Spring Choral Concert Features Three Vocal Ensembles: Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers & Women’s Chorus

Spring Choral Concert Features Three Vocal Ensembles: Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers & Women’s Chorus

3/3/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Spring Choral Concert features performances from three University vocal ensembles including the Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus on Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the Ashland University Choir and Chamber Singers. The University Choir will perform selections including Japanese and Samoan songs of poetry; Eric Whitacre's "Sleep"; "The Coolin" by Samuel Barber's Reincarnations; Moses Hogan’s spiritual "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel"; Franz Biebl’s "Ave Maria," which will feature the men in the choir; and the women will be featured in "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus.

The Chamber Singers will be accompanied by pianist Susan Gregg as they sing Sven-Eric Johanson’s “Fancies,” a set of modern settings of Shakespearean texts. They will also sing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ beautiful a cappella works "Two Elizabethan Partsongs." 

Dr. Marla Butke, associate professor of music, will direct the Women’s Chorus with accompaniment by pianists Rachel Crow and Eddie Carney. The ensemble will perform a selection of love songs including “Three Madrigals” by Emma Lou Diemer with text by William Shakespeare, “A Red, Red Rose” by Eleanor Daley with text by Robert Burns, and “Dance on My Heart” by Allan Koekpe.

For more information about the Spring Choral Concert or for a schedule of music department events, visit www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###