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ABOUTUS

MISSION STATEMENT

Established in 2013, the Metropolitan Choral Festival is Denver’s only non-auditioned summer chorus that provides volunteer singers the opportunity to perform Choral Masterworks with the Denver metro area’s best professional symphony orchestra musicians. We believe that this collaboration of musicians from all walks of life and musical levels is a powerful force for good. It brings people together in harmony, builds community, and inspires hope.

After seven weeks of rehearsals, the annual festival culminates in a spectacular one-night-only concert presented free of charge to the community.

We achieve our mission by welcoming singers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds; offering affordable registration fees, and discounts for students; securing partners to provide scholarships and financial assistance; creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all singers; and presenting our concert free of charge to the public.

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RICKI VORRATH-MOYER

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ricki  Vorrath-Moyer attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, then received her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She went on to receive her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance, with minor emphases in choral conducting and piano pedagogy. She is currently Organist/Accompanist at First Plymouth Congregational Church, Cherry Hills Village and serves as the Principal Accompanist for the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus.

HISTORY OF MCF

The Metropolitan Choral Festival (MCF) was formed after the passing of Ronald J. Williams (1947-2013), Founder and Director of the Broomfield Choral Festival which preceded MCF. The mission of both organizations was based on presenting a free concert of major choral works to the public annually. Mr. Williams was an active conductor, musician, teacher and avid composer, arranging over 130 hymns for small band ensemble, piano and organ. His vocal works have been performed in concert by many area chorales. MCF is honored to continue his musical legacy and love for choral music. 

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MATT KINGHAM

ACCOMPANIST

Matthew Kingham received both his Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.  Matthew has been organist and associate director of music at St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Kirk of Bonnie Brae since 2001. He is also a part time accompanist for the Colorado Children’s Chorale and The Aurora Singers.  Since 2013, Matthew has been the full-time accompanist for all seven choirs at Denver East High School. 

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ERIC BERTOLUZZI

ORCHESTRA ADVISOR

Eric Bertoluzzi played cello for 42 years in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO). He retired in the spring of 2013 and is now the Executive Director of Englewood Arts. Englewood Arts  is a community resource dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through art education, performance, and partnerships. Their ranks include many top artists and performers, including many musicians from CSO.

MEET THE BOARD

The Metropolitan Choral Festival is a registerd 501c3 nonprofit organization overseen by a board of directors, comprised of local business professionals and musicians. The board is responsible for fundraising as well as the annual planning and execution of the festival program.

Joyce Witte President 

Matthew Kersten-Gray Vice President

Megan Hawthorn Secretary

Lucas Sorenson Treasurer

Abigail Anderson Director

Howard Brand Director

David Bell Director

Matt Kingham Director

Charlie Miller Director

Kimbery Palgrave Director

Iris Reyes Director

In addition to the many hours they spend preparing vocally for the concert performances, directors also serve many volunteer roles including: coordinating facility rentals for rehearsals and performances; planning and executing the post-concert reception; providing legal counsel to the organization; managing public relations including concert promotion and external communications; and they are responsible for annual fundraising, grant writing and donor relations. 

THANKYOU
2023 SPONSORS

Platinum $2,500

 

Silver $1,000-$2,499

Howard & Kathie Brand

William Crosby

Michael & Carol Davlin

Independent Bank,           Blackbaud Giving Fund - 

    (Lucas Sorenson)

Matthew Kersten-Gray

Brian LeMaire & Dale Britt

Charlie Miller

Nordstrom (Matthew Gray)

 

Bronze $500-$999

Colorado Rockies Baseball

Community Shares of CO

     fbo Pinnocol Assurance

Ned & Carol High

Ed & Eileen Law

Ricki Moyer

Joyce Witte

John Wright

Patron $250-$499

Connie Christine Belz

Steve Bickel

Joseph Gailey

William Galloway

Megan Hawthorn

Janet Hazlett

Karen Juenemann

Mary McDonnell

Andre M & Mary Beth S Pauka

Marc & Kathryn Spritzer

Barbara Ungashick

Deborah Woodard

Friend $1-$249

Harry Adair

James Becklenberg

John & Kay Bengston

Gary & Gwen Blumenschein

Marjorie Britt

Vira Brock

Andrea Burgess

Barbara Carter

Brooke Cartwright

Barbara A Carver

Mark Chorney

Kenneth & Bernadine Clark

Kathy Conley

Bryn Daily

Dana Easton

Daniel Eitemiller &

       Jennifer Younger

Dan England

Robert Faggett

Mary Ann Fake

Neville & Trish Gaggiani

Julie Gerbick

Tricia Grace

Susan Grey

Chris Hammond

Alexis Haro

Doug & Karen Harris

Albert Hart

Diana Healy

Janine Hill

Kenneth Hogland

William Horger

Margaret Hotze

David & Renee Jones

Wesley Jones

Gordon & Beth Kieft

Marc Lacy

Raymond & Maureen Liegl

Jacquelyn (Jaci) Lippert

Patricia A Longo

Andrea Loughry

Joe Loughry

Judith Macomber

Kelly Mailly

James & Jennifer Martin

Shawn McCandless

Mary Metropulos

Chris Miller

Jeff Miller

Phillip Miller

Barbara Neal

Joey Netzorg

Dennis Nevins & Ann

     Langer-Nevins

Carissa Pichon

Jennifer Plunkett

David Poppers

Hector Puentes

John Reusch

Judith Shafer

Alan Schmuck

Eric Slack

Lea Sorenson

Abigail Spencer

Clietta Terry

Sarah Wachtel

Daryl J Walker

     (Walker Music Academy)

Timothy & Jill Wayne

Maureen Wilkerson

Wendy Williams

Lynn Woodard

Joan Zisler

CORPORATE
SPONSORS

 

 

 

Alpine Bank     A Colorado bank focused on community

www.alpinebank.com

 

 

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Miller & Urtz LLC 

Providing legal services for over 30 years  www.millerurtz.com 

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