About the Directors

The Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Erik Peregrine as their new Musical Director.  He follows Robert Murphy who has relocated to North Dakota.  Erik received his Bachelor of Arts degree  in music, magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, in 2013 and received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2015.

The first concert series to be conducted by Erik Peregrine will be the spring 2016 program “Masters, Musicals and Movies.”  This concert of orchestral and choral music will include familiar tunes from Rogers and Hammerstein productions including  The Sound of Music, South Pacific and Oklahoma,  plus Irving Berlin favorites such as  Puttin’ on the Ritz and Alexander’s Ragtime Band.  Movie music will include Dry Your Tears, Afrika from Amistad, the theme from The Magnificent Seven, and a medley from Fiddler on the Roof.  Pieces by Mozart and Stephen Paulus are included in the Masters category.  

This concert will be performed in Red Wing at the First Presbyterian Church at 4:00 pm on February 28, 2016, to benefit the Red Wing Area Food Shelf. The concert is free and no tickets are required.  A free will offering will be taken, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Red Wing Area Food Shelf.

As the Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra enter their 31st year, they note that their audiences have given enough money for the food shelves to provide over 2,300,000 meals. The Chorus and Orchestra receive no compensation for this concert.

D.AltonAssociate Director Richard Alton grew up in and graduated from high school in Spring Valley, Wisconsin.  He received his B.S. with Honors in Music from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 1963.  His major, Broad Area Music, was in all areas of music:  elementary, junior, and senior high school instrumental and vocal performance.  He taught in public and private schools for 35 years, retiring in 1997.  He has been a member of the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra since 2002, and in 2005, Richard became the director of  the Renville County Singers and Associate Director of the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra.

 Richard’s other interests have been photography and piano tuning and repair.  He and his wife, Sharon, operated a photography studio out of their home for 15 years.  Richard attended McPail School of Music for piano tuning and repair in 1976 becoming a Registered Piano Tuner/Technician shortly thereafter.  He has been a member of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild for over 30 years. Richard and his wife Sharon make their home in Olivia, Minnesota.

Associate Director Steven Kennedy (BMI) is a composer, keyboardist, writer, and educator.  He studied music at Minnesota State-Mankato and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Originally from North Dakota, he now resides in St. Cloud and freelances as a composer, film music reviewer/commentator, bassoonist, and keyboardist.  In addition to playing with the Woodbury Orchestra, he has also performed with the East Metro Symphony, The Century Chamber Orchestra, and the Century Wind Ensemble, as well as in many pit orchestras. 

Steve recently finished work on a musical theater piece, The Jurgens File.  His output also includes two symphonies, the “Marion” Sonata for violin and piano, a trumpet sonata, band pieces, choral works, and numerous songs.  The Woodbury Orchestra premiered a selection from his Suite for Orchestra in their 2012 season.  Steve’s music is available at www.scoreexchange.com.    Steve’s reviews of film and video game music appear in Film Score Monthly, Film Music Review, and on his personal blog (maestrosteve.xanga.com).