Update: Introducing John Hubert, Artistic Director
The Arvada Chorale is excited to introduce John Hubert as our new artistic director. Marla Wasson, who directed the chorale for eight years, stepped down after the 2022-23 season to fulfill her dream of round-the-world travel.
John Hubert is a conductor, singer, instrumentalist, musical collaborator, teacher, husband, father and lover of life from St. Louis, MO. He believes in the power of musical communities to bring people together and explore themselves through their musical repertoire. John has conducted inspiring performances with his ensembles at the First Universalist Church of Denver, Regis University, and The Spirituals Project. He has been a conducting clinician for many other ensembles in the Denver metro area and beyond. John lives in Lakewood with his beloved wife, Christmas and two children Nick and Naomi.
John says, "It is with great joy and pride that I enter into my time as Artistic Director of the Arvada Chorale. I am so excited to begin 'music-ing' with them in August and I look forward to many successful concerts and collaborations in the future. This choir is filled with much talent and commitment and I plan on bringing all that I am as a musician and a person to making this union as successful as possible."
Artistic Director, Arvada Chorale
John Hubert is a conductor, singer, instrumentalist, musical collaborator, teacher, husband, father and lover of life from St. Louis, Missouri. John received his Bachelor’s in Music from Truman State University (‘00) and Masters in Music from the University of Colorado Boulder (‘03) before pursuing his career as a professional musician. He believes in the power of musical communities to bring people together and explore themselves through their musical repertoire. John has conducted inspiring performances with ensembles at the First Universalist Church of Denver, Regis University, The Spirituals Project and now the Arvada Chorale. He has been a guest conductor for many other ensembles in the Denver metro area and beyond. John lives in Lakewood with his beloved wife, Christmas, and children, Nick and Naomi. In 2005, Marla formed a women’s chamber ensemble dedicated to the synergy of music, passion and excellence. Since Safonia’s inception, they have performed throughout the Denver Metro area.
Chorale Accompanist and Organist
Chappell Kingsland’s diverse professional activities share a common goal: to promote cross-cultural understanding and create emotionally rich experiences through music. This concert marks his 10th season as accompanist/arranger for the Arvada Chorale! He is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, teaching aural skills, theory at the keyboard, music theory and arranging. Chappell’s classes explore music from different time periods, world cultures, and genres of popular music.
As a solo pianist and organist, his concerts and recordings weave together art music and popular music into a uniquely personal synthesis. As a composer, Chappell thrives at the intersection of musical worlds, drawing equal inspiration from the European/American tradition and from diverse musical sources ranging from Balinese gamelan and Japanese koto to Bulgarian dance and West African kora.
As the executive director of the Wild Beautiful Orchestra, he creates opportunities for many musicians to perform, record and collaborate. Chappell lives in Lakewood with his wife Jennifer and their three sons. Find him on the web at ck4piano.com or Facebook @ck4piano.