Friday, Nov. 30th
Belvidere High School Choraliers
“Voices of Harlem”, Harlem High School Choir
Belvidere North High School Choraliers
ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FROM 2012
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
JAMES MARCK, Artistic Director of Kantorei, Organist
• Music Teacher at Veritas Christi Hybrid
• Director of Music at St. Mary Oratory
• Artistic Director at Kantorei
• Former Director of Music at Court Street United Methodist Church of Rockford, IL
• Studied music composition at Northern Illinois University
James Marck’s 15 minute organ recital after the Kantorei performance at the Nativity Display and Concert in 2017 left all in the audience hungering for more. We didn’t know our organ could sound like that.
This year he will give us a 25 minute virtuoso performance that must not be missed.
James Marck received his bachelor’s in Music Composition from Bradley University, where he studied composition with Stephen Heinemann, choral conducting with John Jost, and piano with Ed Kaizer. He is an active
member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
From 2003 - 2008, Mr. Marck co-directed the versatile, mixed acappella group, Acaharmodies. Based in Peoria IL, Acaharmodies performed the whole spectrum of traditional and contemporary choral genres for private
parties, community events, and full-scale theatrical productions. While vice-president of Dramatic Crossroads Opera Organization, he accompanied a variety of classic and new operatic works with professional
performers from around the Midwest.
While in Peoria, he also served as choirmaster for Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Peoria, IL, specializing in both Renaissance and contemporary sacred polyphony. He also directed music for community theater,
most notably the 108-voice chorus of Cornstock Community Theater’s 2012 production of Hairspray, directed by Pam Orear. He has recruited dozens of children and teens to American Federation Pueri Cantores, and has
taken these choirs to perform in Chicago and Europe.
In 2015, Mr. Marck settled in Rockford. He has sung with the Mendelssohn Chorale and The Camerata Emanon, has served on the Executive Board of the Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, joined forces
with Phantom Regiment, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and Rockford Public Schools in launching Rockford Rhythm, and currently assists Youth Against Violence Organization in developing music education for students
ECHO RINGERS, Ecumenical Community Handbell Choir
ECHO Ringers were founded in the summer of 2016 as a Christian based organization that provides alternative entertainment to any event.
ECHO strives to bring the art of handbell and handchime ringing to the Rockford, Illinois area through education and performance with an interest in introducing youth to this unique music. Echo plans to
introduce a handbell workshop and concert in May.
This 20 member group, under the direction of Dianne Londo, rings 5 octaves of handbells, and 4 octaves of handchimes. Members of ECHO are volunteer, non-denominational religious based, and represent 11 area
Our repertoire includes secular as well as sacred pieces and holiday music.
Anyone interested in obtaining more information, joining the group, or hiring ECHO Ringers for your event may contact us at 815-637-6963. Check us out on Facebook at ECHO Workshop & Worship.
AMY BEHLING, Soprano
Amy Jo (Niedermann) Behling, a mezzo soprano, began singing as a child inspired by attending East High musicals and her mother who performed in the Honolulu Symphony Chorale. Amy soloed in a musical in 5th grade at Fairview School, RPS. She played flute for nursing homes and weddings. Her past choirs include BHS, Mount Mercy College, St. James-Belvidere, Tippi Chorus—Tippecanoe Cty Extension IN, St. Bridget, Mendelssohn Chorale, Bach Chamber, and as a guest at St. Thomas More at Yale with her daughter. She has sung with many elementary students over the years as their teacher. Amy cantored for four years at area Catholic Churches. She performed in pop recitals at Brat Days under Valerie Brandt Soetermans of MISSING LINKS and opera recitals at Mendelssohn under Beth Fredrickson of Maywood Church. In 2011 She has performed with RiverHawks, Bonzi Productions, East Bank, Independence Village, Hip Pocket, and the Mendelssohn Organ & Vocal Concerts. Amy started Karaoke Open Mic Rockford facebook page as a public service. She can be found on Youtube, Soundcloud, and Linkedin.
Amy is currently working as a special education teacher in Waukegan, IL and sharing her special interest in motivational songs with her students. She hopes to perform more in future summers in Illinois and gain more
instrumental and choral direction skills.
CAROLYN DUEDE, Harpist
Carolyn Duede of Freeport, Illinois, has been playing the harp since she was five years old. She studied harp at the Interlochen Arts Academy the highest profile pre-professional arts boarding school worldwide during her junior and senior years of High School.
She received a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University. She gave a concert on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah in 2009.
She is the mother of five boys and is grateful to get away for some peace and music at the Rockford Community Nativity Display & Concert.
Rodriguez Family Flute/Violin
Violin, Suzuki Violin – Associate at Northern Illinois University
Laurie Illions Rodriguez has a bachelor’s degree in violin performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University. She has been teaching violin lessons since 1991, in Utah, Ohio, and now Illinois, and has been directing and coaching chamber music workshops since 1997. She was the founder and director of the Utah County Youth Chamber Music Workshop and is the director and coach of the String Chamber Music Summer Camp for the community school at NIU. She has been teaching early childhood musicianship classes since 2002, first at the Suzuki Music Center of Central Ohio and now at the community school. She has participated in Suzuki teacher training workshops since 2002 and teaches both traditional and Suzuki violin lessons. She performs with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and with a local chamber music group. She lives in DeKalb and enjoys playing music with her husband and
ROCKFORD FLUTE CLUB
The Rockford Flute Club has graced us with their beautiful music for many years and we greatly appreciate their continued participation in the Rockford Community Nativity Display and Concert!
SPANISH CHOIR, THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Under the direction of Heidi Provo, the Rockford area Spanish speaking members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provide Christmas music entirely in Spanish.