Mount Union College Choir Performing In Concert April 21-22

April 15, 2010

The Mount Union College Choir will present a concert 'Of Believing, Of Swinging and Of Parting' on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.


Jean Berger's 'The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee' will open 'Of Believing' followed by David Fetler's 'In Peace & Joy I Now Depart,' a Mount Union Choir Signature Selection, 1949-1972. Excerpts from James Perone's 'Mass in C' will close this portion of the program featuring sopranos Kayla Moles, a freshman of Canal Fulton; Maria Oblak, a sophomore of Rome and Rachael Rose, a freshman of Canton; altos Larissa Kramer, a junior of Canton, Katherine Weaver, a senior of Perry and Jennifer Lehman, a junior of Akron; tenors Andrew Kosch, a freshman of Geneva and Michael Vince, a junior of Wintersville; and basses David Harris, a freshman of Corby Township, PA, Ben Drazil, a sophomore of Parma, Garrison Ryan, a freshman of Canal Winchester and Nathan Mullen, a sophomore of Salem.

The pianist will be Janelle Phinney, lecturer of music.

Phinney joined the Department of Music at Mount Union as an accompanist in 2004. She received her musical training at Bowling Green State University and earned a master's degree in religion and the arts from Yale University.

'Of Swinging' features Anders Edenroth's 'Chili Con Carne,' S. Dorsey's arrangement of Ennio Morricone's 'Mission: Impossible,' Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain's 'I'll Be Seeing You' and Hoagy Carmichael's 'Georgia on my Mind.' Featured performers include soloists Amanda Tweddell, a freshman of Parma and Natasha Williams, a freshman of Akron; guitarist Andrew Morales, a senior of Mentor and pianist Laura Jurasko, a freshman of Mingo Junction..

'Of Parting' rounds out the program with 'Precious Lord' by T.A. Dorsey.

The Mount Union Choir is under the direction of Dr. Scott W. Dorsey, associate professor of music, director of choral activities and chair of the Department of Music at MountUnion who joined the College in 1995.

Dorsey earned a bachelor of arts degree in voice from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a master of arts degree in choral conducting from California State University, Stanislaus and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Iowa.

The Mount Union Choir is among the nation's oldest collegiate choirs, tracing its roots to 1896. One of five choral organizations at the College, the Choir is the institution's premiere choral ensemble.

The Choir also has had a long history of choral recordings and was among the earliest U.S. college choirs to release concerts on record. 'Purple' is the latest recording by the choir and will be available for purchase on CD in the lobby of Cope Music Hall following the concert.

Presser Recital Hall is located in CopeMusic Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street on the Mount Union campus.

For tickets or more information, call the Mount Union College Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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