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Cleveland Orchestra Youth Honor Choir to perform free concert at Severance Hall on April 13

Youth Honor Choir comprised of 150 students from 49 Northeast Ohio High Schools

Release Date:  April 6, 2015

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Honor Choir is presenting a free concert on Monday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Severance Hall.  The Youth Honor Choir is comprised of 150 students from 49 Northeast Ohio schools.  These young voices represent the best high school singers from across the region, nominated by their school choral directors.  This is the first time that an Honor Choir has been assembled by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus and Youth Chorus Director Lisa Wong.  This exciting collaboration with schools and their choral directors brings the most talented high school singers from Northeast Ohio to Severance Hall for this one time appearance.
The performance is conducted by Judy Hanson, director of choral programs at the Chicago Children’s Choir, and Lisa Wong, director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.   The concert features a wide range of composers, from Maurice Duruflé to James Taylor, and will include traditional American, Caribbean, and South African folk music.

The program runs about one hour, without intermission.  Admission to the performance is free, but tickets are required.  Tickets are available at, by calling 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141 or at the Severance Hall Ticket Office. 

Lisa Wong, Director,Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
Lisa Wong joined the choral staff of The Cleveland Orchestra as assistant director of choruses at the start of the 2010-11 season.  In this capacity, she assists in preparing the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus for performances each year.  In 2012, she took on added responsibilities as director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.  In addition to her duties at Severance Hall, Ms. Wong is a faculty member at the College of Wooster, where she conducts the Wooster Chorus and the Wooster Singers and teaches courses in conducting and music education.  Previous academic posts include positions in public and private schools in New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.  Prior to her appointment at the College of Wooster, Ms. Wong served as an associate instructor in the choral department of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  In addition, she directed the Chamber Choir of the Indiana University Children’s Choir, where her duties included preparing the choir for performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and several IU Opera Theater productions.  She also led the group in performance at the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference.  Active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, Ms. Wong holds a bachelor of science degree in music education from West Chester University, as well as master of music and doctor of music degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University.

Judy Hanson,Director of Choral Programs, Chicago Children’s Choir
Judy Hanson is director of choral programs at the Chicago Children’s Choir.  She holds a bachelor of science degree in music education from the University of Illinois and a master of music degree in music education from Northwestern University.  The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural, choral music education organization shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence.  Currently serving 2,800 young people, this organization is the largest choral music education program in the country.  As director of choral programs, Ms. Hanson directs training and curriculum guidance for the conductors of the InSchool and after school Neighborhood Choir Programs.  She is the conductor of DiMension, a choir for young men with changing voices.  She is also the associate director and choreographer for the world-renowned Concert Choir as well as conductor and choreographer for the Show Choir.


Cleveland Orchestra Youth Honor Choir
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Judy Hanson, conductor
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Honor Choir
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus*
Lisa Wong, conductor

Lizela (South African Xhosa Song)

Johann Jeep/arr. John Leavitt
Musica, die ganz lieblich kunst

Daniel E. Gawthrop
Sing Me To Heaven

Maurice Duruflé
“Sanctus” from Requiem

Hebrew Folk Tune/arr. Iris Levine
Hine Ma Tov

Aruban Song/arr. Eduard Toppenberg, Rufo Odor
Balia di Sehú

Civil Rights Movement Song/arr. Mollie Stone
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round

James Taylor/arr. Greg Jasperse
Shed a Little Light

Rollo Dilworth
Freedom Train

Shosholoza (South African Xhosa Song)

David Frazier, Hezekiah Walker/
arr. Rollo Dilworth, John Goodwin
I Need You To Survive

Gabriel Fauré
“Sanctus” from Requiem*

Eric Whitacre
Five Hebrew Love Songs*
Soloist: Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra violinist Ashley Zendarski

Daniel E. Gawthrop
Sing a Mighty Song*

Jake Runestad
Nyon Nyon*

*Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus to perform