WMU News

Choral symposium concludes with free concert

Oct. 17, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Choral Studies area and student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association will sponsor a student symposium on Saturday, Oct. 28. The schedule of events includes various sessions on choral topics led by guest clinicians.

Mark Webb from East Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Schools will lead a session on managing a choral program. WMU alumna Kelli Falls, from Coldwater (Mich.) Middle School, will lecture on middle school choir programs. A conducting master class will be led by Brad Richmond, Hope College's director of choral activities, and Jonathan Reed, director of choral activities at Michigan State University, will provide instruction for a session on choral warm-ups and tone.

The day will culminate with an evening concert featuring WMU's University Chorale, a select 32-member ensemble conducted by Dr. Joe Miller, and the Haslett (Mich.) High School Concert Choir, conducted by Erich Wangeman. The program will include an eclectic mix of works and ensembles. Both a men's ensemble and a women's ensemble from the Haslett choir will perform. The full choir will present Gilbert Martin's O Be Joyful in the Lord, Andrea Gabrieli's Kryie, Hans Leo Hassler's Im kühlen Maien (In the Cool Maytime), Emma Lou Diemer's "Daybreak" from Madrigals Three, and H.A. Schimmerling's Kde Su Dravy Moje.

The University Chorale will perform a Latvian folk song titled Dziedot Dzimu, Dziedot Augu (I was born to sing, so I sing), Steve Barnett's "The Sun" from Three Songs from Hebrew Poetry, Thomas Luis de Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium (O Great Mystery), Johannes Brahms' An Die Heimat (Homeland), selections from Einojuhani Rautavaara's Suite de Lorca, Eric Whitacre's Water Night, and Norman Dello Joio's Of Crows and Clusters. The combined choirs will close the concert with Children Go Where I Send Thee by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory.

All events will be held in Western Michigan University's Dalton Center. Sessions are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. The evening concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Admission to all events is free. For more information on symposium activities, call Dr. Joe Miller at (616) 387-4715.

Media contact: Kevin West; 616 387-4678; kevin.west@wmich.edu

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