FINALISTS FOR THE WCLV/UCC JUBILATION CHORUS CHALLENGE CHOSEN
The six chorus finalists in the WCLV/UCC Jubilation Chorus Challenge have been chosen. They will participate in the two-part live broadcast over WCLV, at on Friday, May 9, and at , on Saturday, May 10,2008. Each choir will perform for half an hour, with repertoire they choose from specified genres.
The six choirs, chosen from the 27 choirs that entered sample recordings are: (in no order)
Finney Choir of the First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ, William Davis III, Director
Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church, Eric Charnofsky, Director
Old Stone Church, William Shafer, Director
St. John the Evangelist Cathedral, Greg Heislman, Director
The Federated Church of Chagrin Falls, Jodie Ricci, Director
Christ Presbyterian Church, Canton, David Kienzle, Director
The order and times of performance for the live broadcasts will be:
Friday May 9
8:00 PM Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church
8:50 PM Old Stone Church
9:40 PM Choir of the Cathedral of St. John
Saturday May 10
10:00 AM Finney Choir of First Church in Oberlin
10:50 AM Ensemble of the Federated Church of Chagrin Falls
11:40 AM Christ Presbyterian Church, Canton
The results will be announced live on WCLV as soon as the judges make their decision.
The finals will take place at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Tremont.
The first place choir will receive a $1000 cash award; the runners-up will each receive
$500. And all of the finalists will receive CD recordings of the event.
The public is invited. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken help Pilgrim
Church in its support of Jubilation.
Parking is available at the Holy Ghost Byzantine lot at the southwest corner of W. 14th and Kenilworth and at Tremont Montessori School, West 10th and Jefferson. On Saturday only, guests may park at Ola St. Joseph Center, at 2346 West 14th Street. There is also lots of street parking in the area on Starkweather, Auburn, W. 11th and W. 10th Street.
The judges for the finals are:
Dr. Grant Cook, III – Associate Professor of Voice and Chorus at HeidelbergUniversity Dr. Catherine Jarjisian, Dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music Dr. William Weinert, Professor of Conducting and Ensembles, Director, Choral Activities, Eastman School of Music
The announcer for the live WCLV broadcast will be Lloyd Newell, well-known voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts, heard on WCLV, Sundays at .
The goal of this competition is excellence in choral singing and diversity in styles. The repertoire should include not only western sacred classical music but also the tradition of gospel and other genres. Choirs will be judged on their expression, accuracy, technical ability, musicality and work as an ensemble. The repertoire choice is to be as broad as possible, drawing on music that would be expected to be performed in church. The programs should include music of contrasting styles, including at least one a cappella piece, if possible.