DISTINGUISHED EXPERTS TO APPEAR IN PANEL DISCUSSION BEFORE EACH EVENING OF UPCOMING TURTLE CREEK CHORALE CONCERTS
‘Narrow Bridge Project” to discuss suicide awareness, a major premise of “Tyler’s Suite” which will premiere at this concert
DALLAS, TX TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 – The next concert of the Turtle Creek Chorale, renowned Emmy-Award winning all- men’s chorus from Dallas, is titled HEROES, a concert in-part honoring the memory of Tyler Clementi, the promising Rutgers freshman who took his life after being “outed” on the internet by his roommate. To build community awareness of the devastating impact that can result from LGBT bullying, the Chorale is also hosting a panel discussion, the “Narrow Bridge Project”, with well-known and respected experts in suicide awareness and suicide prevention from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM each evening of the concert series. The “Narrow Bridge” is a key part of the song cycle honoring Tyler. Both the panel discussions and the concerts will take place on March 31, April 1 & 2 at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Curtain for each of the concerts is at 7:30 PM.
The Narrow Bridge Project, which is free to the public, will be moderated by Fred Theobald, MA, LPC, CCTP, CSAT. Fred is a licensed professional counselor in the Oak Lawn/Uptown neighborhoods of Dallas with offices at Vantage Point Counseling and Counseling Connection Dallas. Along with working with individuals and couples facing a variety of counseling needs, Fred is part of Safe Conversations, and initiative teaching communication skills to couples and families throughout the community. Fred is also a singing member of the Turtle Creek Chorale.
Appearing with the panels will be Jane and James Clementi, mother and brother of Tyler. They both serve as principals of The Tyler Clementi Foundation which was founded to address the urgent needs of vulnerable populations, especially LGBT and other victims of hostile social environments. The family of Tyler Clementi is focused on creating a new story of inclusion, dignity and acceptance for other youth and their families as a way to honor the memory of their son, brother and friend.
Featured panelists will include:
Candy Marcum, LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCDC of Stonewall Behavioral Health. Candy is a well-known Counselor in the Dallas LGBT community. She is a writer, trainer, speaker, presenter and a licensed supervisor for counseling interns.
Chris James Cognetta, LPC-I. Chris was Chair of the Board, Mentor and Volunteer for Youth First from 2000 to 2013. He has worked with the Trevor Project, One in Ten and currently serves on the Baker Idea Institute’s Teen Brain symposiums panel. Chris also worked on the Youth First Heroes event in 2012.
Mark Hundley, MEd, LPC-S, is a Life Transition Specialist with a specific expertise in the field of grief. He works with individuals, families and corporations to create and implement strategies for powerful living despite obstacles. He is the author of Awaken to Good Mourning, a personal guide through the journey of grief and is a co-founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano.
Faith Farnoosh Nouri, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, BCC, on the adjunct faculty at Texas Women’s University, has been working with clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, stress management, personal and professional relationships and personal growth since 1997 in clinical and private practice settings. In addition to major therapy techniques, she uses hypnotherapy, EMDR, guided imagery and mindfulness exercises to help her clients improve the quality of their lives.
Michael Salas, MA, LPC-S, LCDC, CSAT, CMAT, CST is Owner and Founder of Vantage Point Counseling,
a group practice that provides help with addictions, relationship issues and sexual dysfunction. He is a dedicated advocate for the LGBT community.
Bradley Chamberlain, LCSW, is a clinical social work professional with experience in public policy advocacy, community organizing, medical social work and case management with vulnerable adult and youth populations. Bradley has served in a variety of positions with Metrocare Services, Health Texas Provider Network, Children’s Medical Center Dallas and The Arc of Dallas. He is also a singing member of the Turtle Creek Chorale.
During the concerts which follow these panel presentations, the Turtle Creek Chorale will honor six groups who provide services for special needs populations and fulfillment of personal needs. Groups being honored with special musical tributes are:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the most widely known and largest breast cancer education, research and social support organization in the United States. Cathedral of Hope, the world’s largest inclusive Christian church with primary outreach to LGBT persons and a membership of over 4,000. DFW Federal Club, a political interest group of major supporters who are affiliated with the Human Rights Campaign. Resource Center, one of the primary LGBT and HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas. Jonathan’s Place, providing a safe, loving home and specialized services to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Bruce Wood Dance Project, overcoming the untimely loss of its founder to enter its sixth year as the most celebrated dance company in Dallas.
“This emotional, yet uplifting, series of concerts will be unlike anything the Chorale has ever done before,” says Sean Baugh, Artistic Director. “Seldom do we have the honor of thanking many who mean so much to us with beautiful music and a program designed for them and dedicated to them. It’s rare to present a powerful, large-scale composition such as ‘Tyler’s Suite’. The themes of anti-bullying and suicide awareness are near and dear to our singers. They have embraced this message with their whole hearts.”
Bruce Jaster, Executive Director of the Chorale, adds, “By coupling the Narrow Bridge Project with this concert series, the Chorale enhances its legacy of changing lives for the better. We are honored that we’re able to provide such a broad perspective to the vital topic of suicide awareness and prevention, especially in the vulnerable LGBT community.”
HEROES will be presented at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the downtown Dallas Arts District on March 31, April 1 and 2 at 7:30 each evening. Tickets for performances range from $28-$65. All tickets are available at TurtleCreekChorale.com or by phone at 214.526.3214. The Narrow Bridge Project panel discussions occur from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM each of the three nights of the concerts. The Narrow Bridge Project is free to the public.