Peace and Grace

“Celebrate the joy and wonder of the season with the Washington Master Chorale as we present a wintry mix of carols and anthems.”

SUNDAY, DEC 14, 2014 at 7:30pm
National City Christian Church

Orchestra – $50 / $35 / $25
Youth (12 and under) – $10
Get Tickets for A Winter's Night, December 22 at 7:00pm

MONDAY, DEC 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
National City Christian Church

Orchestra – $50 / $35 / $25
Youth (12 and under) – $10
Get Tickets for A Winter's Night, December 22 at 7:00pm

In December, the Chorale will present two winter concerts at the historic National City Christian Church in Washington DC. Peace and Grace will explore the relationship between peace within oneself and the pursuit of peace in the global community.  The centerpiece of these concerts will be Kirke Mechem’s ethereal anthem to universal peace, “Island in Space,” and the world premiere of “Sanctus” by area composer, Scott Humburg.

In addition to our popular sing-alongs, the programs will also feature treasured carols and anthems including haunting “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl, “A Babe is Born” by Welsh composer William Mathias, Paul Manz’s Advent motet “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come,” Herbert Howells’ “A Spotless Rose,” Healey Wilan’s “The Three Kings,” and carol arrangements by Alice Parker/Robert Shaw, Boris Ord, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Danish composer Niels la Cour.

So get out your pitch pipes and commence vocalizing. We look forward to hearing your voices caroling with ours, filling the halls and ushering in the season of joy and goodwill.

Meet the Guest Artists

Paul Skevington, organ

Organist, Paul Skevington

Paul Skevington

Paul Skevington is a sought after choral accompanist in the Washington, D.C. area, and has an active schedule as a solo performer. He can be heard on five compact disc recordings, including two with trumpeter Phil Snedecor. He is soloist on the internationally released Organ Concertos by Joseph Rheinberger on the Naxos label. Organist Paul Skevington has been at St. Luke Parish in McLean since 1993.
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Lee Hinkle, percussion

Lee Hickle, percussion

Lee Hinkle

Lee Hinkle, D.M.A. is a percussionist and baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post. Dr. Hinkle is the principal percussionist with the 21st Century Consort, a position he has held since 2012. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in March 2014 with the world premiere performance of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto for two percussion soloists and wind ensemble. The live performance will be released on CD in Fall 2014.
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Kurt Dupuis, Trumpet

Kurt Dupuis, trumpet

Kurt Dupuis

Kurt Dupuis is principal trumpet of  “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He joined the Marine Band in September 1992 and was appointed principal trumpet in 1997.  He has been featured as a soloist with both the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra, frequently conducts masterclasses at universities and has published articles in the International Trumpet Guild and The Brass Herald.

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Rachel Carlson, Assistant Conductor

Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson enjoys a versatile career as a conductor, soloist, chamber ensemble singer, and voice teacher based in the Washington, DC area.  She founded and serves as Artistic Director of Six Degree Singers, a community chorus in Silver Spring, Maryland, serves as Assistant Conductor of the Washington Master Chorale, assistant conducts the Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus at the University of Maryland.
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Scott Humburg. Composer

Scott Humburg

Scott Humburg

Scott Humburg, composer, is a young and growing musician pursuing a broad musical spectrum.  Scott, a solid-writing composer, also expresses is talents as a pianist and vocalist. He received his B.A. in Music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Mr. Humburg studied extensively with composer and Guggenheim fellow David Froom.
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Kurt Dupuis

Kurt Dupuis

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Kurt Dupuis is principal trumpet of  “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He joined the Marine Band in September 1992 and was appointed principal trumpet in 1997.

Prior to joining the band he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Boston University where he also pursued graduate studies. Mr. Dupuis was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and was a participant at the Grand Teton Orchestral Institute in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for two summers. He was a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, winners of the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, Summit Brass International Chamber Music Competition, and the Rafael Mendez International Chamber Music Competition. The quintet toured the U.S. and Canada under Columbia Artist Management and coached at the Empire Brass Seminar at the Tanglewood Institute.

He has been featured as a soloist with both the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra, frequently conducts masterclasses at universities and has published articles in the International Trumpet Guild and The Brass Herald.

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Scott Humburg

Scott Humburg

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Scott Humburg is a young and growing musician pursuing a broad musical spectrum.  Scott, a solid-writing composer, also expresses is talents as a pianist and vocalist. He received his B.A. in Music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Mr. Humburg studied extensively with composer and Guggenheim fellow David Froom.His compositions have been performed in various parts of the U.S., including D.C., plus abroad in Italy and China.

Scott is very active in the choral arts and has been a member to some of DC’s celebrated vocal ensembles including Cantate Chamber Singers, the Washington Master Chorale, and the Woodley Ensemble. Recently as soloist he has appeared for the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Folger Consort, Smithsonian’s Classical Native, Maryland Public Television’s ArtWorks This Week, and a radio performance in Front Row Washington on Classical WETA.