Ignite the Spirit of Love
A benefit concert for Partnership Resources, Inc.
Singers in Accord will perform with the MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC) and Suzuki String Ensemble under the dynamic direction of J.D. Steele in a benefit concert for Partnership Resources, Inc. (PRI). Two performances of “Ignite the Spirit of Love” will be performed with special musical guests Fred Steele of The Steeles and Robert Robinson. The concerts will also feature performers from PRI’s acclaimed “Born for the Stage” musical theatre program.
Singers in Accord
Exploring humanity through choral music
Singers in Accord is uniquely structured as a singer-led organization, dedicated to exploring our humanity through performances of culturally diverse choral music. The 40-voice auditioned chorale collaborates with a new conductor, performing artist or artistic ensemble in each concert, to create distinctive concert experiences for its singers and audience members. Singers in Accord strives to enrich the cultural life of Minnesota communities through outreach, education and innovative performances. The chorale is largely made up of singers from the former World Voices ensemble. It is a 501(C) (3) nonprofit corporation that does not employ paid staff. Singers in Accord is administrated entirely by volunteers, most of whom are from within the chorale. Because of this, financial support given is tax deductible and goes directly to supporting its artistic mission and community outreach efforts. For more information on Singers in Accord, please visit:
J.D. Steele returns to direct Singers in Accord after their wildly successful collaboration in 2011 benefiting the Shangilia Youth Choir of Kenya.
J.D. and his dynamic musical siblings, The Steeles, have been a fixture in the Minnesota music scene since the mid-1980s, touring internationally and garnering countless major music awards and accolades. J.D. began his career singing and arranging jingles for local and national clients, including Kodak and Target. Through the years, J.D. has produced, performed on and recorded countless albums and has established himself as a sought-after songwriter and composer. He has been commissioned on ten original musicals and was honored with a Bush Artist Composer Fellowship in 2003.
Working with students is a passion for J.D. He has taught and developed music workshop curricula across the U.S. for K-12 students as well as university music programs. He also currently directs the MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC), bringing together youth in grades 9-12 from throughout the Twin Cities area for music and friendship. The group of energetic young people is open to students of all skill levels and performs many styles of music, including jazz, gospel, pop and East African. MCYC performed with the Shangilia Youth Choir of Kenya at the Flint Hills International Children's Festival in June of 2010 and most recently was honored to perform at the inauguration of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. For more information on J.D. Steele, please visit: