Letter From the President

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our wonderful choristers, welcome to the Deer Creek Chorale’s 2015-2016 concert season. We have just completed an outstanding performance year and have continued to experience phenomenal growth in our quest to achieve artistic excellence. Our capstone initiative for the 2014-2015 concert season was performing “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Paul Rardon and being accompanied by the nationally-renowned Monroe Crossing bluegrass band.

There are four key reasons why the Deer Creek Chorale is such a special and unique musical organization. First, our compelling mission is to “sing locally and serve globally.” Our concerts during the 2014-2015 season were performed in various locations such as the Bethel Presbyterian Church sanctuary, Perry Hall High School, and the North Harford High School Performing Arts Center. These performance locations broadened our exposure to the greater Baltimore and Harford County areas which was an important goal for the year. Also, our organization focuses on giving back to the community through service. In 2014-2015 our service benefit focus was to raise funds and perform community service for Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna. Second, the Deer Creek Chorale is an inter-generational enterprise which adds immeasurably to the “richness” of our organization. Choristers as young as 15 sing side-by-side with older peers whose ages range from the early 20’s to senior citizens. All of our members learn a great deal by singing with others whose life experiences and perspectives are diverse. Third, we are a non-auditioned chorale and our visionary director firmly believes that anyone, given the appropriate support, can perform beautiful vocal music–her belief is confirmed continuously as evidenced by the quality of our performances. Fourth, we constantly work with guest clinicians, perform under the direction of guest conductors, and sing with other choral groups all of which are world-class both in scope and expertise.

Our musical staff is first-rate, their enthusiasm is boundless, and the Deer Creek Chorale benefits immensely from their service. Martha Banghart, the director, and Wayne Perry, the assistant director collaborate closely to select an impressive array of choral selections and to guide our choristers toward achieving artistic excellence. Our accompanist, Shias Suskey, is absolutely outstanding and consistently amazes the Deer Creek Chorale with the exceptional quality of her musicianship.

You can become associated with and support the Deer Creek Chorale in a variety of ways. Please take the opportunity to explore our constantly-expanding website, along with our Facebook section to learn more about us. You will be positively impressed by the range of initiatives in which we are involved and by the superb quality of the Youtube concert vignettes. Visit the concert section, place upcoming dates on your calendar, and plan to attend our performances such as the Chamber Choir Christmas Concert at Bethel Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 4, 2015; the Music for All Seasons Concert at Towson United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 6, 2015; the second annual A Cappella Festival at Perry Hall High School on Sunday, March 13, 2016; and “No Ordinary Woman: A Tribute to MothersConcert at St. Matthews Church in Bel Air on Sunday, May8, 2016. Feel free to donate monetarily to our Harford Center for the Arts benefit. Attend our “Inform and Inspire” annual fund-raising benefit at the Towson Golf and Country Club on the evening of October 22, 2015. Consider joining us as a vocalist… you will find this to be a fulfilling and joyous personal growth experience. Most important of all, please spread the word among your family and friends about our two-fold mission and the great work that we are accomplishing.

Finally, the Deer Creek Chorale wants to take this opportunity to express our most profound gratitude to the Session and congregation of the Bethel Presbyterian Church in White Hall, MD. They have graciously allowed us to rehearse in their exquisite sanctuary and to conduct our Board of Directors meetings along with our organizational annual meeting in their Fellowship Hall. We have just completed the second season in our new home and absolutely love it.

Again, welcome to the Deer Creek Chorale family and to our ninth exciting concert season. We look forward to your participation that is so very important to our continued success.


Peter L. McCallum, Ed.D.