About LHS Choir

Lincoln High School Concert Choir

The Lincoln High School Concert Choir is made up of auditioned juniors and seniors.

Each year the choir performs a traditional December concert consisting of classic choral literature including composers such as Mozart, Handel, Rachmaninoff, Hassler, Barnum, Whitacre, Clausen, Mortensen and others.  The choir always performs two shows per concert selling out many of their shows in their 800 seat auditorium.

Since 2001, the choir has produced a spring show that focuses on diversity in our world.  The choir has studied Jewish, African American, and Native American music.  The spring shows are brought to New York City every other year.  These shows have been performed at St. John The Divine,  Jazz At Lincoln Center, and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.

The choir has performed at the following major venues:

  • Carnegie Hall in New York City- 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, NY- 1996, 1998
  • MMEA State Convention in Minneapolis-2000
  • MacPhail Center For The Arts in Minneapolis- 2002, 2008, 2013
  • St. John The Divine in Harlem, NY- 2004
  • Minnesota History Museum- 2006
  • Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.- 2006
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City The Allen Room- 2008, 2010, 2012
  • St. Olaf College as the headline performance for the ACDA Summer Dialogue-2010
  • St. Paul Cathedral in Minneapolis- 1998, 2006
  • St. Mary’s Basilica in Minneapolis-2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Concordia College, Moorhead as one of 4 select honor choirs- 2012, 2017
  • Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center-2014, 2016

The choir travels to Minneapolis each January where they perform at various churches within the Metro area. Robert Robinson and members of the Twin Cities Gospel Choir have performed with the choir members in Minneapolis over the years from 2007-2012. Each year since 2001 the choir brings in and works with various music historians, singers, and instrumentalists from around the United States.


Tonia Hughes

Artists that have worked with the choirs from 2001-2017:

  • Steve Barnett- Grammy Award winning producer
  • Jeanie Brindley-Barnett- Composer of “The Butterfly Songs”
  • Henry Oertelt- Holocaust survivor from Little Canada, MN
  • Dr. Horace Boyer- African American Gospel Historian and Musician
  • Ginger Commodore- Professional Jazz singer
  • Patricia Brown- Professional choreographer
  • Ahanti Young- Professional actor and African drum player
  • Paul Smith- Native American historian
  • Delayna Smith- Professional Native American dancer
  • Kenni Holmen- Professional woodwind player
  • Adi Yeshaya-Professional arranger and keyboard player
  • Robert Robinson- Professional Gospel singer and arranger
  • Sam Reeves- Professional gospel piano plAaron Fagerstromayer
  • Darnell Davis- Professional Gospel singer and composer
  • Vickie Mountain- Professional jazz singer
  • Greg Keel- Professional woodwind player
  • Kathy Jensen- Professional woodwind player
  • Dave Jensen- Professional trumpet player
  • Michael Philhofer- Professional jazz drummer
  • Michael O’Brien- Professional bass player
  • Gordy Johnson- Professional bass player
  • Cory Wong- Professional guitar player
  • Michael Baker- Professional drummer
  • Geoffrey Foster- Professional gospel piano player
  • Tonia Hughes – Professional gospel singer
  • Aaron Fagerstrom-2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Darcy ReeseDarcy Reese, Director of the Lincoln High School Choirs

~ 25th year of teaching vocal music at Lincoln High School

 ~Musical director various musicals including:
Camelot, 42nd Street, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Grease, Fiddler On The Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Blast It, Sweeney Todd

~ Four performances at Carnegie Hall in NYC
1993, 1996, 1998, 2000 – music of Rutter, Mozart, Vivaldi, Handel

Solo performance 2000 prior to Handel’s Messiah mass choir performance

~Creator of “Never Again” 2000-2002
along with Henry Oertelt, Jeanne Brindley-Barnett and Steve Barnett
Study of the Holocaust through music, history, visits with Holocaust survivors and visual art

Performed in:

  • Thief River Falls, MN –2001
  • Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, MN– 2001
  • Chicago–2002


~Recording of the “Butterfly Songs”
poems from the children at the Terezin concentration camp
MPR Studio M
summer of 2001
Produced by Steve Barnett


~Creator of “Looking Back to Move Forward” 2004
along with Dr. Horace Boyer, Patricia Brown, and Ahanti Young
Study of African American music, art, history, dance, and African drumming
performed in:
Thief River Falls, MN
Orchestra Hall Foyer  in Minneapolis
Rosa Parks Arts High School in New Jersey
St. John The Divine– Harlem, NY


~Creator of  “Woven Voices, Woven Threads”  2006
along with Paul Smith, Steve Barnett, and Dr. Horace Boyer
Celebrating the history, music and dance of African Americans, Native Americans, and the Jewish religion
performed in:
Thief River Falls, MN
Jefferson Memorial–Washington D.C.
~Creator of “Shakin’ The Rafters I” 2007
along with Robert Robinson and members of the Twin Cities Gospel Choir
Celebrating Black Gospel Music
performed in:
Thief River Falls, MN


~Creator of “Shakin’ The Rafters II” 2008
along with Robert Robinson and Ginger Commodore
performed in:
Thief River Falls, MN
Jazz at Lincoln Center Allen Room in NYC


~Creator of “Shakin’ The Rafters III” 2009
along with Robert Robinson and members of the Twin Cities Gospel Choir

~Creator of “Spirit Journey” 2010
along with Robert Robinson and members of the Twin Cities Gospel Choir
Patricia Brown and Ahanti Young
performed in:
Thief River Falls, MN
Jazz At Lincoln Center in NYC
St. Olaf College–Northfield, MN for the MMEA All-State and ACDA Summer Dialogue

~Recording of “Ave Maria” a collection of choral Christmas carols
arrangements by Adi Yeshaya
recorded at Fuzzy Slipper Studio in St. Paul, MN

~Creator of “Awesome Evolution” 2011
along with Robert Robinson, members of the Twin Cities Gospel Choir,
Darnell Davis
The journey of the beat.
performed in:
Thief River Falls, MN

~Creator of “What About Us” 2012

along with Robert Robinson, Darnell Davis,  Sandy Hodges, and  members of the Twin Cities Gospel Choir. This production was taken on tour to Minneapolis and New York City in June of 2012.  The performance in NYC was in the Allen Room at Jazz At Lincoln Center.  This show was the first show presented by T.H.I.S. Movement (The Hero Inside Shines).

~Various church performance in Minneapolis and New York City
from 1998-2012

  • He is Risen- Mpls.
  • Park Avenue Methodist-Mpls.
  • Emmanuel Tabernacle
  • St. Mary’s Basilica- Mpls.
  • St. Paul Cathedral- Mpls.
  • First Covenant Church-Mpls.
  • St. Joan Of Arch- Mpls.
  • St. John The Divine-NYC
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral- NYC
  • Memorial Baptist Church- Harlem
  •  St. Paul Chapel of Trinity Church- across from Ground Zero