Fisher / Shafer Holiday Pops 2013

Event: Holiday Concert                                                                                      Photo credit: Melody Withers Photography

Holiday1Date: December 7th, 2013

Time: 4 p.m

Location: Emens Auditorium

A Christmas Journey,  show premiere!




Emily Drennan
Patti Drennan
Ball State University Singers
BSU Theatre & Dance  students                                                         

Gregory Lopez, co-producer, featured guest conductor
Douglas Droste, Artistc Director/ conductor
Alan Alder, BSU Glee Club director
Audra Sokol, choreographer
Vladimir Stadnik, choreographer



reserved seating by zone $35/$21/$25/$17, Youth (K through High School) FREE with adult ticket
BSU students tickets FREE in advance with ID or $10 at door.
Emens box office 765-285-1539 or online at

Season Tickets: Purchase season tickets and save! Lowest season tickets package is $55 for 5 concerts! The best seats package is $118 for 5 concerts. Call 765-285-331 to order.

Pre-concert activities include free family portraits, instrument petting zoo, live brass holiday music!
Try your luck at 50/50 drawing organized by the Symphony Volunteer League prior to the start of the concert.
$1 a ticket or $5 for 6. A winner will be drawn after intermission. Refreshments generously provided by MARSH.

Kick off your holiday season with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, starring a Broadway singer Emily Drennan,  and featuring special guest artists-  Ball State University Singers and Department of Theatre and Dance students in a new show “A Christmas Journey” by RoxSteadyMusic. Come enjoy this classic Broadway-style show that features singing, dancing, and all of your favorite holiday songs.

Visit with Santa and have a family holiday photo taken or try our instrument petting zoo prior to the show from 3pm to 4pm in Emens lobby. Photos are available for download from our website free of charge  here.  Family Portraits are courtesy of Murray Jewelers and Melody Withers Photography.

Instrument Petting Zoo will be available for your enjoyment an hour before the concert (3pm-4pm) and during intermission. Courtesy of Muncie Music Center .

Meet MSO Guest Artists!
Photo credit: Catilin Cannonnew larger

EMILY DRENNAN was most recently seen as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall and as “Mezzo” in VOCA PEOPLE Off-Broadway and its Israel and Japan tours. With VOCA PEOPLE, she was also seen on The Jimmy Fallon Show, The MDA Telethon and as a special guest with Sting. She has also been a guest on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice singing along side Cyndi Lauper for a team challenge performed for Donald Trump.

Emily has been the guest soloist with numerous symphonies including: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; OKC Philharmonic; Hendersonville Symphony and the upcoming Tulsa Symphony.

In New York, she has been seen on Broadway and Off-Broadway in the 75th Radio City Christmas Spectacular for which she was a soloist and also featured in the NBC and PBS Specials and Anniversary DVD; Toxic Audio which won The Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love.  Some of her favorite roles include: the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Ann in SWING!; Amneris in AIDA; Sheila in HAIR; Pattie in Smokey Joe’s Café; Lily in Frog Kiss and Kitty in WARM.

Originally from Oklahoma, Emily was a National Presidential Scholar in the Arts saluted at the White House and was a guest soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Emily is a published ASCAP lyricist, composer, studio singer and recording artist for TV, Film and distribution with 2 Degrees (Economics, Spanish) and 4 minors (Finance, Marketing, International Business and Latin American Studies), summa cum laude, from Oklahoma State University. She can be heard on many TV toy commercials and in her double disc debut album, Two-Way Street. Visit her website at

Emily is thrilled to be singing with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and thanks first and foremost God from whom every blessing flows and also sends many thanks to family and friends for the plethora of opportunities, encouragement and love, especially Mom, Dad, and Greg!

Greg Lopez headshotGregory Lopez is the Co-Founder/Producer of RoxSteady Music.  He has consulted on and arranged for the award winning album, Two-Way Street, and directed a multitude of concerts across the country including the Epilepsy Foundation’s  Candlelight Concert Series in Oklahoma which raised $11,000 for epilepsy awareness.  He also spearheaded Music as Medicine™ with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic gaining national recognition for its efforts combining the power of music in combatting disease, especially Parkinson’s.  As a conductor, Gregory has conducted the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Ensembles, the University of Notre Dame Saxophone Ensemble and numerous school orchestras and bands.  He has had the pleasure of studying with and serving as a cover conductor for Andrew Constantine and Bradley Thachuk.  Gregory is honored to be sharing the stage with Maestro Droste, Emily Drennan, Patti Drennan, the BSU Chorale and the talented Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He is grateful and ever so thankful to his wonderfully supportive family, most especially his mother and father. A special thanks goes to Emily, for without whom none of this would have been possible.

PattiPatti Drennan is an award-winning pianist, composer, singer and teacher.  An active and highly sought after composer and arranger with perfect pitch, Patti has published with 10 major publishers over 400 choral octavos which have sold 2 million-plus copies. She has served as a clinician for publisher reading sessions, school workshops, church workshops and “composer weekends” in 20 states, 3 times in Canada, and has presented 4 sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. Her composition in “Sing for the Cure” in conjunction with Susan G. Komen’s Breast Cancer Foundation was performed at Carnegie Hall, where she has had several other original compositions performed.

Patti taught high school Choral Music for twenty-eight years in Oklahoma Public Schools with the first twenty at West Mid-High School, where she was voted “Teacher of the Year” and the coveted “Director of Distinction Award” given yearly by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association.  She also was the Worship and Arts director at First Baptist Church for 10 years.  Sheet music, recordings, Composer Merit compilations and her album,Shelter in the Time of Storm, can be found on her website,

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 Alan Alder is a faculty member of the School of Music at Ball State University. Prior to his appointment at BSU, Alder worked as Director of Choral Activities at Anderson High School in Anderson, Indiana where he conducted the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, The AHS Festival Chorus, as well as The Singers Unlimited and Class Act, two nationally ranked show choirs. In 2007, Alder was named Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus; and in September of 2008, the Lambda Legal Organization recognized the IMC, the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus & parent organization, IndyChoruses, for outstanding leadership and vision in building bridges of understanding through musical excellence throughout the greater Indiana community.Alder holds two BME degrees from Indiana State University in Instrumental and Choral Education, and an MM in Choral Conducting from Ball State University. In December 2011, Alder was the doctoral recipient of Ball State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding teaching and leadership.Mr. Alder also maintains an active schedule as a performer, which includes engagements with Generation Gap, a well-known band in central Indiana. Alder’s performing and teaching activities have taken him to the continents of Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. You can read more about University Glee Club on their website at
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 Vladimir Stadnik was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and received his ballet training at the State Academy of Russian Ballet (Vaganova Academy). As a professional dancer, he became a soloist and toured throughout the Soviet Union, Western Europe and the U.S.A. Vladimir later studied dance pedagogy at the University of Culture, St. Petersburg. Still while continuing his career, he graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from the Choreographic Department of the State Conservatory, Rimsky Korsakov. Vladimir Stadnik taught Ballet, Character Dance and Modern in Switzerland and was a guest teacher in Finland, France and Italy. In 2004 he was invited to teach in the United States where he was principal of the Tulsa Center for Dance Education and the Associate Artistic Director of NDI, New Mexico. Since 2011 he is Assistant Professor at the Ball State University.
Audra Sokol  received her B.S. from Ball State University. Upon graduation, Audra was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Iowa, where she received her MFA while continuing her training and education in dance. She has received awards from Regional Dance America and Dance Magazine for her performance and choreography. She has been given the highest choreography award four times allowing her to participate in the Craft of Choreography Conference as a Project Tier Recipient. Her works “The Cleansing” and “…and she was perfect.” were both selected for national festivals through Regional Dance America and the American College Dance Festival. Audra is highly active in teaching summer dance intensives and setting works on companies throughout the United States such as Apex Contemporary Dance Theatre and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. Her choreography has been selected to be performed in festivals throughout the country including Harvest Dance Chicago, WaxWorks, Triskelion Arts, and Dance Under the Stars in California. Audra has served on the dance faculties at Purdue, Ball State University, and University of Iowa. Currently, Audra is an Associate Professor of Dance at Ball State University and the Artistic Director of the departmental dance company, Ball State Dance Theatre.
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