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Lumière

LUMIÈRE  CHAMBER CHOIR

Lumière is a new 16 voice, semi-professional Peoria-Area chamber choir founded in the fall of 2018 by Dr. John Jost for the purpose of presenting concerts of engaging choral music. All of the members have sung either with the Bradley Chorale or with the Peoria Bach Festival Choir under Dr. Jost’s direction, all have had voice training, and almost all are instrumentalists as well as singers. Most of the members are directors themselves of high school, college, and/or church ensembles.

 

John Jost, director, is professor emeritus of music at Bradley University where he directed the Bradley Chorale, Community Chorus, and Chamber Singers, and taught conducting from 1989 until his retirement in 2018. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Stanford University. Before joining the Bradley faculty he directed church and school ensembles and taught in California, 8 New York, and Haiti where for over forty years he directed a summer music camp for Haitian youth. He has held both principal viola and principal second violin positions in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, has served as president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and is co-founder and artistic director of the Peoria Bach Festival. He has won awards for teaching and service from Bradley University, the American Choral Directors Association, the Haitian Ministry of Culture, and the Haitian Episcopal Church.

Stephanie Bartman lives in Peoria with her husband, Jared, and two sons, Henry and Ari, and works as a wedding and portrait photographer. Stephanie attended Bradley University where she earned a degree in vocal performance.

 

Leigh Grizzard is an active member of the Peoria arts community as a performer, conductor, and educator. She holds degrees from Valparaiso University as well as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and serves as the director of choral activities at Pekin Community High School. Additionally, Leigh is the handbell director at First Baptist Church of Peoria as well as the youth choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria. She has performed regularly with Lumiere and the Peoria Bach Festival, as a soloist with the Peoria Municipal Band, and has sung around the world with the Valparaiso University Chorale.

 

Maria Hercik is a graduate of Bradley University where she earned a degree in music performance. She has sung in the Bradley Chorale, Chamber Singers, Community Chorus, and the Peoria Bach Festival. She has also served as cantor for several area churches. Throughout the past 17 years she has taught piano and voice lessons in both the Peoria area and the suburbs of Chicago. She has been involved in many local performances and theatre productions, as well as directing music for churches, community events, and musicals. Over the past ten years Maria and her husband Joe have been raising their own small choir of musicians with their five (going on six) children, and she thoroughly enjoys being a mother and educator to her children at home.

 

Rachel Retz graduated from Bradley University with her undergraduate degree in music and went on to Moody Bible Institute for her masters in applied Biblical studies. She now teaches 5th-12th grade band and choir at Peoria Christian School. In her free time, she enjoys being with her two-year-old son, Peyton, and volunteering with Safe Families for Children.

 

 

ALTO

Catherine Barnett serves as a programming librarian at Chillicothe Public Library. She earned a Bachelor of Science in English education degree from Taylor University, where she also sang in the University Chorale. In recent years, she has enjoyed participating in Bradley Community Chorus, the Peoria Bach Festival Choir, and the occasional musical theater or orchestra chorus. Other interests include gardening, reading, and long rambles in the wide world.

 

Emma Boulton is currently the choral director at Limestone Community High School in Bartonville. On top of her regular teaching duties, she directs the Madrigal and Spring Musical programs at LCHS and is active in choral and musical theatre performing arts scenes of Peoria. Prior to teaching at LCHS, Emma spent four years teaching choral music at Illini Bluffs in Glasford. She and her husband, Russ, recently moved to Bartonville, where they share a home with their one-eyed rescue cat, Phoebe. Emma holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Illinois University and expects to graduate with a master’s degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago in the summer of 2021.

 

Christine Fletcher is a speech-language pathologist in private practice in Peoria. She works with toddlers, school-aged children, adults with voice disorders, and adults with head and neck cancer. She has sung for many years with the Bradley Community Chorus, Peoria Bach Festival Choir, and the Willow Hill UMC Choir. Christine and her husband, Scott, have three beautiful and talented teen-aged daughters.

 

Jennifer Marquette is a graduate of Bradley University where she was a member of the Bradley Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Community Chorus. Originally from St. Charles, IL, she now lives in Germantown Hills with her husband and daughter. In addition to Lumiere, she has been a member of the St. Charles Singers and the Peoria Bach Festival Choir.

 

TENOR:

Tim Fredstrom, assistant director of Lumière, is professor of choral music and music education at Illinois State University where he conducts the Men’s Glee and Chamber Singers and teaches courses in choral pedagogy and conducting. He is the conductor of Cantus Novus, a community chamber choir in Bloomington-Normal, assistant conductor of the Peoria Bach Festival, and former conductor of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. Before joining the faculty at Illinois State University in 2003, he taught choral music in the Nebraska public schools for ten years. He is a frequent choral clinician and adjudicator and has presented numerous workshops on choral music education, gifted education, and technology. He has served as guest conductor for choral festivals throughout the country, including Illinois Music Educators Association district festivals, the ILMEA All-State Chorus, and an American Choral Directors Association division conference honor choir. He holds degrees in vocal performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska.

 

Aaron Ganschow holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bradley University and currently serves as choral director and music teacher in Farmington Central School District. His singing experience since college includes Opera Illinois, the Peoria Bach Festival Choir, Dramatic Crossroads, and other musical productions. Aaron lives in Peoria with his wife Hannah and their daughter Amelia and enjoys composing, reading, video and tabletop gaming, and woodworking in what little free time he has.

 

Mark Kline teaches and performs music in the Peoria area and is currently pursuing an advanced certificate in songwriting from Berklee Online School of Music. He graduated from Eureka College in 2012 with majors in music and mathematics.

 

Harry Williams is a former Bradley Chorale member and is excited to take part in his first Lumiere concert. A Bradley University alumnus with computer science, multimedia and music degrees, Harry now leads a digital marketing team as the Director of Global eCommerce at Maui Jim Sunglasses. While not working or spending time with his wife and four children, Harry likes to sing in local choirs and cantors at St. Philomena and St. Mary’s Cathedral.

 

 

BASS:

Russel Boulton is a product of local schools who graduated with a degree in music education from Millikin University and currently serves as the director of worship and music for First Federated Church of Peoria. He also directs the Orpheus Men’s Chorus, German American Society Singers (national and regional festival conductor), regularly sings with the Bradley University Community Chorus, Peoria Bach Festival Choir, and provides solo, clinic, judging, and lesson work all over Illinois. He is happily married to Emma Boulton and tries to balance free time between supporting her ensembles, area golf courses, and a good book.

 

Andrew Corbin has participated in the Bradley Community Chorus, Illinois State Civic Chorale, Bradley Chorale, and Bradley Chamber Singers. He graduated from Bradley University in 2014 with a degree in music business and is a regional development representative for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Gregory Etzel is a financial advisor in Central Illinois. In addition to working in financial planning he stays active as a vocalist and instrumentalist. He is a member of the River Valley Brass Quintet as well as the Peoria Municipal Band. He earned a Master of Music degree from Western Michigan University.

 

Stephen Williams is a self-employed contractor and custom builder with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Bradley University. He studied voice with the late Dr. John Davis of Bradley and now studies with Jerry Siena of the University of Illinois at Champaign, Urbana. He has served as Pontifical Cantor at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria from 2000 to the present. He was awarded both honorable mention in 2000 and first prize in 2002 in the adult division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions. He has performed the baritone solos in numerous oratorio and opera excerpt performances and has played lead roles in productions of Menotti’s The Telephone and David Getz’s Ruth, a New Musical.

 

John Jost, director, is professor emeritus of music at Bradley University where he directed the Bradley Chorale, Community Chorus, and Chamber Singers, and taught conducting from 1989 until his retirement in 2018. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Stanford University. Before joining the Bradley faculty he directed church and school ensembles and taught in California, 8 New York, and Haiti where for over forty years he directed a summer music camp for Haitian youth. He has held both principal viola and principal second violin positions in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, has served as president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and is co-founder and artistic director of the Peoria Bach Festival. He has won awards for teaching and service from Bradley University, the American Choral Directors Association, the Haitian Ministry of Culture, and the Haitian Episcopal Church.

 

GUEST MUSICIANS

 

Courtney Huffman, soprano, made her New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall after placing first in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. She performed in Long Beach Opera’s U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s Motezuma to critical acclaim, and has performed leading roles in La Traviata, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Miss Lonelyhearts, and in Ben Moore’s Enemies, A Love Story. An equally accomplished concert artist, she has been a featured soloist with Boston Baroque, performing the role of Amor in a semi-staged version of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and appearing as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Wedding Cantata and Coffee Cantata. Her love for recital work has taken her overseas, including a ten-day concert tour throughout Southern China, and her passion for contemporary music has given her the opportunity to work with and premiere pieces by Alan Chan, Lori Laitman, Ben Moore, Timothy Takach, and MarcAndré Dalbavie. She taught voice at Gordon College in Boston for several years and currently serves on the voice faculty of Bradley University.

 

Evan Tammen, oboist, is an active performer and educator and has established himself as a widely respected oboist throughout the region and state. He is a Millikin University faculty member, teaching oboe and serving as principal oboist for the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, and serves as the oboe and bassoon instructor at Illinois College and as the oboe instructor for the Conservatory of Central Illinois. He is the principal oboe for the Heartland Festival Orchestra and the English hornist for the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and often appears with other regional orchestras, including the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana and Sinfonia da Camera. He is highly involved in orchestral management and governance through his service on the Sinfonia da Camera advisory board and his role as the elected orchestra representative to the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Board.

 

Kelsey Klopfenstein, violinist, is a graduate of violin performance programs of both Illinois State University where she studied with Dr. Sarah Gentry, and Bradley University under the tutelage of Marcia Henry Liebenow. Chamber music, freelancing and teaching make up a significant part of her violin world. Since starting out playing with her sisters as a quartet, her chamber music life has grown, currently including a second season of the sextet “And Friends.” A long-time private teacher, this year marks her second as adjunct faculty with Illinois Wesleyan’s String Preparatory Program.

 

Caleb Mackinder, violinist, is an orchestra teacher in Bloomington, Illinois, where he teaches 5th through 12th grade students daily. This is his second-year teaching in District 87, having taught for three years in the Champaign Unit 4 School District. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bradley University, where he studied violin with Marcia Henry Liebenow and voice with Shirley Salazar. He is still an active performer in the area and clinician for student groups.

 

Diane Wuthrich, violist, enjoys an active musical life of performing and teaching. Graduating summa cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2005, Diane received a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Following her education, she joined the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performed and coached chamber music and taught private lessons in the Tucson area. Since returning to Central Illinois in 2009, she frequently performs chamber and orchestral music with several regional ensembles and holds the principal viola position with the Heartland Festival Orchestra. She also teaches privately.

 

Carol Wessler, cellist, organist, and rehearsal accompanist received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon and her master’s degree in cello and organ performance from the University of Nebraska. She played cello in the Peoria Symphony for over 30 years, is co-principal cellist as well as harpsichordist for the Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra, accompanies the Bradley Community Chorus, and is an active area accompanist on organ, harpsichord, and piano.

 

Peter Wykert, organist, is cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria. He has served as music director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, Illinois, and as a music intern at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Concordia University Chicago. As cantor he plans worship services, directs ensembles, serves as primary organist, oversees the Trinity Concert Series, and serves as co-director of the Peoria Bach Festival.