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Presenting the

Holiday Concert


December 7, 2014

3:00 PM at
Robinson Terrace Living Center
28652 Hwy 23, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive


SUNY Oneonta Chamber Singers

Photo of VOCI in November 2014

Timothy Newton, Conductor
Chelsea Chizever, President
Krysten Baitz, Vice-President
Taylor Clark, Secretary and Librarian
Kaela Shafer, Tour Manager

Chelsea Chizever, Junior
Megan Cooney, Freshman
Tegan Fox, Junior
Shannon Liesner, Juior
Jen LoPresti, Freshman
Danielle Tribley, Freshman

Krysten Baitz, Junior
Taylor Clark, Junior
Darbey Liston, Junior
Aliana Manteria, Freshman
Kaela Shafer, Sophomore
Joshua Baker, Senior
John Barnas, Senior
Dylan Murphy, Sophomore
Lenny Sadowsky, Senior
Jackson Beveridge, Freshman
Steve DeBitetto, Freshman
Michael Matson, Junior
Luke Nilsson, Senior

The Holiday Concert sponsored by Friends of Music each year is enjoyed by many in our community and in 2014 we are happy to present VOCI, the SUNY College at Oneonta Chamber Singers and their Conductor, Timothy Newton. This will be VOCI's first appearance in Stamford and we are grateful these busy college students are willing to take some time away from their end-of-semester studies to sing for us!

VOCI is a group of auditioned singers from across the disciplines at the College. Since 2007, they have been conducted by Dr. Timothy Newton, and have focused on a cappella repertoire from all eras and styles. In 2009, they became the first College ensemble to be invited to perform at a national choral conference held at Yale University, where they had opportunity to work and perform with grammy-award winning conductor, Vance George. In 2010, they performed in the late David Fanshawe’s eclectic African Sanctus, at which the composer worked with VOCI and Gabriel Bol-Deng enlightened students of genocide in South Sudan. The group has modified their special program to include some traditional carols and popular tunes as is the custom for Friends of Music Holiday concerts.

In 2014 VOCI has already performed at a soccer game, a campus 9/11 memorial service, the Global Movement Festival, given two concerts, and recently performed at a tribute concert to Nelson Mandela given at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. In the Spring of 2015 they will perform at the Capital region Chamber Singers’ Invitational held at St. Rose, and will host a guest chorus for their Spring Concert. This year’s repertoire consists of a commission from award-winning Madrid composer, Angel Feltrer, a unique piece from Nairobi that addresses domestic violence in Kenya, two train-themed pieces, and a beautifully contemplative setting of an ancient Christian chant celebrating the end of the day.

Read more about conductor Timothy Newton at right.

Thank you to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire series of events possible.


December 7, 2014


SUNY Oneonta Chamber Singers
Timothy Newton, Conductor and Piano


Two South African Chants


Jen LoPresti, soloist


MUSA (Kenyan Afro-pop)

arr. Sam Ochieng Mak'Okeyo



Arvo Pärt


Te lucis ante terminum

William Averitt



Campanas del Campanario
   (Bells in the Belltower)

Angel Jose Feltrer Rambaud



Stephen Chatman


Ezekiel Saw de Wheel

arr. William Dawson


Let it Snow!
There's no place like Home for the Holidays

This program is subject to change
and the order may vary.

Admission to this concert is free to the general public and includes after-concert refreshments catered by A Taste of Europe Restaurant. We hope you’ll join us for a rousing start of the Holiday Season!

Photo of Timothy Newton conducting VOCI in 2014.Dr. Timothy Newton, Associate Professor of Music, has taught at several colleges including Dartmouth and Grinnell Colleges before coming to SUNY Oneonta in 2007. He has been a performer with the Pittsburgh Opera, pianist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Ithaca Opera, and has toured in several countries with his collegiate choruses. Since 2004, he has sung as a chorister with the BBC, London Symphony, and Philharmonia Choruses and most recently with the Swedish Radio Choir and Orchestra at a critically-acclaimed, sold-out performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the BBC Proms in London. Last year, Tim prepared the first Oneonta student to perform by competitive audition at London’s Royal Festival Hall in a performance of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem conducted by Andris Nelsons. Tim teaches music history, theory, voice, and conducting at the College and conducts choral music and opera and musical theater. This spring, he will lead performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for the Theater Department. Tim is the recipient of a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, the University of Illinois’ Nicholas Temperley Award in musicology, and the American Choral Directors’ Association Julius Herford Prize for research. He holds a doctorate in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois, and degrees in conducting and piano with honors from Ithaca College.

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