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Alexis Rainbow, VOCALIST

Alexis Rainbow is currently the Assistant Professor and Director of Voice and Choral Studies at the renowned Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee.  Under her direction the choral music program has expanded from one choir to two choirs and  four ensembles.  The highly select Jennie E. Lane Ensemble has taken tours to Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi.  Professor Rainbow has pulled the tenants from a legacy that is within the history of Lane College to reestablish the Lane Concert Choir as a musical force among HBCUs.  Ms. Rainbow is prepared  the choirs and ensembles for the 2018 and 2019 “Resurrection Tour” with stops in Chicago, Milwaukie, Detroit, St. Louis, Indianapolis,  Washington DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore,  Nashville, and New York City.  For the first time in the history of Lane College the Concert Choir was invited to be the featured Choir at the highly select and prestigious HBCU Concert Series in 2018 in Battle Creek Michigan.  Ms. Rainbow has been the guest conductor and Clinician for multiple organizations, schools,  churches, and civic events,  which include the Oklahoma City All-City High School Choir, the Vancouver, Washington All-City Middle School Choir, the Arts Academy All-County Honors Choir in Ohio.

After growing up in Evansville Indiana, Ms. Rainbow obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Cleveland Institute of Music. She completed additional study at Fontainebleau  Conservatiore de Musique in Fontainebleau, France.  Ms. Rainbow began her career as the Choral Director for Langston University.  Under her leadership the Choir was chosen by President George HW Bush as the “National Take Pride In America Choir,” and was invited to perform for the Emperor Haile Selasse Family in a private concert at Constitution Hall.  Ms. Rainbow also prepared the Concert Choir to perform in Washington DC with the African American Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Juilius Williams, and with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Rubinstein.  Additionally Ms. Rainbow launched an all-male singing group, known as the Troubadours that opened for the O’Jays at the national collegiate NAFEO conference in Washington, DC.   Through her guidance the Langston University Concert Choir performed in Spain, Portugal, Jamaica, and numerous cities throughout the United States.

As a music professor she has served on the faculties of the Langston University, in Langston, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma Christian University A&S in Edmond, OK, and Cascade College in Portland, Oregon.

A Professional  Vocalist,  whose favorite medium is the Oratorio, Ms. Rainbow has appeared as Soloist in numerous performances with various orchestras and choirs which include  the Jefferson City, Mo. Philharmonic Orchestra,  Evansville, Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Symphony, St. John Orchestra, Ohio’s Choral Spectrum,  University of Central Oklahoma Orchestra, the Oklahoma Christian University of Arts and Sciences Orchestra, and Ambassador Choir  to name a few.  She was also a District Winner in the Oklahoma Metropolitan Opera Auditions.  While in Fontainebleau, France, Ms. Rainbow was a featured soloist on the French National Radio broadcast of Chamber Music from Fontainebleau  Conservatoire.  She performed with the Tulsa Opera Company.

Throughout her career in music, Ms. Rainbow has served as Minister of Music at Tabernacle Baptist Church, OKC, OK, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Portland, Oregon, and served as a Music Consultant at Church On The North Coast, Lorain, OH.   Her ministry focus has always been church growth, mission, and vision.  Ms. Rainbow served as Director of the Concert Choir for the Oberlin Choristers   After returning to Ohio, Ms. Rainbow initially founded an arts program in 2002 that focused on the Creative, Performing, Technical and Visual Arts which catered to people of all ages. As the program expanded to three sites, Lorain, Ohio’s first Arts Immersion College Preparatory charter school  was finally launched in 2004., The Arts Academy grew to be the second largest Charter School in Lorain County with approximately 350 students, K-12. With the success of the first School, Ms. Rainbow eventually opened a second site in Cleveland.

Ms. Rainbow was appointed to Governor Strickland's P-16 Committee as the representative for Charter Schools and Homeschoolers. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Lorain County Educational Services Center Endowment Fund.  She currently, serves on the board of Directors of the Rose of Sharon Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Augustus and Nancy Anderson Foundation.  Ms. Rainbow is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. She is also an inducted member of Mu Phi Epsilon, for her commitment to scholarship and musicianship.   In her former role as Head of Schools for the Arts Academy School District, Ms. Rainbow is led an institution that fostered a commitment to high student achievement through the implementation of rigorous academics, supportive communication, and artistic expression at the earliest stages of  development.

Ms. Rainbow is the proud Mother of two daughters.  Ariana a recent graduate of Howard University law School and Anastasia  is a Junior Voice Major at Fisk University.

 

DIANNA WHITE-GOULD, accompanist

 

Dianna White-Gould, is an accompanist, soloist and educator. She was born into a musical family. She began her early piano studies with her mother, then went on to study with Betty Belkin and Andrius Kuprevicius. While in high school, she was an active performing member of The Fortnightly Music Club and in that group a Gold Cup recipient for outstanding piano performances. In 1983, she was the winner in The Cleveland Orchestra’s piano competition. She attended Oberlin College Conservatory where she studied with Miles Mauney and Frances Walker. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Education. She later received a Master’s in Piano Performance from Cleveland State University.  Dianna attended L’Ecole de Fontainebleau in France studying with Gaby Casadesus. She has toured Germany performing as accompanist and soloist at The Odenwald Summer Music Festival as well as The Chautauqua Summer Institute. Her piano teachers have included Margarita Shevchenko and Sergei Babayan. Dianna has appeared as the featured soloist with The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra playing Saint Saens, Piano Concerto Number 2 in G minor, and twice with the Heights Civic Orchestra playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto Number 23 in A major and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Number 2 in B flat major. Other performing appearances include solo and collaborative performances at Severance Hall, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Cuyahoga Community College, The Music Settlement, Plymouth Church, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Public Library, Wooster College and The South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. She has a strong interest in music of African-American composers and has given world premiers by composers Dolores White, H. Leslie Adams, Hale Smith and George Walker.

As a teacher, she directs the Dike School of the Arts Choir and Keyboard Program. Her choir earned an invitation to perform in New York City at Carnegie Hall. The choir was the only choir in Ohio selected to attend the premier choir festival. Dianna is the past accompanist for The Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus and the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Preparatory Chorus. She served as their accompanist for 24 years. As accompanist for these choirs, she has been part of the preparation for conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph Von Dohnanyi, James Feddeck, Robert Porco, and Franz Welser Most. She has prepared orchestral scores for Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Hector Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust, Humperdincks’ Hansel and Gretel and Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. Dianna has been invited to accompany the OMEA All-State Children’s Chorus for the past three years as part of their National Professional Development Conference. Conductors have included Dr Rollo Dilworth from Temple University, Dr. Ann Usher from Akron University and Dr. Judy Bowers from Florida State University. Dianna resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband Eric.

 

 

 

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