Choral Arts Society of Frederick

Lynn L. Staininger, Music Director

Lynn Staininger is celebrating her twelfth year as Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society of Frederick. Lynn received her degrees in Choral Conducting and Music Education, with distinction, from Arizona State University, in Tempe AZ, where she studied with Dr. Donald Bailey, Dr. David Stocker and the late Dr. Douglas McEwen. While in Arizona, Lynn taught music in the public school system, grades K-12, served as Vice-President of Choral Activities and sang with Phoenix Vocal Jazz. In addition to pursuing jazz theory and arranging, Lynn has since continued her studies with Dr. Donald Neuen, Simon Carrington in Sarteano, Italy; and has coached with Gary Thor Wedow, Julliard School of Music. Lynn is currently enjoying her study of jazz arranging for voices under the tutelage of Dr. Jeremy Fox and Jason Alex Smith.

The Choral Arts Society of Frederick, which incorporates the Frederick Community College Choir, has enjoyed a wide variety of performance experiences under Lynn's direction. The choir has performed popular opera choruses with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Concert Opera. The ensemble combined with the Frederick chorale to raise funds for the restoration of the Weinburg Theater Organ in the Frederick Goes Baroque Festival in the Spring of 2011. In May of 2012, the choir joined forces with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and other Frederick choirs to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Last season, CASF was privileged to participate in the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, as part of A Star Spangled Celebration, in conjunction with public television and the cities of Frederick and Baltimore. In addition, they shared the stage with the FCC Flute and Wind Ensembles, for programs ranging from British music to screen favorites.

In summer of 2013, members of CASF traveled to France to perform Faure's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, in La Madeleine, Paris with several other choirs. In honor of the 69th anniversary of D-Day, they performed a memorial concert at the American Cemetery in Cannes, France. Last summer, members traveled to Salzburg, Austria to perform Mozart's Coronation Mass in C and Dan Forrest's Te Deum with choirs from the United States and Europe, and they gave concerts of American music in Heidelberg and Munich. In addition to these performances, the choir maintains a regular performance schedule from their home base at the JB Kussmaul Theater at FCC. This past Fall, CASF joined with the Hood choir in the Frederick premiere of Dan Forrest's Te Deum, with full orchestra.

Lynn Staininger is the Director of Choral Activities at Hood College, where she directs the two college choirs, teaches music theory and conducting. She has been a Music Adjunct at Frederick Community College for twelve years, teaching music theory and choral music and maintaining a large private voice and piano studio. Lynn is the Director of Music at Living Grace Lutheran Church in Urbana, Maryland.

The Choral Arts Society of Frederick is a non-profit organization funded by grants, endowments, membership dues, fundraising drives, ticket sales, and tax-deductible gifts.

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