About Evening Song


Mission, Core Values and Goals

 

Mission Statement:

 

To Uplift Through the Spirit and the Art of Excellent Choral Music

 

Core Values:

 

  • To enlarge the audience for the appreciation of choral performance
  • To share the joy and beauty of inspirational music
  • To perform at the highest professional level

 Goals:

 

  • Provide an opportunity for both amateur and professional singers to expand their talent by singing in an ensemble and performing challenging choral works. 
  • Encourage the composition and arrangement of new choral music. 
  • Expose participating members to new cultures and venues for performing choral music. 
  • To bring our audiences emotional and spiritual inspiration.


 Evening Song was founded in 1996 as a group of musicians taking part in a CD recording project. The founding members remained together and started performing as a non-profit choir with a Christian focus in area churches and venues. In the last 15 years, this Dallas-based vocal ensemble of 40 voices has entertained audiences throughout the Metroplex, as well as traveled to other communities in Virginia, Utah and California sharing its joy and love of beautiful choral music

Evening Song’s broad-based repertoire of inspirational and secular music, level of musical excellence and a desire to share the art of choral music with the masses allows them to bring music to audiences in such places as the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Bass Performance Hall, SMU McFarlin Auditorium, JFK Auditorium and many churches, assisted living centers and with our new partnerships with the Arts, art galleries throughout the Metroplex, NE Texas, Virginia, Utah and California.

What Others Have Said About Evening Song:

“When Evening Song came to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Plano to share Christmas through a “Lessons and Carols” concert, our congregation was blessed on several levels. First, the absolute beauty of perfectly in-tune voices, a marvelous blend and totally clear diction caused even our strongest music critic to remark ‘-that was wonderful and amazing!’ The repertoire was very diverse and of the highest levels of quality and difficulty. We were impressed! But most of all, they elevated above the musical presentation to offer us their hearts and spirits through shining eyes and smiles of genuine joy and love. We were moved. It was a ministry to our church that we want to often repeat.” --David Leeman, Director of Music and Worship, Trinity Presbyterian Church.

"Evening Song’s choral sound is distinctly pure. Intonation and diction are unified in such a way that the sound leaps into the room. Choral enthusiasts are so unused to this attention to detail that it takes the listener by surprise. Add to the mix a broad palette of choral styles, and an evening with Evening Song is an evening to treasure.” --Rev Nicki Lyford, Minister of Music and Worship, Lake Highlands United Methodist Church

Partnerships and Sponsors – Evening Song is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We gratefully acknowledge the support of our many benefactors, including our loyal patrons, generous donors, arts partners, and especially our sponsors.

Performers – To advance our individual talents and share our love and commitment to the art of excellent choral music through Evening Song. Evening Song consists of a diverse group of amateur and professional musicians from all walks of life and a wide range of professions. Our common bond is not only our love of the Spirit, but also a passion for the choral arts as is stated in our Member Pledge.

Dave Featherstone, Artistic Director Artistic Director – David Featherstone is the founding director and has directed Evening Song these past 15 years. He is an accomplished instrumentalist on the clarinet, bassoon, French horn, guitar and percussion. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (guitar) and a minor in Theory and Composition. He has taught classical guitar at Mountain View and Cedar Valley Colleges and served as Chorus Master for the North Texas Oratorio Society’s production of Crawford Gates’ “Visions of Eternity”, performed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in 1995. David’s vocal experiences consist of singing with the UTA A Cappella and University Choirs and singing with the Dallas Symphony Chorus. A composer as well as conductor, David has composed numerous hymn arrangements as well as small choral works and organ arrangements, several which can be heard on Evening Song’s recordings “I Stand All Amazed”, “Nearer My God to Thee”, and “On the Way to Bethlehem”.


Accompanist - Russ Rieger is a graduate of the University of Kansas, Russ holds a bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music.  Russ is currently the Director of Music Ministries at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church.  He is currently a Co-Accompanist for Resounding Harmony and has been the principal accompanist and organist for the Turtle Creek Chorale and the accompanist for The Women's Chorus of Dallas.  In June 2009, Russ accompanied the gala Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Shawnee Press at Carnegie Hall.  The concert included 600 singers, full orchestra, and the works of Mark Hayes, Joseph Martin, and Greg Gilpin.  This was his second appearance at Carnegie Hall, having accompanied an international performance of "Sing for the Cure", a work benefiting Susan G. Komen.


Executive Board Members
– The business, performance and artistic affairs of Evening Song are overseen by an active Executive Board. These board members are accomplished musicians, artisans, business professionals, and members of Evening Song.

Artistic Director David Featherstone
Assistant to the Director Stephanie Nguyen
Accompanist/Organist Russ Rieger
President Deborah Cannon
Vice President of Marketing Tori Hobbs
Vice President of Membership Darrell Fletcher
Vice President of Fundraising Kelley Durrant
Librarian Debby Crider
Treasurers Mark Blackhurst & Larry West
Secretary Evelyn Green
Wardrobe Coordinators Lynette Eldredge & Terry Tosch
Section Leaders Jenny Parkinson-Soprano
Lynette Eldredge-Alto
Jan Paulson-Tenor
Tom Parkinson-Bass

 
Group Photos by Timothy Smith Photography / www.timothysmithphotography.com