Civic band to open season

David Sievers

PIQUA — The Piqua Civic Band begins its summer concert season on Thursday at Hance Pavilion in Fountain Park under the direction of conductor Brett Poling.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

The band will salute great Americans in honor of the Fourth of July weekend. Selections will include “Yankee Doodle,” Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies,” Elvis Presley’s “Golden Hits,” “America the Beautiful,” a patriotic sing-a-long, and more.

The band’s guest vocalist for the evening will be David Sievers, professor of vocal music at The University of Dayton.

Sievers is an artist-in-residence of voice at the University of Dayton where he teaches private voice and related coursework. He also co-directs the UD Opera Workshop, where he will conduct “Once Upon a Mattress,” in fall 2015. Raised in Kennewick, Wash., Dr. Sievers holds a bachelor of music (summa cum laude) degree from Washington State University, a master of music degree from Boise State University, and the doctor of music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he taught voice and undergraduate vocal pedagogy. Dr. Sievers has performed several of the most famed character tenor roles on stages throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest, as well as the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy). Active as a recitalist, he has been the tenor soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Carmina Burana, The Creation, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, and Adolphus Hailstork’s cantata I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes. He has appeared with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony, as well as the civic bands of Piqua and Lima. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Opera Association, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and Phi Beta Kappa. A church musician since the age of 12, Dr. Sievers is the pastoral associate of music and liturgy at St. Luke Parish in Beavercreek.

Poling has been a music educator for 20 years, teaching music and drama at St. Luke School in Beavercreek,, for the past nine. Prior to teaching in Beavercreek, he was the band director for Lima Central Catholic High School and Lima’s three Catholic elementary schools.

Poling graduated magna cum laude from the UD Music Department in 1995 with a bachelor of music education degree. He earned his masters in education from Wright State University in 2007. He performs with the Piqua, Troy and Sidney civic bands. Poling and his wife, Maryann, reside in Beavercreek, with their children, Ruth, Elizabeth and Robert.

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