Guest Artists

The Deer Creek Chorale has been uniquely privileged to work with an array of renowned conductors, composers, choral educators, and professional singers. Each year, the choir works with guest clinicians and conductors to assist them in developing both performance and vocal skills. Each musician adds something to the chorister’s musical palette which further enhances their appreciation and performance of quality repertoire.

terry eberhardt

Terry N. Eberhardt

Guest Clinician for the DCC 2016-2017 10th Anniversary Season – Terry N. Eberhardt

The DCC is delighted to announce Terry N. Eberhardt as guest clinician for our 10th anniversary season! Mr. Eberhardt received his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and his Master’s Degree in Opera Performance at The University of Maryland Opera Studio.  He currently serves as the Instructional Facilitator for Music in Howard County Public Schools and as the President of the Maryland Choral Educators Association. In his role as facilitator Mr. Eberhardt oversees 220 music educators and is responsible for music curriculum for students from pre-K through grade twelve.

As the former Department Chair at Marriotts Ridge High School, Mr. Eberhardt’s choirs consistently earned Superior ratings at local, state, and national festivals. He has been on the voice faculty at Towson University, Trinity College, and is currently at Red Bridge Studio’s in historic Savage Mills Maryland.  He is a native of Maryland and has performed in numerous oratorios as both baritone and bass soloist. He is well known to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. audiences with performances as a principal artist in many local opera productions. He has performed in Master Classes with Sherrill Milnes and John Shirley Quirk.

Terry Eberhardt has served as a guest conductor for many honor choirs in the state, including Prince Georges County, Calvert County, Carroll County, Charles and Frederick County groups. He is also an active adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Eberhardt is the proud recipient of The Maryland State Teachers Award, The Maryland Distinguished Scholarship in talent and education, and The Peabody Scholarship in talent. In 2008 Mr. Eberhardt was named the “Howard County Teacher of the Year” for his commitment to music excellence in the classroom. Mr. Eberhardt was featured as a “Choral Director of Note” in the January 2011 edition of the Choral Director Magazine.  In 2015 Mr. Eberhardt was named Grammy Music Educator of the year semi-finalist.

Dr. Carolyn Black-Sotir

Dr. Carolyn Black-Sotir

October 29, 2016  – Inform and Inspire Gala  Guest Soloist –  Carolyn Black-Sotir

The DCC is delighted to have Dr. Carolyn Black-Sotir as hostess and soloist for our Inform and Inspire Gala held at her home, Silo Hill, in Pheonix, MD.   She will entertain throughout the evening singing Gershwin tunes.  We are thrilled that she will also be a guest soloist at our Spring Music and Memory concert at Goucher College showcasing the Mid-Atlantic premier of Robert Cohen’s “Alzheimer’s Stories.”

Dr. Black is a gifted and versatile artist who enjoys a fascinating and diverse career.  Whether it be as a singer, actress, writer, news journalist, stage director, teacher, or impressario, Carolyn is first and foremost a communicator.  She connects to her audiences—through her music, her written words, her interviewing skills, and her inventive and expressive stagings. She is a special person who embraces life and art with incredible passion and with a voice and musicality that touch the souls of others.

Dr. Black-Sotir’s commitment to the arts extends beyond that of her own performances. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences which provides more than 3 million dollars to arts organizations throughout the Greater Baltimore region. As an educator, she has taught and directed at Towson University and University of Maryland. She maintains a private voice studio and is in demand as a clinician, having conducted numerous master classes and workshops for young singers.    The DCC is  happy to have her back with us after her success as soloist in our May 8th, 2016  “No Ordinary Women: A Tribute to Mothers.”

Jose Antonio Bowen

Jose Antonio Bowen

October 29, 2016  – Inform and Inspire Gala Featured Speaker – Jose Antonio Bowen

José Antonio Bowen is President of Goucher College. Dr. Bowen began his teaching career at Stanford University in 1982 as the Director of Jazz Ensembles. In 1994, he became the Founding Director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music at the University of Southampton, England. He returned to the U.S. in 1999 as the first holder of the endowed Caestecker Chair of Music at Georgetown University where he created and directed the Department of Performing Arts. He was Dean of Fine Arts at Miami University, before moving to SMU in Dallas in 2006 to become Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and Algur H. Meadows Chair for 8 years.

In over 35 years as a jazz performer, he has appeared in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, Liberace, and many others. His compositions, conducting and playing are featured on numerous recordings and he currently performs with the jazz collective jampact. His latest CD, Uncrowded Night, features his playing with the José Bowen Quartet.  He has written a symphony(which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1985), a film score, and music for Hubert Laws, Jerry Garcia, and many others. His Jewish music is also widely performed and includes a Jazz Shabbat Service (with over 80 performances around the world). Other awards for his compositions include the Hubbell, Popular, and Standard Awards (from ASCAP), the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, the Bell T. Richie Prize, and the Koret Israel Prize.


Donald Wolcott

DEC. 4, 2016 –  “Behold New Joy” Christmas Concert – Donald Wolcott Guest Organist

Donald Wolcott developed a love for jazz throughout his grade school years, and attended Towson University as a Jazz Piano Performance major. In the 20+ years he has been playing music, Donald has become an in-demand pianist in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. He has received accolades for his playing at competitions and festivals, and has performed at notable venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, D.A.R. Constitution Hall, Blues Alley, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and The Library of Congress. He has given performances throughout the United States, as well as abroad in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Baritone Thomas Beard

Baritone Thomas Beard

APRIL 30, 2017 – “MUSIC AND MEMORY” Spring concert – Baritone Thomas Beard  Guest Soloist

Lyric-Dramatic Baritone Thomas Beard is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2003 Thomas became the only African-American male singer to be chosen by famous tenor Placido Domingo  to be a part of Washington National Opera’s Placido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and he remained as Artist in Residence until 2006.

Mr. Beard made is his operatic début as the Bonze in the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore’s production of Madama Butterfly.  He has sung lead roles in La Bohème, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore , I Pagliacci, and many more.  As a member of The Washington Opera, he performed over 90 times, including in their tour of Japan.  He has performed as the Baritone for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Händel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Missa da Requiem, the Fauré Requiem, the Ordering of Moses by Detts, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, and The Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois.  In November of 2002, Mr. Beard made his John F. Kennedy Center début as Corporal Morrel in Carmen Jones conducted by Placido Domingo.” In 2010 he debuted with Dayton Opera as “Porgy” in Dayton Opera’s 50th anniversary season opener, Porgy & Bess which sold more tickets than any opera in its 50 year history.

Mr. Beard has sung with many opera companies and has toured the world with performances in such venues as Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, and Germany.   He has performed for numerous dignitaries including the funeral of Rosa Parks, for U.S. Senators, Governors, and Ambassadors in many concerts at Embassies and concert halls across the country.  He was also invited to perform as special guest soloist by former First Lady Laura Bush at an invitation only event at the White House. The DCC is honored to have him as guest soloist for our Music and Memory Concert.

Bruce Rogers

Bruce Rogers

APRIL 30, 2017 – “MUSIC AND MEMORY” Spring concert – Dr. Bruce Rogers Guest Conductor

The DCC is thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite conductors, Professor Bruce Rogers, as guest conductor of our spring Music and Memory concert.  Professor Rogers is the Director of Choral Activities at Mt. San Antonio College, in Walnut, California. In this role, he oversees the department’s various vocal and choral programs, which span the entire spectrum of music – from classical to jazz. He personally directs Mt. San Antonio College’s award-winning Chamber Singers and the elite vocal jazz ensemble, Singcopation.

Choirs under his direction have achieved top ranking in national and international competitions throughout the world, including performances in Concert Halls throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and China.

In 2001, Mr. Rogers became the first choral director in U.S. history to have two different choirs perform at both the IAJE National Convention and the ACDA National Convention, and in 2005, he achieved this honor once again.  He has guest conducted the New York Chamber Orchestra and Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall on six different occasions and has performed by special invitation at Lincoln Center.  In 2007, Professor Rogers was invited to conduct the ACDA National Two-Year College Honor Choir at the ACDA National Convention in Miami, Florida.  He most recently was invited to serve as the American Judge on the jury panel for the “International Musical Eisteddfod Competition” in Wales and will once again return to judge this competition in 2016. Mr. Rogers has presented lectures, adjudicated, or conducted All-State and Collegiate Honor Choirs in twenty-six states, Canada, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Guest Oboist Nationally renown Dr. Heather Killmeyer

Renown Oboist Dr. Heather Killmeyer

May 8th, 2016  “No Ordinary Women: A Tribute to Mothers”  Guest Oboist –  Dr. Heather Killmeyer

Heather Baldwin Killmeyer enjoys a varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Double Reeds at East Tennessee State University. An active artist-clinician, Dr. Killmeyer has taught clinics and master classes in California, Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. She has performed recitals at International Double Reed Society conferences in Utah, Oklahoma, California, the United Kingdom, and Japan, and at College Music Society conferences in Tennessee and Montana. She is the artistic director and oboist of the popular contemporary chamber ensemble Dada Cabaret.

Dr. Killmeyer’s summer engagements have included the Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, Mozart Festival Texas, the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators. She has worked with artists as diverse as Marvin Stamm, Christopher O’Riley, Elizabeth Pitcairn, Anne-Marie McDermott, David Benoit, actors Martin Sheen and John Cho, and Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders. Her media appearances include NPR’s “Live at Studio One” with the Sierra Winds and broadcasts on KUSC.

Dr. Killmeyer began oboe lessons with Judith Famous in seventh grade. Under Judi’s guidance, she consistently placed in Maryland All State and was first-chair oboist in Harford All County Band and Orchestra every year of high school. She was a member of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, and was accepted to study at nationally ranked music programs.

Throughout Dr. Killmeyer’s college career, Judi remained a mentor and close friend. They frequently met to perform duets and make reeds together during school breaks.  Judi instilled in her students a love of the oboe, a passion for teaching, and an appreciation for the value of a musical community, and Dr. Killmeyer considers it an honor to carry on Judi’s legacy to her own students.

 “I cannot thank you enough for tracking me down! I had a wonderful time working with your choir, and they were such gracious and talented hosts! It was also a treat running into old friends, especially Judi’s husband Earl. He always took an interest in Judi’s oboe students, and was our chef for studio parties!  I’m so grateful that you gave me the opportunity to honor Judi’s memory. Performing with your choir was a real treat!” – Heather Killmeyer

April 5th, 2016  Guest Clinician – Dr. Daniel McDavitt


Dr. Daniel McDavitt

Dr. Daniel McDavitt (b. 1979) is assistant professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, where he conducts the Goucher Chorus and Chamber Singers, and teaches courses in musicianship. Previous to this appointment, he was Director of Choral Activities at Loyola University Maryland, and Acting Director of Choirs at Knox College.

As a composer, Dr. McDavitt’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States. His music is published by ECS Publishing, Walton Music, Jackman Music, and Holy Sheet Music. He also has a number of self-published works available through this website.

Born and raised in Missouri, he holds a bachelor of arts degree in music and humanities and a master of music degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University, and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting and literature, with a minor in theory/composition, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. McDavitt is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the College Music Society, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Celebrated Guest Clinician Dr. Derrick Fox

Celebrated Guest Clinician Dr. Derrick Fox

March 15, 2016  Guest Clinician –  Dr. Derrick Fox

Dr. Derrick Fox is assistant professor of choral music education and choral conducting in the Ithaca College School of Music. He conducts the Ithaca College Chorus, the Ithaca College Madrigal ensemble, and teaches choral conducting and choral rehearsal techniques. He is an active adjudicator and clinician for regional, state, national, and international organizations from the middle/junior high school to the collegiate level. He has worked with ensembles and presented at state conventions in Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Florida, Utah, and Michigan.

As a soloist, Dr. Fox has collaborated with various organizations including the Arkansas Symphony, Lansing Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Columbia Chorale, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Missouri, Michigan State University, and the Espaço Cultural (Brasilia, Brazil).  He can be heard singing selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on the CD In This Hid Clearing, available on the Naxos Classical Music label. He made his debut with the St. Louis Symphony in their performance of Meredith Monk’s Night, for eight solo voices and orchestra.

A native Arkansan, Dr. Fox taught choral music at MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and at Parkway North High School and Maryville University, in Saint Louis, Missouri. He holds degrees from Arkansas State University (B.M.E.), the University of Missouri – Columbia (M.M.) and Michigan State University (D.M.A.), where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship Award.

A Magical visit!

Dr. Fox and director Marty Banghart

Dr. Fox and director Marty Banghart

Dr. Fox admidst the DCC

Dr. Fox amidst the DCC

Dr. Fox’s visit to our March 15th rehearsal was magical!  His energy and vocal acumen brought the choristers to a new level.  His rehearsal technique was something to behold. The many guests who attended the rehearsal appreciated his expertise, and also saw our organization in action and experienced the warmth, spirit, and hospitality of our singers. A lovely reception was organized by Mary Sue Shaw afterwards so people could meet Dr. Fox and thank him for sharing his expertise and passion for teaching.

“Thank you so much for having me. I had a wonderful time getting to know you and the singers of the Deer Creek Chorale. The hospitality and positivity exuded by your singers just warmed my heart. Glad to have been a small part of your journey.  Thanks for sharing the clips. The choir did a super job. The dynamic contrast and choral tone in the “The Word Was God” just took that piece to a new and exciting level for the group. Please pass along my congrats and I hope I do have the opportunity to return.”  – Derrick Fox

Here we go

Marty with Dr. Fox. Here we go!

Marty with introductins

Marty with introductions


Wayne, Marty, and Dr. Fox… What was the surprise?

Paul Head

Guest Clinician Paul Head returns to the DCC

2015-2016 Guest clinician –  Dr. Paul D. Head

As director of choral studies at the University of Delaware, Dr. Head directs the internationally renowned University of Delaware Chorale, the community-based Schola Cantorum and the UD Symphonic Chorus, which performs frequently with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Head is a native Californian where he taught in the public schools for eight years before completing his Master of Music in Conducting and Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. His choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and have received consistently high acclaim for their musical artistry. Under his direction, the UD Chorale has taken first- and second-place honors at competitive choral festivals in Estonia, Spain and Hungary.

Dr. Head maintains an active presence as conductor and guest clinician, having conducted All-State choirs in 18 states in addition to professional presentations and workshops throughout the United States. His choirs have made frequent appearances on American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national (2005, 2013) and regional (2002, 2008, 2010) conventions. As an active researcher and pedagogue, he is published in several books and publications, is the co-editor of Case Studies in Music Education (GiA; 2005) and a contributing author in The School Choral Program (GIA; 2008). He is also the co-editor of the middle school choral volume of Teaching Music Through Performance (GIA; 2011), as well as the conductor for the accompanying CDs, recorded by members of the UD Chorale, and he is the co-editor of the Handbook for Choral Music Education, a compendium currently in the works for publication next year by Oxford University Press. During a sabbatical in France, Dr. Head began the Delaware Choral Arts Academy Symposium in Provence; now an annual event.

He resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife of 25 years, and is the father of three grown children.


Renown Guest Conductor Paul Rardin conducts the DCC performance of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

2014-2015 Guest Conductor Paul Rardin

M.M.: Conducting and Composition, University of Michigan
D.M.A.: Conducting, University of Michigan

Paul Rardin joined the faculty of Temple University as director of choral activities in 2011. He conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the six-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Under his direction the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club performed at the 2010 American Choral Directors Central Division Convention.

Rardin has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in twelve states, for divisional honor choirs for the ACDA and Music Educators National Conference, and for Manhattan Concert Productions at Lincoln Center. He has presented clinics for state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. His engagements for 2013-2014 include conference presentations to Texas Choral Directors Association, New Jersey ACDA, and Oklahoma Music Educators Association, as well as all-state choirs in Illinois, Florida, and Arkansas.

Rardin is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan, where he received the M.M. in composition and the D.M.A. in conducting. He has studied conducting with Theodore Morrison, Jerry Blackstone, and Gustav Meier, and composition with Leslie Bassett, George Wilson, and Robert Suderburg. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Charles Bruffy, and Dale Warland. His arrangements of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his articles, many on the topic of contemporary music, have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, Resound, and Bel Canto.

2014-2015 Guest Clinician: Laurel Erickson Wacyk


Guest Clinician Laurel Wcyk

Laurel Wacyk is a recent graduate of the master’s program in choral conducting at Temple University where she studied choral conducting with Paul Rardin, literature with Mitos Andaya and pedagogy with Rollo Dilworth. She has participated in master classes under the instruction of Simon Halsey, Judy Bowers, Joe Miller, Jameson Marvin, and Ken Fulton. Previously, Wacyk taught for five years at Perryville High School (Cecil County, Maryland), and has worked as a clinician, presenter, and guest conductor in Maryland. She is a recipient of a Dean’s Grant (Temple University), the Robert Page Award for Excellence in Choral Conducting and Lannom Award for Young Conductors (ACDA).

MonRoe Crossing

Monroe Crossing accompanied the DCC’s performance of Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

2014-1015 Guest Accompanists for The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass – the renown Monroe Crossing Bluegrass band

Here’s to an exciting 2015 of music making and wow, what an experience members of the Deer Creek Chorale have in store for them…the Maryland premiere of the World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass on May 3. Rehearsals begin on Jan. 20th and it is not too late to register for the spring semester.

Composed for Monroe Crossing by Carol Barnett
Commissioned by Mike and Kay McCarthy and brilliantly executed by composer Carol Barnett and librettist Marisha Chamberlain, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass blends the classical mass, modern choral sophistication, touching poetry and traditional bluegrass instrumentation into an exhilarating musical experience.

Originally premiered by Monroe Crossing with VocalEssence, a Minnesota-based professional choral group led by Philip Brunelle, choirs from Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, California, Indiana and Washington DC have since brought Monroe Crossing in to perform The World Beloved.

“It’s a classical piece of choral music that’s a stunningly beautiful work of art. It’s given us the opportunity to work with some of the great choirs and conductors and bring bluegrass music to a classical audience for the very first time,” says bass player Mark Anderson.

Past Guest Artists

Arian Khaefi

Arian Khaefi

Arian Khaefi

Arian  is the newly appointed director of choral activities at Towson University.
Arian Khaefi was appointed the Director of Choral Activities, effective September, 2012. Khaefi earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan. His primary conducting teachers have been Jerry Blackstone and Donald Neuen.

An active teacher, researcher, and conductor, he has worked with ensembles from middle school through collegiate chamber ensembles and semi-professional symphonic choirs. While in Michigan he served as assistant conductor of the University Musical Society Choral Union where he assisted in the preparation of the chorus for performances both in Ann Arbor and Detroit with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under such noted conductors as Leonard Slatkin and Christopher Warren Green.

Khaefi has appeared as a clinician at high schools and middle schools across Southern California. Before coming to Baltimore, he served as director of choral activities for a number of successful choral music programs, including Malibu High School and Emerson Middle School.

Arian was recently named the artistic director of the Handel Society of Baltimore replacing Melinda O’Neal who is retiring.

Guest Conductor Bruce Roger

Guest Conductor Bruce Rogers

Bruce Rogers

Bruce Rogers was the guest conductor on May 5, 2013 for Morten Laurdisen’s Lux Aeterna. He is the director of choral activities at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.

Kirk Mechem

Kirk Mechem

Kirke Mechem

In 2011, Marty attended the Chorus America Conference in San Francisco and had the privilege of meeting with composer Kirke Mechem to discuss his work The Seven Joys of Christmas which the choir performed in December of 2011.

Ah Young Hong

Ah Young Hong

Ah Young Hong

Ah Young Hong is a professor of voice at Peabody Conservatory and an acclaimed soprano. Ah was the soloist for the DCC’s performance of  Rutter’s Magnificat in 2010.


Tom Hall

Tom Hall

Tom Hall

Well-known area musician Tom Hall is the director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, professor of music at Goucher College, and co-host of Maryland Morning on WYPR. He worked with the choir on Bach’s Magnificat in 2007.

Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones

Welsh conductor of the Caerphilly Community Choir and composer, Nigel Jones is a longtime friend and supporter of the Deer Creek Chorale. A possible future exchange between the two choirs is in the nascent stage.

Melinda O'Neil

Melinda O’Neil

Melinda O’Neal

Director of the Handel Society of Baltimore, guest clinician Melinda O’Neal worked with the choir on Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Fall of 2012.

James Bingham

James Bingham

Dr. James Bingham

Dr. Bingham, Australian born composer, educator and conductor, brought a new understanding of Farue’s Requiem to the 110 singers at the 2012 spring concert entitled Love: Lost and Found.

Simon Carrington

Simon Carrington

Simon Carrington

Co-founder of the Kings Singers from Britain, Simon Carrington worked with the Chamber Choir on ensemble- building skills and interpretation of various styles of a cappella music.

Linda Hall

Linda Hall

Linda Hall

Maryland celebrity, conductor of the Baltimore City College Singing Knights, was the clinician in Fall of 2011 working the group on Britten and gospel.

Z. Randall Stroop

Z. Randall Stroop

Z. Randall Stroope

Prolific American contemporary composer/conductor Z. Randall Stroope was the guest conductor for the Inscription of Hope concert in 2008. He worked with the choirs for a 5 day residency.