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Donald McCullough's stirring Holocaust Cantata, Songs from the Camps - based on original music sung and memories shared by those incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps.
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Reston Chorale Staff - The Reston Chorale.
David Brian Lang, Artistic Director
Since his 2000 arrival in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, David Brian Lang has gained prominence as a leading choral conductor, concert organist, professional accompanist, and vocal coach. Mr. Lang has prepared choruses for numerous venues including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason Center for the Performing Arts, and Wolf Trap. He has worked with such notable conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Robert Bernhardt, Emil de Cou, Placido Domingo, Rodney Eichenberger, Marvin Hamlisch, Kurt Masur, and Leonard Slatkin.
Currently the Director of Music, Principal Organist, and Master of the Choristers for Saint John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, Mr. Lang oversees a large music program consisting of student, volunteer, and professional musicians. He founded the Saint John Treble Choir, Advanced Choir, Girls' Ensemble, and Saint Gregory Latin Choir. Between 2000 and 2006, Mr. Lang served as Director of Music for Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls, VA and as principal organist for the famous Washington, DC landmark: Saint John Episcopal Church - Lafayette Square (The Church of the Presidents).
A native of Burlington, North Carolina, David Lang received his Bachelor of Music degree in both choral music education (grades K-12) and sacred music from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He attained his Master of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Louisville. He has studied under such keyboard luminaries as H. Max Smith, Melvin Dickinson, Marilyn Keiser, and Bruce Neswick.
Prior to living in Washington, DC, Mr. Lang was Director of Music for the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, KY from 1983-2000. He served as Artistic Director for The Louisville Youth Choir as well as Professor of Organ for Bellarmine University. Mr. Lang has conducted tours of Italy and parts of the United States with choirs of both adults and children. He has been a featured artist and guest conductor for state, regional, and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and National Pastoral Musicians (NPM).
Mr. Lang is in his sixth season as the Artistic Director for The Reston Chorale.
Allan Laino, Associate Director
Allan Laino is emerging as a versatile conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral repertoire. In addition to his appointment as Associate Director of the Reston Chorale, he assists in the direction of the Chamber Singers at the University of Maryland, College Park. He recently served as a director of the University Chorale at UMD, and in Fall 2013, he prepared the ensemble for collaborations with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Britten's War Requiem) and National Symphony Orchestra.
From 2012-14, he served as assistant conductor (La Bohème & Die Zauberflöte) and chorus master (Idomeneo, La Bohème, & Die Zauberflöte) for the Maryland Opera Studio. Last season, he conducted the East Coast premiere of Jack Perla's new opera Love/Hate, and served as assistant conductor for their spring production of Die Fledermaus.
Before moving to the D.C. area, he worked with various ensembles throughout Southern California. He served as Co-Director of the Sunday Night Singers when the group earned First Prize in the Mixed Chamber Choir category at the 2012 World Choir Games. During his tenure as Assistant Director of the Men in Blaque, the group earned First Prize in the Male Chamber Choir category at the 2010 World Choir Games. While directing the vocal programs at Highland High School, University High School, and Quartz Hill High School, his choirs received high recognition at national festivals.
As a singer, he performed with acclaimed ensembles such as the Sunday Night Singers, Horizon Chamber Choir, San Diego Bach Collegium, the Pacific Chorale, and the Norfolk Music Festival Chamber Choir. He is currently a professional chorister at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. He is a third-year D.M.A. Choral Conducting student at UMD. He earned his M.F.A in Choral Conducting (2009) and B.A. in Voice (2006) at the University of California, Irvine.
Tordis Fahringer, Accompanist
Ms. Fahringer began studying piano at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in music, from Douglass College (Rutgers University) in New Brunswick, NJ. Following graduation, she lived and worked in New York City, where she studied piano with Jascha Zayde. She commuted to NJ every weekend, continuing as the organist for a Lutheran church where she had played every Sunday since her early teen years.
Ms. Fahringer has been the organist and choir accompanist at Community Lutheran Church in Sterling, VA since 1999. Prior to joining The Reston Chorale in 2004, she was the accompanist for the Master Singers of Virginia for 9 years. She also accompanied The Reston Chorale for rehearsals and the performance of Carmina Burana for 2 pianos and percussion in 2003.
Ms. Fahringer accompanies middle and high school instrumentalists for the Fairfax and Loudoun Solo and Ensemble Festivals each spring, as well as middle school choral concerts. She works with instrumentalists and vocalists to prepare for and perform at auditions, recitals, competitions, and for recordings. She also teaches privately.
Susan Meeks-Versteeg, Managing Director
Susan Meeks-Versteeg brings extensive marketing, communications and management experience in nonprofit, association and business arenas to her role with The Reston Chorale. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, Ms. Meeks-Versteeg oversees the Chorale's annual concert performances and coordinates publicity and community outreach for the Chorale. Ms. Meeks-Versteeg is also the founder and principal of Cadenza, providing communications and event management services for the nonprofit sector and corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to founding Cadenza in 2000, Ms. Meeks-Versteeg held marketing, communications and event management positions with C.C. Pace Systems, Freddie Mac and United Way of America. Her work has earned accolades from clients and awards from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the International Association of Business Communicators, and PR Casebook. Ms. Meeks-Versteeg studied voice at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She has served in volunteer leadership positions with local arts organizations, including Youth Orchestras of Prince William and the Asaph Ensemble. While at Freddie Mac, she also served as a corporate liaison and volunteer with the Arts Council of Fairfax County's International Children's Festival.
Board Of Directors
Vice-President, Patrons & Development
Member at Large
Ruth Ann Pinkman
Honorary Board Members
James and Karen Cleveland
The Honorable Gerald Connolly
The Honorable Janet Howell
The Honorable Catherine M. Hudgins
James and Susan Jones
John T. Morris, Jr.|
The Honorable Kenneth R. Plum
Robert E. Simon, Jr.
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