Composer in Residence

Debra Scroggins, Composer in ResidenceDebra Scroggins

Trained as a pianist and singer, Debra has enjoyed a career as a teacher, soloist and professional chorister, having sung with such prestigious choral groups as Conspirare's Company of Singers, Robert Shaw's Festival Singers, Kansas City Chorale and the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival.  These experiences have enriched her understanding of the needs of the singer and the conductor of choral music.

Since 2005 Debra has served as Composer in Residence for The Texas Voices, a Dallas, TX area professional chamber choir and for the 2013-14 season served in the same capacity for the Plano (TX) Civic Chorus, a 100+ voice ensemble.

In the last ten years her music has been performed throughout the US and in Europe, South America and in Russia.  Debra is frequently commissioned to create new choral works for churches, schools, universities, professional ensembles and civic choirs, and in 2010 she was named Texas Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer.

In addition to her self-published works, Debra's music is also published by Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications, Choristers Guild, John Rich Music Press, Pavane Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and earthsongs.

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About the Chorus

Plano Civic Chorus

The Plano Civic Chorus, Inc., chartered in 1972, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the choral arts in North Texas. The chorus is a member of Chorus America, and actively supports its goals of nationally promoting choral music.

The chorus celebrates over 40 years of great choral performances in the north Texas area. The chorus sings a broad repertoire that offers something for every taste. In recent seasons the chorus has performed several important choral masterworks including Brahms' Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Lobgesang, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and the Ninth Symphony, Verdi'sRequiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, Bloch's Sacred Service, Mozart's Requiem, Cherubini's Requiem and Faure's Requiem. Other concerts have included performances of favorite Broadway songs, great American classics, folksongs from the British Isles, music by Texas composers, and well-known opera choruses.

The chorus has participated in several prestigious events in its 39-year history. Among them was a March 1998 appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall as part of the North Texas Festival Chorus in a special performance of Mozart's Requiem and a concert for the Texas Choral Directors' Association convention in San Antonio. In June 2006, the chorus was the featured chorus in the Hot Springs Music Festival's 10th anniversary gala in Hot Springs, Arkansas performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. The chorus performs frequently for community events such as the annual tree lighting celebration for the City of Plano, the Galleria Christmas Extravaganza, and the Shops at Legacy Christmas Gala. The chorus has also performed for such civic events as the Collin County Peace Officer's Memorial Service and for INS Citizenship ceremonies

In June 2002 the chorus joined with the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church in Richardson for a concert tour of the British Isles that involved performances in Coventry, Canterbury, Edinburgh, and Dublin, and was the featured international chorus for the Criccieth Choral Festival in Wales. In June 2005 the two groups joined forces for a second European tour that included performances in the Czech Republic, Austria and with the International Church Music Festival in Bern, Switzerland under the direction of the legendary Sir David Willcocks. In 2008 the chorus partnered with the Chancel Choir of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano and the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church to perform concerts in Notre Dame Cathedral and La Madeleine in Paris and in St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. In June 2011 the chorus traveled to Germany and Italy performing concerts in Berlin, Wittenberg, Munich, and Florence.

In 2003 the chorus named Simon Sargon as its first Composer in Residence. Mr. Sargon is a Professor of Composition at Southern Methodist University and a highly respected and much-published composer. Throughout his long association with the group, the chorus has premiered several of his works: his poignant choral trilogy, The Wisdom of Solomon, his dramatic setting of Psalm Eight, an arrangement of three Christmas spirituals entitled Christmas in Black, and most recently, Bonie Wee Thing , a collection of four songs based on the poems of Robert Burns.

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Artistic Director

Ralph Frederick Stannard, Artistic DirectorRalph Frederick Stannard

Ralph Stannard has been artistic director and conductor of the Plano Civic Chorus since 2000. He is also director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Richardson, where he directs both the adult and youth choirs. Mr. Stannard has held similar positions at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Irving, Munger Place United Methodist Church in Dallas, and at Bethel Temple in Oak Cliff. In addition, Mr. Stannard has been the choir director for Temple Emanu-El in Dallas since 1999 and has conducted the Temple Choir in several programs of important Jewish concert and liturgical music. For thirteen years Mr. Stannard also served as conductor for special performances for the Dallas Symphony Chorus.

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