Christmas Spectacular Concert
The Columbia Collegiate Chorale
The New England Youth Ensemble.
A Free Will Offering Will Be Taken. For more information, please call (301) 662-5254.
Saturday, December 1st, 2018, starting at 4:00 P.M.
Frederick Seventh-day Adventist Church
6347 Jefferson Pike,
Frederick, MD 21703
About The Columbia Collegiate Chorale
The Columbia Collegiate Chorale of Washington Adventist University was established in 1994 by its former director Dr. James Bingham and draws its membership largely from the student body of Washington Adventist University. Incorporated within the chorale is a smaller select chamber choir, the Pro Musica of Washington Adventist University, which was established in 1962 by the late Paul Hill. This large choral organization performs both standard a cappella and accompanied works and maintains a heavy performance schedule.
It has appeared in numerous prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York, the National Gallery of Art, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., as well as in other leading concert halls and cathedrals both within the United States and abroad. The choir has a number of recordings to its credit, receiving extraordinary acclaim for its recording of Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle in C minor. Of its recording, O Jesus Sweet: Music for a Christmas Night, which includes the extended work Dancing Day by John Rutter, the composer has written: “I could not wish for a finer interpretation of my piece.”
The mission of the Columbia Collegiate Chorale is to represent the best of American culture and the finest of Christian values through the study and performance of the sacred music of the great masters.
About The New England Youth Ensemble
The New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE), founded in 1969 by Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse is one of the most internationally traveled Youth/Student Orchestras in America. In 1994 the NEYE became the resident orchestra of Washington Adventist University and has since continued to enjoy wide-spread critical acclaim. In 2006 long-time performing member and WAU alumnus, Preston Hawes, joined the faculty of Music Department to collaborate with Dr. Rittenhouse in the administrative and artistic leadership of the Ensemble. The Ensemble has performed at the Jerash Festival in Jordan under the auspices of HM Queen Noor of Jordon, Vilanov Palace in Warsaw Poland for President Ford, Henry Kissinger, and First Secretary Edward Gierek and most recently the Ensemble performed under the direction of Preston Hawes at the Thailand Cultural Center for HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana and numerous other dignitaries and world leaders.
The Ensemble performs many of the orchestral standards while taking advantage of the opportunity afforded in performing extensively with the Columbia Chorale, also of WAU. This allows NEYE members to increase their knowledge of repertoire that includes the less often performed sacred works for orchestra-choir combinations. The NEYE mission is simple: to bring great music to a searching world that is performed, in the words of J.S. Bach, “to the Glory of God and the Refreshment of the Spirit”. The NEYE is especially concerned about the plight of children orphaned by the scourge of AIDS and is a proud sponsor of the Zimbabwe Orphanage Project.