Ensembles

Mount Union Concert Choir

Dr. Grant William Cook III, conductor

The University of Mount Union Concert Choir is among the oldest collegiate choirs in the United States, tracing its roots to 1896.  The distinguished legacy of the choral program at Mount Union is one that is deeply rooted in the very history of the institution, encompassing the contributions of several distinguished American conductors, including Robert Fountain (1942-1946), who went on to lead renowned choral programs at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and The University of Wisconsin, and Bruce Browne (1972-1976), emeritus professor of choral studies and voice at Portland State University and conductor laureate of the Portland Symphonic Choir. Under the direction of Cecil “Pop” Stewart (1946-1972) the Concert Choir gained international acclaim.  In 1966, the beloved Stewart led the Choir on an around-the–world-tour. Dubbed “Peace Through Understanding,” the 48-day tour visited Alaska, Japan, Southeast Asia, Near East, Greece, Italy, England and France.  Professor Stewart was known for his exacting standard, inspired leadership and, above all, unwavering devotion to Mount Union.

Open by audition to all students on campus, the Concert Choir comprises musicians from a wide variety of academic disciplines and, thus, truly represents the University’s strong liberal arts foundation.  Serving as an ambassador of the University, the Concert Choir performs annually throughout the continental United States and undertakes an international tour every four years.  The Concert Choir is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of the highest quality choral literature from the Renaissance through the 21st century, including spirituals, gospel music, folk songs and music celebrating a global perspective. Recent performances include Joseph Haydn’s Mass in B-flat, the so-called Theresienmesse, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 and “Choral Fantasy” in C minor, op. 180 with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann.

 

2016Cantus Femina

Dr. Grant William Cook III, conductor

Cantus Femina is a dynamic musical organization comprised of fifty student musicians, representing a wide variety of academic disciplines on campus.  Its goals are to discover and perform outstanding repertoire for women’s voices. Recent performances include Johann Michael Haydn’s Missa sub titulo Sancti Leopoldi, MH. 837 (1805); the multi-movement cantata Willkommen süßer Bräutigam by the German composer Vincent Lübeck (1654-1740); Bob Chilcott’s This Day;Diane Abdi Robertson’s Dream; and Psalm Trilogy by Srul Irving Glick. Cantus Femina rehearses three times each week and performs each semester of the academic year, including performances at the annual University of Mount Union Christmas Festival. No formal audition is required to participate in this choral ensemble.

 

Mount Union Alliance Chorale

Chorale

Jane Page, conductor

The Mount Union Alliance Chorale represents a successful and long standing musical collaboration between the University of Mount Union and the greater Alliance community. Founded in the early 1980s, the Chorale is comprised of UMU students and faculty as well as members of the Alliance community—all of whom share a passion for choral singing. Two public performances a year offer a wide variety of choral repertoire from the Renaissance to the present. Membership is open to anyone who shares a love for singing together and is seeking a quality choral experience. Rehearsals are held in Cope Music Hall on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. 

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