About Prescott Chorale

Our Mission…

The mission of Prescott Chorale is to perform choral music of exceptional quality in a highly professional manner, emphasizing Masterworks which inspire, challenge, entertain, and educate our singers and our audiences.

Historical Highlights Of Our Seasons…

Prescott Chorale presented our first season, 2015-2016, to rave reviews following a stellar performance of the Maurice Duruflé Requiem accompanied by renowned organist Ty Woodward.

Our 2016-2017 season became more expansive with the Johannes Brahms Alto Rhapsody and the Johann Adolf Hasse Messe in d minor. The Hasse work was re-discovered by Dr. David Wilson, teacher, scholar and conductor, Professor Emeritus from the Thornton School of Music at USC and a friend of the Prescott Chorale. In May, the Chorale celebrated the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and added an additional performance to showcase both his Solemn Vespers, AND, the Requiem.

The 2017-18 led off with the Chorale performing works, in Russian, by noted composers like Rachmaninoff, Tschesnokoff, and several contemporary composers from the region. In April, the Chorale closed with a glorious presentation of Josef Rheinberger’s, Mass in C Major, op. 69; our three Young Artist Competition scholarship winners performances; the concert closed with Rene Clausen’s Memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001.

That summer, the Prescott Chorale reprised Hasse’s Messe in d minor, taking it to Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Wroclaw and Prague. Dr. Wilson returned to Wroclaw to conduct the Chorale in the birthplace of Johann Hasse, almost 50 years after discovering and beginning the reconstruction of Hasse’s score. Before departure, our local audience was treated to a performance of all the music the Chorale was taking on tour.

The 2018-19 season opened with an all Bach concert, a mini-festival as it were, in collaboration with the new Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra featuring J.S. Bach’s Magnificat. The spring concert showcased works by French composers Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns, as well as standout performances by winners of the Chorale’s third Young Artists competition.

Beginning the 2019-2020 season, the Prescott Chorale once again ventured out to perform a lesser known work, the Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky, a complex and somewhat “dark” piece. It was paired with Brahm’s Liebeslieder Walzer. The April 2020 concert was programed to bring the Prescott Chorale’s fifth season to a close with a performance of contemporary composer Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. However, due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chorale suspended its performances and intends to re-open in October 2021 with this work.

Artistic Director

Dennis Houser has been in professional music for over 50 years as a music educator, performer, and conductor. His experiences include conducting the Master Chorale of Yavapai College, the Pacific Chorale, and the Orange County Master Chorale, plus guest conducting throughout the United States and in other countries. Houser has been featured as guest soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Chorale, William Hall Chorale, Orange County Master Chorale, plus numerous other guest artist appearances. Houser has served as guest clinician in over 200 music festivals nationwide.

He currently serves as Choirmaster of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Prescott and is the founding and current Artistic Director of the Prescott Chorale.

Assistant Director

JJacob Gilbert, a native of Andrews, North Carolina, received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While in college, he studied voice, piano, and organ. He currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Prescott United Methodist Church in Prescott, Arizona, and is the Assistant Director of the Prescott Chorale.

Jacob has been a part of numerous choirs around the United States including the Bel Canto Company, Josquin de Prez Chamber Ensemble, Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, NAfME Honors Choir, and the ACDA Honors Choir. He is a member of NAfME, ACDA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Accompanist

Known for passionate performances with impeccable acuity for color, textural balance and keen attention to detail, Dr. Kristie Janczyk is one of today’s young prolific American pianists. Playing since the age of three, Kristie is sought after around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. She is consistently praised for her inspiration and flair by communicating the energy and musical impulses in the pieces, as well as for presenting programs full of confidence and passion that underscore her love for the piano.
A prizewinner of major competitions throughout the world, Kristie made her debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as being named a first prizewinner (twice) in the American Protégé International Competition. She also was awarded 2nd prize in the American Protégé Romantic International Competition. Other notable honors include two first prizes at the USOMC International Competition, first place at the Petroff Piano Competition, and first place in the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition, where she performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Mairs. Additional awards include placing in the top three finalists for the Contemporary Award at the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City, second prize at the Aloha International Piano Competition, third and fourth prizes at the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, and semi-finalist in the Vladimir Viardo International Piano Competition. Kristie was also awarded honorable mention at the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, Bradshaw and Buono Competition and the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition.
As a soloist, Kristie has appeared with the InterHarmony Internationales MusikFestival in Carnegie Hall. She also performed with the Viva Vivaldi Festival Orchestra in Mexico City under the direction of Michael Meissner. Performances during this festival included a solo Bach recital at the Instituto Italiano de Cultura and eight concerts with the Meadows Trio. She performed for Prince Edward of England, as well as for the President of Latvia, the latter of which she performed the Bach d minor concerto in Wagner Hall with the Riga Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Latvia. She was also selected to perform in the Rising Stars concert held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. In addition, Kristie has performed with Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Garland Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Arlington Symphony, New Conservatory of Dallas, the Dallas Wind Symphony and Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado under the direction of Arkady Fomin, and toured Germany, Poland and Czech Republic with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. In April of 2011, she made her debut with the Mesquite Symphony (TX) under the direction of Roger Gilliam performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F. In May 2013, Kristie returned to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mesquite Symphony. Kristie is currently one of the pianists with Phoenix Symphony, on piano faculty at Napa Valley College, former Artist In Residence Pianist with Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA, along with Principal Pianist of Festival Orchestra NAPA and Symphony Napa Valley.

Prescott Chorale Organization &
Board of Directors

Dennis Houser, Artistic Director
Jacob Gilbert, Assistant Director
Robin Berry, Administrative Assistant
Dr. Kristie Janczyk, Accompanist

Board Officers
Dana Wingate, President
Sandy Johnson, Vice President
Kay Wood-Houser, Secretary
John Agan, Treasurer

Board Directors
Robin Berry
John Euson
Richard Lassiter
Beth Wingate

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