Ashland University Choir Tour Announced

4/14/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University Choir and Chamber Singers have announced the dates and locations for their 2011 tour with concerts scheduled at various churches and schools throughout Ohio and Indiana.

The first public concert will be held on Monday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibsonburg, Ohio, followed the next evening, Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Nappanee First Brethren Church in Nappanee, Ind.; and concluding on Wednesday, May 11, at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, Ind. These performances are free and open to the public.

The concert programs include sacred music such as Mozart's "Regina Coeli," John Ferguson's arrangement of "The Lord's My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want" and Moses Hogan's "Walk Together, Children"; along with folk songs from the Tewa Indian, Hindi and Slovak cultures. More modern selections also are offered including works by John Rutter, Brian Tate, Kinley Lange, Rene Clausen and Paul Sjolund. Arrangements of pieces made famous by Henry Mancini and the Manhattan Transfer round out the varied program.

Under the direction of acting director Michael Seredick, the Ashland University Choir is composed of singers representing many academic majors across campus. Each year the members are selected by private auditions. With rehearsals three days a week, the choir performs programs of unaccompanied literature of all eras as well as major works with orchestra.

The Chamber Singers are directed by Dr. Marla Butke, associate professor of music and coordinator of music education at Ashland University. This ensemble is a select choir of 16 members which has performed a traditional Madrigal Feaste to capacity audiences for more than 35 years. This group performs many styles of music suitable for smaller ensembles.

The choirs are accompanied by Dr. Timothy E. Guenther, University organist and director of music at First English Lutheran Church in Mansfield, Ohio.

Major works recently performed by the Ashland University choral program include Mendelssohn's "Elijah," the Verdi "Requiem," "Carmina Burana," the "Chichester Psalms," Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the Mozart "Requiem," Handel's "Messiah," and the Bach "Magnificat." The University Choir regularly performs with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra as well as the Ashland Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to the above ensembles, Ashland University offers several other curricular singing opportunities such as the Ashland Area Chorus, Women's Chorus and Opera Workshop.

For more information, contact the Ashland University Department of Music by phone at 419.289.5950, email at<> or visit the Web site at<>.

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