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Program for the Inaugural Concert of the Juneau Vocal Alliance


  • The Juneau Vocal AllianceThe Juneau Vocal AllianceThe Juneau Vocal Alliance



    VOICESVOICES Sunday, November 6, 2011Sunday, November 6, 2011Sunday, November 6, 2011


    Church of the RedeemerChurch of the RedeemerChurch of the Redeemer

    Morristown, New JerseyMorristown, New JerseyMorristown, New Jersey

  • Fest-und Gedenkspru che Op. 109 Johannes Brahms (1833-97)

    Unsere Va ter hofften auf dich

    Wenn ein starker Gewappneter

    Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk

    ~ Os Justi Meditabitur Anton Bruckner (1824-96)

    Christus Factus Est

    Bogoroditse Devo Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)


    Mass for Double Chorus Frank Martin (1890-1974)





    Agnus Dei


    Reincarnations Samuel Barber (1910-81)

    Mary Hynes

    Anthony O Daly

    The Coolin (The Fair Haired One)


    Elijah Rock Moses Hogan (1957-2003)


    On behalf of the Juneau Vocal Alliance, thank you for joining us for our inaugural concert!

    Im sure the question has arisen in your mind, Why do we need a professional choir?

    To answer that question, I think it is important to understand my thoughts as a choral musician. I am

    fortunate to be involved in singing in literally every way, conducting an outstanding community chorus,

    university chorus, church choir, teaching voice, conducting opera, teaching general music to kids,

    leading hymns from the organ bench at church, and composing for a variety of choral ensembles.

    Every day I witness first-hand the joy that singing brings to peoples lives.

    Choral singing is an art form of commonality. It is created through cooperation and codependence. It is

    very much a microcosm of society and includes many of the same trials and successes that manifest in a

    culture. Yet choral singing is even more beautiful, because in its purest form it brings out the best in

    people. There is no competition when the communal song is sung and this is the main reason why I have

    dedicated my life to this beautiful art.

    The idea of the Juneau Vocal Alliance is to allow those who cherish the choral experience, whether as a

    singer or audience member, the opportunity to be enveloped in the beautiful sound of a symphony of

    voices which inspires our own passion for singing. Its mission is to re-invigorate this love for choral

    music by allowing audiences, right here in New Jersey, to experience the virtuosic masterpieces which

    are the pinnacle of the choral art with an ensemble of the highest professional caliber. In a society where

    so many love to sing beautiful choral music, it is important that everyone has exposure to this art at its

    highest level.

    I hope you will find inspiration and joy as you experience this inaugural concert of the JVA. I also hope

    you might, if you are so inclined, help support us as we begin this journey of bringing professional choral

    music to our community, to our state, and hopefully beyond!

    Thank you so much for your attendance and support today!

    Thomas Juneau

    Artistic Director

    Juneau Vocal Alliance

  • THOMAS JUNEAU, Artistic Director of the Juneau Vocal Alliance, is Director of Choral Activities and Instructor of Voice at Saint Josephs University in Philadelphia. He serves as Artistic Director of Summit Chorale, now in its 103rd season. Dr. Juneau is also the Repertoire and Standards Chair of Community Choruses for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and is Vice President of the New Jersey Choral Consortium. He is Director of Music at Saint Josephs Church and teaches music at Saint Josephs School in Carteret, New Jersey. His upcoming appearances include with Summit Chorale performing Liszts Missa Choralis and Dido and Aeneas with the Concert Choir at

    Saint Josephs University. His Avery Fisher Hall debut on December 20 at the Messiah Sing-In hosted by the National Choral Council. Dr. Juneau compositions for chorus are published by numerous companies, including Alliance Music, Southern Music Company, Hal Leonard Corporation, and Carl Fisher Music Company. He is in demand as a choral composer and his works are performed throughout the world. This season features the premier of his Te Deum with Summit Chorale and The Snow Carol with the Saint Josephs University Singers. The Snow Carol will be featured in the Carl Fischer 2012 catalog. His Gaudete for mixed chorus and mens chorus will be premiered this upcoming December at Rutgers University with the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir and Glee Club. His cantata El Hombre Imaginario for womens chorus and string orchestra will be premiered in the spring of 2012. Prior to teaching at SJU, Dr. Juneau was director of the Rutgers University Choir. He has also taught at SUNY- New Paltz, the College of Mount Saint Joseph, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Before moving to the Northeast, Dr. Juneau was Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Composition from Texas Tech University, Masters in Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Lauren, his two loving dogs, Pirate and Thor, and his three purr-monsters, Minnerva, Fortuna, and Juno.

    The JVA is in the process of waiting for review of its submitted 501c3 application, which will grant it non-profit status. While we are a non-profit organization in the state of NJ, we are not yet at the federal level . Once we have acquired our status, the date of the letter will be the date of our incorporation, 9/9/11. Therefore while donations at this time would not be immediately tax-deductible, after we receive our letter, any donations that are received after our incorporation date will be. Please consider becoming a sponsor to allow this beautiful music to continue! The JVA will offer at least two more performances this season, one in February and one in late May, and, a recital featuring the exceptional soprano Wendy Baker accompanied by pianist Holly Chatham from Yale University.


    CHRISTINE R. HOWLETT is Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at

    Vassar College where she conducts the Vassar College Women's Chorus, Vassar College

    Choir and teaches music theory and voice. Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and

    Carnegie Hall, and have toured in Italy, Turkey, Germany, Spain and in the United States.

    She is the Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva, an auditioned choral ensemble with a

    thirty-five year history of performing in the Hudson Valley. Ms. Howlett is active as a

    soprano soloist and has performed in many works including Bach's Magnificat, Mass in B minor, St. Matthews

    Passion, Actus Tragicus, Charpentier's Les Arts Florissants, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Beethovens Mass in C,

    Haydns Harmoniemesse, Mass by Stravinsky, and Poulencs Gloria. This past year, she made her debut at Sym-

    phony Space as La Musica and Clios Assistant in Richard Wilsons opera Aethelred the Unready. She collaborates

    with the Patrick Wood, violin, and Holly Chatham, piano, in recitals for soprano, violin, and piano; their recording

    Love Raise Your Voice with works by Leonard Enns, Carson Cooman, Tarik ORegan, and Richard Wilson will

    be released in Fall 2011.She is a member of Kairos: A Consort of Singers, an ensemble of sixteen voices whose

    members are artists-in-residence at the Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. She studied as a voice

    performance major at the University of Toronto, and earned both a Masters Degree in Early Music Voice

    Performance and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.

    REBECCA MARIMAN, soprano, performs a broad spectrum of repertoire, from Baroque

    oratorio and opera to contemporary works and premiers. Rebecca was an Adams Fellow

    at the Carmel Bach Festival in 2010 and has been a member of the Carmel Bach Festival

    Chorale for two years. She was heard as a soloist in an NPR broadcast of the Chorales

    2009 Mission concert. Rebecca has also appeared as a soloist at the Connecticut Early

    Music Festival, with Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, The Dryden Ensemble, The

    Masterwork Chorus, Voices Chorale, Westminster Community Chorus and the Garden State Philharmonic

    Chorus. As a long-time member of the early-music vocal ensemble, Fuma Sacra, led by Andrew Megill, Rebecca

    performs as a soloist and member of the ensemble, singing music ranging from medieval to newly-composed

    works, including premiers by John Magnusson and Andrew Bleckner. She earned her undergraduate degree in

    theater from Dickinson College and a masters in voice performance at Westminster Choir College.

    Soprano, ERIN SMITH currently teaches Elementary Vocal/General Music in the Millburn

    Township Public Schools, where she is also the Producer for Millburn High Schools Limelight

    Theatre. An avid soloist, Ms. Smith has appeared in performances of Handels Messiah, Mozarts

    Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Krnungsmesse, Bachs Christ lag in Todesbanden,

    Pinkhams Wedding Cantata, and Brittens Rejoice in the Lamb. As a choral artist, Ms. Smith has

    performed many master choral works at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center,

    and Brookl