand and Medan, Indonesia, and was selected to attend the Sarteano Chamber Music Workshop in Italy and Helmuth Rilling’s Masterclass in Hong Kong.

Recent highlights include conducting performances of Bach’s St. John Passion; Handel’s Messiah; Vivaldi’s Gloria; and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G, among others. He has also conducted selections by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Duruflé, Sibelius, and Samuel Barber; and recently performed piano works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy.

Currently a member of the renowned Christ Church Schola Cantorum in Rochester, Chin also sings with the Voices ensemble, Eastman Chorale, and Eastman-Rochester Chorus. He has conducted the Eastman Repertory Singers and Eastman Chorale, and served as the accompanist of the Eastman Women’s Chorus.

While the concert is free, donations will be accepted for purchase of new music, instruments, and other items needed for the advancement of the music program.

Audio Feature: A Program of Note, and Notes

The Keuka College music program is on the move.

Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the Chorale, is starting a select choir that will perform at on-campus events and alumni gatherings, and travel for student recruitment.

“It will be a polished, professional group that will showcase the College and give students a high-quality music experience,” said Hamilton,

Hamilton, who has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other well-known groups, says the spring semester will also bring the formation of a jazz band, private instrumental lessons, and a concert with the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester.

In this interview with Doug Lippincott, executive director of communications and host of Keuka College Today on WFLR (Dundee), Hamilton discusses these initiatives and others, the increased interest in music among students, in particular athletes, and the future of the program.

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