The concert will feature the commissioned premier of a setting by local composer, H. Leslie Adams. A native Clevelander, Adams is one of the leading (African) American composers in the world. His unique music touches a wide variety of musical tastes and preferences. His work “Sence You Went Away”, will be performed by the Bay High Treble Choir.
The Bay High A Cappella Choir will also be performing at the concert. They have been selected, for the second time, to perform at the Ohio Music Educator’s Association’s Professional Development Conference. This year the conference is being held in Cleveland. Groups were selected through a “blind” audition process by committees. They will be performing music that will be performed at the convention.
Freshman Choir, Trouble & Bass Show Choir and Choraleers will also be performing wonderful literature.
Adams was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932, educated in California, and served many years as a choral conductor, show musical director, and educator, before becoming a full time composer in 1979. His stage work BLAKE was featured on the VOX Showcase of New York City Opera, and on the National Opera Association programs. His art songs have been sung by leading artists worldwide, in many languages. His orchestral works have been performed by the Prague Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, to name a few.
All choirs are under the direction of Devon T. Gess. Devon, a native of Avon Lake, Ohio, holds a Bachelor of Choral Music Education from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and a Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University. Currently, Mrs. Gess is on the State Board of OCDA as Show Choir Chair and is an active adjudicator for OMEA’s Large Group Adjudicated Events and Solo & Ensemble Events across the state. As Choral Director at Bay High School, she directs six choirs, including: A Cappella Choir (auditioned, 94 mixed voices), Choraleers (select ensemble, 16 mixed voices), Trouble & Bass Show Choir (auditioned, 40 voices), Treble Choir (non-auditioned, 73 voices), Freshman Choir (non-auditioned, 115 voices), and Men’s Choir (non-auditioned, volunteer, 20 voices). Her ensembles have repeatedly received superior ratings at both the District and State OMEA Adjudicated Events. She also teaches Music Theory and Music History during the second semester at Bay High School.
Don’t miss this wonderful, FREE, night of music.