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ONU Choral Day
The 3rd All-Ohio
Choral Day at ONU
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
This year’s All-Ohio Choral Day at ONU features:
- 27 spots for high school quartets (on a first-come, first-served basis by paid reservation).
- Quartets assembled especially for this event are encouraged as well as pre-established groups. All quartets must consist of one singer on each voice part.
- Each school may send up to three quartets until reservations are filled.
- The cost per quartet is $100, which include lunch, dinner, music and learning tracks to be downloaded.
- There must be an adult chaperone present during the event from each represented school.
- Music and downloadable learning media will be provided to each quartet member in advance of the event, so sign up today! Registration mailing deadline: Sept. 26.
- Each participant must be able to sing his/her music without mistakes upon arrival at ONU. Sectionals will be led by members of the University Singers and will be about how to most artistically sing your part, not “what are your notes and words,” thus allowing everyone to have a truly musical experience.
- Scheduled events all day long from 8:15 a.m. until 9 p.m.
About Joseph Martin
Joseph Martin, a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Subsequently he earned a Master of Music degree in piano erformance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the piano pedagogy department of the University of Texas. His piano teachers include Jimmy Woodle, David Gibson, Amanda Vick Lethco, Martha Hilley and Danielle Martin. While at Furman University, he was accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price and, inspired by his teaching, Joseph began to compose.
He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Press Inc. as director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts.
Joseph has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. As winner of the Nina Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. His solo recital in Ex-convento del Carmen was broadcast nationally throughout the country. Though he continues to perform in concert, he now devotes his efforts to playing in churches and for conferences of church musicians.
His first solo piano recording, American Tapestry, was nominated for a Dove Award. This album, along with his other recordings (Songs of the Journey, Celtic Tapestry and A Christmas Tapestry) has been enormously popular in the sacred and secular markets. He has recorded for Yamaha’s Disklavier series and has composed hundreds of commissioned works.
Recognized throughout the United States for his many choral compositions, both sacred and secular, Joseph’s music is published by numerous publishing houses. Over 1,200 compositions are currently in print and the list continues to grow. His composition “Pieta” was recently honored with an award from the John Ness Beck Foundation.
In 2008, he was inducted as a National Patron of the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. Along with Mark Hayes and David Angerman, Joseph has co-authored a fully graded, progressive piano method for the Christian student called Keys for the Kingdom. His major works include 32 choral cantatas and Song of Wisdom, a choral tone poem based on the best-selling children’s book, Old Turtle.
His music can be heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall in N.Y.; the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Mo.; and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. He continues to surprise audiences with the variety and scope of his compositions and arrangements.
Joseph lives in Austin, Texas, with his children Jonathan and Aubrey and his wife Sue.
About Sue Martin
Sue Martin, a native of Ohio, received her music degree from Bowling Green State University. While completing her master’s degree, Martin was discovered by legendary choir director Fred Waring, and she soon began touring as principal soloist with “The Pennsylvanians.”
Later, she began an almost 20-year run as an actress and performer at Walt Disney World. She has sung for millions of people as a member of the “Voices of Liberty” at Epcot Center. She has appeared in numerous musicals and shows, including Broadway at the Top and The Hoop-de-doo Revue, and has had many lead roles in regional theatre. Her credits include The Music Man, A Little Night Music, It’s a Grand Night For Singing, Phantom of the Opera, and many others.
She has sung at The White House, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and numerous churches and concert halls across the country. She was a featured performer on the inaugural cruises of the Disney Cruise Line and is perhaps most recognized for her portrayal as Ariel in the stage show version of the Disney Classic The Little Mermaid.