Mount Union College Alumni Choir to Perform During Alumni Weekend
June 7, 2004
Approximately 90 Mount Union College alumni will perform with the alumni choir during the upcoming Alumni Weekend festivities to be held on campus Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13.
Dr. Scott Dorsey, director of choral activities and associate professor of music, originated the idea of an alumni choir reunion nine years ago, and the choir has performed biennially ever since. It has remained a perennially popular event.
'The alumni choir reunion is the highlight of the year for me,' said Dorsey. 'When I joined this team, at Mount Union, I inherited the traditions. It is thrilling for me to watch tradition continue through the alumni choir.'
There are many traditions associated with the choir, explained Dorsey. Mount Union has one of the oldest choirs in the country, having been in existence since 1896.
One of those traditions is singing 'In Peace and Joy I Now Depart,' by Fetler. Mount Union choirs (with the exception of a brief period of time) have performed that piece that since 1949.
The Alumni Choir will perform at the Alumni Luncheon, to be held at 12:15 p.m. in the Kresge Dining Commons in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Other pieces the choir will perform include 'Cantate Domino' by Pitoni and 'Amen' by Hairston.
Anyone who has ever been a member of any of the Mount Union choirs is invited to participate.
'We want to bring alumni back for yet another great choral experience at Mount Union,' said Dorsey. 'You don't have to have been a member of the choirs that made world tours. We have a great variety of alumni planning to attend this year, ranging from 1950 graduates to 2003 graduates.'
Choir members will be traveling from over 13 states to participate, from as far east as New York City and as far west as California. This will be the first year that Dorsey will be directing the alumni choir himself.
'I have always given that honor and privilege to one of the alums, but at the last gathering several alums took me aside and said that it was time for me to direct,' said Dorsey. 'That really touched me. The alums have taken me into their hearts and that means a lot to me.'
As the Mount Union choir enters into its 109th season this year, Dorsey says that he is reminded continually of how strong the Mount Union choir connection is for many alumni.
'This is bigger than one conductor, bigger than one piece of music or one group of people,' said Dorsey. 'It is a tradition that lives in all the people who have participated.'
If you are interested in participating with the Alumni Choir, contact Scott Dorsey at (330) 823-2181.