Singing Hinbarra in Gaelic in Ireland

I recently had the pleasure of singing in quartet within a larger group for the Los Robles Master Chorale's tour of Ireland.   What fun!

Singing in the Netherlands

While I was on my temporary assignment last year in the Netherlands, I wangled an invitation to sing with Toonkunstkoor Breda, a group of about 50 members that practices in the lovely Ginneken district of the city.  The rehearsals are conducted entirely in Dutch.  Since the musical context was quite clear, this helped with my Dutch vocabulary.  It's a nice group - and quite hospitable to a homesick American.  Just before I returned to the US, the group performed a concert of Russian compositions, fortunately transliterated into the Latin alphabet.


We had lived in California during the late 1980's and early 1990's, where I'd sung with a parish choir in Walnut Creek.  In 2003, prior to our move back to California, I contacted the Oaks Chamber Singers, a by-audition group in Newbury Park, near Thousand Oaks.  Annette Murphy, the group's director, was kind enough to recommend the mild Newbury Park climate, which we now enjoy.  In addition to roles in the occasional Gilbert & Sullivan operettas we perform, I've recently sung more solo work, including the Baritone duets and solos in Rutter's lovely Mass of the Children.  Our repertoire ranges from Bach, Gabrielli, Vivaldi, Mozart, Boccharini, Billings, and Wm. Byrd to Brahms, Schubert, Villa-Lobos, Faure and Rutter.  I left the group after six seasons, seeking the opportunity to perform more contemporary music.

I sang with the Village Voices Chorale (Westlake Village, California) for four years, developing my solo and ensemble performance skills (under the capable tutelage of Dana Rouse), culminating in the group's tour of France during the summer of 2011, during which I sang a number of the solos, including the lovely "The Lord is My Shepherd" setting from a BBC television series. 

For the past few years, I've been singing with Los Robles Master Chorale, one of the most stimulating and challenging groups (for a performer) in the area. 

I also help a bit with some marketing and publicity for the Ojai Music Festival - comparable in many ways to Kalamazoo's Gilmore Keyboard Festival.  Ojai is an enchanting little town in the foothills north of Ventura, about 45 miles from Thousand Oaks.


I'd been a member of The Kalamazoo Singers since soon after moving to Kalamazoo in the early 1990s. Over the years, I'd become more and more active in the group, becoming a board officer and board president, writing grants, doing publicity, graphic design, and maintaining the Kalamazoo Singers web.  Through the Singers, I've been able to:


Where does all of this come from?  Ensemble performance is deeply fulfilling to me - the result is always better than that achievable by any one person, and it takes collaboration and balance to achieve the desired result.  I cannot imagine a life without music and music performance.  I've tried to instill this love of music in my kids; I'm delighted that they have both played string instruments, and appreciate a very broad range of musical styles.

My parents had me take piano lessons from the age of 5 onward, and by the time I graduated from high school, I had played woodwinds for band as well as in the pit for numerous theatrical productions at school, including "Hello, Dolly," "Mame," "Damn Yankees," and "Fiddler on the Roof."  In college, I was the only Physics major taking courses from the Music curriculum, and continued my instrumental work less through grad school. 

As a high school student, one Sunday morning after church, I visited the choir loft to compliment the director on the beautiful music they had just sung, and was drafted on the spot.   While still in Chicago as a college student, I also became a member of the "Chicago Semi-Pro Musica", a tongue-in-cheek name for a serious madrigal and motet group that practiced in Rogers Park and performed wherever people didn't throw us out :-)   In grad school, I also sang with a church choir in Upper Arlington, Ohio, near the Ohio State University campus. 


Here's a partial list of the repertoire we've sung in these groups over the years:

Composer Work Name Group
Althouse, Jay Goin' to Bethlehem Village Voices Chorale
Arlen and Harburg Wizard of Oz selections Kalamazoo Singers
Arlen and Mercer Star Spangled Rhythm Kalamazoo Singers
That Old Black Magic (arr. Zegree) Kalamazoo Singers
Bach, Johann Sebastian Cold and Fugue Season (arr. Foncannon) Village Voices Chorale
  Magnificat Oaks Chamber Singers
Beach, Amy Three Shaespeare Songs Kalamazoo Singers
Beethoven, Ludwig van Choral Fantasia Kalamazoo Singers with Ralf Gothoni, Piano Soloist, at the Gilmore Festival, and Village Voices Chorale (Baritone soloist), with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic
Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Berlin, Irving Holiday Inn selections Kalamazoo Singers
Billings, William Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord Oaks Chamber Singers
Bizet Carmen (Opera) Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Blane and Martin Meet Me in St. Louis Kalamazoo Singers
Boulanger, Lili Psaume 24 Kalamazoo Singers
Vieille Priere Bouddhique Kalamazoo Singers
Brahms, Johannes Liebeslieder Waltzes Kalamazoo Singers
The Son of God is Come to Earth Kalamazoo Singers
Bricusse, Leslie Scrooge selections Kalamazoo Singers
Britten, Benjamin A Ceremony of Carols Kalamazoo Singers, Gilmore Keyboard Festival
The Company of Heaven Kalamazoo Singers
Brown and Freed Singin' in the Rain selections Kalamazoo Singers
Bruckner, Anton Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Kalamazoo Singers
Buxtehude, Dietrich Magnificat Kalamazoo Singers
Oaks Chamber Singers
Carter, Andrew Beauty for Ashes (premier) Kalamazoo Singers and members of the First Presbyterian Church Choir
Cherubini, L Veni, Jesu, Amor Mi Oaks Chamber Singers
Churchill and Morey Snow White selections Kalamazoo Singers
Copland, A. Four Motets Kalamazoo Singers
Old American Songs Kalamazoo Singers
The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land) Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
da Viadana, Lodovico Grossi Exultate Justi In Domino Kalamazoo Singers
de Victoria, Tomas Luis O Magnum Mysterium Kalamazoo Singers
Donaldson and Kahn Makin' Whoopie Kalamazoo Singers
Dubois, Th. Adoramus Te Christe Oaks Chamber Singers
Faure, Gabriel Requiem Kalamazoo Singers
Oaks Chamber Singers
Fields and Donovan Two Weeks with Love Kalamazoo Singers
Foster, Stephen Two Songs by Stephen Foster Kalamazoo Singers
Gabrieli, Giovanni O Magnum Mysterium Kalamazoo Singers
Hodie Christus Natus Est Kalamazoo Singers
  Jubilate Deo Oaks Chamber Singers
Gardner, John Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Village Voices Chorale
Gershwin, G& I Love Walked In (arr. Zegree) Kalamazoo Singers
Gibbons, Orlando This is the Record of John Oaks Chamber Singers
Gilbert& Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance (soloist, The Pirate King) Oaks Chamber Singers
H.M.S. Pinafore (soloist, Captain Corchoran) Oaks Chamber Singers
Handel, Georg Frederich Hallelujah Chorus Kalamazoo Singers
Messiah (complete) Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Haydn, Franz Josef Abendlied zu Gott Kalamazoo Singers
Die Beredsamkeit Kalamazoo Singers
  Seven Last Words of Christ Oaks Chamber Singers
Hassler, L Cantate Domino Oaks Chamber Singers
Hogan, Moses Elija Rock Kalamazoo Singers
Holst,Gustav Wassail Song Kalamazoo Singers
  In The Bleak Midwinter Village Voices Chorale
Horner, Mann and Weil An American Tail Kalamazoo Singers
Jarre and Webster Dr. Zhivago selections Kalamazoo Singers
Kavid, Hoffman and Livingston Cinderella Kalamazoo Singers
Kennedy, Sims and Kirkpatrick Phenomenon Kalamazoo Singers
Lambert, Constant On the Rio Grand, for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra Kalamazoo Singers with David Owen Norris, Piano Soloist, at the Gilmore Festival
Lauridsen, Morten Ave Maria Kalamazoo Singers
Dirait - On Kalamazoo Singers
Lux Aeterna Kalamazoo Singers
O, Magnum Mysterium Kalamazoo Singers
Legrand and Bergman Yentl Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Legrand and Gimbel Umbrellas of Cherbourg Kalamazoo Singers
Leonarda, Isabella Ave Regina Caelorum Kalamazoo Singers
Lerner and Loewe Gigi Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Lloyd Webber, Andrew Requiem Kalamazoo Singers
Loesser, Frank Neptune's Daughter Kalamazoo Singers
Mendelssohn, Fannie Gartenlieder Kalamazoo Singers
Mendelssohn, Felix Auf Flugein Des Gesanges Kalamazoo Singers
Mendoza, Michael Gloria A Dios(Baritone soloist) Village Voices Chorale
Menken and Ashman Beauty and the Beast Medley Kalamazoo Singers
The Little Mermaid Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Menken and Rice Aladdin Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Menken and Schwartz Hunchback of Notre Dame Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Menotti, G.C. Amahal and the Night Visitors Kalamazoo Singers
The Consul Kalamazoo Singers
Minstrel Song The Yellow Rose of Texas Kalamazoo Singers
Monteverdi, Giuseppi Magnificat from 1610 Vespers Oaks Chamber Singers
Morley, Thomas Now Is The Month Of Maying Oaks Chamber Singers
Mozart, W. A. The Magic Flute Selections Kalamazoo Singers
Ave Verum Oaks Chamber Singers
Don Giovanni Selections Kalamazoo Singers
Mass #14 in C (Coronation Mass) Oaks Chamber Singers
Requiem Kalamazoo Singers
  Vespers Oaks Chamber Singers
Olatunji & Whalum Betelehemu arr. Brooks) Village Voices Chorale
Orff, Carl Catulli Carmina Kalamazoo Singers
Overstreet and Higgins Designing Woman Kalamazoo Singers
Palestrina, G. P. de O Bone Jesu Oaks Chamber Singers
Parchi, Chaim Aleih Neiri arr Jacoson Village Voices Chorale
Parker, Alice Carols to Sing and Play Kalamazoo Singers
I Will Sing and Give Praise Kalamazoo Singers
Many in One Kalamazoo Singers
Pergolesi, Giovanni Magnificat Kalamazoo Singers
Pfautsch, Lloyd What Sweeter Musick Can We Bring? Kalamazoo Singers
Plainsong Hodie Christus Natus Est Kalamazoo Singers
Powell, Lois Jean Requiem Kalamazoo Singers
Puccini, G. La Boheme (Opera) Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Madama Butterfly (Opera) Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Turandot (Opera) Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Raye and Prince Buck Privates Kalamazoo Singers
Rickard, Jeffrey H. Gloria Kalamazoo Singers
Rodgers and Hart Love Me Tonight Kalamazoo Singers
Isn't It Romantic? (arr. Zegree) Kalamazoo Singers
Rodgers, R. Babes in Arms Kalamazoo Singers
Carousel Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Oklahoma! Medley Kalamazoo Singers
State Fair Medley Kalamazoo Singers
The King and I Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Two By Two Kalamazoo Singers
Rosas and Webster The Great Caruso Kalamazoo Singers
Rutter, John Mass of the Children (Baritone soloist) Oaks Chamber Singers
Requiem Kalamazoo Oratorio Society,
Oaks Chamber Singers
Brother Heinrich's Christmas Kalamazoo Singers
Candlelight Carol Village Voices Chorale
Four Carols Kalamazoo Singers
Magnificat Kalamazoo Singers
The Wind In The Willows Kalamazoo Singers
Scarlatti, Allesandro O Magnum Mysterium Kalamazoo Singers
Schubert, Franz Mass in G Oaks Chamber Singers
Shaw, Robert How Far is it to Bethlehem? Kalamazoo Singers
Sherman and Sherman Mary Poppins Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Sweelinck, Jan P. Hodie Christus Natus Est Kalamazoo Singers
Terry, R. R.  Myn Lyking Village Voices Chorale
Traditional Baile de Gaita Kalamazoo Singers
African Noel Village Voices Chorale
Deck the Halls Kalamazoo Singers
Four Christmas Carols Kalamazoo Singers
Gaudete from Piae Cantiones, 1582 arr. Hawley Ades Village Voices Chorale
Three French Folk Songs Kalamazoo Singers
Two German Folk Songs Kalamazoo Singers
Traditional American Skip to My Lou Kalamazoo Singers
Traditional Irish Over the Sea to Skye (arr. Daniel J. Hall) Oaks Chamber Singers
  The Fields of Athenry Oaks Chamber Singers
  Isle of Innisfee Oaks Chamber Singers
  Star of the County Down(Baritone Soloist) Oaks Chamber Singers
  O Danny Boy(Baritone Soloist) Oaks Chamber Singers
Traditional Spanish Pues Si Vivimos Kalamazoo Singers
Traditional Scottish Will Ye Go, Lassie Go (arr. Tillinghast) Oaks Chamber Singers
  Loch Lomond(Baritone Soloist) Oaks Chamber Singers
  Annie Laurie Oaks Chamber Singers
Trenet, Charles Diner Kalamazoo Singers
Vaughan Williams A Song of Thanksgiving Kalamazoo Singers
Verdi, Giuseppi Requiem Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Cantilana Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Oaks Chamber Singers
von Bingen, Hildegard In Evangelium Kalamazoo Singers
Wagner, Richard Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser Kalamazoo Singers, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Walker, Gwyneth I Will Be Earth Kalamazoo Singers
Warren and Gordon Chattanooga Choo Choo Kalamazoo Singers
Washington and Harline Pinocchio Medley Kalamazoo Singers
Welch Song All Through The Night Kalamazoo Singers
Willan, Healey Hodie Christus Natus Est Kalamazoo Singers
Williams, John Star Wars - Duel of the FatesKalamazoo Singers (R2D2 Wrangler)

Last Updated May 16, 2005