Tulsa Chorale will continue its 2023-2024 concert season on February 10 with a performance of Rutter Requiem. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church Tulsa, 501 S Cincinnati Ave in downtown Tulsa. The performance will feature organist Joseph Arndt, soprano Jamie Filson May, and members of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph Arndt is Music Director at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Tulsa. During his tenure, he led the campaign for the 2018 chancel organ, Opus 173 by Schoenstein & Co. He founded the Oklahoma Bach Choir, an ensemble dedicated to performing the sacred vocal works of J. S. Bach with period instruments. His recent seasons with the Bach Choir include BWV 1, 4, 10, 19, 29, 35, 51, 61, 62, 65, 140, 147, and 230. In June 2023 he conducted the Bach Choir in a concert for the American Guild of Organists Southwest Regional Convention. He and guest conductor Timothy Brown (retired from Clare College, Cambridge) have also presented complete performances of Handel’s Messiah. Many of these Bach and Handel performances have been broadcast on Public Radio Tulsa.

A graduate of The Juilliard School (MM) and Westminster Choir College (BM), he studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Ken Cowan, and Diane Meredith Belcher. He is Chair of Planned Giving for the Association of Anglican Musicians and the most recent past Dean of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has served as adjunct instructor of harpsichord and early music at Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma.

In 2022 he gave solo recitals at Church of the Advent in Boston and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. To mark the bicentennial of César Franck, he gave recitals of the composer’s organ works with a tour including performances in Houston, Fort Worth, New York City, Seattle, Denver, and Tulsa. He also gave a workshop on Franck’s life and work at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Seattle.

Raised in Tulsa, Jamie Filson May is the soprano section leader and cantor at Holy Family Cathedral. She has been singing with Tulsa Chorale since 2014 and has been a soloist for our performances of Handel’s Solomon and Israel in Egypt, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. She is also a member of the Tulsa Opera Signature Chorale, a quartet called Four’s Company, and the bluegrass octet Kentucky Harmony, whose recording of Tim Sharp‘s Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass is available on Spotify, Amazon Music and other streaming platforms.

Jamie earned her degree in Music Performance from Oklahoma State University, where she studied under Dr. Rick Novak, Dr. John Seesholtz, and Dr. Anne-Marie Condacse. While there she performed such roles as Madame Pompous in The Impresario, both the Doctor and the Lawyer in Gianni Schicchi, and Susanna in Il Segreto di Susanna. She has performed in China for the Shenzhen Choral Festival, the Qiandongnan International Folk Song Choral Festival in Kaili, and the Inner Mongolia International Silk Road Choral Festival in Hohhot.

“Rutter composed his Requiem in the memory of his father and to be a piece his father would have enjoyed. It is immediately accessible and deeply personal,” says Dr. Zachary Malavolti, Tulsa Chorale’s Artistic Director. “It is an incredibly uplifting work that is full of so much beauty and hope.” 

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 dollars for students, and may be purchased via Eventbrite or at the door.