A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR
I became the Rogue Valley Peace Choir Director in the Fall of 2012, and not a rehearsal passes that I don’t give thanks—for the choir, for being able to direct the choir, and for the mission we are trying to achieve. For peace, we get to sing beautiful songs, fun songs, meaningful songs. There is nothing like one hundred people or more joining in voice and in peace, all under one roof. It is rejuvenating, and it is powerful.
Born and bred in lower class LA, I spent my after school hours escaping the gangs by running as fast as I could to any church that might let me play their organ. I took up singing in junior high school, played recorder, directed and sang in a 12-member a cappella madrigal/theatre troupe, and have directed a number of singing groups and church choirs. I’ve served as tenor section leader and soloist for two years at Ashland’s Trinity Episcopal Church and have been a long-time member and frequent soloist with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.
Please consider attending our concerts in Southern Oregon, and if you love to sing and can carry a tune, joining our choir next September during the open enrollment period. This is a secular, non-audition choir for people of all ages, all genders, all “humans.” If you are unable to join our choir, consider attending one of our events, and may peace be in your heart.
—Rob Griswell-Lowry, Director@RogueValleyPeaceChoir.org
Our Accompanist, Mikiko Petrucelli
Mikiko S. Petrucelli was born in Tokyo, Japan where she first started playing piano at the age of 4. She attended the Mushashino Academia Musicae and received her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance. She then moved to Germany and earned a Performance Degree from the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany.
After she returned to Japan, Mikiko played with the string chamber group Uovo as their guest pianist, touring Japan and giving chamber and solo concerts in Germany. She has played on NHK radio, the national public radio service in Japan, and won a special award at the Josef Dichter Competition in Vienna, Austria in 2001.
In 2004 Mikiko moved to the United States and received a Masters of Music from Baylor University and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
In 2008, as a result of winning the Chiara Competition, Mikiko performed Dvorak’s Piano Quintet with the Chiara Quartet. She has also studied Historical Performance Practice in fortepiano. In 2008, she was invited to an international conference as a result of a complete Hixson-Lied Presentation of Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant. She attended an international conference “The Art of the Fortepiano” and performed in several concerts in Middelburg, the Netherlands.
Mikiko has extensive experience as a chamber and solo pianist as well as an accompanist.