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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 60-80 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 locally and are accompanied by organ, piano, 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 who 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 directed the chorale 2002-2014, taking the group on tours to Europe in 2009 and 2012. Dr. Julie Yu, Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State, was our director 2014-2018. Our current director is Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University.

Mary Ann Buhler in Bassilica of St. Francis of AssissiMary 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.

 


Concert Tours

In 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. On Sunday they sang in the morning mass at the Dr. Karl Lueger Memorial Church in the Central Cemetery. That is the cemetery where Gluck, Beethoven, Schubert, Hugo Wolf, Johann Strauss Father and Son, and Brahms are buried, just a short ways from the church.

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.


Works Performed

Fall 1994
Magnificat by John Rutter
Cantata #50 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Spring 1995
The Creation by Haydn
Fall 1995
Magnificat by Franz Schubert
The Christmas Story by Heinrich Schütz
Gloria by Dave Brubeck
Spring 1996
Credo Mass by W. A. 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 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 W. A. Mozart
Leaves of Grass by William Hall
Selections from The Tender Land by Aaron 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 (20th Anniversary Concert)
Requiem Mass in C Minor by Cherubini
Aesop’s Fables by Chilcott
and other works
Fall 2014
Te Deum by Antonín Dvořák
Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns
The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite Four,
arr. by Robert Shaw, Robert Russell Bennett
Spring 2015
The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson Song of Democracy by Howard Hanson
three songs by John Rutter
Fall 2015
Mass in G by Franz Schubert
and other works
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Selections by Lerner & Loewe
(with Kansas State University Orchestra)
Spring 2016
Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
(with Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Flint Hills Children’s Choir, & Lawrence Children’s Choir in the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, MO)
Fall 2016
Magnificat in D  by J.S. Bach
A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten
Spring 2017
Nänie by Brahms
Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse) by Haydn
Fall 2017
Requiem  by Gabriel Fauré
Gloria by John Rutter
Spring 2018
The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins
“Inscription of Hope” by Randall Stroope
November 2018
A Remembrance of Life
Requiem for the Living  by Dan Forrest
three smaller works
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December 2018
A Christmas Celebration
A variety of Christmas music
Spring 2019 (25th Anniversary Concert)
An Evening of Mozart
Missa in C Major, K. 317 “Coronation”
Vesperae solemness de confessore, K339
Two smaller works

 


Dr. Jeffrey Ward

Dr. Jeffrey Ward is the Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University, where he oversees a comprehensive performing arts program with over 500 majors and minors and more than 4,000 students participating in programs across the School. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education (Conducting) from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA; his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC; and his undergraduate degree in music education from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.

Prior to his appointment at Kansas State, Dr. Ward served as Associate Dean for Assessment in the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Music at East Carolina University.

As a conductor, Dr. Ward has conducted the East Carolina University St. Cecilia Singers and University Chorale; the Greenville Choral Society; and the Norfolk, VA Cantata Chorus. Additionally, he served as Director of Traditional Music at St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville and Director of Music Ministries at Monumental United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, VA. Dr. Ward has appeared as a guest conductor with school, community, and church choirs in Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Dr. Ward’s research interests are assessment of student learning; university and community schools, outreach, and partnerships; and music teacher preparation. He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters with prominent journals and book publishers, and has presented music education research throughout the United States, as well as in Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Ward serves as a member of the review board for the Journal of Research in Music Performance, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the International Symposium for Assessment in Music Education, in addition to serving as a peer reviewer with Oxford University Press. He holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Omicron Delta Kappa, and sits on the Board of the Master Teaching Institute for the Arts and the Manhattan Arts and Humanities Association

Contact Dr. Ward at jeff98@ksu.edu


Next Concert

The Fall Concert for the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale will feature Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest, as well as three smaller works. Held at First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue, the concert will be on November 4 at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to offset the cost of the performance.

In addition, a Christmas concert will be held December 12 at 7:30 p.m., also at First United Methodist Church. A variety of Christmas music will be performed.

Contact Mary Ann Buhler at 785-539-3571 or mabuhler@mccks.edu


Becoming a Member

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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. At least two performances are held locally every year. The registration fee for each semester is $10.00, and there is a charge to purchase music. To find out more about the choir, come to a rehearsal in the Fellowship Hall at First Lutheran Church (enter by the north door), or contact Mary Ann Buhler at 785-539-3571 or mabuhler@mccks.edu.