Concert Program Archive

2019 - 2020 Season 36

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland 
Assistant Artistic Director: Adam Witte 
Collaborative Pianist: Keith Hart

December 2019

2018 - 2019 Season 35

December 2018
June 2019
July 2019

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland 
Assistant Artistic Director: Adam Witte 
Collaborative Pianist: Keith Hart

2017 - 2018 Season 34

December 2017
June 2018

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland 
Assistant Artistic Director: Adam Witte 
Collaborative Pianist: Keith Hart

2016 - 2017 Season 33

November 2016
December 2016
June 2017

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland 
Assistant Artistic Director: Adam Witte 
Collaborative Pianist: Keith Hart

  • 2016 – Assistant Artistic Director, and Chorus Manager positions created and filled.
  • 2017 – RCMC kicked off its first River City in the Schools (RITS) concerts
  • Collaborations with the Omaha Symphony (Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert) and
    the Omaha Performing Arts, (“It Gets Better” Tour)

2015 - 2016 Season 32

December 2015
April 2016
June 2016

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland 
Collaborative Pianist: Keith Hart

2014 - 2015 Season 31

December 2014
April 2015
June 2015

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland
Pianist: Salli Compton

  • 2015 – RCMC premieres at The Holland Performing Arts Center at Omaha, NE

2012 - 2013 Season 29

December 2012
June 2013

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland
Assistant Artistic Director: Stacie Haneline
Pianist: Salli Compton

2011 - 2012 Season 28

December 2011
June 2012

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland
Intern Assistant Director: Tim Foster
Pianist: Salli Compton

2010 - 2011 Season 27

December 2010
January 2011
June 2011

Artistic Director: A. Barron Breland
Interim Artistic Director: E. Dwayne Moore
Artistic Director (River’s Edge): E. Dwayne Moore
Pianist: Salli Compton

  • 2011 – A. Barron Breland appointed Artistic Director

2009 - 2010 Season 26

December 2009
January 2010
June 2010

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Assistant Artistic Director: E. Dwayne Moore
Artistic Director (River’s Edge): E. Dwayne Moore
Pianist: Salli Compton

2008 - 2009 Season 25

January 2009
June 2009

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Assistant Artistic Director: E. Dwayne Moore
Artistic Director (River’s Edge): E. Dwayne Moore
Pianist: Salli Compton

  • 2009 – 25th Anniversary
  • 2009 – River’s Edge is born

2007 - 2008 Season 24

January 2008
June 2008

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Assistant Artistic Director: Gary Allinger
Pianist: Salli Compton

2006 - 2007 Season 23

January 2007
June 2007

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Pianist: Salli Compton

2005 - 2006 Season 22

January 2006
June 2006

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Pianist: Aleta Fenceroy

2004 - 2005 Season 21

February 2005
June 2005

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Pianist: Aleta Fenceroy

  • 2004 – 20th Anniversary

2003 - 2004 Season 20

January 2004
June 2004

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Pianist: Aleta Fenceroy

  • Considered part of the 20th Anniversary since there was not a December Concert.

2002 - 2003 Season 19

January 2003
June 2003

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Pianist: Aleta Fenceroy

  • Considered part of the 20th Anniversary since there was not a December Concert.

2001 - 2002 Season 18

January 2002
June 2002

Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Pianist: Aleta Fenceroy

2000 - 2001 Season 17

January 2001
June 2001

Artistic Director: Brian Jay
Artistic Director: Mark Kurtz
Pianist: Aleta Fenceroy

  • 2001 – Brian Jay appointed Artistic Director – January Concert
  • 2001 – Mark Kurtz appointed Artistic Director – June Concert

1999 - 2000 Season 16

October 1999
January 2000
June 2000

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Pianist: Ron Guthrie
Pianist: Aleta Fenceroy

  • 2000 – Aleta Fenceroy appointed Pianist – June Concert
  • 1999 – 15th Anniversary

1998 - 1999 Season 15

January 1999
June 1999

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Pianist: Ron Guthrie

  • Considered part of the 15th Anniversary since there was not a December Concert.

1997 - 1998 Season 14

October 1997
January 1998
June 1998

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Pianist: Ron Guthrie

1996 - 1997 Season 13

January 1997
June 1997

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Pianist: Ron Guthrie

1995 - 1996 Season 12

January 1996
June 1996

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Pianist: Ron Guthrie

1994 - 1995 Season 11

January 1995
June 1995

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Pianist: Ron Guthrie

1993 - 1994 Season 10

January 1994
June 1994

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Pianist: Brent-Alan Huffman

1992 - 1993 Season 9

January 1993
May 1993

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Pianist: Jonathan Swoboda

1991 - 1992 Season 8

January 1992
May 1992

Artistic Director: John Bennett
Artistic Director: Jonathan D. Cole

1990 - 1991 Season 7

February 1991
May 1991

Artistic Director: Jonathan D. Cole
Assistant Artistic Director: John Coe
Pianist: Nick F. Behrens

1989 - 1990 Season 6

December 1989
April 1, 1990
April 7, 1990
June 1990

Artistic Director: John Kelly
Assistant Artistic Director: John Coe
Pianist: Nick F. Behrens

1988 - 1989 Season 5

December 1988
March 1989
June 1989

Artistic Director: John Kelly
Pianist: Nick F. Behrens
Pianist: Roberta Siebert
Pianist: Mark Armstrong

1987 - 1988 Season 4

December 1987
July 1988

Artistic Director: Kevin J. Jones
Artistic Director: Nick F. Behrens
Pianist: Nick F. Behrens
Pianist: Michael McCabe

1986 - 1987 Season 3

December 1986
March 1987
June 7, 1987
June 14, 1987

Artistic Director: Dale McDole
Artistic Director: Judith Bieker
Artistic Director: Kevin Jones
Pianist: Michael McCabe
Pianist: Nick F. Behrens

1985 - 1986 Season 2

December 1985
March 1986
June 1986

Artistic Director: John Ziegler
Artistic Director: Dale McDole
Pianist: Dale McDole
Pianist: Victory Sedlacek

1984 - 1985 Season 1

December 1984
April 1985
May 1985
June 1985

Artistic Director: Jerry Kruse
Artistic Director: John Zeigler

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Adam Witte

Adam Witte

Assistant Artistic Director

Adam Witte has never been one to shy away from a music genre or musical instrument. His tastes, talent, and curiosity run far and wide, taking him on adventures across Europe playing euphonium solos with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble, guiding him to sing acapella vocal jazz with Nexus, and prompting him to play keyboards with local band The Confidentials. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Omaha with an emphasis in euphonium.

Though his musical accomplishments are long and varied, vocal music has played a big role in Adam’s journey. He has always been involved in church music, from singing in the choir to playing piano and handbells; most recently, he served as Director of Music Ministries at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Omaha for seven and a half years. It only seems fitting that Adam became a singing member of River City Mixed Chorus only to be named Assistant Artistic Director a short year later. In addition to his engagements with RCMC and Nexus, Adam is also a singing member of the Omaha vocal ensemble Resonance.

Dr. A. Barron Breland

Dr. A. Barron Breland

Artistic Director

With degrees in Music Theory and Choral Conducting from the University of Georgia and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Dr. A. Barron Breland has a diverse background in many different fields of music, including the piano and saxophone. Currently, he is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, conducting their premiere ensemble, the Creighton University Chamber Choir, and teaching classes in music theory, history, and conducting.

Breland is in demand throughout the Midwest as a conductor, chorusmaster, clinician, and adjudicator, and he has prepared choruses for Grammy and Tony-winning artists such as Laura Benanti, John Mellencamp, Brian d’Arcy James, and conductors Dale Warland and Ted Sperling. Breland has also served as Chorusmaster and prepared numerous works for the Omaha Symphony, including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Carmina Burana, Elijah, Messiah, and many others.

Breland’s first exposure to professional choral music was as a member of the Atlanta Boy Choir where he performed with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as in tours and festivals throughout Europe. Today, besides his leadership of the Creighton University Chamber Choir and RCMC, he is also the Music Director of Résonance, a semi-professional chorus whose debut album Pilgrimage was released in July 2020 on the MSR Classics label.

Breland became the Artistic Director of the River City Mixed Chorus in January 2011, and in his 10-year tenure with the organization the ensemble has grown to over 120 active singing members, has headlined conferences and performed alongside Grammy-winning Conspirare, and has taken the stages of historic and iconic venues around the region. All of the ensembles under Breland’s leadership perform regularly with the Omaha Symphony, and all have performed at state and regional ACDA, and NMEA conferences.

Travis Mullins

Travis Mullins

Chorus Manager

Unlike the majority of RCMC’s members, Travis Mullins is never one for the spotlight. If he had it his way, he would forever remain behind the scenes (and curtains), busy working on managing the chorus’s day-to-day operations.

So how does a reserved intellect who doesn’t sing and prefers the audience seat to the stage find himself as the manager of a performance organization? For starters, he’s a big proponent of the arts and the positive effects it has on the community. He also believes that, as the state’s first and currently only LGBTQ+ chorus, RCMC’s messages need to be heard. And, his husband happens to be RCMC’s Artistic Director, Dr. A. Barron Breland, so the chorus was a part of his life before he became a part of its life.

Travis first served for four years as treasurer on RCMC’s Board of Directors while also volunteering his time on the chorus’s fundraising and marketing committees. His management experience and accounting skills didn’t go unnoticed, and in 2016 he was hired on with the official title Chorus Manager. During his free time, you can find him attending rehearsals and performances, proudly watching on as his favorite performers sing their hearts out.

Keith Hart

Keith Hart

Collaborative Pianist

Keith Hart was a public school music teacher in a previous life. As much as he loved the job and working with kids, he felt an undeniable tug from the theater world. He set his sights on a graduate degree in theatre, and worked on productions at various theaters in Kansas City.

With production experience under his belt, Keith moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he has worked as a pianist, musical director, and scenic designer for numerous theatrical productions. He also holds down a day job as Manager of Programs at Joslyn Castle.

The piano has been a constant in Keith’s life. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in piano from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. His love of accompanying and playing with a wide range of soloists, ensembles, and choirs led him to River City Mixed Chorus in 2015, joining the organization as Collaborative Pianist.