Mount Union Concert Choir to Tour in Ohio

April 22, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union Concert Choir will tour throughout Ohio following Commencement from May 12-17.

The 2013 choir tour, entitled “Truth and Beauty,” features a five-part program, “Gathering,” “Five Alleluias,” “To Faith and Forgiveness,” “Manifestations of Love” and “Sending.”

The choir will perform 13 songs during each concert, including non-traditional pieces in languages such as Latin, Spanish, German and South African.

The choir will begin the tour with a performance on Sunday, May 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, OH. They will be in Cincinnati, OH on Monday, May 13, in Fairborn, OH at Mary, Help of Christians Parish on Tuesday, May 14 and in Mount Vernon, OH at Gay Street United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 15. The choir will perform at Canfield High School in Canfield, OH and First United Methodist Church in Ashtabula, OH on Thursday, May 16. Before returning home Friday, May 17, the choir will perform at Mentor High School in Mentor, OH and University Circle United Methodist Church in Cleveland, OH.

“Touring provides students opportunities for both musical and personal growth,” said Dr. Grant Cook III, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Mount Union. “It is a wonderful chance for members to strengthen their internal bonds while at once building and nurturing an external community.”

While on tour, the 49 members of the Concert Choir will have the chance to experience free time at COSI, a science center in Columbus; the United States Air Force Museum and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Students will stay with various members of participating churches each night of the tour and join in a CD recording.

“Touring is a reflection of life,” said Cook. “It teaches us all to be adaptable, flexible, grateful and humble.”

The 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.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make music with my students night after night—the spring tour is the best week of the academic year,” said Cook. “We have spent countless hours preparing the tour program; now it is time to share it with others.”

Cook is in his second year at the University of Mount Union. Along with administering the University’s choral program, he conducts Cantus Femina and teacher choral conducting and literature. Cook holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal pedagogy from Heidelberg College and is a graduate of Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, from which he earned both a Master of Music degree in choral conducting and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in historical music/ethnomusicology.

Collaborative artist Kathy Reichenberger has been a faculty accompanist at the University of Mount Union since 1995. She is in constant demand, playing for various ensembles and professional solo performers. Reichenberger holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southwest Baptist University.

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.

“Most importantly, touring provides an effective vehicle for advancing the mission of the University,” said Cook. “It is a means of alumni relations, institutional advancement, recruitment and church relations.”

For more information about the Concert Choir’s tour, contact the department of music at (330) 823-2180.

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