Brownsburg High School’s “The Blend” Invited to Perform in New York City’s Carnegie Hall with Chanticleer’s Music Director Emeritus, Matt OltmanSeptember 17, 2013 1 comments
Outstanding music program receives special invitation
Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) announced that director Deborah Prather and Brownsburg High School’s male choral ensemble, “The Blend,” have been invited to participate in a performance of Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall is on January 19, 2014. These outstanding musicians will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. Conductor Matt Oltman will lead the performance and will serve as the clinician for the residency.
Why the invitation was extended
Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY states: “‘The Blend’ received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers and the exceptional recommendation given by Matt Oltman. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”
The singers will spend up to 5 days and 4 nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. “The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the 5 day residency.” says Griffith. “Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.” Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support in sending these singers to New York by contacting Deborah Prather at (317) 852-2258 ext. 1006 or via email at email@example.com.
Guest Conductor Matt Oltman
Matthew Oltman is Music Director Emeritus of the Grammy® Award winning male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer and on the artistic staff of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) in Program Development. During his tenure as Music Director, Mr. Oltman led the ensemble through three critically acclaimed seasons which included over 300 concerts in more than a dozen countries. He helped launch the Chanticleer Live in Concert or “CLIC” recording label, which released some of the best of Chanticleer’s vast trove of archival recordings to the public, and was the editor of the Chanticleer Choral Series, published by Hinshaw Music. He conducted over 450 high school choral and orchestral students from across the country in Chanticleer’s first National Youth Choral Festival, The Singing Life, on the stage of Davies Symphony Hall and led numerous day-long Youth Choral Festivals in communities in several states. Mr. Oltman facilitated the commissioning of composers such as Stephen Paulus, Mason Bates, Steven Sametz, Jan Sandström, Peter Michaelides, Roxanna Panufnik and Ilyas Iliya as well as Vince Peterson who arranged the choral/indie pop sensation, Cells Planets.
Mr. Oltman first joined Chanticleer in 1999 as a tenor and in 2004 was named Assistant Music Director under Joseph Jennings, a post which he held until his appointment to Music Director in 2009. During his decade singing with the ensemble, he appeared on twelve albums and toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Oltman has served as guest conductor and clinician for choirs from across the globe. He was a featured clinician at the first Anúna International Choral Summer School (Ireland) as well as the first Choral Chameleon Institute (New York). He has served as the guest conductor of the TMEA Texas All-State Men’s Chorus and as the Associate Director of Coro Vocal Artists. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Mr. Oltman served as Guest Director of Choral Activities at UC Berkeley where he conducted the University Choir and the University Chamber Singers.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Oltman earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Simpson College and an M.A. in Music from the University of York in England with the aid of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Before joining Chanticleer, Mr. Oltman sang with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for four seasons and was on the faculty of Simpson College where he taught harmony, French diction, choral techniques and voice.
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is a production company based in New York City. Our concert series includes choral and instrumental concerts in world-class venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Founded by Iris Derke (General Director) and Jonathan Griffith (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) DCINY is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and unwavering commitment to bringing forth unforgettable audience experiences. Following our motto “The Art of Performance – The Power of Education”, we focus on the educational process while upholding a high performance standard and provide ensembles and conductors of distinction educational and performance opportunities including select solo performances, rehearsal audit, conductor mentoring and debut performances.
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