McCALL MUSIC SOCIETY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH TWO CONCERTS
McCall Music Society will present their annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 2nd. There will be two performances of Hallelujah Christmas & Audience Carol-Along, 3PM and 7:30PM,
at McCall Community Congregational Church, 901 1st Street.
The concerts will feature music by the McCall Concert Singers, under the direction of Treva Hahn, and the McCall Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Bauer. Listeners will also be treated to the first performance of the McCall Youth Orchestra, comprised of area music students, who will play some traditional carols at the beginning of the concert. The Concert Singers will perform an array of holiday favorites; the Chamber Orchestra will play selections from The Nutcracker, among others; and the two groups will join together for the Hallelujah Chorus.
And, in keeping with tradition, the audience will round out the slate of performers, singing holiday songs and carols with the musicians, including O Holy Night. These concerts are for audiences of all ages. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help offset production costs.
Treva Hahn recently moved to McCall from the Fruitland and Ontario areas. She attended B.Y.U. on scholarship in Vocal Performance. While there, she studied privately and performed in their choirs, including the Opera Choir. She taught Applied Voice at Treasure Valley Community College during which time they toured and sang at the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Hahn has taught private voice and piano for over 40 years, and has been a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs during the same time frame. She also held state and local positions in the NFMC, the largest nonprofit organization in America to promote and support American music, performers and music education. Over the course of her career, she served as a clinician and adjudicator, soloed with many local choirs and had leading roles in many musicals. She worked with the Nashville Tribute Band, Marie Osmond, Alex Boye and David Archuleta when they performed at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa and helped organize the community choir. Now retired from managing medical clinics, Ms. Hahn teaches privately in association with Guild McCall. She and her husband, Steve, are parents to five boys and have 22 grandchildren.
Richard Bauer moved back to Idaho after thirty-eight years as an orchestra director. Prior to retirement, he spent the last seven years at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. Mr. Bauer began his career teaching elementary and middle school orchestra in Pendleton, Oregon. He then taught orchestras in Salem, Oregon for over twenty years before moving to Illinois in 2006. While their director, the Neuqua Valley Chamber Strings were twice invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra festival in Chicago. His orchestras have also performed at the Oregon Music Educators Conference, the All-Northwest Music Educators Conference and the Illinois Music Educators State Conference. Mr. Bauer has traveled with students throughout the United States and Canada and has taken his orchestras on six tours to Great Britain and Europe. For over thirty years he spent his summers as a Suzuki String Specialist at Suzuki Institutes throughout the Western United States and Canada. Mr. Bauer was the principal violist with the Portland Opera Orchestra and the Portland Chamber Orchestra and he has also played with the Spokane and Columbus Symphonies. He grew up in Moscow where his father was the orchestra director at the University of Idaho for twenty-five years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and a Master of Music from The Ohio State University.
Mr. Bauer was named Oregon Music Educator of the Year in 2003 and Illinois classroom teacher of the year in 2012 by the Illinois American String Teachers Association.