R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir / William B. Woods, director / Angelo Johnson, assistant director / Joanne Poderis, piano
REINECKE: Trio for Piano, Clarinet & Horn in B-flat Major, Op. 274
Megan-Geoffrey Prins, piano / Robert Davis, clarinet / Van Parker, horn
Songs of GUSTAV MAHLER
Coraine Tate, soprano / Megan-Geoffrey Prins, piano
SCHUBERT: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D.965 (‘The Shepherd on the Rock’)
Coraine Tate, soprano / Megan-Geoffrey Prins, piano / Robert Davis, clarinet
BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms
Cleveland School of the Arts R. Nathaniel Dett Choir / Jonathan Moyer, organ / Shelly Du, harp / Hector Flores, percussion
Spirituals and Solos will be performed by CSA students
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
WILLIAM B. WOODS, Director of Vocal Music, conducts the Intermediate Concert Choir, JazzArt Ensemble and R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir at Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA). He is a native of Gadsden, Alabama, and received his training in music at Tennessee State University and Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University). He studied organ with Walter Blodgett at the Cleveland Museum of Art. His distinguished musical career spans more than five decades, during which time he has become one of the most respected choral directors in this country. The Cleveland Institute of Music conferred upon him the Honorary Doctor of Music degree at its 74th Commencement Ceremony in 1999. His Dett Concert Choir enjoys national recognition and has enhanced the reputation of CSA by establishing a model of performance excellence. This accomplishment motivated the Women’s City Club of Cleveland to name Cleveland School of the Arts the sole recipient of the prestigious 1996 Cleveland Arts Prize, breaking a 35 year tradition of honoring individual artists in various disciplines.
Local church performances by CSA choirs include Antioch Baptist Church, Church of the Covenant, Trinity Cathedral, Arts Renaissance Tremont (Pilgrim United Church of Christ), Mt. Zion Congregational Church and St. John’s Cathedral. In addition, CSA choirs have performed in Washington, D.C., Saitama and Tokyo, Japan and Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck, Austria.
Dr. Woods is also director of Music Ministries and organist at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland.
ROBERT L. DAVIS, CSA Band Director, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). He received his early musical training at Shaker Heights High School. Mr. Davis’ talents cover a wide range, in that his major instrument is clarinet, but he also earned a Master of Music degree in voice. He studied voice with Robert Page and Elizabeth Chesko. He made his solo debut in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneus. As a member of Opera Circle, he appeared in Mozart’s El-Dadh, King of Egypt, and Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto. As a clarinetist, he has performed with at least eight different orchestras in this country. In addition, Mr. Davis has performed with the Duffy Liturgical Singers at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
KISHNA DAVIS-FOWLER, soprano, is widely acclaimed throughout the U.S. and Europe for her performances in opera, with orchestras, and as a solo concert artist. In addition to her signature operatic role in Porgy & Bess, she has performed the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Juilliard Opera), Nedda in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme (Aspen Music Festival) and in Verdi’s Aida (Metro Lyric Opera), just to name a few. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolftrap, Santa Fe Symphony, Baltimore Symphony conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, Blossom Festival and The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin and the San Francisco Symphony.
A winner of the Baltimore Opera Competition, and two year apprentice of the Juilliard Opera Center N.Y. City, she holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morgan State University.
ANGELO JOHNSON, JR. is a native Clevelander and alumnus of Cleveland School of the Arts vocal music department. He holds a B.A. degree in voice from Wilberforce University and M.A. degree in voice from Morgan State University. After returning to Cleveland to assist at Cleveland School of the Arts, he established the Carter/Woods Chorale in honor of his Choral idols, Dr. Nathan Carter (Morgan State University) and William B. Woods (CSA). Mr. Johnson has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, Baltimore Symphony and Moses Hogan Chorale. His first voice instructor was Ann Gillespie of CSA. She would later become President of the Friends of CSA. He later studied with A. Grace Lee Mims at the Music School Settlement, and Betty Ridgeway and Vincent Stringer at Morgan State University.
As an Artist-in-Residence at Cleveland School of the Arts, pianist JOANNE PODERIS is the accompanist for the choral and instrumental music programs. She is also Executive Director and Accompanist of the Western Reserve Chorale, accompanist for Choral Arts Cleveland and organist at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Chagrin Falls.
MEGAN-GEOFFREY PRINS, piano, hails from Stellenbosch, a beautifully quaint town close to Cape Town, South Africa. Prins completed his Master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and is currently pursuing a DMA degree in piano performance with renowned artist/teacher Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Prins’ previous mentors include Nina Schumann and Luis Magalheas who were his teachers in South Africa. In the future, Prins hopes to become a successful pianist-performer and teacher. He also hopes to contribute to the continued cultivation of classical music in South Africa. Aside from music, Megan enjoys watching documentary films and movies.
CORAINE TATE, soprano, a native of Columbus, Georgia, is in her first year of the Artist Diploma program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Mary Schiller. Last summer, she attended Songfest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where she participated in master classes and coachings with Dawn Upshaw, Martin Katz, Mark Trawka and John Adler. She received national attention for her solo performance at the Trondheim Nidaros Cathedral of This Little Light of Mine in the PBS Special: Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir. Recently, she made her operatic debut singing the role of Countess Almaviva in the CIM Opera Theater’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.