January 14, 2017
Luther Memorial Church
225 W 10th St
With a commanding energy, charisma and easy authority in music of all styles and periods, conductor Vincent L. Danner has performed with some of the finest orchestras and choral groups throughout the United States and Europe. Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, Danner is currently a lecturer in conducting at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. Danner holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting with advance studies in Conducting and Organ Performance from the University of Michigan. Danner’s conducting teachers included Gustav Meier, Dr. William L. Jones, Michel Singher, Priscilla Smith and Antonia Joy Wilson.
Danner has made outstanding guest conducting appearances with leading orchestras across the United States, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Pops, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra.
From 1995 to 2007, Danner served as the Associate Conductor of the renowned Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony. As Associate Conductor, Danner embarked on a myriad of concert programs performing with major artists including Rachel Barton, Leon Bates, Kyoko Takezawa, Eliot Fisk, Robert Bonfiglio, and Jon Nakamatsu and Pops artists Banu Gibson, the Kingston Trio, Flash Cadillac, Kirk Whalum, Craig Schulman and Melba Moore. During the 2000-2001 concert season, Danner and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra were selected to prepare Dust Dances by modern composer Derek Bermel for international broadcast for the BBC.
A committed music education and community outreach advocate, in 1996 Danner programmed and led the Martin Luther King Community Chorus for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute. In 1999, in collaboration with the Black Repertory Theater of Memphis and the Memphis City and Shelby County School Districts, he led the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in a concert presentation of The Wiz, which received an honorable mention by the American Symphony Orchestra League. The following season, Danner’s educational program From Africa to Memphis received the Sally B. Parker Award from the American Symphony Orchestra League.
As leader of the Memphis Youth Symphony, Danner led the students to critical acclaim on national and international tours in a series of American Music programs to Washington, D.C., Italy, Austria and Hungary. In 2002 at invitation, the Youth Symphony toured France and performed for the Music Festival for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Czech Summer Music Festival at the University Paris-Sorbonne. In June 2005, the Youth Symphony traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic to participate in the historic 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II.
Danner served as Lecturer in Conducting at Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music from 2007 to 2014. Additionally, he served as Visiting Professor of Music Education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 2007, taught at LeMoyne-Owen College from 2002-2003 and has guest conducted in various university settings.
Danner currently serves a Conductor of the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra (Solon, Ohio) and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
CHRISTOPHER RAPIER received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and studied with Laura Klock(principal horn with Springfield, MA Symphony) and Ralph Pottle (utility horn with the Boston Symphony) while attending. Chris studied with Richard Solis (principal horn with the Cleveland Orchestra) and Alan DeMattia (2nd horn with the Cleveland Orchestra) after being accepted at Cleveland Institute of Music to work toward a master’s degree in Performance. He is also principal horn for Erie Philharmonic, Erie Opera Theater, and Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra. Chris has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Opera Cleveland, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, the former Cleveland Ballet, the faculty woodwind quintet with the Fine Arts Association, Chautauqua and with the Praise Team at his church on Sunday mornings. He has toured New England and performed on a live broadcast on Cleveland’s classical radio station WCLV with the Metropolitan Brass Quintet (from Cleveland, OH). Mr. Rapier teaches French Horn at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, OH and Pfabe’s Music in Painesville, OH as well as teaching privately.