Winter Concert celebrating of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Central Bucks High School West
375 West Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Mass in C
Select Choral Ensembles from:
– Central Bucks High School East, Christopher Villante, director
– Central Bucks High School South, Joseph Stellino, director
– Central Bucks High School West, Dr. Joseph Ohrt, director
Soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts:
– Claire de Monteil, soprano
– Alice Chung, mezzo-soprano
– Zachary Rioux, tenor
– Brent Michael Smith, bass
Tickets: General Admission $18, Seniors $15, Students Free
Central Bucks High School Choral Ensembles
The select high school choral ensembles from Central Bucks East, Central Bucks South and Central Bucks West comprise the top 100 high school singers in the Central Bucks School District. Members of the Central Bucks East Select Ensemble, Central Bucks South Select Choir, and Central Bucks West Chamber Choir are chosen by audition for their schools’ curricular choirs.
Dr. Joseph Ohrt (West), Joseph Stellino (South) and Christopher Villante (East) lead exemplary choral programs that are noted for their outstanding performances in venues across the country. They have been recognized for distinguished performances in choral festivals and concerts throughout the nation, working with some of the world’s most respected composers, conductors and clinicians, and performing in noted venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, Riverside Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the White House, and the United States Capitol.
The Central Bucks high school choirs have each performed with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra and have represented their schools at state, regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
The Central Bucks School District was honored in 2019 with the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
Academy of Vocal Arts Soloists
Claire de Monteil is quickly gaining recognition around the world as an important soprano on the rise. She is currently a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. A native of Paris, she received her education at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and has gone on to win many important competitions prizes, including an encouragement in Opera Index Competition, a Grant in Guerda Lissner Opera Competition, First Prizes in France’s Opera en Arles Competition and Opera Grand Avignon Competition, First Prize in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition and Australia’s prestigious Elizabeth Connell Prize. Most recently, she has been semifinalist of the 38th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Villach, Austria and the 3rd prize winner of the Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts Competition in Los Angeles.
Korean-American mezzo soprano Alice Chung has been praised for being “magisterial” and “soaring with impressive power,” and has distinguished herself as a powerfully-moving performer (SF Chronicle and KC Metropolis). On the concert stage, Ms. Chung was the Alto soloist in Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor with the Kansas City Symphony. She was also featured in the Schwabacher Summer Concerts and Merola Grand Finales during her time at the distinguished Merola Opera Program in 2017 and 2019. Additional credits include appearances with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Pasadena Opera Guild, and OperaWorks. This season, Ms. Chung debuts as Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen at Tulsa Opera.
Tenor Zachary Rioux is a 22 year-old Canadian opera singer born in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. Mr. Rioux recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, was a Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival this past Summer, and is currently a first year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Recent accomplishments include earning a Gold Medal in The 1st Vienna International Music Festival, first place in The Elite International Music Festival, third place in The Glenn Gould School’s Chamber Competition, and being named in the top 30 vocalists for the Harbin International Music Competition in China.
Brent Michael Smith, bass, is from Owosso, Michigan. He is a current Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. He earned a B.M. from Hope College and a M.M. from University of Northern Iowa. This season he performed as a part of Opera Philadelphia’s O19 Festival and makes his Columbus Symphony debut singing in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He made he debut with Opera Philadelphia last season, and has performed at The Glimmerglass Festival and with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Owensboro Symphony (KY), Lafayette Symphony (IN) and Kentucky Opera.