Holiday Concert

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Just the Three of Us

December 8, 2018

3 pm



Maise Daughtry,

Lyric Soprano

Conrad L. Purnell, Tenor

Howard Crossland, Tenor

Enjoy an afternoon bathing in the warmth of sacred hymns and carols in the intimate setting of Ellarslie.

Light refreshments will be served.


MAISE M. DAUGHTRY is a Lyric Soprano who has sung extensively throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania areas. Although Ms. Daughtry sings the full classical music repertoire, she is most noted for her interpretations of Sacred Songs, Spirituals, and Hymns. She was coached by Yolanda Clarke of Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Clarke passed away in 2016 at age 90. Maise has been studying with Jacqueline Smith of Fox Chase, PA for the past 22 years.

HOWARD CROSSLAND, Tenor, holds degrees from Texas Southern(BS, Music Education), Rutgers(MS, Library Science), and Indiana Universities(Voice Pedagogy). He has studied voice with Ruthabel Rollins and Ruth Stewart(TSU), Paul Matthen(IU), and Margaret Kalil(Metropolitan Opera). His musical mentors were Thomas Grice, Dr. Charles Higgins, Wilbur Johnson, Harry Mulder, Helena Ciotti O’Boyle, and Dr. Eugene Simpson. Mr. Crossland served as Director of the Mercer County Chorus, appeared as Tenor Soloist with many groups in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. He traveled throughout Europe, Russia, and the United States, making his debut at Carnegie Hall. He retired as an Educational Media Specialist from the Trenton Board of Education’s Woodrow Wilson ES. Howard currently conducts the Echo A Cappella Choir under Echo, Inc. and sponsored by MC Cultural and Heritage Commission.


CONRAD L. PURNELL, Tenor, is a graduate of Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL. Mr. Purnell received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, studying the Tenor Voice and Choral Repertoire under Professor Stanley Ware. Conrad taught choral music at MLK, Jr. Middle School for 11 years and 24 years as a Computer Teacher. Conrad retired from the Trenton Board of Education in December, 2015. After 35 years of wear and tear on his voice, Mr. Purnell began vocal studies with Jacqueline Smith of Fox Chase, PA, to return his voice back to classical condition.