The Armed Man 2012 – Choir and Orchestra

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra Members from May 2012 program

Ken Hardin, Sierra Master Chorale founding conductor

Hardin learned the art of conducting at an ideal time when he was able to work with superb Los Angeles musicians such as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s conductor and music director Jay Blackton, conductor/composer Johnny Green, and acclaimed choral conductors like Paul Salamunovich, Roger Wagner and John Alexander.  Hardin is a noted classical and jazz pianist, and principal pianist for the Reno Philharmonic.  He is the artistic director of InConcert Sierra and successfully brings our community the best in rising young chamber artists and musicians with established high-caliber careers. He also has a studio for voice and piano students, serves on several adhoc committees, and enjoys spending time with family and friends as often as possible. (Ken retired as the SMC conductor in Dec 2018)

Isabelle Demers, organ

We are very excited to have Isabelle return to InConcert Sierra. Isabelle received her PhD from Juilliard in June 2011 and her dissertation – an analysis of Bach’s St. John Passion – was awarded the Richard French Prize for best dissertation at commencement. In March 2012, she had her Davies Hall and Disney Hall debuts with abundant standing ovations at each concert.  Isabelle just announced that she has accepted an important appointment as Assistant Professor of Organ at Baylor University, succeeding Professor Joyce Jones who has had a legendary tenure there.  Isabelle is a rising star and a brilliant young organist who is bringing the art of organ playing to new levels.  We congratulate Isabelle and appreciate her joining us.


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