Three Vocal Ensembles Featured in Spring Choral Collage Concert

Three Vocal Ensembles Featured in Spring Choral Collage Concert

4/21/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and the Women’s Chorus will present a spring choral concert program of an eclectic mix from American compositions to spirituals and a cappella pieces during a “Choral Collage Concert” on Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Choir and Chamber Singers. After its spring tour in Germany and a concert with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, the University Choir has prepared three great works by American composers for its final concert of the year. The selections include Randall Thompson's The Last Words of David (text from Biblical book of II Samuel), Z. Randall Stroope's Amor de mi Alma (text by 16th century poet Garcilaso de la Vega) and Eric Whitacre's With a Lily in Your Hand (text by 20th century poet Garcia Lorca).

The Chamber Singers will sing Six Chansons written by 20th century German-turned-American composer Paul Hindemith. Based on the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, the texts deal with natural or pastoral topics. The select-ensemble also will perform three foundational spirituals including Rockin' Jerusalem by André Thomas, Lily of the Valley by Wendell Whalum and Ain'-a That Good News by William L. Dawson.  

Directed by Kimberly Wolbert, the Women’s chorus will perform a spiritual as the group sings Mark Hayes’ arrangement of Go Down Moses. Other selections include Six Chansons, the a cappella arrangement of A Natural Woman by Deke Sharon and Anne Raugh, and Omnia Sol (Let Your Heart Be Staid) by Z. Randall Stroope as a senior tribute for the graduating members.

For more information about the Spring Choral Concert or the Department of Music, visit or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply 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.                                                                                ###