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Masterworks Chorale

Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale
Manhattan's Community Choir

Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale is a community choir sponsored by Manhattan Christian College. The choir consists of 60-70 singers of all abilities, from the beginner to the professional and from teenager to senior citizen. They are all united in their love of singing the classics. A concert is presented at the end of each academic semester. These programs are presented in local churches and are accompanied by organ and other instruments.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Mary Ann Buhler at mabuhler@mccks.edu
She can also be reached at (785) 539-3571.


History

Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale was founded in the fall of 1994 by Ruth Robertson, a voice teacher in the Music Department at Manhattan Christian College. By the end of her first year conducting the chorus, Ruth had finished her doctorate, and she moved away from Manhattan to take a university teaching position. The choir was then directed for a year by Cherié Caulley, a local church choir director, who was succeeded in turn by MCC faculty member RubyAnn Poulson, also for a year. In 1997 RubyAnn handed the baton to a young British musician who was a graduate of the University of Kansas, and remained in the United States to teach at MCC. Dr. Ian Coleman conducted the choir for five years. Dr. Reginald Pittman from Kansas State University has been our director since 2002.

Mary Ann Buhler has accompanied the choir throughout its history. She earned her Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Kansas State University. In addition to being the accompanist and coordinator for the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale, she is organist at College Avenue United Methodist Church and Director of Library Services at Manhattan Christian College.

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Concert Tours

Italy Tour PictureIn June 2012 the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale traveled to Europe to sing in Italian cathedrals. First stop was Venice, where they sang in a Saturday evening mass at St. Mark's Basilica. In Florence they participated in a Sunday evening mass at St. Mark's Cathedral.

After touring San Gimignano and Perugia, the chorale traveled to Assisi and presented a concert in the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Visiting all the famous sights of Rome was fascinating, but the highlight of the entire trip came on the last day, when the chorale performed in the Sunday noon mass at the main altar (Altar of the Chair of St. Peter) in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. What an awesome experience to sing in one of the premier churches in the world!

The chorale's first tour occurred in June 2009. They flew to Budapest, Hungary where they sang in an evening mass, then joined forces with a local choir for a concert. In Vienna, Austria they performed at St. Stephen's Cathedral before singing at Schönbrunn Palace. Tour Group at Schönbrunn Palace.On Sunday they sang in the morning mass at the Dr. Karl Lueger Memorial Church in the Central Cemetery.

After Vienna the chorale sang concerts at the Melk Abbey, the Salzburg Cathedral, and the Museum of Music in Prague, the Czech Republic. The final concert was held in the town of Karlík, a neighboring town of Dobřichovice, which is Manhattan's Partner City.

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Works Performed

Fall 1994
Magnificat by John Rutter
Cantata #50 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Spring 1995
The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn
Fall 1995
Magnificat by Franz Schubert
The Christmas Story by Heinrich Schütz
Gloria by Dave Brubeck
Spring 1996
Credo Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Selections from Messiah by G. F. Handel
Fall 1996
Missa Brevis by Zoltan Kodály
Te Deum by John Rutter
Spring 1997
Cantata #140 (Wachet auf) by J. S. Bach
Four Sacred Songs by Giuseppi Verdi
Fall 1997
Choral music through the ages,
from Purcell to contemporary composers
Spring 1998
Grand Mass in C Minor by W. A. Mozart
and other works
Fall 1998
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
and seasonal music
Spring 1999
Mass in G by Franz Schubert
Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi
Fall 1999
Requiem by Gabriel Fauré
and seasonal music, including
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Spring 2000
Gloria by John Rutter
Lord Nelson Mass by J. F. Haydn
Fall 2000
Gloria by Francis Poulenc
and seasonal music
Spring 2001
Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd
and other works
Fall 2001
Hear My Prayer by Felix Mendelssohn
Three Graduals for the Church Year by Anton Bruckner
Magnificat by J. S. Bach
and seasonal music
Spring 2002
Five Negro Spirituals by Michael Tippett
Easter Cantata by Daniel Pinkham
Requiem by W. A. Mozart
Fall 2002
Magnificat by G. Pergolesi
Jubilate Deo by Benjamin Britten
Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël by Poulenc
and seasonal music
Spring 2003
Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Canticle of Psalms by James Mulholland
Three settings of Ave Maria
Fall 2003
Te Deum by Zoltán Kodály
Six Chansons by Paul Hindemith
and works by Alice Parker and John Rutter
Spring 2004
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Fall 2004
Laud to the Nativity by Ottorino Respighi
Vier Quartette, Op. 92 by Johannes Brahms
The Winds of May by Kirke Mechem
Spring 2005
Coronation Mass by Mozart
Leaves of Grass by William Hall
Selections from The Tender Land by Copland
Fall 2005
Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns
and seasonal music
Spring 2006
A German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Fall 2006
Mass in C, Op. 86 by Ludwig van Beethoven
and seasonal music
Spring 2007
Selections from Solomon by G. F. Handel
Polovetzian Dance and Chorus by Borodin
Requiem by Duruflé
Fall 2007
Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen,
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams
Seasonal music
Spring 2008
The Creation by Haydn
Fall 2008
Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham
and seasonal music
Spring 2009
Otčenáš (The Lord's Prayer) by Leoš Janáček
Jubilate by Bob Chilcott
Fall 2009
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K.V. 339 by Mozart, and other works
Spring 2010
Mass #2 in E minor by Anton Bruckner,
and other works
Fall 2010
Gloria by Poulenc and seasonal music
Spring 2011
Requiem by Mozart & 
Three Mountain Tunes by Wilberg
Fall 2011
Mass, Op. 4 by Saint-Saëns
In Terra Pax, Op. 39 by Gerald Finzi 
Seasonal music
Spring 2012
Requiem by Bradley Ellingboe,
Jubilate Deo by Gabrieli, and other works
Fall 2012
Magnificat by Rutter
Seasonal Music
Spring 2013
Mass in Ab by Schubert
Five Mystical Songs by Vaughn Williams
The Seasonings by P.D.Q. Bach
Fall 2013
Christmas Cantata by J. S. Bach
Seasonal Music
Spring 2014
Requiem Mass in C Minor by Cherubini
Aesop's Fables by Chilcott and other works

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Our Director

Dr. Reg PittmanReginald Pittman teaches voice, directs the opera program and serves as Head of the Voice Division at Kansas State University. He serves as advisor to the K-State Opera Guild and Friends of K-State Opera. Dr. Pittman is the director of the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale.

As the Chorale's director and soloist,  Dr. Pittman has performed in Budapest, Hungary; Salzburg and Vienna, Austria; and Prague in the Czech Republic, as well as in Italy, where he performed in Venice, Florence, Assisi, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He served as Resident Artist with the Wichita Grand Opera from 2003-2008. His WGO credits have included Don Jose in Carmen, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliette, Parpignol in La Bohème, and soloist in the Stars of Kansas Gala Concert. He’s also performed leading roles with the opera companies Des Moines, San Diego, Arizona, New Orleans, Shreveport, Dallas, Mississippi and Lyric Opera of Dallas.

Dr. Pittman has performed at the National Opera Association’s National Convention several times. He serves on the Board of Directors for the West Central National Association of Teachers of Singers as past auditions chair and is President Elect of the National Opera Association.

Reg Pittman
Contact Dr. Pittman at pittman@k-state.edu

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Next Concert

Our first rehearsal for the Spring semester was Tuesday, January 28. The next concert for the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale will be May 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Ave. This concert will celebrate the 20th season of the Masterworks Chorale. The featured works will be Requiem Mass in C Minor by Cherubini and Aesop's Fables by Chilcott. A reception for all will follow in the church Fellowship Hall. There is no admission charge, but donations to help defray expenses of the performance are welcome.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Mary Ann Buhler at mabuhler@mccks.edu

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Becoming a Member

Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale is a community choir and is open to all area singers interested in joining. The choir rehearses 7:00-9:00 p.m. every Tuesday during the school year at First Lutheran Church at 10th and Poyntz Avenue. Performances are usually held at local churches. The registration fee for each semester is $10.00, and there is a charge to purchase and/or rent music. To find out more about the choir, come to a rehearsal in the choir room at First Lutheran Church (enter by the north door), or contact Mary Ann Buhler at 539-3571 or mabuhler@mccks.edu.

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