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Civic Chorale welcomes director

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Marion Civic Chorale welcomes its new director, Dr. John Guarente, and its new accompanist, Vicky Juliano.

For 28 years the dedicated musicians of The Marion Civic Chorale have brought to Marion County a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. It is time now to welcome new director, Dr. John Guarente, to lead, and new accompanist, Vicky Juliano, to accompany, the group in its musical endeavors.

John Guarente, Director

Dr. John Guarente is the newly appointed Artistic Director for the Marion Civic Chorale. John concurrently serves as Director of Vocal Music at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, where he conducts the Patriot Singers and Musical Theatre Ensemble, and teaches undergraduate courses in ear training, music theory, and applied voice. Prior to his appointment at CF, John received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in choral conducting at the University of Miami, where he studied with Dr. Karen Kennedy. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Rutgers University.

As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, John studied conducting with Dr. Patrick Gardner and was music director of Deep Treble, Rutgers' first co-ed secular a cappella group. He held this position for three years, during which time the group advanced to the ICCA A Cappella Finals at Avery Fisher Hall in only their first year of competition. In 2009, he was assistant conductor for the Mason Gross Opera's production of Puccini's Suor Angelica, and served as chorus master for their 2011 performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflote. In 2010, John joined the board of the New Jersey chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as Youth and Student Activities R&S Chair and was an active member of the 2011 New Jersey High School Festival planning committee.

Dr. Guarente was the baritone soloist for the Trinity Episcopal Church Seraph Choir in Red Bank, New Jersey from 2001-2011. During his long tenure at Trinity Church, he served in various capacities including assistant conductor, and composed numerous a cappella works for the choir. John enjoyed two full seasons as music director for the Highland Park Community Chorus of Highland Park, New Jersey, during which time he conducted such major works as Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, Saint-Saens's Oratorio de Noel, Michael Haydn's Requiem in C minor, Charpentier's Te Deum in D, and Mozart's "Coronation" Mass in C.

In his time at the University of Miami, John taught courses in aural skills, diction, and applied voice. He also directed such works as Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Vesperae solennes de lo confessore, and David Lang'sThe Little Match Girl Passion. From 2012-2013, Dr. Guarente was a teaching fellow for the Miami Choral Academy, and was associate conductor for the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami. John has prepared choirs and recorded songs for breakthrough recording artists such as Passion Pit and Juanes. His training includes studio instruction with a variety of conductors and musicians including Kynan Johns, Frederick Urrey, Tony Boutté, Esther Jane Hardenbergh, Corin Overland, and Asiya Korepanova.

Dr. Guarente is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, The National Collegiate Choral Organization, The College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda: The National Music Honor Society.

Vicky Juliano, Accompanist

Vicky Juliano, a native of Tennessee began studying music at an early age and began her first professional job playing organ for North Athens Baptist Church in her hometown, Athens, Tennessee. She was a dedicated piano student from the age of 5 and won the Tennessee State Competition for young pianists at the age of 13, the youngest to enter the competition.

Vicky received a scholarship to study music which led to a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a minor in organ. By audition, she qualified for the Adele Marcus seminar for pianists and private instruction at Columbia University in New York. Upon winning the Honors Competition at UT, she made her debut as solo artist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and continued to play for several years. A competition for pianists in 1979 placed her fourth in the Southeastern United States.

Teaching became an important aspect of her life as she raised her three children. She has taught privately and in school settings here in Ocala since 1984. She was the Music Director for Ocala Civic Theatre for eight years and is currently teaching Performing Arts at Meadowbrook Academy as well as serving as Choirmaster and Organist at St. George Anglican Cathedral.

Along with teaching, Vicky enjoys writing and composing. She was commissioned and wrote Dedication Suite for Organ for the First Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia and a Celebration Hymn for First Presbyterian Church in Ocala. Her children’s series was published by Hansen House Publications and she has many other compositions she willingly shares online. She is a member of ASCAP.

Vicky loves music. She considers herself to be very fortunate to have been blessed with a natural talent and the opportunities to let it grow throughout her life. She and husband, Ralph (also a musician) love their home in Florida and participate in as many musical activities as possible.

Come join the Marion Civic Chorale in welcoming its new director, Dr. John Guarente and its new accompanist, Vicky Juliano. Rehearsals begin on Monday, Aug. 3 at 6:45 p.m., at St. George Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala, and new members are always welcome.

Call 352-537-8833 or visit http://MarionCivicChorale.tripod.com for more information.