Dallas Meditation Center Relocation BENEFIT CONCERT
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30pm
@ Center for Spiritual Living - Dallas
4801 Spring Valley, Suite 115
Dallas, Texas 75244
(Click for directions)
A concert experience featuring Classical, spiritual, popular and
interactive music performances, benefiting the upcoming relocation of Dallas Meditation Center.
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
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.
, 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
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
'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
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!