Masterworks Chorale Performs Mozart's Requiem

The Masterworks Chorale, the Eastern Panhandle's premiere vocal ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Erik Reid Jones, will present Wolgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor, with full orchestra and guest soloists, is scheduled for Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. at St. James. Catholic Church in Charles Town. The program will be repeated on Sunday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center Theater in Shepherdstown as part of the Friends of Music Concert Series.

Composed in 1791, the Requiem was Mozart's last composition and is one of his most popular and respected works. It is said to have been composed on his deathbed, so its creation is followed by 200 years of great and fanciful stories. This performance will use the recent completion by master Mozart scholar Robert Levin, a master Mozart scholar and performer, corrected many deficiencies that were introduced by Sussmayer, who completed the score after Mozart's death.

Singing the solo roles in this production are soprano Jaely Chamberlain, alto Naomi Lockley, tenor David Miranda and bass Jeff Martin. The enormous ensemble, together with the orchestra, will not only be a delight to hear, but also a remarkable visual spectacle in concert.

Jaely Chamberlain is a junior Music Education major at Shepherd University where she has studied voice with Brooke Evers, oboe with Greg Shook, and flute with Anne Munro. In the summer of 2009, she performed in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic with The Shepherd University Chamber Singers and Wind Ensemble. She has performed the role of Miss Adelaide in Shepherd University's production of Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls, and has performed in Shepherd's opera workshop productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado and Aaron Copland's The Tender Land. This past spring, Ms. Chamberlain won first place in the NATS Maryland/DC Vocal Competition and advanced to the NATS Mid-Atlantic Region Vocal Competition, where she placed third. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, international women's music fraternity.

Originally from Dayton, OH, Naomi Lockley currently resides in Ashburn, VA, and is a music education major with a vocal concentration at Shepherd University, where studies voice with Elizabeth Turchi. She is currently a Resident Assistant and a member of the Multicultural Leadership Team. She has been a member of the Shepherd University Ram Band Color Guard, Women's Camerata, Masterworks Chorale and Chamber Singers. This past summer, Naomi performed at the Friends of Music Tuxedo Junction gala with the Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble.

David Miranda is a junior music education major from Herndon, VA. He has performed in Shepherd University's production of Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls and The Mikado.

A native of Mount Airy, MD, Jeff Martin is a senior music education major at Shepherd University, studying voice with Joe Regan. He is currently performing in the local production of John Brown's Body. He has held roles in Shepherd University's productions of Into the Woods and The Magic Flute, and played the Mikado in The Mikado. Jeff has performed with the Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Masterworks Chorale, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble and the Ram Band. He was also a student conductor of the Master Singers of Virginia and has performed in the Shepherd University Honors recital. He is a member of several education organizations including MENC, ACDA, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Men's Music Fraternity.

Music director, Dr. Erik Reid Jones, is the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and founder and artistic director of the Master Singers of Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in vocal music education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati, and his doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Maryland at College Park. Locally, he has taught at Shenandoah Conservatory, Harford Community College, and the University of Maryland. While his conducting takes him all over the Washington, DC region performing music from medieval times onward, he has a particular love for a cappella choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Dr. Jones is a published author and an avid choral composer, with over twenty works to his credit, most of which have been premiered by the Master Singers.

The Masterworks Chorale, a vocal ensemble with over 100 singers, comprised of Shepherd University vocal students and members from the surrounding community, presents two full-length productions per year of great masterpieces from the choral literature as well as appearances at the Annual Holiday Gala Concert.

General admission for the Mozart Requiem is $20. For more information or to purchase tickets call 304-876-5765 or visit www.sufom.org.