Lake Wales Chorale
Lake Wales Chorale
“The Chorale has been a source of great joy, music, and fellowship for the Lake Wales community and surrounding area for years,” said Vince Treadway, Chorale Director who also serves as director of Music Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales.
The Lake Wales Chorale will be performing their Spring concert "Handel's Messiah (Easter section) on April 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 644 S. 9th Street, Lake Wales. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students.
LOVE TO SING?
If you love to sing and are interested in joining the Chorale, contact us to set up a time to audition with the Director. Rehearsals for the Fall semester begin Monday, September 11, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. with new member registration from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Updike Hall, Lake Wales Arts Center. Chorale member dues are $50 per semester. $15 for students. Music included. For more information, call the Arts Council at (863) 676-8426 or fill out the form below.
From left to right: Dana Hofstrom, Terri Hofstrom, Mackay Smith, Vince Treadway
Popular Chorale to Perform “A Spotless Rose – Carols from Many Times and Places”
by Rev. Jim Reddick
The Lake Wales Chorale will perform their enthusiastically awaited Christmas season concert, “A Spotless Rose – Jesus Christ” at Holy Spirit Catholic Church of Lake Wales on Friday, December 1st at 7:00 PM. The Chorale will be presenting a delightful selection of twenty-two compositions across a wide historical time frame from thirteen composers. Anticipate an evening of alluring and inspiring Christmastide music.
The Lake Wales Chorale has been a cultural icon in Lake Wales since its inception in 1972, founded by local attorney Michael Crews. Over the years, the Chorale has traveled and entertained international audiences. Bok Tower Garden’s Carillonneur for thirty-four years, Mr. Milford Myhre, simultaneously dedicated 30 of those years as the Chorale’s first musical director, thus establishing a solid, quality foundation. He now sings with and is the Chorale’s most veteran member. Succeeding Myhre with a passion for excellence was Dr. Gabriel Statom, Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. He dedicated his time to three entities, the Church, the Chorale, and the Bach Festival of Central Florida. Upon Statom’s departure, Mr. Robert Wilson, Choirmaster of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lake Wales, and Dr. Virginia Davidson, renowned conductor in New York, provided strong yet short tenured leadership. Mr. Dana Hofstrom, Director of Choral Music at Warner University has provided greatly appreciated expertise during the 2015 spring season. For Bok Tower Gardens’ annual sunrise Easter service, the Lake Wales Chorale is under the direction of Rev. Charles Little, Minister of Worship Arts at First Baptist Church of Lake Wales.
Mr. Vince Treadway was appointed Musical Director of the Lake Wales Chorale in September 2014 and presently serves with distinction in this capacity. Vince holds a Master’s degree in Church Music and a Master’s degree in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2001, he founded the Alliance of Christian Musicians (ACM), an organization dedicated to promoting excellence and education for Christian musicians in church music and worship; he served as the Executive Director for eight years. Vince was organ instructor at Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) while in the Philadelphia, PA area. Throughout his life, Vince has served in music ministries in several churches. He currently serves as the Director of Music for the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales where he assists in planning worship and oversees the entire music ministry of the church, which includes a graded choral program, handbells, instrumental music, and the concert series. He has been guest conductor for the Bach Festival of Central Florida. He composes and arranges, and teaches piano, organ, and voice privately. Mr. Treadway performs in the United States and abroad, having given concerts in Tokyo, Japan; Kyiv, Ukraine; and Paris and Aix-en-Provence, France. His wife, Faith, sings alto in the Chorale, and they have a daughter living in China.
Lake Wales Chorale’s accompanist, Mrs. Tammy Little, pianist at First Baptist Church of Lake Wales, is on a health-related leave of absence. Associate Accompanist Dr. Jonathan Reed, who is Assistant Professor of Music at Warner University, has been with the Chorale for the last four seasons. Due to current expanded family obligations, he is unavailable this fall season.
Interim Accompanist is Mrs. Terri Hofstrom. The Chorale is extremely pleased to have Terri’s experience and expertise during the fall rehearsal schedule and performance. She has been an accompanist for over 40 years for various church and school groups, and a member of the Lake Wales Chorale since 2012. When not serving in an interim capacity, Terri sings alto in the chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University (Indiana) in Music Theory and Composition where she studied under Dr. Larry Stafford. She also accompanies the Warner University Choir where her husband, Dana, is the conductor.
The two selected soloists for this performance are members of the Lake Wales Chorale. Both soloists possess voice training and have extensive experience in a large variety of venues over the years. Included in this article are their biographical sketches and photos.
Mackay Smith, baritone, is the newly installed Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. He is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and has been singing as long as he can remember! He began studying voice as a teenager, and minored in Music (Vocal Performance) at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina. While in school he performed in multiple vocal ensembles, worship teams, and musical theater productions. After college, he pursued his theological education at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has performed with the Greenville Chorale (Greenville, SC), Singing City (Philadelphia, PA), and Charlotte Symphony Chorus (Charlotte, NC).
Dana Hofstrom, tenor, is Instructor in Worship & Music at Warner University. He is also the Director of Choral Music and the Chairman of the Music Department. His musical experience includes singing with the Tulsa Opera Company and the Tulsa Carolers, a professional a cappela group. Before joining the Warner University staff he served as worship pastor at White Chapel Church of God in Daytona Beach. Dana has directed choirs for the past thirty years.
In the 2016 Winter Concert last December, the Chorale presented a thrilling performance of Handel’s Messiah Part 1 with the Music Remembrance Chamber Orchestra to an audience of 750 attendees. This 2017 Christmas season promises to be an enchanting presentation offering numerous musical selections from a wide historical time frame and various composers.
Q. How/Why are these particular compositions favored?
A. The songs that are selected represent favorite carols, songs, and traditions that have stood the test of time. They also represent the wide variety of times and places that our Christmas music comes from, very much like the wide variety of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds of the citizens of the United States.
Q. What is there to learn on the composers and arrangers for the evening’s presentation?
A. The program includes composers from the Renaissance through modern, living composers. The two most prominent arrangers are from the 21st century. Sir David Willcocks served at King’s College Cambridge for many years, and has written many of the beloved arrangements of well-known Christmas repertoire. John Rutter is still living, and composes in a style that bridges many generations and is enjoyed by many around the world.
Q. Please enlighten our readers on the variety, style, and musicality of these selections.
A. The repertoire includes texts and music from the 14th century up until authors and composers who are still living, as well as works from Ireland, Germany, England, Spain, France, Italy, and the United States.
Q. The program has a distinct flow for this Christmas presentation. Would you share that with our readers?
A. The program progresses from the prophecy of Christ’s birth to His birth, His introduction to the world, and through His infancy. Some are from the perspective of the shepherds who saw the angels in the fields, some from the perspective of Mary, Jesus’ mother, some from those who wish to worship Him. The program ends with a sentimental look at Christmas, and a wish for a Happy New Year!
Q. Vince, you are personally excited regarding this concert. Why is it special? What will it offer that other area seasonal concerts may not?
A. It is unique to find a program with such a wide variety of times and styles, sung by a completely volunteer community chorus. Lake Wales is blessed to have such wonderful musicians!
Q. The Lake Wales Chorale recently acquired, through generous sponsorship donations, a new Yamaha P255 electronic keyboard. How will this new keyboard enhance the music presentation?
A. The Yamaha P255 keyboard will serve as a rehearsal instrument, and will be useful for providing support sounds as a harpsichord for baroque works; a harp, an organ continuo, a jazz piano and organ and much more. This will eliminate the need for us to rent these instruments for performance, and make it much easier to transport.
Q. Since becoming the Music Director of the Lake Wales Chorale in September 2014, what would you share with the community about the Chorale, its quality, its members, and your directing work?
A. The Lake Wales Chorale consists of devoted singers from all around the area, and is not limited to Lake Wales. It includes folks of varying vocal and music reading skills, but all have the desire to learn and improve and all have a willingness to work toward a beautiful result. One of the challenges in conducting a community chorus is providing enough familiarity and fun to engage everyone, yet also challenge and inspire, especially those who have greater musical knowledge and experience. The LWC is also a place for folks to get to know each other, and simply enjoy the fellowship and joy of singing together! The LWC has had several fine Directors over the years, and each one has brought their unique ideas and musical gifts to the group. One of my goals is to help the chorus sing as freely and musically as they can by providing the instruction and guidance they need to sing to their best ability.
Q. What masterworks are you anticipating for future concerts/performances?
A. There are so many wonderful works that could be included in the repertoire of the LWC, and I am continuously considering what will work for this group so that there are a pleasing variety of styles, genres, and levels of challenge to keep everyone engaged. We are always open to new singers, and anyone interested only needs to contact me for a very simple and friendly audition.
Tickets for the Lake Wales Chorale “A Spotless Rose – Jesus Christ” Christmas Concert are priced at $5.00 for Students with I.D. and $15.00 for Adults. Tickets are available from Chorale members, on the Lake Wales Arts Council website, www.lakewalesartscouncil.org, and from the Arts Council office. Lake Wales Arts Center is located at 1098 State Road 60 East (NW corner of 11th St and SR 60). You can call 863-676-8426 to use credit/debit cards, or go personally and pay by cash or check. If you buy tickets over the phone they will be waiting for you at the concert venue door. If you want to buy tickets at the door, if available, please arrive early. You may pay at the door with cash, check, or credit/debit card.
The performance of the “A Spotless Rose – Carols from Many Times and Places” Christmas Concert begins at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, December 1st. The concert venue, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, is located at 644 South 9th Street in Lake Wales; 2 blocks South off S.R. 60. You will not want to miss this memorable evening of enchanting, beautiful Christmas music!
*** PLEASE NOTE: For their upcoming 2018 Spring Concert, the Lake Wales Chorale will be presenting the rarely performed yet soul thrilling sacred masterwork Handel’s Messiah Parts 2 and 3 with Soloists and the Music Remembrance Chamber Orchestra!!! Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 8, 2018 and reserve your tickets early!