Joy has recently been selected for performance on August 5th by the recently founded professional vocal ensemble KC VITAs Chamber Choir in Kansas City, Missouri. Their founder and director, Jackson Thomas, strives to work with new composers. Supporting new music is a noble goal, and KC VITAs does it well! I was invited to play two of the hands of the four-hand piano part with Baker Purdon, the pianist that I originally premiered the work with! I'm so excited to rejoin him at the bench and to have another performance of this work! Please take some time to read about the ensemble and its director below and on their website.
Standing for the Kansas City Vibrating Internal Thyroarytenoids, the KC VITAs Chamber Choir is an ensemble of professional singers based in the Kansas City area. The choir is committed to performing new music, benefitting composers, performers, and the future of "Contemporary-Classical" music.
Currently in their second year, KC VITAs is preparing for their next performance series and undergoing some huge, exciting changes, including a new website (welcome!) and has obtained 501(c)(3) Non-Profit status!
Originally from Carrollton, MO, Jackson Thomas is a conductor, tenor, and teacher based in the Kansas City area. Jackson received his undergraduate degree in Voice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a minor in German after studying abroad in Berlin, Germany. While at UNL, he performed leading roles within both the musical theatre and opera programs, and was a member of Chamber Singers and University Singers. He studied conducting with Dr. Pete Eklund and Dr. Therees Hibbard, and voice with Dr. Kevin Hanrahan and Dr. Mark Gruett (Berlin.) Since his return to Kansas City, Jackson held music teaching positions with the Park Hill School District and Kansas City Public Schools, was a soloist/section leader at St. John's United Methodist Church, and is in his second year singing with the GKCAGO Schola Cantorum. He currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Concert Choir, Women's Choir, and Vocal Musicum Collegium at the University of Kansas as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, is Director of Choral Music at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Lenexa, KS, and teaches private voice and piano. He currently studies conducting with Dr. Paul Tucker while finishing his Master's degree in Choral Conducting, and recently competed as a semifinalist in the SWACDA Conducting Competition. Next year, Jackson will direct the KU Men's Glee Club and serve as Associate Conductor of the KU Chamber Singers.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Hans Bridger Heruth is an award winning composer pursuing a degree in musical composition and vocal performance at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His works have been performed by various ensembles, both educational and professional. In addition to composing, Heruth is an accomplished pianist, violinist, singer, and conductor.