OffStage Podcast

Music and Race: How It Heals — How It Divides (Part One)

For episode 2, the Turtle Creek Chorale demonstrates our commitment to racial equality and racial justice with a two-part series where we bring the conversation on race and music together. Part A features a few of our Turtles of Color — they sing for you and share their thoughts and perspectives.

This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, CDC guidelines were followed including social distancing and facial coverings when social distancing could not be maintained and/or while singing, playing, or speaking.

Producer

Scott Ayers – TCC Associate Conductor

 

Co-Hosts

Scott Ayers – TCC Associate Conductor
Mike Dilbeck – TCC Director of Development


Interview Guests
(in order)

Marcus McNeal
Brian Dixon
Roscoe Compton-Kelly


Band

Scott Ayers, Music Director and Pianist
Nathan Phelps, Bass


Featured Singing Members

Gregory Perry (soloist) for “Free At Last”
Brian Dixon (soloist) and Chris Jacobson-Chism (rapper) for “Glory”
Roscoe Compton-Kelly (soloist) for “I Know Where I’ve Been”
Marcus McNeal (ensemble)
Lonnie Parks (ensemble)
Alex Carr (ensemble)
Rashaad Calaham (ensemble)
Full Chorus of the Turtle Creek Chorale


Production Crew

Jess McDowell, Video Production and Stage Manager
Michael Vasquez, Recording Engineer
Sean Mikel Baugh, TCC Artistic Director
Jeremy Wayne, TCC Executive Director


Musical Selections
(in order)

“What the World Needs Now”
by Burt Bacharach

“We Shall Overcome”
Traditional
Arranged by David Maddux

“Free At Last”
From Big River
Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller

“Glory”
Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith, and John Stephens
Arranged by Steve Milloy

“I Know Where I’ve Been”
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Lyrics by James Wheldon Johnson
Music by J. Rosamond Johnson
Arranged by Greg Gilpin


Additional Resources on Race and Racism

We Insist: A Timeline of Protest Music in 2020 from NPR

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America from Smithsonian

Talking About Race from Smithsonian

 

A special thanks to the Cathedral of Hope for the use of the Interfaith Peace Chapel for this recording.

 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS PODCAST

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ENGAGE with us by sharing your thoughts and ideas at offstage@turtlecreek.org.

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DONATE to support the work of the Turtle Creek Chorale!

 

Introducing OffStage and the TCC

In our inaugural episode, we begin with what we do best…SING! We then fully introduce you to this unique podcast, its fabulous co-hosts, and the Turtle Creek Chorale, including its amazing leadership duo. Through it all…we sing! While future episodes will focus more on topical conversations, this episode acquaints you with one of the most creative podcasts around.

This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, CDC guidelines were followed including social distancing and facial coverings.


Co-Hosts

Scott Ayers – TCC Associate Conductor
Mike Dilbeck – TCC Director of Development


Interview Guests

Jeremy Wayne – TCC Executive Director
Sean Mikel Baugh – TCC Artistic Director


Band

Scott Ayers, Music Director and Pianist
Nathan Phelps, Bass
Stockton Helbing, Drums


Featured Singing Members

Douglas Fonville
Eddie Matts
Michael Duane
Brandon Moses


Production Crew

Jess McDowell, Video Production and Stage Manager
Phil Gibbs, Recording Engineer
Melissa Plaskoff, Consultant
Ron Corning, Consultant


Musical Selections
(in order)

“(What A) Wonderful World.”
Words and Music by Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert & Lou Adler

“Let the River Run”
Words and Music by Carly Simon
Arranged by Craig Hella Johnson
Adapted by Emily Crocher

“I’m Yours”
Sung by Brandon Moses
Words and Music by Jason Mraz

“God Help the Outcasts”
from Walt Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
Sung by Jeremy Wayne
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
Sung by Douglas Fonville
Words by Bob Russell
Music by Bobby Scott
Arranged by Bobby Buchanan

“Seasons of Love”
Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

“A Change is Gonna Come”
Sung by Eddie Matts
Words and Music by Sam Cooke

“Valerie”
Sung by Michael Duane
Words and Music by Sean Payne, David McCabe,
Abi Harding, Boyan Chowdhury & Russel Pritchard

“Why We Sing”
Words and Music by Greg Gilpin (ASCAP)

 

Special thanks to Collora Piano of Dallas for allowing us to use their recital space to record this episode. A big dose of gratitude to Phil Gibbs, our Audio Engineer and Director of Sales. Collora is the dealer for some of the world’s finest pianos: Fazioli, Bluthner, Estonia, Schimel, and a wide variety of used pianos. For more information, visit collorapiano.com.

 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS PODCAST

SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast platform then give it your best 5-star review.

ENGAGE with us by sharing your thoughts and ideas at offstage@turtlecreek.org.

SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

DONATE to support the work of the Turtle Creek Chorale!

 

Podcast Teaser

In this very brief teaser episode, we share with you the concept for this new and unique podcast offering — a blend of live music surrounded by entertaining banter and enlightening conversations.

Pictured from left to right: Melissa Plaskoff (On-Air Media), Scott Ayers (Co-Host), Ron Corning (Production Consultant), and Mike Dilbeck (Co-Host).

This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, CDC guidelines were followed.