The Gettysburg Children’s Choir is celebrating its twentieth season with a special concert on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 PM at the United Lutheran Seminary Chapel,147 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg. The concert will feature two commissioned works in memory of the choir’s co-founder, Jane Lambertson Jones (1948-2018), whose passion and love for children and music made our world a more beautiful place. Alumni of the choir will reunite and join the children’s choir and chamber chorale to celebrate 20 successful seasons. The concert is freeand open to all. Additional information can be found at the children’s choir website: www.gettysburgcc.org/celebration.
The Children’s Choir Artistic Director, Brent C. Talbot is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College where he teaches various courses in music education and supervises student teaching and research. Prior to joining the conservatory, he served on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Talbot taught middle and high school music in the Rochester (NY) City and Webster (NY) public school districts and was the former Coordinator of Music at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York. He holds degrees in music education from Indiana University (B.M.E.) and the Eastman School of Music (M.A. & Ph.D. in music education with a diploma in ethno-musicology).Additionally, he is certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk. Dr. Talbot was the founding director of the Eastman Young Children's Chorus and Director of the Eastman New Horizons Choir. He is an active choral clinician who has conducted numerous county and district honor choirs as well as directed groups at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Chautauqua Institute. As an artist-in-residence, Dr. Talbot has taught thousands of students across the country about Balinese music and dance. He is the founding director of Gamelan Gita Semara, an instrumental ensemble that performs concerts of contemporary and traditional music from Bali, Indonesia. Dr. Talbot is published in various state, national, and international journals as well as in books on music education and music therapy. A frequent presenter at regional, state, national, and international conferences, his research examines power, discourse, and issues of social justice in varied settings for music learning around the globe. Dr. Talbot is an active member of ACDA and serves in leadership roles within the May Day Group, NAfME, and PMEA.
Managing Director and pianist, Jamie Bowman is the director of choral activities for students in grades 6-12 in the Gettysburg Area School District. Her choirs have performed for Hersheypark Music in the Parks,Walt Disney World Performing Arts and most recently Disney’s Candlelight Processional. Mrs. Bowman’s high school students regularly participate in the PMEA District 7 Chorus, PMEA Regional 5 Chorus, and the PMEA All-State Chorus as well as ACMEA’s County Chorus Festivals, and PMEA District 7 Songfest. Mrs. Bowman has accompanied for PMEA District 7 Songfest, ACMEA junior and senior high choirs, private voice and instrumental recitals, local choirs, and high school musicals. She is the Director of Music for the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church where she accompanies the Adult Choir and leads the Adult Bell Choir and Youth Choirs. Mrs. Bowman holds a B.M. in Music Education and an M.M. in Music Education from West Chester University and is currently finishing a Masters in Choral Conducting from Messiah College.