There are no auditions required for either choir.
The Sunrise Choir consists of our NAU Music Interns and choir members who enjoy singing at the 8:30 am worship service. This choir meets on Sunday mornings at 7:45 am to rehearse for the 8:30 am service. Members are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Thursday afternoon rehearsal.
The Chancel Choir has approximately 45 members and 5 NAU Music Interns. This choir rehearses on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. They also rehearse on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am prior to the 10:30 am worship service at which they sing.
The choir year runs from September through May. The summer choir rehearses only on Sunday morning at 9:45 am prior to the 10:30 am worship service.
The Church of the Red Rocks is fortunate to have a Hand Bell Choir that consists of five octaves of hand bells and chimes. The choir performs once a month for church services, plus special music at Christmas and Easter.
The choir rehearses every Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Our players are very dedicated and capable and are directed by Mary Rubel. Mary says, “It is a joy to be associated with this group as their director.”
Look and Listen to a sampling of the beautiful, solemn, joyous, and moving music that enriches our worship life.
SEDONA ACADEMY OF CHAMBER SINGERS
The Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers, choir-in-residence at The Church of the Red Rocks, was created in 2010 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona and the 25th anniversary of the Reverend Dr. George Ault. Now in its sixth year, the ensemble gives undergraduate and graduate voice and choral students from around the Southwest an opportunity to experience singing in a semi‐professional choir. The ensemble provides special music for services at the church including Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday, a Christmas cantata and an annual presentation of Lessons and Carols in December.
Auditions by some of the best and brightest musicians in Arizona resulted in 26 singers being selected for the Academy. Each singer received a packet of music in early July and was required to independently learn their music. Rehearsals began on the second Monday of August and continued five hours per day, for the entire week. The singers usually participate in a recording session, two church services, and a full-length concert during the week.
2013 was a special year for the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers. They were honored to perform for the Arizona Choral Directors Association Four Seasons 2013 Summer Conference and sang backup for multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban.
The next SACS concert at CRR will be Lessons and Carols on December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. SACS will share holiday inspiration with "A Festival of Lessons and Carols." Based on the traditional "Service of Nine Lessons and Carols". The Chamber Singers will perform Christmas songs with a message of hope and read selected scripture passages. Some of the carols are concert pieces and others are familiar favorites that allow the audience to sing along.
an anonymous donor at The Church of the Red Rocks.
NAU MUSIC INTERNS
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Church of the Red Rocks is fortunate to be able to hire five choral music interns from Northern Arizona University to help support the church’s weekly musical activities. These undergraduate students provide musical leadership and occasionally sing solos during the worship services.
Our current interns are:
CHORAL MUSIC INTERNS FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASON
Aaliyah Bancod (alto) is a senior at NAU where she is pursuing a degree in Choral Music Education. She is a graduate of Corona del Sol High School in Phoenix. At NAU, Aaliyah sings with the Women's Chorale, the High Altitude vocal jazz group, and the Shrine of the Ages Choir. She is the founder and an active member of the NAU Axecidentals, Northern Arizona's all female A Cappella group. Aaliyah is also a member of the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.
Schae Chapman (soprano 2) is a senior at NAU pursuing a degree in Music Education. She is a graduate of Gilbert High School in Gilbert Arizona where she performed in the chorus of West Side Story. Schae has been a member of the Women's Chorale, Northern Voices, and High Altitude vocal jazz group, the Shrine of the Ages Choir and NAU Axecidentals and the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.
Geoffrey Lambeth (tenor) is a second sememster freshman majoring in Music Education with an emphasis on vocal performance. Before transferring to NAU Geoffrey was an active member of the music community in Santa Barbara, CA. He was the tenor section leader for the Santa Barbara Choral Society's performances of Carl Orff's Camina Burana and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Geof has also sung with the Music Academy of the West, the B'nai B'rith Temple Choir and played trumpet with the Santa Barbara Community College Concert Band. He also was a producer and stage manager for a concert benefiting Kids Helping Kids. At NAY, Geof is a member of the Shrine of the Ages choir and the NAU opera.
Martin Rickert (tenor) is a sophomore at NAU working toward a degree in Music Education with a choral emphasis. He is a graduate of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona. Marty has participated in various ensembles at NAU including Men's Chorale and Northern Voices. He will be singing with the Shrine of the Ages Choir this year and is a member of the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.
Josephine “Josee” Santos (soprano 1) is a junior Vocal Performance major. She is a graduate of Basha High School in Chandler. Josee has been in many musicals and concerts; most recently as understudy for the roll of Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at NAU. She sings with the NAU Axecidentals, the Shrine of the Ages Choir and the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.
Alan Williams (bass) is a Vocal Performance major, from San Bernardino, California. He has performed with the NAU Opera as Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Alan was awarded 1st place in NATS 2015 Sophomore Men Category. He was a chorus member in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury and is a member of the Shrine of the Ages Choir, High Altitude vocal jazz group and the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.
Music at the Red Rocks
The Friends of Music at The Church of the Red Rocks
Sunday, October 23 @ 2:00 p.m. Harmony on the Rocks Barbershop Chorus
Sedona's a cappella chorus, Harmony on the Rocks, will present a concert of "Barbershop in Story and Song". Providing a wide selection of your favorite and familiar tunes, this 4-part harmony chorus will delight your afternoon. A couple of surprise quartets will round off this enjoyable concert. Admission is Free and all are welcome!
Corey DeTar Mini-Recital Sunday, July 19, 2015 • 9:45 am
Former Choral Music Intern and current Phoenix Chorale tenor, Corey DeTar, will present a mini-recital between the church services on Sunday, July 19, 2015. Selections will include a variety of classical and musical theater selections, including the classic Music of the Night by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Ile de France Children’s Choir will perform a free concert at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at The Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Drive, Sedona. The performance is hosted by The Friends of Music at The Church of the Red Rocks.
One of the most distinguished children’s choruses in France, the IFCC is the official choir of the Maurice Ravel Music Academy in Levallois, France. The ensemble, founded in 1970, consists of an equal number of boys and girls and is currently on its 2015 United States west coast tour to San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Flagstaff, and Sedona.
Francis Bardot , who is a tenor as well as a conductor and voice trainer, is the group’s music director and conductor. He was chorus master for the children’s choruses of the Paris Opera and Orchestra of Paris for 25 years. He also was choirmaster at Chartres Cathedral, and has given master classes at the University of California and at the Beijing National Conservatoire.
The Ile de France Children’s Choir has a recorded repertory of more than 20 discs, including Gounod’s Requiem, the Berlioz Te Deum, Verdi’s Othello, Poulenc’s 7 Réponses des Ténèbres, Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C, and Bastien et Bastienne, and the Fauré and Duruflé’s Requiems. Recent artistic collaborations include the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre des Concerts Colonne, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Massy, Marseille Opera, and Compiègne Opéra.
The Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers, choir-in-residence at The Church of the Red Rocks and the only semi-professional choir in Northern Arizona, will share a choral concert at 2:00 pm Sunday, August 23, 2015, at The Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Drive, Sedona. Admission is free.
The concert Down By the Riverside will feature a collection of spiritual, gospel, and early American hymns.
This free performance of Down By the Riverside is presented by The Church of the Red Rocks as a gift to the people of Sedona and the Verde Valley. The public is also invited to attend open rehearsal on August 19th and 20th from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Church.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Troy Meeker Recital with the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers
Troy Meeker, Acting Director of Music at The Church of the Red Rocks, will present his Masters Lecture Recital. Troy is in his second year of graduate studies in choral conducting at Northern Arizona University studying under Edith Copley. While attending NAU, Mr. Meeker is enjoying the pleasure of conducting the Men’s Chorale and the select vocal jazz ensemble High Altitude. Prior to returning to school, he taught both middle school and high school choir spending seven years as Director of Choirs, Auditorium Manager, and Performing Arts Instructional Leader at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. Meeker is the director of Bravo, a high school regional touring choir within the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. He is excited to return to his fourth season with the Phoenix Children’s Chorus.
In his free time, Mr. Meeker enjoys watching movies, hiking, and biking. His home is in Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife Adrienne, their son Grant, and their dog Sam.
The lecture recital presented will be on Antonio Caldara (ca.1670-1736) who was a prolific composer during the Baroque period. Though today his contemporaries such as Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti overshadow him, during his time, he was highly celebrated for his large scale works such as his operas, oratorios, and cantatas.
Information presented will be about Antonio Caldara’s life, reception, style characteristics and will conclude with a performance of his Missa in B, Sancti Josephi, for mixed choir, solo quartet, 2 violin and continuo sung by the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm
“Barbershop on Broadway”
will be presented by the Harmony on the Rocks Barbershop Chorus.
These fun-loving chorus of talented musicians always draw a standing room only crowd for their annual concerts. An original script, the usual high jinks, and the “one-line groaners” will provide an afternoon of harmony and ringing chords.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm
The seven singers of “Groove for Thought” have been blowing audiences away for over ten years. Performing classic tunes in a jazz style unlike anything you’ve ever heard, the group combines the swinging style of The Manhattan Transfer with the smooth sounds of Take 6.
Composer Workshop with Pepper Choplin: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Pepper ChoplinChoral Concert & Pepper Choplin: Sunday, March 8 2015, 2:00 pm
Pepper Choplin is a full-time composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. Beginning his music training at the age of four, he grew up singing and playing piano, trumpet, guitar and banjo. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
With a diverse musical background, Choplin compositions incorporate varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published work includes over 230 anthems for church and school choir, 13 church cantatas and a book of piano compositions. An original hymn, “Come to the Water” appears in the recent hymnal, Celebrating Grace. His anthems consistently appear in the top seller lists of publishers and distributors. Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world.
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