www.DallasMeditationCenter.com Dallas Meditation Center
Dallas Meditation Center Relocation BENEFIT CONCERT
A Celebration of Change
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30pm
@ Center for Spiritual Living - Dallas
International Place
4801 Spring Valley, Suite 115
Dallas, Texas 75244
(Click for directions)
Admission: $30 in advance / $45 at the door
A concert experience featuring Classical, spiritual, popular and interactive music performances, benefiting the upcoming relocation of Dallas Meditation Center.

One Voice, One Heart, One Life.
 
 
Dallas Meditation Center Benefit Concert performers Featured performers and presenters:
Toni Austin-Allen, piano
Brother ChiSing, presenter
Kerri Arista, voice, guitar
Lainey Bernstein, voice
Noelle Chesney, voice
Timothy Hagen, flute
Jamie Allen, composer, presenter
Cornell Kinderknecht, flute, saxophone
Michael Kenny, percussion
Cynthia Stuart, piano, percussion
Taikodelic, taiko drums
Andrew Tinker, voice, piano
Shanti Webb, voice, guitar
Rev. Petra Weldes, presenter

 
 
Performer biographies:
Toni Austin-Allen Toni Austin-Allen has been teaching piano since 1983. Mrs. Austin-Allen studied with the esteemed Dallas teacher, Eugenia O'Reilly during her pre-college years, and then she went on to study with Dr. Jack Guerry at Louisiana State University. She received a degree in Piano Performance with Dr. Jack Guerry at L.S.U. and then went on to study piano with Dr. David Renner and pedagogy with Amanda Vick-Lethco at the University of Texas at Austin in graduate school.

Mrs. Austin-Allen has served as the president of the Santa Fe, N.M. Music Teacher's Association, the Chair of Composition for the New Mexico State Music Teacher's Association, and is currently the President of Dallas' Junior Pianist Guild. She is also the artistic director of the McKinney Young Artist Competition, a statewide piano competition that attracts some of the most talented high school pianists in Texas.

Mrs. Austin-Allen enjoys teaching all ages and tries to continually introduce creative learning in her studio through the use of composition, improvisation, an introduction to interdisciplinary arts, ensemble work, and a variety of performance opportunities. She loves collaborating with her husband, Jamie Allen, and can be heard as a soloist on his C.D., "In Memory of a Once New World" and "Elemental Dragons." She has two grown children, Christine, who is in then field of advertising in N.Y.C. and Austin, a percussion student in Pittsburgh.

Brother ChiSing Brother ChiSing, M.Div., M.A., is an Interfaith retreat facilitator, spiritual director, ritual artist, musician, and the founder of Dallas Meditation Center and "Awakening Heart" (Community of Mindful Living) He is also a former Community College adjunct professor of World Religions.

He was born and raised in Texas, lived in California for ten years, and currently lives in Dallas, Texas, near his family. He has a B.A. in Religion from a Protestant university, a M.A. in Spirituality from a Catholic college, and a Master of Divinity degree from a Unitarian Universalist seminary. His primary meditation teacher is the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, and he was ordained by him into the "Order of Interbeing" (Unified Buddhist Church) in 2003 with the spiritual name of "True Wonderful Happiness." He was also commissioned into ministry by a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 1995.

Brother ChiSing has led and spoken at several retreats around the world for Interfaith, Buddhist, and Christian communities from as small as 10 to as large 800 persons. He has founded numerous meditation, spiritual, social and discussion groups in Texas and California. His vision for ministry is to encourage Buddhist, Christian and other faith communities to practice Mindful Spirituality in an Interfaith Earth-based way, with an emphasis on creativity, music and the arts.

Kerri Arista Kerri Arista is a native Dallas, Texan who sings and plays what she calls "acoustic folky smokey jam." In her words, "When I was a little kid, wearing pink hot-pants and white go-go boots, I used to make up songs and sing them to my sweet Collie, Lulu. One day, one of my sister's friends came over with a guitar and played me and Mom a song she had just learned. That's when I first realized how cool (and portable!) the guitar was. I think the first song I learned to play from start to finish was "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. I went on to buy the songbook of James Taylor's Greatest Hits album and learn most of those songs. I loved female singers and idolized many of them, but none more than Heart." "I still love to cover songs by musicians I admire, many from the 70's, but current ones, too... I also write and play songs of my own. I swear that songwriting (or whatever creative outlet you happen to choose!) is the best kind of self-discovery and therapy around!"
Lainey Bernstein Lainey Bernstein is known not only for her wide vocal range, but also for her wide range of singing styles. Her extensive training and experience in performance shows through her calm, yet intense delivery of any song's message. Lainey also teaches private voice lessons to singers of all ages, in public and private schools. In 2007 she released her debut inspirational CD, "Souls On Fire." and in March of 2014 she released her second CD, "Living the Light." Lainey also performs at various venues around the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as at New Thought Centers around Texas and the United States.
Noelle Chesney Noelle Chesney a native Texan, earned her masters and doctoral degrees in music from Ohio State; a bachelor of music from Baylor. She has performed with various companies in numerous operatic and musical theater productions from The Barber of Seville to South Pacific; Falstaff to The King and I. Noelle currently lives in McKinney with her husband and two children.
Timothy Hagen Timothy Hagen is in increasing demand as a composer and has won awards from the American Composers Forum and MetLife Creative Connections. His chamber and solo works for flute, published by Owl Glass Music, are increasingly performed throughout the United States and were mentioned favorably in the February 2014 issue of Flute Talk. Also a dedicated pedagogue and scholar, his upcoming book, From Theory to Practice is due for publication by Owl Glass in late August 2014 and explores how theory and history can help performers make solid artistic decisions. Meanwhile, his work on 19th-century virtuosity and flute repertoire is slated for publication in The Flutist Quarterly at the beginning of 2015.

The depth and breadth of Tim's experience as an educator distinguish him. He has taught for Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The University of Texas at Austin, among many other fine institutions. His private students have consistently won regional and national awards, and he is in high demand as a teacher and clinician at universities, festivals, and conventions throughout the United States.

Jamie Allen Jamie Allen has over 25 years of experience as a composer, conductor, performer, and music educator. Since 2006, Jamie has been the Education Director for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a position which allows him to reach over 70,000 children and adults each year with its many award winning educational programs, including Youth & Family Concerts, an innovative string instruction program for minority students in Dallas, in-school & community programs, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, web sites, master classes and more.

Allen has won awards from both ASCAP and the American Music Center for his work, as well as commissions from numerous ensembles and arts organizations. In 2014, Allen conducted his own arrangement of Dios Nunca Muere, the state song of Oaxaca, Mexico, for an orchestra of over 100 music students and professionals from the Dallas Symphony that participated in a residency which created a historic partnership between the two communities.

His articles about music and cultural issues have appeared in many national and regional magazines and newspapers. A passionate teacher and artist, he has been a frequent presenter, educational consultant, and conductor for many arts organizations, including The Santa Fe Opera, and The Dallas Opera and many more.

Cornell Kinderknecht Cornell Kinderknecht is an award-winning recording artist, composer, performer and teacher of flutes and woodwinds from cultures around the world. He is an Indian Summer Music Awards winner and is also a Top 5 Instrumental Winner of the Great American Song Contest. He has twice been a finalist for "Musician of the Year" at the Texas Music Awards, is a Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs) nominee and has been nominated for multiple Independent Music Awards. His musical style draws from his experience in the areas of Classical, pop, folk, and world music. His music is played on radio stations throughout North America, Europe and Australia.

In addition to his own recordings, Cornell's work can be heard in film, television and advertising. He has been credited on many recording projects in multiple genres. Venues that Cornell has performed include the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City, the magnificent amphitheater built into the 2000 feet high red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon, the underground "Cave Without A Name," Winspear Opera House, Meyerson Symphony Center, and the AT&T Dallas Cowboys Stadium. He is a frequent performer and presenter at music festivals throughout the U.S.

Michael Kenny Michael Kenny MMT, MT-BC is a Dallas area music therapist, sound healer and educator. As president of Drums Not Guns and the only TaKeTiNa Rhythm teacher in TX, Michael's lifelong journey to understand and utilize music and the creative arts as a healing force continues today with his use of rhythm as a transformational process.
Cynthia Stuart Cynthia Stuart holds a Bachelor of Piano Pedagogy degree from Baylor University and has had a successful piano studio in Dallas & Fort Worth for the past 30 years. Cynthia is a professional accompanist and accomplished pianist. She has been the choir accompanist for the First Unitarian Church in Dallas for 28 years.

Cynthia Stuart is also a specialist in Orff Schulwerk, and has taught Orff music classes for children ages 3-12 at the Dallas North Montessori School for the past 27 years. Ms. Stuart is also a composer with 30 vocal, piano and instrumental compositions to her credit. When Cynthia is not performing, teaching or composing she enjoys ballroom dance lessons, horseback riding and cooking.

Taikodelic Taikodelic is a wholly American exploration of the Japanese style of drumming called Taiko. The group consists of performers from many backgrounds, musical and non-musical, and melds the influences within a traditional framework to manifest and express a playful sense of the power of community.
Andrew Tinker Andrew Tinker's artistry lies in the ever changing texture of his music. Sometimes raw, sometimes refined, his songs reflect a broad range of pop genres unified by standout vocals and exceptional musicianship. Known throughout North Texas for his live performances as a pianist and singer, he is also an enthusiastic guitarist and songwriter, as showcased by his recordings.

In spring 2009, Tinker independently released his first full length album, It Takes the World. A native Texan, the artist has performed and recorded with various local ensembles, and was a founding member of the Polyphonic Spree in 2000. He recorded french horn on the band's first two albums, earning a UK silver record for The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree. He left the group in 2003 to attend the University of North Texas and eventually pursue a solo career.

After lineup changes in 2012, Tinker took a short hiatus from the live stage; burrowing into his private Big Acre Sound studio in Copper Canyon, TX. In August 2013 the solo artist was prominently featured on the full length feature film soundtrack for Ain't Them Bodies Saints (Lakeshore Records).

Shanti Webb Shanti Webb has been a singer/songwriter for 18 years. She places great emphasis on her lyrics and mantras being heart-centered and healing. Aside from utilizing her music in her profession as a massage therapist, she also loves leading groups of people in sound healing/singing. Her music is music for the soul!