As Canton's community chorus, University Chorus brings together the vocal talents of students, faculty and staff, and community members. They perform a varied repertoire in theme oriented concerts, often with instrumental accompaniment, in the best tradition of American community choral singing.
Following the lead of singing “praise” music in last fall’s concert entitled “Hymn Sing” this spring we’ll present a program of music “In Praise of Singing” itself. The featured work will be a unique modern view of Elizabethan music entitled Singing is so Good a Thing: An Elizabethan Recreation by contemporary American composer Kirke Mechem. With a zippy accompaniment for a small instrumental ensemble including harpsichord, it is a setting of the preface to William Byrd's Psalms Sonnets and Songs, written by Byrd, extolling the virtues of singing. The music takes various English Renaissance dance pieces as starting points for composition. Also included on the program will Crane composer Paul Siskind’s Everybody Suddenly Burst Out Singing, a beautiful arrangement of How Can I Keep from Singing by Ronald Straheli.
New members are always welcome to join. See “Auditions” below.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm in Griffiths 15, starting January 21.
Performance Date: Spring Concert: In Praise of Singing, Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.
Auditions: by appointment until January 28. Contact Barry Torres – see below.
Audition requirements: vocalize throughout your range, music reading skills check. Reading is not a requirement – just need to see where your skills are.
For more information, contact Barry Torres, director.