VOCAL RECITAL – Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.

schubertiadeLauren Conrad, Soprano
Isabel Gray, Soprano
Marian Stieber, Soprano
Ruth Bailis, Contralto
David Christopher, Piano

MUSCIAL SELECTIONS
Alleluia … W. A. Mozart
Mélodies passagères … Samuel Barber
Lieder eines fahrenden Gelellen … Gustav Mahler

Lieder by Franz Schubert
     An die Musik
     Auf dem Wasser zu singen
     Ganymed
     Gretchen am Spinnrade
     Im Früling
     Lachen und Weinen
     Ungeduld

Chansons by Gabriel Fauré
     Après un rêve
     Les Berceaux
     Mandoline

The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew​
719 N. Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE  19801

NO ADMISSION
FREE PARKING

Workshops and Master Classes

VOCAL PEDAGOGY

David recently presented a customized series of four workshops on Vocal Pedagogy for students and faculty members at Rowan University.  Each session consisted of a lecture presentation interspersed with interactive work with singers in attendance.  See the fliers below for a list of topics covered.

Contact David to inquire about similar workshops or master classes.

WORKSHOP #1 – Vocal Terminology and Registrational Concepts
Vocal Pedagogy Session IWORKSHOP #2 – Reflexive Singing,  Understanding the Primary Vocal Response: Staccato and Messa di Voce

Vocal Pedagody Session IIWORKSHOP #3 – Vocal Poise: Breathing & Posture

Vocal Pedagogy Session IIIWORKSHOP #4 – Vowels, Resonance, Diction

Vocal Pedagogy Session IV

 

Next Workshop – Saturday, January 24, 2015

Vocal Pedagogy Session III

PRESS

QUOTES

“David Christopher balances like an expert – playing harpsichord for the Delaware Symphony, conducting operas, directing choirs and orchestras. His Christmas concerts at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew combine sacred 16th-century polyphony with Caribbean jazz carols lets the congregation express their joy of diversity and community.”
… Margaret Darby, Delaware Arts Info


“The sound was so glorious and the program so well-chosen that one only hopes the group will revisit this literature in the not-too-distant future.”
                      … Christine Facciolo, Delaware Arts Info (May 2014)


“His relaxed presentation of each piece kept the whole audience in his hand, providing fascinating background about the music’s African-American roots”
                       … Chuck Holdeman, Delaware Arts Info (January 2014)


“I was privileged to be the organist for the Delaware Valley Chorale’s May 2013 concert, which featured Benjamin Britten’s Festival Te Deum and Rejoice in the Lamb and Robert Elmore’s oratorio The Cross … It was bold for David Christopher to program these difficult 20th century works. He has built both a marvelous choral ensemble that rose splendidly to the challenge and a strong loyal audience that supported this innovative program. The choir sang with musical excellence and great spirit as was evidenced by the enthusiastic response of the audience. This choir is a treasure and deserves great support.”
           … Robert Plimpton, Organist, First United Methodist Church (San Diego)
                             San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus

“As a professional musician – a singer, choral director, teacher, adjudicator and composer – I’ve enjoyed thousands of choral performances. But I can say that there are few choirs who sing with the heart, spirit, and style achieved by the Delaware Valley Chorale. There is an attractive specialness in each and every performance.”
                         … David Lockart, conductor, singer and music educator 

 “The more than 50 voices of the Delaware Valley Chorale joined together to sing Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece The Creation. Accompanied by a fine orchestra, under the nimble baton of Conductor and Artistic Director, David Christopher, this all-volunteer chorus (selected by audition) graced the audience with a fabulous performance of this lively setting of one of the Bible’s most beloved and well-known passages.”                         … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info

“The Delaware Valley Chorale’s concert Saturday night at Newark United Methodist Church was terrific — good enough to hear again on Sunday, Nov. 22, in Wilmington.”
                         … Rita Truschel, Delaware Arts Info

“Christopher has helped them grow into a group with a lush, unified quality. Each one of the singers is dedicated, and sings from a place of joy. That is exactly what they brought to the audience, too.”       … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info


“The Delaware Valley Chorale, under the direction of David Christopher, sang beautifully … each word and voice part rang out clearly. Their rousing rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic energized the audience. Moving was their wordless Hymn to the Fallen, from John Williams’ “Saving Private Ryan” film score, accompanied by the DSO.”      … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info

ONLINE REVIEWS

DVC Celebrates the English Choral Legacy

Exploring & Exalting Spirituals in Concert at SsAM

David Christopher conducted members of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and [the] Delaware Valley Chorale in a performance May 15 at Immanuel Church on Pennsylvania Avenue. 

January 28, 2014

 

Delaware Valley Chorale – Sat. May 10, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.

DVC_PostCard_EnglishChoral_March2014_ProofCDELAWARE VALLEY CHORALE
David Christopher, Conductor
David Hearn, Organ

Come, Ye Sons of Art… Henry Purcell
Hear My Words … C. H. H. Parry
Three Part Songs … Arthur Sullivan
Jubilate Deo … Benjamin Britten
Blest Pair of Sirens... C. H. H. Parry

Lauren Conrad Giza, Soprano
Augustine Mercante, Countertenor
Daniel Moody, Countertenor
Bill Gross, Baritone

With the SsAM Choral Scholars
and select trebles from the Wilmington Children’s Chorus

The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

For tickets, visit www.delawarevalleychorale.org
or call Lisa Nichols at 302 740-2410.

$20 adults | $15 seniors (60+) & students | $10 children under 12
FREE PARKING adjacent to the church

Voice Studio

Cornelius Reid, belcanto, bel canto, David Christopher

Cornelius L. Reid

SINGER and VOICE TEACHER

CLICK HERE to learn about a series of workshops in VOCAL PEDAGOGY that David recently presented to students and faculty members at Rowan University.

With a lifelong passion for singing and conducting, David has dedicated much of his career to the study of the singing voice. David’s teaching style is based on his own study of the principles and practices of the Italian bel canto school of singing and 15 years of study and collaboration with his mentor, Cornelius L. Reid.

David’s vocal studies began at West Chester University where he received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance, studying with Alan Wagner and Emil Markow.  Other vocal teachers and coaches have included Denes Striny, Gary Norden, Jeffrey Miller and Boris Goldovsky (Goldovsky Opera Institute).  While living in New York City, David served for several years on the faculty of John Strasburg’s acting school “The Real Stage” and eventually joined the faculty  of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a college conservatory for the performing arts in NYC.

In his earlier years as a singing performer, David was active with many smaller and regional companies such as OperaDelaware, Mobile Opera, Regina Opera, OperaWorks in NYC, Hudson Valley Opera, and the Buxton International G&S Festival.  With a high lyric tenor voice, David performed a wide range of roles including Tamino in Magic Flute, Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Remendado in Carmen (pictured left), Narraboth in Salome, The Fisherman in Stravinsky’s Nightingale, Satyavān in Holst’s Savitri, Azael in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue, and most of the leading Gilbert & Sullivan tenor roles.

David Christopher, Tenor, OperaDelaware, Carmen, Musician, Wilmington, Delaware

Carmen with OperaDelaware Charlotte Paulsen, Carme; Iris Fairfax, Frazquita; Andrea Arena, Mercedes; Patrick Evans, Don Cairo; David Christopher, El Remendado

While also serving as a faculty member of the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, David developed a unique approach to working with children’s voices, combining ear training with classic vocal methods.  As a vocal therapist, he had a 100% success rate in helping musically challenged children overcome pitch disorientation.  Specializing in the training of children’s voices, David has trained many of the area’s finest treble voices over the past 30 years.  His boy and girl trebles have performed many times as soloist with groups such as OperaDelaware and The Delaware Symphony, many going on to have successful careers or avocations in music and singing.

Currently maintaining a private voice studio in downtown Wilmington, David’s students include many professional singers who have performed in leading venues around the world as well as school teachers and local choristers who are passionate about learning.  Also known as a “teacher’s teacher”, David has mentored many excellent voice teachers, working with them to establish their own personal style and private teaching practices.

Although David has experience with a wide range of singing styles, his approach to vocal training is classic in nature, employing techniques, principles and concepts that were the hallmark of historic Italian (bel canto) tradition.  Once singers reach a certain level of accomplishment, vocal repertoire is introduced as well as vocal coaching on an as-needed basis.  Studio recitals are held periodically throughout the year.

Singers interested in studying voice are encouraged to contact David to discuss first steps.  Usually, an appointment is set up for a musical and vocal evaluation followed by a series of initial lessons.  If there seems to be a good fit, lessons may continue on a regular basis.  Singers as well as other teachers are also encouraged to observe lessons to find out about David’s approach to singing and teaching style.

DAVID CHRISTOPHER

Currently, Organist and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (www.SsAM.org) and Conductor of Delaware ChoralArts (www.DelawareChoralArts.org) in Wilmington, Delaware, David Christopher has an active career as conductor, organist, church musician and voice teacher.  Born in Philadelphia and raised in southern Delaware, David received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance at West Chester University and recently completed  a graduate degree in organ performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Known for his keyboard skills, understanding of the singing voice, and skill with the baton, David’s passion for teaching and facility for communicating ideas of interpretation, technique and artistry brings a unique perspective to the many aspects of his musical career.

CLICK HERE to see a list of upcoming performances.

Delaware ChoralArts
Conductor and Artistic Director
www.DelawareChoralArts.org


The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Organist and Director of Music
www.SsAM.org