February 21, 2016 – St. James Episcopal Church Concert Series
The Deer Creek Chamber Choir performed as part of the Sacred Music Concert Series at Saint James Episcopal Church in Monkton, MD. More than 100 guests were extremely enthusiastic and embraced the new format presented by the group: a variety of solo selections performed by several truly accomplished members. A standing ovation and cries of “Encore!” proved that once again, Artistic Director Marty Banghart’s choice of a varied repertoire does not disappoint.
Among the 21 selections was a hauntingly beautiful duet (in English and Italian) of “The Prayer” by Steve and Wendy Scheinberg. The choir’s “Sing Me to Heaven” and “America the Beautiful” had people in tears and on their feet. The crystal clear sopranos of Lauren Woodburn and Anita Koller on Handel’s “O, Lovely Peace” attested to the pitch-perfect quality of the duo, while a solo of “How Great Thou Art” by guest pianist Lori Geckle drew prolonged applause. The encore of the spiritual “Wade in the Water” with soloists Jocelyn Wilhelm and Bob Bullock elicited enthusiastic shouts from many and it was obvious, the Deer Creek Chamber Choir has a devoted following.
Saint James provided a lovely reception following the concert and audience members kept individual singers engaged in conversation long after the performance ended.
December 4, 2015 – Chamber Christmas Concert at Bethel Presbyterian Church
The DCC Chamber Choir ushered in the Christmas season as they presented a traditional A Cappella Christmas concert at Bethel Presbyterian Church, including a rousing sing-along at the end. From familiar carols to contemporary settings of classics, the singers made our hearts merry. The concert at Bethel was a lovely addition to their Christmas season festivities!
2014-2015 – Lovely St. James Church Concert Series
A beautiful setting for a beautiful afternoon of music at St. James Church, Monkton! From Father Barton’s opening prayer to the final spiritual from the chamber choir, the enthusiastic concert goers were treated to a musical menagerie. We are so proud and grateful for our dedicated chamber choir members.
Highlights from the 2013-2014 Season
Oak Crest Retirement Community
The Chamber Choir gave a brilliant concert on May 18th to the residents of Oak Crest Retirement Community as part of their chapel series. The varied programming and inspired deliverance left the audience wanting more. A special thank you to the members of this dedicated, talented and energetic group!
Roland Park Women’s Club Annual Tea
The Chamber Choir rocked the house and many wonderful connections were made. As the video “Singing Locally, Giving Globally” was being shown, we were reminded of the special work the DCC does and has done. If interested, you can view this video on our Community Outreach page.
2013 – Chamber Choir Concert tours Canada!
On August 2-5, 2013 the Deer Creek Chamber Choir went on tour! The group traveled to Lake Temagami in Ontario, Canada to perform two benefit concerts. The choristers and their guest were billeted with members of the lake community. They sang on August 4th for the non-denominational service at St. Ursula’s Church on Bear Island, and then that evening at Wabun Camp as a fundraiser for the Temagami Community Foundation.
The August 4th concert at St. Ursula’s Church on Bear Island was a HUGE success. With almost 100 people coming by boat in a brisk north wind, the singers made their trip worthwhile. The service started with Jim ringing the bell and the choir singing Bruckner’s “Locus Iste” from the back of the church. Then they processed in singing “Morning Has Broken” with Barry at the pump organ and the congregation. With meaningful prayers dividing the sets, the choir sang “Down to the River to Pray,” “Set me as a Seal,” “Wade in the Water,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “The Gift to Be Simple,” “Ride the Chariot” and ended with “Song of Peace” from Finlandia, It was a spiritual experience for many, and as everyone recited together the Grey Owl poem “Temagami,” many tears flowed. The service ended with a rousing “Old Lang Syne” and the “Irish Prayer.” The choir was touched by a lengthy standing ovation. Many new friends and unforgettable experiences were made on the shores of Lake Temagami!
The 2nd concert of the day started with a rehearsal on the stage in the Wabun dining hall followed by a fresh pickerel dinner. The 7 p.m. concert had almost 300 in attendance. It opened as the group processed in to “Pastime” with Good Company and went right into “Welcome Every Guest to our Music Fest.” The choir surprised the audience by singing a rousing arrangement of “O Canada.” The soloists and choir rocked the house with great pop and folk song standards interrupted by a sing-along of “Home of the Silver Birch” led by Bob Bullis. Another standing ovation and calls of encore garnered a spirited reprise from the morning of “Ride the Chariot.” It was truly a “moment” for all those involved and we can’t thank our northern friends enough for opening their hearts and cabins to us.
This concert benefited the Temagami Community Foundation with the proceeds being used for the funding of grants for needed projects in the First Nation, town and seasonal resident communities. The Chamber Choir weekend visit was all about building bridges and life-long memories through the medium of singing!