ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
The Nassau Concert Choir, led by Music Director Doreen Fryling, was formed in the 2006-2007 season. The ensemble is open to students in grades 7 and 8 with unchanged voices and performs music in two to four part harmony. Repertoire is chosen on its musical merit while exposing students to a variety of genres. Rehearsals emphasize proper vocal production and technique, as well as the development of the musical ear.
ABOUT THE MUSIC DIRECTOR
Doreen Fryling, Ed.D. is in her twenty-fourth year as a public school music educator. She currently teaches IB Music and chorus classes at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY, and has previously taught K-5 general music and middle school chorus. Doreen also teaches graduate music education classes at Hofstra University.
Doreen is an active and founding member of the award winning eVoco Voice Collective, a Long Island based choral ensemble. Doreen’s other singing experience includes solos in oratorios, stage work in operetta and musical theatre, performance in song recitals, and work as a professional chorister. In addition to her school choirs, Doreen has conducted the Hofstra University Chorale and Chorus. She also maintains an active schedule as a collaborative pianist.
Doreen recently completed a Doctorate of Education in Learning and Teaching at Hofstra University. She also holds degrees from Susquehanna University and the University of Michigan. In 2015 Doreen was recognized as a semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been published several times on the NAfME Music in a Minuet Blog and featured in their Member Spotlight Interviews. Doreen is the current president-elect of NY-ACDA and is the NYSSMA State Chairperson for Voice. Doreen shares her love of music making with her husband, David, and their two children.
ABOUT THE PIANIST
Jeong-Hwa Park has been actively teaching and performing as a soloist and chamber musician in South Korea and the United States. Ms. Park holds Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from Arizona State University (ASU). She has won numerous awards including first prize in The Joseph and Ida Klatzkin Contemporary Solo Keyboard Music Competition and the ASU Piano Concerto Competition, and a Special Presentation Award from Artists International Presentations. Her concerto performance with the ASU Symphony Orchestra was broadcast on public radio, KBAQ, in Arizona. Her major performances include a New York debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Old First Concert Series in San Francisco, Gammage Auditorium in Arizona, Museum of Arts in Arizona, London Piano Festival, and Master Works Festival at Houghton College, New York. In South Korea, she performed her solo recital at Dajeon Arts and Cultural Center, and a lecture recital at Buam Art Hall in Seoul. She also gave a performance at the College Music Society International Conference in Seoul as a collaborative pianist. As an accompanist, she performed for World Vision Korea Children’s Choir and was invited to accompany the National Choir of Korea on tour, resulting in several concerts which were broadcast on Korean national television. Currently, Ms. Park is an adjunct faculty member at Nassau Community College; serves on the piano faculty at Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
PAST SEASON REPERTOIRE
Repertoire performed by the Nassau Concert Choir in 2021-2022 included:
- A Song Sung Once – Amy F. Bernon
- Defying Gravity – Stephen Schwartz, arr. Roger Emerson
- If – Mary Goetze
- Nine Hundred Miles – American Folksong, arr. Philip E. Silvey
- No Time – Traditional Camp Meeting Songs, arr. Susan Brumfield
- Oceans and Stars – Amy F. Bernon
- The Dream Keeper, (№ 1 from Trilogy of Dreams) – Rollo Dilworth
- This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman) – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, arr. Mac Huff
- Two Poems of Emily Dickinson – Neil Ginsberg
- Wanting Memories – Ysaÿe M. Barnwell
- When I Sing – Rosephanye Powell
- Will there really be a “Morning”? – Craig Hella Johnson