Choral Concert at Indianola Presbyterian Church

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 • 2 p.m.

Indianola Presbyterian Church
1970 Waldeck Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201



Robert Bode, conductor
Lee D. Thompson, accompanist
Elizabeth Hainrihar, graduate teaching associate
Tyler W. Robertson, graduate teaching associate

At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners

Williametta Spencer (b. 1932)


Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977)

Beatus vir

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
ed. John Rutter (b. 1945)

Megan Callison, Alyssa Schott, Sandra Sharis, Ryan Adams, Nic Watkins, Jacob Heacock, soloists

Anita Chiu, violin
Nora Dukart, violin
Samuel Johnson, cello
Lee Thompson, continuo

Red River Valley

arr. Bern H. Herbolsheimer (1948–2016)

Unclouded Day

arr. Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)

Widdecombe Fair

arr. John McCarthy (1919–2009)

Ellen Losey, Sandra Sharis, Jacob Heacock, soloists


Tyler W. Robertson, conductor and graduate teaching associate
Casey L. Cook, associate conductor and accompanist

"The Nightingale" (from Two Colonial Folksongs)

Dan Forrest (b. 1978)

Anita Chiu, violin
Nathan Hensley, piano


Francesco Durante (1684–1755)
formerly attributed to Giovanni Pergolesi (1710–1736)

I.    Magnificat
III.  Deposuit potentes
V.   Sicut locutus
VI.  Sicut erat

Down by the Riverside

arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)


Dara A. Gillis, conductor
Casey L. Cook, accompanist

Illumina le tenebre

Joan Szymko (b. 1957)

“The Heavens Are Telling” (from The Creation)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

Hailey Wright, Alessandro Nocera, Aidan Ferguson, trio

Peze Kafé

Traditional Haitian, arr. Sten Källman (b. 1952)

Leron, Leron Sinta

Traditional Filipino, arr. Saunder Choi


Jordan Saul, conductor
Casey L. Cook, accompanist
Elizabeth Hainrihar, graduate teaching associate

“O Antiqui Sancti” (from Ordo Virtutum)

Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179), arr. Michael Engelhardt (b. 1974)

Hannah Moore, percussion
Adam Steere, bass

Madre la de los Primores

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648–1695)
Translation by Anabella Petronsi

Be Like the Bird

Abbie Betinis (b. 1980)
Text by Victor Hugo (1802–1885)

Er ist gekommen

Clara Schumann (1819–1896), arr. Brandon Williams
Text by Friedrich Rückert (1788–1866)

Dies Irae

Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953)

Prayer of the Children

Kurt Bestor (b. 1958), arr. Andrea Klouse

Elizabeth Hainrihar, conductor

No Time

Traditional Camp Meeting Song
arr. Susan Brumfield

Dance in the Graveyard

Eric Hölljes (b. 1987) and Ian Hölljes (b. 1985), as sung by the band Delta Rae
arr. Jessica Sammarone

Mia Bridgeman, mezzo-soprano
Cassie Howard, piano
Adam Steere, bass
Hannah Moore, percussion



Traditional Zulu


Prepared by Xin Su, DMA student in conducting

Williametta Spencer (b. 1932)

Williametta Spencer is a composer, college professor, organist and pianist. She was originally from Michigan and later moved to California. Spencer has a wide range of composition while most of her output is choral music. Spencer’s music shares an opportunity for a pause in the chaos of the world and a contemplation of humanity. The poem At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners is one of John Donne’s Holy sonnets, picturing the final Day of Judgment. What begins with a “trumpet call” and a sobering catalog of means of human death, Donne’s poem ends with a summons to repentance and spiritual commitment.

Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977)
Born in Priekule, Latvia, Ēriks Ešenvalds is one of the most sought-after composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard across the world. His music explores the spectrum of choral color, constructing music that is at once transparent and rich. "Salutation" was commissioned by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is a setting of a poem by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).

BEATUS VIR (SSATTB voices with two violins and continuo)
Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
Italian composer Monteverdi is the most important musician in late 16th- and early 17th-century Italy. He excelled in nearly all the major genres of the period. His nine books of madrigals consolidated the achievement of the late Renaissance masters and cultivated new aesthetic and stylistic paradigms for the emerging Baroque style. The text of Beatus vir is from Psalm 112: Blessed are those who fear the Lord. Interestingly, this is one of the three Biblical psalms that are acrostic, that is, each of the 22 lines of the Psalm begins with a successive letter of Hebrew alphabet.

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights in his commandments.
His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the generation of the righteous shall be blessed.
Glory and prosperity shall be in his house; and his justice endures from generation to generation.
A light has risen in the darkness for the upright: one who is merciful, compassionate and just.
Happy is the man who sympathizes and shares, who chooses his words with discretion:
Because he will not be troubled for eternity; the just man shall be in everlasting remembrance.
He shall not fear evil tidings; his heart is ready to hope in the Lord.
His heart is strengthened; he shall not be shaken until he looks down upon his enemies.
He disperses, he gives to the poor; his justice endures from generation to generation.
His horn shall be exalted with honor.
The wicked will see, and be angered; he will gnash with his teeth, and waste away.
The desire of the wicked shall perish.

RED RIVER VALLEY (SATB voices and piano)
Bern Herbolsheimer (1948–2016)

An American composer and pianist, Bern Herbolsheimer received recognition throughout the United States and Europe for over 500 works ranging from ballet to symphonic, operatic, chamber and choral works. A recipient of many awards, Herbolsheimer served on the music faculty of Seattle’s Cornish College. "Red River Valley" is a traditional American cowboy song of uncertain origin. This song has been immortalized in many American films, including John Ford’s iconic The Grapes of Wrath (1940).

Shawn Kirchner (1919–2009)

Shawn Kirchner is an American composer/arranger and pianist active in the music circles of Los Angeles. His choral writing is informed by his interest in folk/choral tradition and poetry. “Unclouded Day,” the bright, first movement of Heavenly Home: Three American Songs, is an eight-part a cappella setting of the well-known gospel tune by J. K. Alwood. A straightforward first verse and chorus are followed by two verses in which traditional bluegrass vocal style combines with counterpoint and fugue, culminating in a climactic eight-part chord on the phrase “in the city that is made of gold.”

WIDDECOMB FAIR (SATB voices and piano)
Traditional song, arr. John McCarthy (1919–2009)

During the second half of the 20th century, John McCarthy was best known in England as a choral conductor and arranger. In arranging "Widdecombe Fair," McCarthy chose a well-known Devon folk song about Tom Pearce, a man whose horse dies after a neighbor borrows it to travel to the fair in Widdecombe with his many friends. At the end of this long list of friends (Bill Brewer, Jan Stever, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Daniel Whiddon, Harry Hawke), the text invokes “Uncle Tom Cobley and all,” a humorous Devon colloquialism that means “anyone and everyone.”

MAGNIFICAT, mvt. I, III, V, VI (SATB voices and piano)
Giovanni Pergolesi (1710–1736)

Pergolesi, an Italian composer, was a leading figure in the rise of Italian comic opera in the 18th century. He was among the composers (including Feo, Vinci and Durante) who continued the Neapolitan School founded by Allesandro Scarlatti. It is commonly known today that this Magnificat is under Pergolesi’s name, so the deserved popularity of it has been achieved on Pergolesi’s shoulders. However, it was actually Francesco Durante who wrote this Italian sacred music. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Magnificat was recognized as Durante's composition. In 1910 this work was improperly ascribed to Pergolesi by Giuseppe Radiciotti, on the strength of a single manuscript copy that bears Pergolesi’s name.

I.  My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden:
for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name.

III. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away.

V.  As He spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to His seed forever.
Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

VI.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

"THE NIGHTINGALE" (SATB voices, violin and piano 4 hands)
Dan Forrest (b. 1978)

The Two Colonial Folksongs are inaugural pieces in Dan Forrest’s ongoing choral cycle, Folk Songs of America, which seeks to combine commissions of folk song arrangements from various states/regions of America into a larger cycle that will eventually be suitable for concert use. Commissioned by the Williamsburg (VA) Choral Guild for their 35th anniversary, these settings celebrate the common idea of a soldier in the Colonial/Revolutionary era. The texts and tunes of both of these colonial folksongs have ties to 17th-century England, but were brought to the New Land, where multiple variants formed and became quite popular. A soldier is the subject of both songs. In the first song performed today, "The Nightingale" is an American Variant of English folk song, “The Bold Grenadier,” which tells the story of a “brave volunteer” whose fiddle enchants a fair lady.

DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE (SATB voices and piano)
John Rutter (b. 1945)

John Rutter is an English composer, conductor and editor. Rutter has concentrated on composing vocal music, particularly for choirs. Within this field, he has become probably the most popular and widely performed composer of his generation, especially in the UK and the United States. His idiom grows out of the British choral tradition, breathes a gentle and melodious spirit, but it can also be joyful, rhythmic and fleet. This barnstorming American song, "Down by the Riverside" was first published in 1918, in Plantation Melodies: A collection of Modern, Popular and Old-time Negro-songs of the Southland. It has served variously as a work song, a marching song, and a gospel song in southern churches. The "riverside" refers to the River Jordan, the whole text echoing the prophetic vision of Isaiah and Micah.

Joan Szymko (b. 1957)

All highest, glorious God
Cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith, firm hope, perfect charity and profound humility.
Lord, give me wisdom and perception so that I may do what is truly your holy will.

Traditional Haitian, arr./translation by Sten Källman (b. 1952)

My mother sent me to weigh the coffee
When I reached the road I was
Ambushed by the police
What am I going to say at home
When I get back, Oh Friends!
What am I going to say at home?
My mother sent me to the gate
Go weigh my coffee.

Traditional Filipino, arr./translation by Saunder Choi

Leron, leron my love,
papaya seeds above.
He took a bamboo box
to keep the fruits he’d get.
Then as he neared the top,
the entire branch broke up.
“It’s not my lucky day;
I’ll find another way!”
Wake up neneng,
Let’s pick some tamarind fruits.
Take the bamboo baskets,
to put the ripe ones in
Upon reaching the top (of the tree),
The branches swayed heavily.
Hold on tight, neneng,
As you might fall!

"O ANTIQUI SANCTI" (SSAA with bass and percussion)
Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179)
arr. Michael Engelhardt (b. 1974)

Bingen is a German Benedictine abbess, visionary, writer and composer. She is known for her literary, musical and scientific works, as well as for her religious and diplomatic activities. Her oeuvre includes recorded visions, medical and scientific works, hagiography and letters; also lyrical and dramatic poetry, which has survived with monophonic music. She is one of the best-known composers of sacred monophony. Michael Engelhardt arranged this O Antiqui Sancti for women’s choir, bass instrument and percussion. Commissioned in 2016 by Donna Tallman and the Elmhurst College Women’s Choir, this thrilling work offers something totally unique – a mix of sustained vocal lines and articulated passages along with both contrapuntal and homophonic writing which make this a truly remarkable composition of combination of antique and modern.

O ancient holy ones, why do you marvel at us?
The Word of God grows bright in the form of a man, and thus we shine with him,
building the limbs of his beautiful body.

MADRE, LA DE LOS PRIMORES (4-part voices)
Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648–1695)

Women’s Glee Club first presented Madre la de los primores by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz as a part of the School of Music's Latin Music Celebration that took place during National Hispanic Heritage month. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Arts Council and the vision of Dr. <Eugenia Costa-Giomi>, the School of Music and the organization of Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff presented a series of musical experiences that highlighted the culture of Latin America. We are proud to present this piece again as a highlighted work by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz — a nun, poet, philosopher and musician who was among the intellectual elite during Mexico’s colonial period. She is credited as Mexico’s first feminist: she criticized misogyny and hypocrisy with her publications, condemning church leaders for faulty practices.   

Madre, la de los primores,
la que es virgin siendo madre,
la madre de tantas hijas,
y madre de tantos padres.
Goza hoy en tu templo felicidades,
pues der to esposes eres divino Atlante.

Mother of neatness,
the one who is a virgin being, a mother,
the mother of so many parents and so many children.
Enjoy happiness in your temple today,
of your husband, you are the divine Atlantean.  

BE LIKE A BIRD (5-part canon)
Abbie Betinis (b. 1980)
Poem by Victor Hugo

American composer Abbie Betinis has been honored to attend performances of her music throughout varied venues. Working largely by commission, Betinis has composed new music for world-class organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association, American Suzuki Foundation, etc. Abbie Betinis wrote this canon — inspired by a poem by Victor Hugo — just after she completed cancer treatment for the second time. Betinis and her cousin Sarah Riley discovered the text by accident when they were reading through some of the sermons written and delivered throughout their grandfather’s long life. The lovely text had been quoted by their grandpa in a few sermons over the years, always to inspire courage in the face of adversity. According to Betinis, the poem struck her as a surprisingly hopeful text befitting a difficult year, but it also moved her to tears to think of the work that her Aunt Susie and now her cousin and herself are doing to change the world — one girl at a time.

ER IST GEKOMMEN (SSA with piano)
Clara Schumann (1819–1896), arr. Brandon Williams

Clara Schumann was a German pianist, composer and teacher. One of the foremost European pianists of the 19th century and the wife and champion of Robert Schumann, she was also a respected composer and influential teacher. The arranger Brandon Williams is an assistant professor of choral music and choral music education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He appears frequently as a guest conductor, clinician and presenter throughout the country. Er ist gekommen is a shining example of Clara Schumann’s ingenuity and displays many characteristics of the Romantic era.

He came in storm and rain, my anxious heart beat against his.
How could I have known that his path should unite itself with mine?
He came in storm and rain; Audaciously he took my heart.
Did he take mine? Did I take his? Both drew near to each other.
He came in storm and rain. Now spring’s blessing has come.
My friend journeys on, I watch with good cheer, for he shall be mine wherever he goes.

DIES IRAE (SSA with piano)
Z. Randall Stroope

Z. Randall Stroope conducts choirs and orchestras in the United States, Canada and abroad on a regular basis. He is the artistic director of annual festivals in England and eastern Europe. "Dies irae" is a Latin poem on the subject of the Last Judgment. This setting of Dies irae isolates a portion of the “Dies irae” text, and juxtaposes driving, accentuated rhythms with towers of full sonorities. The piano writing provides an agitating “undercurrent” in the opening and closing sections. The composer has placed the voices in what he aptly calls the “resonance pockets” of the treble voice, creating powerful “sonic fireworks” appropriate to the drama of this text.

Day of wrath, that day shall dissolve the world into embers, as David prophesied with the Sybil.
Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them rest.

Kurt Bestor, arr. Andrea S. Klouse

Kurt Bestor is an Emmy-award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer/performer, perhaps best known for his innovative interpretation of seasonal carols found in his popular 5-CD boxed set The Complete Kurt Bestor Christmas, and his haunting musical prayer for peace, “Prayer of the Children.” Having lived in this now war-torn country in the late 1970s, Bestor grew to love the people with whom he lived. He has written many songs with the melodies more memorable, lyrics more poetic, and harmonies richer, but none of the compositions has been considered by himself that had reached the emotional effect of "Prayer of the Children." It was written out of frustration over the horrendous civil war and ethnic cleansing taking place in the former country of Yugoslavia.

NO TIME (SSAA voices)
Traditional camp meeting songs, arr. Susan Brumfield

The camp meeting is a form of Protestant Christian religious service originating in England and Scotland as an evangelical event in association with the communion. Originally camp meetings were held in frontier areas, where people without regular preachers would travel on occasion from a large region to a particular site to camp, pray, sing hymns and listen to itinerant preachers at the tabernacle. For those purposes, camp meeting songs were offered. The practice was a major component of the Second Great Awakening, an evangelical denomination took the lead in different geographic areas. This camp meeting song "No Time" is sung first separately and gradually built to a full choral harmony. It is to be hoped that some of the joy and the ecstatic spontaneity of the camp meeting is conveyed through singing.

DANCE IN THE GRAVEYARDS (SSAA with piano, bass and percussion)
Delta Rae, arr. Jessica Sammarone

"Dance in the Graveyards" is a song originally appeared on the 2012 album of the North Carolina folk-rock group Delta Rae. This particular arrangement for The Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club was effectuated by Jessica Sammarone. Very much keeping with the holiday’s spirit of the Day of the Dead, this song celebrates and remembers loved ones who have left this life.


Symphonic Choir

Robert Bode, conductor
Lee Thompson, accompanist
Elizabeth Hainrihar, graduate teaching associate
Tyler W. Robertson, graduate teaching associate

Sadiyah Babatunde
Anna Bonavita
Megan Callison
Elizabeth Hainrihar
Sarah Julien
Sophia Longo
Shelby Martell
Laurie McIlvenna
Ruth Peart
Carlie Platt
Anna Reichert
Alyssa Schott
Jordyn Stone
Emily Trauntvein

Elizabeth Arteta
Aria Cadeau
Caroline D’Ercole
Jordan Drinnon
Cassie Howard
Melanie Linker
Ellen Losey
Sarah Peterson
Savanah Pfister
Asha Rawlinson
Sandra Sharis
Xin Su
Gabi Winter

Grayson Abend
Ryan Adams
Samantha Christopher
Brennan Harlow
Harper Markiewicz
Alex Ross
Liangjun Shi
Noah Shireman
Austin Silva
Vincent Stepien

Kevin Baum
John Gudz
Jacob Heacock
Brighton Hummer
Parker Kronen
Tyler Robertson
Taylor Rogers
David Scott
Felix Underwood
Spencer Wainfor
Nic Watkins
Ning Yang

University Chorus

Tyler W. Robertson, conductor and graduate teaching associate
Casey L. Cook, associate conductor and accompanist
Gabrielle Adams
Megan Barnes
Isabel Bayer
Xarles Bryan
Liliana Carpenter
Kendall Crookston
Kori Crookston
Danielle Curcio
Audrey Darr
Gabriella Ely
Amanda Fitzpatrick
Sydney Hord
Meng Huang
Tatiana Huertas
Yolanda Johnson
Natalie Kline
Rachel Lambdin
Courtney Larkin
Gabby Leite
Yifang Li
Yilan Li
Julie Loop
Hannah Mayle
Nicole Moulas
Ariel Nadratowski
Anna Rose
Becca Savarino
Samantha Schafer
Kiara Schmidt
Sammi Shasky
Maggie Smith
Serina Smith
Sarah Troeller
Maria Trusty
Sarah Vance
Megan Waldfogel
Tiffany Weaver
Jiaying Yang
Maggie Zaretz
Rebecca Zavon
Emily Zigo

Hayden Beatty
Justin Bobby
Grant Booth
Ben Bryson
Matt Burns
Shawn Conroy
Scot Curran
Samuel Dain
Runxian Du
Zack Eckert
Alex Figueroa
Austin Friedrichsen
Ian Furniss
Danny Hong
Will Gilbert
Vince Huzicka
Patrick Kerrigan
Ji Woong Kim
John Paul Kreidler
Jonathan Mayes
James O’Connor
Zachary Oehler
Charles Ort
Nick Pisanelli
David Potts
John Spurlock
Casey Varabkanich
Casey Wood
Logan Wright
Nick Young
Xiang Zhang

Delaware Hayes High School Symphonic Choir

Dara A. Gillis, conductor
Casey L. Cook, accompanist

Alena Clark
Faith Crim
Mary Grace Duffy
Sophia Hance
Meredith Keller
Faye Lewis
Abby Stephens
Hailey Wright

Cora Brady
Alexia Dicke
Haleigh Oliver
Rena Ouyang
Allison Sanson
Allison Schulte
Destiny Springston
Mary Beth Zimmerman

Eleni Caudill
Julie Fausnaugh
Adriana Gebhart
Elise Haase
Caitlin Lipps
Emmaline Riggs
Addison Salvador,
Macie Stevens
Elizabeth Uniss

Kylie Booth
Emma Brown
Madalyn Hatton
Kirsten Myers
Audrey Richardson
Amaya Rojas

Jacob Byerly
Jackson Collins
Gage DeVoe
Ryan Gray
Kaedon Ransom

Shane Manor
Alessandro Nocera
Elijah Shireman
Canaan Smith

Jack Almoro
Jeffrey Arseneau
Aidan Ferguson
Jared McKeen
Lucas McKeen
Joe Molina
Jake Stein

Morgan Byerly
Beckham Carleton
Sean Harrison
Hayden Milewsky

Women's Glee Club

Jordan Saul, conductor
Casey L. Cook, accompanist
Elizabeth Hainrihar, graduate teaching associate

Grace Chen
Jocelyn Davies
Cassie Howard
Jenna Keller
Juliette Kokernot
Kaitlynn Melidor
Fiona Minich
Delaney Murray
Isabella Parks
Ruth Peart
Anna Truax

Maggie Ash
Grace Davis
Kathleen Fink
Audrey Galehouse
Elizabeth Hainrihar
Maggie Hunter
Sophia Longo
Laurie McIlvenna
Amanda Meng
Anabella Petronsi
Savanah Pfister
Carlie Platt
Anna Reichert
Alyssa Schott
Emily Trauntvein
Sam Weiskind
Erin Wesner

Maddy Abowitz
Nora Ayad
Aria Cadeau
Maddie Dummermuth
Sarah Gibson
Lauren Hackenberg
Abigail Haffey
Caroline Karbowski
Sarah Knott
Erika Lindner
Madison Mitchell
Nicole Orsini
Samantha Sedlmeier
Claire Shu
Xin Su
Gretchen Varner

Elizabeth Arteta
Riley Betz
Ashley Boldt
Mia Bridgman
Katie Callow
Erin Cotter
Julie Rose Cupka
Katelyn France
Rebecca Gill
Sam Giusto
Ayla Hoermann
Carrie Langendorf
Melanie Linker
Leah Mattas
Preethika Muniyappa
Karenna Peterson
Gabriela Rodriguez Allen
Kelly Ross
Gabriela Sanchez
Maddie Thompson
Cecilia Vasey

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