Oklahoma Community Orchestra



"A Season For All Ages"

2014-2015 Guest Artists



Kyle Dillingham
is known throughout the world for the thrilling virtuosity of his violin performances, ranging in musical styles from bluegrass and Western swing, rock and gospel to classical. He began playing the violin when he was nine and while still in high school was featured with Roy Clark and on Nashville’s Grand Ol’ Opry. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Performance from Oklahoma City University where he also worked on staff for three years as Ambassador. Kyle performs locally and internationally with his Horseshoe Road band and was the recipient of a Governor’s Arts Award in 2009. As a frequent visitor to Washington, D.C., he has performed for the Japanese, Thai, and Saudi American ambassadors. He has showcased his American music abroad in more than 30 countries, performing for the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, at the Beijing Central Conservatory and during Singapore’s National Day of Celebration and has soloed with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Amici New York Orchestra, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Enid Symphony Orchestra, UCO Symphony Orchestra and the UCO Chamber Orchestra.

In 2009, in collaboration with Edmond composer Callen Clark, Kyle performed with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra in the world premiere of
The Mary Rose, A Fantasy Overture for Solo Violin and Orchestra.

 




The Edmond Community Chorale was founded by Dr. Lon Dehnert in 1988 to provide a high quality community chorale for university students and staff, church choir and community singers in Edmond and the greater metropolitan area. The Chorale performs two major concerts every year, one in December and joins with UCO choirs for a Masterwork Concert in the spring. These performances have included Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, and Rutter, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom and The Peaceable Kingdom.



In May, 2010, under the direction of John Rutter, The Edmond Community Chorale performed in Rutter’s Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Chorale has recently collaborated with the UCO Symphony Orchestra, Horseshoe Road, and the UCO Jazz Ensemble, performing Brahms’ Requiem, World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett, and music from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. The EEC singers performed in the Oklahoma Haydn Festival in June, 2013, and in the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, in July 2013. After serving 23 years as the assistant director and accompanist of the ECC, Rondal J. Wallace begins this season as the new artistic director.

 

 


Emily Sutton joined the 4 Warn Storm Team in December, 2009, a few weeks before the infamous “Christmas Eve Blizzard” slammed Oklahoma City, and has covered a wide spectrum of Oklahoma extremes ever since. Her passion for weather was realized when she joined the Storm Chase Team at the University of Missouri, where she received dual degrees in Atmospheric Science and Media Convergence Journalism. In college, Emily’s work as a National Weather Service Observer, Agricultural Forecaster, and volunteer Storm Chaser served as a great foundation for the years to follow. She began her career in Columbia, Missouri at ABC/FOX affiliate, KMIZ-TV, covering weather extremes, from severe weather outbreaks to ice and snow storms. Next, at WCYB-TV in the Appalachian hills, she learned the dynamics of mountain weather and polished her reporting skills as a meteorologist and general assignment reporter.

Emily sang the National Anthem for a crowd of 10,000 at Tennessee’s famous NASCAR track and had the honor of singing for an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game and for Barons hockey. She loves to get involved with the community and in 2011 completed a half Iron Man triathlon, helping to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oklahoma. She has run and cycled in events benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network and the American Diabetes Association. Her May 24, 2011 storm chase coverage helped KFOR-TV win the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters’ award for best “Spot Weather Coverage.”

 


Dr. Heath Jones, Professor of Music, teaches applied saxophone, music education, music technology, jazz improvisation, and world music, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Oklahoma Christian University. Heath holds degrees from Oklahoma Christian University, Baylor University, and the University of Oklahoma. He is an active professional performer in the Oklahoma City area, and serves as President of the Oklahoma Jazz Educators.

Heath was named University Jazz Educator of the Year by the OKJE in 2008 and 2014. He has performed with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Leslie Gore, Jim Neighbors, Natalie Cole and other road show artists. Heath performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra and the Edmond Jazz Orchestra. Heath is a Cannonball Saxophone Artist and has given master classes, lectures, and recitals in China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In 2009, Heath presented a lecture on jazz improvisation pedagogy at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2012, he presented at the JEN conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Heath works in collaboration with Larsen Music Co., promoting music education in the Oklahoma City Area. He has three albums, Lookin’Back, Live & Learn, and B3 Paradigm.

 


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