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Local choir seeks tenors and basses for Carnegie Hall concert

This group of singers from the Utah Conservatory Choral Society, which features youth and adult vocalists, will travel to New York in February to sing with the Distinguished Concerts International Concert New York in Carnegie Hall. The singers are clockwise from the top left: Kiera Hendricks, Liesl Basile, Utah Conservatory staff member JoAnna Odom, Elsa Futch, Mia Jamrich, McKinslee Mitchell and Angela Schmidt. The choir, which also features adult singers, is currently seeking tenors and basses.
Courtesy of Debra Cook

Debra Cook is looking for a few good men who can sing the tenor and bass sections of Rutter’s “Requiem.”

The co-founder of the Utah Conservatory and director of the Utah Conservatory Choral Society plans to take them and more than 70 other local singers to New York to perform with a larger choir of singers, including children and adults, from all over the world at Carnegie Hall over Valentine’s Day weekend next year.

Interested tenors and basses can contact Cook by emailing utahconservatory@gmail.com or calling 435-649-6292.

“I will have the singers come in to sing through the piece and to see how well they read the music,” she said.

I think this will show what Park City’s talent is all about in a really big way…” Debra Cook, co-founder, Utah Conservatory

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a nonprofit production company that collaborates with music groups at Carnegie Hall and Geffen Hall, will hold the performance, Cook said.

DCINY’s Artistic Director Jonathan Griffith, who Cook has worked with before, will conduct the performance.

“He’s come to Park City to lead the Park City Interfaith Choir, and he’s come to do a choral workshop for the Utah Conservatory,” she said. “He will come back in early February about a week before we go to New York to conduct for our local production at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.”

While Griffith is here, he will work with local conductor Don Miller to get the Orchestra Esperanza, a symphony composed of local musicians, ready for the Carnegie Hall performance.

The New York rehearsal schedule, which is actually a residency, will run from Feb. 14-16, and the performance will be on Feb. 16, Cook said.

“We are also invited to a reception following the performance,” she said.

Cook has been busy recruiting nearly 75 singers during the past few weeks. The group currently features nine Utah Conservatory staff members, 31 Conservatory students and seven former music majors.

“We also have at least 10 professional musicians, and 11 singers who have been in an off-Broadway show,” she said. “There are seven local high school students, and 10 middle school students and one elementary-school student.”

Although Cook has been recruited to sing the solos during the performance, she said the concert isn’t about her.

“It’s really about the wonderful people who have come together from our town,” she said. “They will perform with other approved singers from all over the world, and I think this will show what Park City’s talent is all about in a really big way.”

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