This choral program features UCF’s large choral ensembles as well as the UCF Symphony Orchestra and special guests in a diverse program including Brahms’ Requiem.

This choral program offers a unique contrast, showcasing the delicate beauty of soprano-alto repertoire before transitioning to the monumental depths of Brahms’ Requiem. It is a journey through light and shadow, grief and hope – ultimately leaving the audience with a sense of profound consolation and renewed faith.

This concert will feature UCF’s large choral ensembles – SoAl, Chamber Choir and University Singers – as well as faculty and students of the UCF Symphony Orchestra, and special guests Samantha Barnes Daniel and Thomas Potter


Student tickets: $10 with code ARTS4KNIGHTS24, valid UCF or student ID required

UCF Choirs: An Evening of Consolation and Hope

featuring Brahms’ Requiem

Acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and teacher Samantha Barnes Daniel is originally from Orlando, Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Central Florida. She went on to receive her Master of Music in Vocal Performance & Opera from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She was also a young artist and trained with companies such as Arizona Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Opera Orlando.

She is a two-time National semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a Sarah Tucker Grant Nominee in the Richard Tucker Foundation Competition. Ms. Barnes Daniel performs regularly with Opera Orlando, the Voices of Liberty at EPCOT, the Solaria Singers of Orlando Sings, the Basilica Choir at Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine, the Villages Philharmonic and Space Coast Symphony. She has also sung with The Orlando Philharmonic, Opera Tampa, Chautauqua Opera, Arizona Opera, and The Illinois Philharmonic, among others.

Recent stage credits include First Lady in The Magic Flute, the Mother in Hansel & Gretel, and Catherine of Aragon in Opera Orlando and Helena's award winning Orlando Fringe show, 6 of VIII, for which she also wrote the book.  Recent concert credits include the soprano soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Schoenberg's 2nd String Quartet, Mahler’s 2nd & 3rd Symphonies, Barber’s, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and the Mozart Requiem. In the next year, she is set to perform the soprano solos in the Brahms and Fauré Requiems, as well as the large choral work, Considering Matthew Shepard.

Ms. Barnes Daniel was an Adjunct Voice Professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida from 2018-2023 and is thrilled to now be teaching at her alma mater, UCF. She is also an adjunct voice instructor at Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland, Florida and a founding member of the professional women’s ensemble, Helena.

With over 35 years of experience as a professional opera singer, Verdi baritone has shared the stage with great artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kurt Moll, Dolora Zajick, and Deborah Voigt, to mention a few. Professor Potter began his professional career with a multi-year contract at the San Francisco Opera, then, after several years in New York, he found himself living in Switzerland and singing opera throughout Europe.

Potter has sung leading roles with numerous International music festivals, including the Spoleto Music Festival in both Italy and the USA venues, the Ravenna (Italy) Music Festival, the Bregenzer (Austria) Festspiele, the La Biennale Festival in Venice, Italy, and the Festival de Inverno - Campos do Jordão in Brazil.

A few of the opera companies with which Potter has performed include the Teatro Comunale 'Giuseppe Verdi' in Trieste (Italy), Palm Beach Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Cordoba (Spain), Opera São Paulo (Brazil), Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg (France), Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe (Germany), Sarasota Opera, Atlanta Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Orlando (and Orlando Opera), and Indianapolis Opera.

As a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition in Philadelphia Potter was awarded the opportunity to sing alongside Mr. Pavarotti in the resulting production of Verdi’s opera UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. During his residency with the San Francisco Opera, he was honored to sing and rehearse with Mr. Pavarotti on two other occasions [Puccini's LA BOHÈME and Verdi's LA TRAVIATA].

From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Potter was engaged by the Stadttheater St. Gallen in Switzerland, singing the roles of "Scarpia" in TOSCA, "Jochanaan" in SALOME, "Alfio" in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, "Ezio" in ATTILA, "Amonasro" in AIDA, and "Giorgio Germont" in LA TRAVIATA, among others. Following the birth of their son, he and his wife, soprano Kimberly S. Randall, decided to move back to the United States to begin new careers as university professors. Mr. Potter taught for five years in Indiana before joining the University of Central Florida music faculty in August of 2005, where he currently serves as the voice area coordinator, directs the UCF Opera program, and teaches undergraduate and graduate level voice lessons.

Jeffery Redding, the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Redding has led his choirs in performances at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, his chorus from West Orange High School received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director.

Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Southern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All- State and Honor choirs in approximately forty- five states. In 2014, Dr. Redding was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy. Additionally, he conducted at the TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He was the Artistic Director for Limerick Sings International Choral Festival in Limerick, Ireland in 2018. In 2019, he conducted the Alaska All-State Treble Choir, the NAfME Central Regional Elementary Honor Choir, the Morehead State University Honor Choir, and the Honors Young Adults Choir, at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

Previously Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida and West Virginia University (WVU), Dr. Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions. He was also honored to give the prestigious TEDx Talk. He is also one of the conductors for Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot and the conductor of Harmonious Live! found on Disney Plus.

Recognized for his achievements and service in the profession, Dr. Redding was awarded the R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership, and excellence by the Florida Chapter of ACDA.

Dr. Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Winter Garden Community Choir in Winter Garden, Florida. As well as the Executive & Artistic Director of the Orlando Choral Society, founded in 2019. He also serves as the Director of Worship Arts for Tuskawilla United Methodist Church. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he remains active as a singer in the professional male singing group, "Brethren." The Jeffery Redding Passion and Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Colla Voce Music, Inc. Dr. Redding also has a Choral Series with Walton Music.

Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education, both from the Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. He has served his profession in numerous capacities, as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association (FVA), as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/Multicultural Affairs, R&R Chair for Youth/Student Activities, and High School Mixed Honor Choir co-chair for Florida ACDA, and as R&R Chair for Community Choirs for Southern Division ACDA. Currently, he is R&R Lifelong Coordinator (Community, Music and Worship) for Florida ACDA

Kelly A. Miller is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Central Florida where she conducts the SoAl Women’s Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, and Men’s Chorus. She has taught introduction to music education, secondary choral methods I and II, music learning theory and assessment, conducting, music and the student with exceptionalities, and graduate classes in music education, while coordinating and supervising student teachers through their junior and senior internships. Prior to her appointment at UCF, Miller taught at Western Illinois University as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, where she conducted the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She conducted the Women’s Glee Club at Michigan State University for three years and taught choral music at the high school level for thirteen years in Michigan, Florida, and Nebraska. While in Orlando, Dr. Miller founded the choral/vocal program at Timber Creek High School, served as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association, and received her National Board Certification in secondary choral music. Before directing choirs, Miller was a concert band director for grades five through twelve and instructed marching and jazz bands, music theory, and elementary general music in Nebraska.

In addition to her choral directing and teaching, she has maintained a private voice studio and is in demand to lead choral workshops on the choral/instrumental director as voice teacher, choosing choral repertoire and running effective rehearsals, leadership, creating artistry, student ownership, and team building. Dr. Miller frequently serves as a clinician and festival adjudicator. She has been invited to conduct regional and state honor choirs and present conference sessions in Ireland, Hawaii, West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Florida, and Michigan. Dr. Miller has performed at both divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and at the Nebraska Music Educators Association Convention. She is currently a member of the professional women’s ensemble, mirabai and the semi-professional mixed choir, Voci del Cuore.

Miller holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, the M.M. degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the B.A. degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.


Dr. Kelly Miller, Conductor

Ashley Majka, Graduate Conductor

Robin Jensen, piano

The program will be chosen from the following:

Radiant Sister of the Day  – David Brunner

Ave Maria – Gustav Holst

Hate Has No Home Here – Andrea Ramsey

May the Road Rise to Meet You – David Hamilton

Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia – David Brunner

Does the World Say – Kyle Pederson

No Time – Susan Brumfield

All Shall Be Well – Leslee Heys

UCF SoAl and TEBA Choruses

UCF Alma Mater – Burt Szabo

Song to the Moon – Antonin Dvorak

UCF University Singers

Faculty members and students of UCF Symphony Orchestra

Samantha Barnes Daniel, Soprano

Thomas Potter, Bass

Robin Jensen, Piano

Dr. Jeffery Redding, Conductor

Ashely Majka, Graduate Conductor

Ein Deutsches Requiem: A German Requiem– Johannes Brahms

Selig sind, die da Leid tragen

Blessed are they that morn; for they shall be comforted.

Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras

For all flesh is as grass.

Herr, lehre doch mich

Lord, teach me.

Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

How lovely is thy dwelling place.

Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

And ye now therefore have sorrow.

Denn wir hab en hie keine bleibende Statt

For here have we no continuing city

Selig sind die Toten

Blessed are the dead


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  • Orlando Family Stage
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  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
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