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Art McKenzie, Chorus


New Jersey All-State Chorus and Orchestra The Eighty-Third Annual Program


THE NATIONAL ANTHEM


Chorus, Orchestra and Audience Conducted by Joseph Jacobs, President New Jersey Music Educators Association


Gemma New, Orchestra Conductor


Joyeuse marche .........................................Emmanuel Chabrier Daphis et Chloé, Suite No. 2 .............................Maurice Ravel


Southern Exposure..................................... John David Earnest Orchestra


PRESENTATION OF PINS


TO THE CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA Wendell Steinhauer, President New Jersey Education Association


Art McKenzie, Chorus Conductor Gemma New, Orchestra


Hodie Christus natus est ...............................................David Fryling If Music be the Food of Love .........................................David Dickau Sfogava con le Stele ............................................Claudio Monterverdi Cloudburst ................................................................... Eric Whitacre Bogoroditsye Dyevo .............................................Sergei Rachmaninoff Pokpok Alimpako ..............................................Francisco F. Feliciano


Children Go Where I Send Thee ...................Paul Caldwell/Sean Ivory Chorus


Make Our Garden Grow (Candide) .......................Leonard Bernstein Combined Orchestra & Chorus


Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.


Adrian Phillips Ballroom of Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City


and


Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. NJ-PAC Prudential Hall Newark, NJ


Praised by the Baltimore Sun for her ‘absorbing


and well-honed performance’, Gemma New is Assis- tant Conductor for the New Jersey Symphony Or- chestra, and Director of the Baltimore-based Lunar Ensemble. Originally from New Zealand, New has conducted orchestras on multiple continents, includ- ing the Danish National, BBC Scottish, Baltimore,


and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras as well as the Orchestre sympho- nique de Trois-Rivières (Canada). New made her Carnegie Hall debut in April this year, conducting in two American Soundscapes programs. In May she returned to New Zealand, conducting an extensive program with Opus Orchestra to high critical acclaim. Highlights for New’s 2013-2014 season include her conducting debuts with the Hamilton Philharmonic (Canada) and New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in New York. In 2012 New received the American Prize 1st place for orchestral conducting and was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic to reside at the Salzburg Music Festival, as an Ansbacher Conducting Fellow. She was a semi-finalist of the 2012 Donatella Flick LSO competition and in 2010 received first prize in the International Conducting Competition in Ma- con, GA. This summer New was the David A. Karetsky conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting of the Aspen Music Festival. She has studied with Kurt Masur in Germany and New York. A gradu- ate of the Peabody Institute, New studied conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. Before moving to the United States in 2009, New was assistant conductor of the Christchurch Symphony, and conductor of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra. During her time with the CYO, the orchestra grew from around 40 to over 70 players, and performed around nine concerts a year.


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years, beginning with his eleven years as Minister of Music in Haver- town, PA and Plainfield, NJ. He has taught music in schools for fifteen years. As a private voice teacher, Art has taught his students the Bel Canto technique he learned while studying with Metropolitan Opera singers Margaret Harshaw and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni. He has performed in con- certs, recitals, operas and oratorios throughout the United States and in Spoleto, Italy. Art is presently the Director of Choral Music at Overbrook Senior


and they have performed at the NJ MENC 2010 conference and at the Kimmel Center in 2012. In addition to his choral position, Art has also directed musicals there for the past nine years. In 2006 he had the honor of receiving the Teacher of the Year award for Pine Hill schools. McKenzie also has an extensive background in theatre, where he has


stage direction, musical direction and performance experience. He has been involved in over 50 musicals at the Ritz Theatre Company in Oak- lyn, NJ, where two of his productions were nominated for Philadelphia Barrymore Awards. Art has directed dozens of musicals at high schools as well. He has served as vocal director for musicals and as choral accompa- nist at Haddon Township High School for the past 22 years, where his wife is the choir and musical director. Art conducted the 2009 New Jersey All-State Women’s Chorus and


the 2009 South Jersey Senior High Chorus. He will be an Adjunct Profes- sor at Westminster Choir College this fall. He resides in Cherry Hill with his wife, Maryann.


place ratings at festivals and competitions,


reer as a music educator, minister of music, voice teacher, performer and musical theatre director. He is a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ (BMEd/Voice), and a magna cum laude graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN (MMVoice). Art has been conducting choirs for many


Art McKenzie has had a long and varied ca-


High School in Pine Hill, NJ. In the nine years Art has taught at Over- brook the choral program has grown from 29 to 205 members. His choirs consistently receive superior 1st


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