Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30, The Joy of Music Concert Series
concludes the 2012-2013 season with a special Red Hot Season Finale
featuring powerhouse vocalists Mark Hightower and Bryan Umberto
Hoyos. The audience is encouraged to dress in red to spice things
up! The singers will present a diverse program of classical, opera,
spirituals and show tunes, both solo and duet repertoire. This
dynamic concert will take place outside, weather permitting, with
elegant lighting and seating. There is a suggested donation of $10,
and desserts will be served following the performance. Please invite
your friends and family to come celebrate our concert season with a
fantastic finale! Please see the attached flyer for more details,
print it out and post it up.
Bryan Hoyos began his training in the music rooms of Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, NJ. During his teens, he participated in every school chorus and played trumpet in the band. Bryan was also selected for 4 regional honors choirs, 3 NJ All-State choirs, the 2003 MENC All-Eastern Choir, and the 2003 US Youth Ensembles tour of Europe. In 2001 Bryan made his debut on the stage playing Roger in Grease. He graduated with two music scholarships in 2003 and went on to attend Westminster Choir College where he was immediately taken under the wing of his long time mentor and friend, Guy Rothfuss. He wasted no time before getting noticed by both peers and professors - receiving at least one solo in every choir he was a part of during his tenure. Bryan's voice flourished under Mr. Rothfuss. He made his oratorio debut in 2006 singing Mozart's Vesperae de Confessore, shortly followed by his operatic debut playing Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. During his studies at Westminster, Bryan sang in choruses with orchestras including The New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. He has worked under the direction of conductors like Joseph Flummerfelt, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Tim Brown, Simon Carrington, and Harry Bicket. Bryan recently made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the company Pacific Encore Performances. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where he sings with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers, and the St. George's Chorale. He has a small voice studio and performs freelance throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
Mark Hightower is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. He has completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Offering versatile musicality and a remarkably low range, Mark has sung under the batons of several prestigious conductors such as Joseph Flummerfelt, Kurt Masur, Lorin Mazel, David Fruhbeck, David Roberson, Andrew Megill, James Jordan, Robert Taylor and Joseph Miller in conjunction with the New York Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition to participating in an endless list of choirs, Mark has sung the bass solos for Handel’s Messiah as well as the role of Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and participated in several operas including Aida, Turandot, Roméo et Juliet, and La Cenerentola as a chorus member. Mark is also a bassist and guitarist and has played in pit orchestras for several musicals such as Anything Goes, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Les Miserables, Godspell, and Once Upon a Mattress. An accomplished choral conductor, Mark recently served as the choral director at Sumter High School in South Carolina, where they participated in many competitions and achieved great success under his direction, including first place in the state championships. Mark is currently the choral music instructor at The Haverford School in Pennsylvania, where he also directs the well-known a cappella group, The Notables.