The Ponca City Federated Music Club invites the public to the 38th Annual Composer’s Workshop program on Sunday, January 23 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church 6th and Central. Local composers include: Elaine Armstrong, Suzi Lenhart and Debbie Rue. National composers include: Syneva Colle, Rebecca Groom te Velde, Amanda McBroom and Natalie Sleeth. The hostesses for the meeting are Suzi Lenhart and Debbie Rue, co-chair with Elaine Armstrong, Kathy Hughes, Ramona Lantz and Susan Jones
The program will begin with four hymn miniatures composed by organist/educator Rebecca Groom te Velde of Stillwater, played on the organ by Bradley Newcomb.
Elaine Armstrong will present: “You’re Here”, the song for insomniacs. Written after struggling to fall asleep, listening to the night sounds while watching the moonlit shadows descend the wall, aware of God’s presence and His love but still not falling asleep.
Suzi Lenhart will present her composition “Place of Our Dreams” presented by members of the Uke Club: Elaine Armstrong, Amanda Cook, Bill Hamilton, Suzi Lenhart, Marsha Moore and Marta Sullivan. Ms. Lenhart will also perform “Mister Rabbit,” an American folk song she arranged for Orff instruments. It will be performed by vocal ensemble Orff I from Miss Suzi’s Singing School. Singers include Kinzey Burr, Pragnya Gopisetti, Reese Jenkins, Kasha Slavin, Annabell Shelton, Elle Turner, Bennett Turner and Lilyan Wyckoff. Amanda’s “The Rose”
McBroom will be presented by Miss Suzi’s Ensemble Orff III: Frankie Diaz, Amelia Morrow, Lennon Shearer, Taylee Slavin, Jaelyn Stolhand, Mallory Stolhand, accompanied/by Connie Van Ausdall, and, on bass guitar, Seth Griffin.
“Hymn of Promise” by Natalie Sleeth will be presented by the choral workshop conducted by Mary Jane Barraclough. Members include: Elaine Armstrong, Dee Kutz, Ebby Jacobs, Ann Thornburgh, Chris Mudd and Rod Kutz and accompanied by Debbie Rue.
Syneva and Stefni Colle’s article, “Can I Trade My Now For Then?” will be sung by Mallory Stolhand and Kate Branstetter accompanied by Connie Van Ausdall.
Debbie Rue and Kay Anthony Rice will present their version of “Winter Wonderland”, as a very funny piano duo.
The program will conclude with Debbie Rue and her husband, Carroll Rue, singing “Love Unlimited” from the musical Scrooge-a Musical Valentine Tale that Debbie Rue wrote and performed in Brooklyn, NY.
Biographies of local composers
Debra Street graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Music Education in vocal and instrumental music. She earned her Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Colorado – Boulder. She has two compositions written with composer James Adler published by Colla Voce Music – “Daughters of Music” and “Canticle for Peace” which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Music after being performed in New York at an ecumenical service of the United Nations commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She won the 2018 Sigma AIpha Iota National Songwriting Competition with her composition, “Ode to Pan’s Cottage”, commemorating the 100th anniversary of this historic structure at MacDowell Artists Colony in New Hampshire. This work was performed at the 2018 SAI National Convention in Scottsdale, AZ, along with the composition she wrote with composer James Adler, “Daughters of Music”. She received a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council in New York to write her full-length musical, “SCROOGE: A Musical Valentine Tale.” Debra retired as a choir director at Fort Worth ISD High School where she was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching the Performing Arts and a Fort Worth Teacher of the Year finalist. . Ms Rue served as minister of music for 25 years at Western Hills United Methodist Church in Fort Worth and currently serves on the National Alumni Board of the University of Tulsa. She is president of the Ponca City Federated Music Club and organist/accompanist at the First United Methodist Church.
Elaine Armstrong is a member of the Ponca City Federated Music Club and has been sharing his musical compositions for several years. In 2019, the Ponca City Choirs of Northeast Baptist Church (where she participates in choir and special music) and First Baptist Church recorded a CD of Christmas music. Elaine is a former member of the Singing Church Women of Oklahoma. This choir sang at the Kennedy Center, Capital Rotunda and on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during Memorial Weekend in Washington, DC in May 2018.
Suzi Lenhart (Miss Suzi) has 2 degrees in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She started writing songs at Girl Scout Camp when she was 19. Highlights of her music career include co-compiling the Pax Lodge Song Book which was released by Girl Scouts of the USA in 2004 and she is thrilled to have 6 of her original songs in the collection. In 2006 she co-produced CD Pax Lodge Song Book, 2008 co-produced CD Sangam and 2014 co-produced CD Our Chalet. In 2004, she received the Outstanding Musician Award from the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs. She is married to Larry and has 2 adult children. This is the 40th year that she has owned/taught Miss Suzi Singing School.
Biographies of national composers
Syneva Glue is a Washington, D.C.-based composer, performer, and teacher. In her original works and arrangements, she has focused on vocal, piano, and string music. Her string arrangements have been featured on over twenty albums and she composed the original film score for the documentary Huan Dao. More recently, Syneva and her sister Stefni wrote a full-length musical Land Girls which was one of four works produced at the 2019 Atlanta Musical Theater Festival. Syneva is an active independent musician and founding member of the Corwin Trio, an ensemble string professional. She is currently earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance at the University of Maryland. His works are published by Sheet Music Press. She will complete her doctorate in May.
Natalie Allyn Sleeth – From the age of four, she began to study the piano. In 1952, she obtained a BA in music theory at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She married the Reverend Dr. Ronald E. Sleeth, professor of homiletics. The hymn “Hymn of
The hymn “Hymn of Promise” was composed in early 1985 and dedicated simply to Dr. Sleeth, “To Ron”, who was diagnosed with cancer and died weeks after its premiere. Shortly after the anthem was released, it became an anthem under two different names. Under the title “In the bulb there is a flower”, it appears as hymn no. 703 in the hymn of the United Church of Canada. It appears as hymn #707 under the title “Hymn of Promise” in The United Methodist Hymnal.
Rebecca Groom te Velde studied organ, composition and church music with his father, Lester H. Groom, at Seattle Pacific University (BA). She obtained the MMus in organ performance and literature at the University of Western Ontario (organ with Hugh McLean, composition with Jack Behrens), and did graduate studies with Michael Schneider and Almut Rössler (Germany), Flor Peeters ( Belgium), and Gerald Frank (OSU). Organist of the First Presbyterian Church Stillwater since 1991, prof. at OSU since 1999, she holds an Associate’s degree in the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) and is an active performer and composer.
Amanda McBroom (born August 9, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Among the songs she wrote was “The Rose,” which Bette Midler sang in the movie of the same name, and which has been sung by many other artists.
National Federation of Music Clubs American Female Songwriters Competition
Ponca City Music Club Composer’s Workshop has participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Female Composer Competition since 1984 and has placed in the top 10 clubs almost every year. The Ponca City Federate Music Club is part of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs. For those interested in joining the PCF Music Club or for more information, Debbie Rue at 817-296-4621.