Spring 2022

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The Promethean Quartet

Haig Hovsepian & Megan Lin, violin
Joseph Skerik, viola
Lydia Rhea, cello
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Joanne Uniatowski, mezzo soprano
Bryan McGucken, tenor
Sara Smith, piano
Andrew Poxon, guitar

This concert is free to the public. Please consider making a donation to keep Western Reserve Chorale's music available to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

The concert recording will premiere on YouTube on
Friday, May 13th at 8pm (EDT).
Please join us for the Watch Party at that time.


The Program:

  • Aria (de la Suite No 3) by Johann Sebastian Bach     Arr. Miguel Astor.

  • Sicut locutus est (from Magnificat BWV 243              by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Vier Quartettes, Op. 92 by Johannes Brahms             O schöne Nacht!   Spatherbst    Abendlied    Warum?

  • Elegischer Gesang by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo                                               Text from The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats

  • Hard Times by Stephen Foster,  Arr. Nick Johnson

  • Across the Vast, Eternal Sky  by Ola Gjeilo             Text by Charles Anthony Silvestri

  • At the Hour of Closing by Katie Kring                          Text by Moshe ibn Ezra, Translated by Peter Cole

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The digital program book
contains musician bios, lyrics, sponsors, and much more!

With Strings Attached is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Past Performances

Holidays 2021

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After a season of virtual rehearsals and performances and missing our ability to sing together in person, the members of Western Reserve Chorale have been excited to return to in-person rehearsals (even with masks) and are delighted to invite our audience to join us for a live, in-person and streaming, performance.

  1. Joy to the World – Jackson Berkey

  2. In the Bleak Midwinter – Matthew Culloton

  3. Haneirot Halalu (Meditation on Chanukkah Lights) – Michael Reid Winikoff

  4. The Cold Demands a Silence – Stephen Chatman

  5. Angels We have Heard on High – Jackson Berkey

  6. Undivided – Karen Marrolli

  7. Light Beyond Shadow – Dan Forrest

Program Booklet

Concert details, about the Chorale, lyrics, our supporters, and more.

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Our Community Partners have helped make this program possible

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The concert will remain available for

you to enjoy at your convenience.

Spring 2021

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Art: The Elements of Life by Libby Warren

Western Reserve Chorale is proud to present In Her Voice: Celebrating the Poetry of Women, an online multi-media event. We raise our voices in harmony to the words of women from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. These are songs of hope, gratitude, and comfort that speak to our shared fears and dreams. Teasdale acknowledges that “Each one of us has walked through storm and fled the wolves along the road.” Taylor says to the Star, “Then the traveler in the dark, Thanks you for your tiny spark” Angelou expresses gratitude ‘for your presence during the bright and sunny days, for then we can share that which we have with those who have less” in “Maya’s Prayer for Peace.”  We invite you to join us online for this free event of poetry, music, and art. May the words of these women inspire you to hold onto and act upon the “Hope… that perches in the soul.“


​This exciting new program will premiere on Friday, June 4th on our YouTube channel. It will feature all new recordings by the Chorale and original artwork and poetry readings by local students.

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Thank you to Laura Skehan's Studio II Art Class for bringing your creativity to this program!

Click the link above to read all of the poetry submitted for this program.

These students have each been awarded a monetary prize from WRC's John M. Roberts Scholarship Fund.
If you would like to donate specifically to this fund please use this link.

Holidays 2020


While our programs are over, you can enjoy some of our holiday music as well as our Virtual Choir recording on our YouTube channel.

While all of our performances are free to the public, your donations enable us to bring quality choral music to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Please contribute what you can and enjoy the music!

Click here to download our Digital Program Book.

Please patronize our sponsors

and let them know you saw their ad

in the WRC Program Book.

2019 holiday concert Respighi

Western Reserve Chorale

David Gilson, Artistic Director

Sara Smith, Accompanist

December 8, 2019

Lauda per la Natività del Signor                   Ottorino Respighi 

    (Laud to the Nativity)

Sandra Simon, Angel      Natasha Ospina Simmons, Mary

JR Fralick, Shepherd

Audrey Whartenby, piccolo      Kyra Kester, Flute

Danna Sundet, oboe      Stefanie Cohn, English Horn

Phillip Austin & Mark DeMio Bassoon

Sara Smith & Melissa Rus, piano


Sir Christèmas                                             William Mathias

Winter Wind                                            Brandon Williams

Bring Us in Good Ale                                        Gustav Holst

Huron Carol                                                    Susan LaBarr

Songs of Peace                 Jeremiah Klarman (arr. David Chase)

       1. Hineih Ma Tov   2. Oseh Shalom

I Saw Three Ships                                                 John Rutter

The Chanukah Song         Stephen Schwartz  (arr. Ryan Nowlin)

Ding Dong Merrily on High                            David Willcocks

O Little Town of Bethlehem                                    Dan Forrest

Danna Sundet, oboe

Angels We Have Heard on High                        David Chase

Jingle Bells                                                  David Willcocks

December 2019

March 2019

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Western Reserve Chorale

David Gilson, Artistic Director

March 24, 2019

Marian Vogel, Soprano

Joanne Uniatowski, Mezzo-Soprano

JR Fralick, Tenor

Brian Keith Johnson, Baritone

   Mass No 6 in G                      Franz Joseph Haydn

   (Missa Sancti Nicholai)                        1732-1809

   Mass in C                            Ludwig van Beethoven

   (Messe C-dur)                                           1770-1827

Violin I    Susan Britton             Flute           Linda White

             Callista Koh                              Jane Berkner 

             Rachel Huch             Oboe      Martin Neubert

Violin II   Diana Pepelea                               Cynthia Warren

               Leisl Hook-Langmack       Clarinet           Amitai Vardi

               Rachel Englander                                Lou Gangale

Viola        Laura Shuster                 Bassoon          Philip Austin

               Mark Heinzen                                          Ian Hoy

               James Rhodes                Horn        Ken Wadenpfuhl  Cello      Kent Collier                                           Tom Park

             Linda Atherton           Trumpet         Erik Sundet

Bass       Ann Gilbert                           Heather Zweifel

                                          Timpani    Andy Pongracz

June 2018

Western Reserve Chorale

David Gilson, Artistic Director

Joanne Poderis and Maribeth Katt, Pianists

June 3, 2018

The God who gave us life                     Randall Thompson

  from The Testament of Freedom

From Old American Folk Song Set          Aaron Copeland

     Zion's Walls                             arr. Glenn Koponen

     I Bought Me a Cat                           arr. Irving Fine

     At the River                                      arr. R. Wilding-White

     Ching-A-Ring-Chaw                                    arr. Irving Fine

Sure on This Shining Night                            Morten Lauridsen

Hear My Prayer                                              Moses Hogan

My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord                  Moses Hogan

Stomp Your Foot                                          Aaron Copeland

   From The Tender Land

Frostiana (selections)                                  Randall Thompson

   A Girl's Garden

   Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

   The Road Not Taken

Peace Like a River                                          Ronald Staheli

Shenendoah                                                       James Erb

The Road Home                                           Stephen Paulus

Cindy                                                         Mark Wilberg

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Western Reserve Chorale

David Gilson, Artistic Director

Joanne Poderis, Accompanist

June 2, 2019

   poetry of e.e. cummings

   i carry your heart with me                                   David Dickau

   sun, moon, stars, rain                                        David Brunner

   the moon is hiding in her hair                              Mark Burrows

   maggie and millie and molly and may                   Eric Whitacre

   flowers of stone / early flowers                       Vincent Persichetti

   in time of daffodils                                             David Dickau

   as is the sea marvelous                          Matthew Lyon Hazzard

Alison Goodman, Soprano

   Sunrise Mass                                                      Ola Gjeilo

   The Spheres  -  Sunrise  -  The City  -  Identity & Ground

   i carry your heart with me                             Z. Randall Stroope

Mary Pat Crockford, Soprano    Emily Cornelius, Violin

Sunrise Mass String Orchestra

       Violin I:   Emily Cornelius                     Viola:           Laura Shuster

                    Diana Pepelea                                               Mark Heinzen     

                    Leah Burtnett                                           Bonnie Maky

                    Sarah Page                                           Jaimie Sachay

       Violin II:   Rachel Huch                          Cello:        Linda Atherton 

                    Rachel Englander                                             Derek Snyder  

                    Leisl Hook-Langmack                        Rebecca Shasberger

                    Michael Houff                        Bass             Ann Gilbert

                                                                             Henry Samuels

June 2019

December 2018

Western Reserve Chorale

David Gilson, Artistic Director

Joanne Poderis, Accompanist

December 9, 2018

Welcome Yule                  Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

Dixit Maria                                      Hans Leo Hassler

Ecce Panis Angelorum                                  Luc Jakobs

Benedicamus Domino                             Peter Warlock

Hallelujah, Amen                               George Frederic Handel

   from Judas Maccabeus

Still, Still, Still                                                  arr. Luc Jakobs

Here is the Little Door                                     Herbert Howells

Christmas Day in the Morning                        arr. Roy Ringwald

Greensleeves                                               arr. Bob Chilcott

Gloria from Misa Criolla           Ariel Ramrez, arr. Padre Segade

Percussion: Andy Pongracz and Marc Kirschenbaum

Carol from an Irish Cabin                                     Dale Wood

Nancy Paterson, Harp

Magnificat                                                         Rob Landes

Wenceslas                                                       Bob Chilcott

Brian Keith Johnson, Wenceslas

Marian Vogel, Page

Trumpet I     Eric Sundet              Horn           Tom Park

Trumpet II    Jack Brndiar             Tuba       Gary Adams

Trombone   Eric Rowles               Harp  Nancy Paterson

Timpani    Andy Pongracz

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March 2018

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Western Reserve Chorale

David Gilson, Artistic Director

March 18, 2018

   Mass in G                                     Franz Schubert


Marian Vogel, Soprano

JR Fralick, Tenor

Matthew Brennan, Baritone

   Mass of the Children                             John Rutter

                                                                        b. 1945

Marian Vogel, Soprano

Matthew Brennan, Baritone

Voices of Harmony

Violin I   Emily Cornelius        Oboe        Danna Sundet 

             Leah Burtnett                        Cynthia Watson  

Violin II   Nancy Patterson      Clarinet        Alix Reinnhardt

             Leisl Hook                                       Lou Gangale

Viola        Laura Shuster              Bassoon           Philip Austin 

               Mark Heinzen                                  Mark DeMio

Cello      Kent Collier            Horn         Ken Wadenpfuhl   

               Linda Atherton                               Emily Rapson

Bass       Ann Gilbert            Trumpet         Erik Sundet

Harp        Nancy Patrson                                   David Duro  

Flute       Linda White             Percussion        Mel Csicsila                  Jane Berkner            Timpani   Andy Pongracz