A Song’s Embrace – SMF Fall Concert

SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2:45 pm, Camp Siloam Auditorium (See Concert Video Below)


VIDEO of the Concert – Scroll Down

“A Song’s Embrace” Concert on Sunday afternoon, November 13th, was an extraordinary event with an exciting and participatory audience of about 450 people in attendance. The original goal was to bring Dr. Deborah Caldwell (SSHS Class of 2009) back to Siloam Springs to perform the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with a sizable chamber orchestra and a great conductor, and then surround her with lots and lots of FABULOUS music. Mission accomplished! Added to this high event were to also feature another former SSHS student, Christopher Barnett (SSHS Class of 2011), who had composed a beautiful full orchestrated piece, The Blue Mesa. Again, Mission accomplished! Both FEATURED former SSHS students received well-deserved standing ovations for their flawless performances.

BELOW are videos of all the individual performances from the concert, followed by videos of the entire concert. Tickets sales covered only 25% of the total cost of the concert, so if anyone would like to make a donation, that would be appreciated. Thank you for supporting our local talented musicians.

Part 1: A Song’s Embrace

All Things Bright and Beautiful, Siloam Community Children’s Choir
Christmas Star, Siloam Community Children’s Choir
Rose Sparrow & the Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia
Rose Sparrow – I Look to You
Mas Amor (More Love) – William Carlos Reyes
Jayme Stabel – Mickey Mouse Piano Solo
Dr. Deborah Caldwell, SSHS Class of 2009 – Hummel Trumpet Concerto

Part 2: A Song’s Embrace

Nutrocker – Siloam Jazz Band with Strings
Questions 67 and 68 – Siloam Jazz Band w/ Dalton Jones lead vocalist
25 or 6 to 4 – Siloam Jazz Band w/ Rayce Coyle, guitar solo
Christopher Barnett, Composer – The Blue Mesa
Donna Rollene – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Siloam Community Choir & Orchestra – The Majesty and Glory of Your Name
Siloam Community Choir & Orchestra – The Lord’s Prayer
First Half – Siloam Music Festival Fall Concert 2022
Second Half – Siloam Music Festival Fall Concert 2022

VIDEO LINK – ENTIRE Concert: Siloam Music Festival Fall Concert 2022

  • 1:07 – Jason Wilkie, Executive Director, Camp Siloam
  • 5:20 – Siloam Children’s Choir, All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • 11:17 – Siloam Children’s Choir, Christmas Star
  • 17:10 – Rose Sparrow, Midnight Train to Georgia
  • 24:00 – Rose Sparrow, I Look to You
  • 30:55 – William Reyes, Mas Amor
  • 36:00 – Jayme Stabel, Mickey Mouse Piano Solo
  • 41:25 – Dr. Deborah Caldwell, Hummel Trumpet Concerto
  • 1:04:18 – Siloam Big Band w/ Strings, Nutrocker
  • 1:11;35 – Siloam Big Band, Questions 67 and 68
  • 1:17:41 – Siloam Big Band, 25 or 6 to 4
  • 1:26:45 – Christopher Barnett, The Blue Mesa
  • 1:36:30 – Donna Rollene, You’ll Never Walk Alone
  • 1:46:55 – Siloam Community Choir, The Majesty and Glory of Your Name
  • 1:52:45 – Siloam Community Choir, The Lord’s Prayer

Pre-Concert Information

FEATURING 2009 SSHS GRADUATE Dr. Deborah Caldwell (trumpet) and 2011 SSHS GRADUATE Christopher Barnett (composer, oboe, sax, piano). Dr. Caldwell is perhaps the only Siloam Springs high school graduate to have completed a doctorate degree in music. We are flying her in from South Carolina to perform perhaps the most famous of the trumpet concertos (Hummel) with a chamber orchestra. The same orchestra will also perform Christopher’s filmography composition, The Blue Mesa.

Both will be conducted by Dr. Robert Mueller from the University of Arkansas, composer and conductor of the UA University Symphony Orchestra. This will be a WONDERFUL opportunity for the Siloam community to come out and show their support for these and many other of our finest local musicians. Together with you, this should be a top-notch show!!!

Concert Schedule

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2:45-4:45 pm with Intermission

WHERE: Camp Siloam’s 1,000 seat auditorium (1 mile south of Hwy 412 on Hwy 59 South)

COST: $10 Children/Students: $15 General Admission: $20 Reserved Seating

WHO ELSE WILL BE PERFORMING? NWA Chamber Orchestra, Siloam Jazz Band, Siloam Adult Community Choir, Siloam Children’s Community Choir, professional vocalists Rose Sparrow & Donna Rollene, classical guitarist, William Reyes, and pianist Jayme Stabel.

NWA Chamber Orchestra. These 35-instrumentalists are comprised from many of the area orchestras (SoNA, APO, Ft. Smith Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, UA Symphony) as well as many other professional walks of life. They will be accompanying the two choirs, the trumpet concerto, and will be performing an original filmography composition, The Blue Mesa.

Siloam Jazz. This popular 17-member band (in it’s 2nd year) will be performing four songs: Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight and the Pips – sung by our own beloved Rose Sparrow); Nutrocker (Trans Siberian Orchestra’s version arranged for big band & strings); Chicago’s Questions 67 & 68 (lead vocalist – Dalton Jones); and Chicago’s 25 to 6 or 4 (lead vocalist – Dalton Jones; guitar solo, Rayce Coyle). These are all really FUN songs and our featured guest trumpetist, Dr. Deborah Caldwell, will be jumping in and joining us on most of them.

Siloam ADULT Community Choir. This amazing choir will be performing two famous and inspiring choir songs: Tom Fettke’s The Majesty and Glory of Your Name and The Lord’s Prayer, one of the world’s most renowned and loved religious songs. Both of these will also be accompanied by the chamber orchestra. Paul Smith, the outstanding retired Director of JBU’s Cathedral Choir and originator of JBU’s annual Candlelight Service, will be conducting.

Siloam CHILDREN’S Community Choir will be performing two of the most loved songs for children: John Rutter’s All Things Bright and Beautiful (the Lord God made them all) and John Williams Christmas Star (from Home Alone). Both of these will be accompanied by the chamber orchestra, and conducted by Cheri Headrick, a rising star will many gifts and talents.

Four Additions. There are no better soloists in NW Arkansas than Rose Sparrow and Donna Rollene, and both of them will be performing in this concert. Add in a special piano video segment with Jayme Stable and NW Arkansas classical guitar star, William Reyes, and we have about as good a variety of music from some superb talent as you’ll find anywhere. That’s why we’ve had reviews after past concerts that read like this, “As you know, I was in Las Vegas recently and saw some great shows. But your concert was SO-MUCH better!!!”

BIO: Dr. Deborah Caldwell is currently the Director of Instrumental Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Erskine College in Dew Point, South Carolina. She is also a former member of Kings Brass, a popular touring sacred brass ensemble. After completing her Bachelors in Trumpet Performance, she went on to get her Masters in the same from from Kansas State University before earning her doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Deborah Caldwell

Deborah has worked, performed, and taught at the Territorial Music Institute in Texas, Interlochen Arts Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Seoul Foreign School in Korea.  She was a founding member of the Wabash City Brass Quintet in Kansas and enjoyed performing Ernest Bloch’s Proclamation with the KSU Orchestra as the winner of the Concerto Competition. She enjoys international travel and has played trumpet in seven countries. For more info about Deborah, check out the BIOS page.

BIO: Christopher Barnett obtained a Bachelors in Music Education before earning a masters in Music Composition at the University of Arkansas. He has performed and has played oboe solos with the UA Symphony Orchestra as well as the UA’s Schola Cantorum. Christopher has performed with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, pit orchestras for different musical theaters, the UA Wind Ensemble, the Razorback Marching Band, and was the principal oboist for the Youth Symphony of the Ozarks. Currently, he is a Music Teacher at Northside Elementary in Siloam Springs, and is a regular keyboardist/vocalist at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers. He has ambitious plans to continue composing beautiful music the rest of his life.

In this concert Christopher will be playing the piano & oboe with the chamber orchestra, tenor sax in the jazz band, and will be singing in the community choir. Something pretty cool – he will be playing oboe in the chamber orchestra beside his UA oboe professor, Dr. Theresa Delaplain, while her husband, Dr. Mueller, conducts the orchestra. That’s quite exciting! For those who come and support these young professional musicians, you will hear a little bit of everything from a variety of musicians, ages, and genres. Please help me spread the word.

About the Siloam Music Festival (SMF):  Begun in 2012 by Mark Barnett (1972 graduate of SSHS), the purpose of SMF is to promote and support local musicians by producing live concerts to showcase their expertise at different venues around the city.  These settings have included Camp Siloam, First Baptist Church, Community Christian Church, JBU’s Berry Performing Arts Center, SSHS Performing Arts Center, two different home concerts, and the Amphitheater.  Audience support for these public events has ranged from 300-800.  One hundred-and-eighteen actually showed up at one of the home concerts, not counting the thirteen musicians! As you can imagine, there wasn’t much room to move, but SO fun and entertaining!

From 2012-2014 SMF produced nine-concerts that highlighted over 230 local musicians.  With great pride, I will mention that two of those festivals showcased high school students and their band/choir directors from Siloam Springs, Ozark Academy, and Gentry.

One of the special projects SMF has taken on has been to give young musicians with long-term music ambitions a chance to perform a concerto solo with a chamber orchestra, something they may never get a chance to do otherwise in their lifetime.  Michael Allard, bassoonist, was the first, performing Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto.  After getting a Bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance at DePaul and his Masters at SMU, he is now a bassoonist for the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra.

Christopher Barnett, was the second, performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto.

As stated above, Dr. Deborah Caldwell is the next to have this honor, and will be performing Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto.

Siloam Music Festival, produced by Mark Barnett