STUDENTS SHOWCASE MUSICAL TALENT THIS LAST WEEK OF APRIL

April 13, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Music Department at Mount Union College has decided to wind down the month of April with several performances showcasing the musical talent of students, including concerts given by the College's two largest musical groups, the Mount Union Wind Ensemble and the Mount Union Choir.

On Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in Rodman Playhouse, the Mount Union Wind Ensemble will present its Spring Concert. Under the direction of L. Timothy DeStefano, assistant professor of music, the group will be playing a variety of pieces including The Strategic Air Command Concert March by J. Clifton Williams, The Seventh Seal by W. Francis McBeth and His Honor March by Henry Fillmore, among several others.

Following the Wind Ensemble, on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall, the Mount Union Choir will be performing. Under the direction of Dr. Scott Dorsey, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, and featuring the voices of 52 talented soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers, the Mount Union Choir will be performing J.S. Bach's Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, along with a set of hymns arranged by retiring professor of music Dr. Lewis Phelps, and more. The concert will conclude with Precious Lord, the group's signature piece, arranged by Thomas A. Dorsey. Tickets, although free, are required for this event and can be obtained by calling (330) 823-2180.

Other musical events planned throughout the week include a Senior Recital presented by Vanessa Campbell of Clinton on Sunday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. A piano performance major with minors in vocal performance and German, Campbell has been a member of the Mount Union Choir and Women's Chorus, served as treasurer of Mu Phi Epsilon, the national music fraternity, and has earned Dean's List honors while at Mount Union. She currently teaches 13 students through the Mount Union Preparatory Department and Pellegrino Music Center.

Two events will be featured on Monday, April 23. At 7 p.m. in Dewald Chapel, Dr. Victoria Harris, professor of music and director of the College's preparatory division, will present an organ recital. The Mount Union Women's Chorus will be giving its Spring Concert the same evening beginning at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. The group will be performing a concert entitled "Baroque, Brahms and Blues," which features a variety of music selections, some of which were performed in March at an invitational concert for the annual conference of the Great Lakes chapter of the College Music Society.

On Tuesday, April 24, a Student Recital will be held at 10:35 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall. The students featured in the recital will include Joni Barker, a sophomore from Wintersville; P.J. Chavez, a freshman from Massillon; Jesse Davis, a freshman from Pilesgrove, NJ; Amanda Decker, a freshman from Parma Heights; Kristen Dobish, a freshman from New Wilmington, PA; Youssef Hamid, a freshman from Chagrin Falls; Jen Harmon, a junior from Berlin Center; Hayley Hart, a freshman from Minerva; Amanda Rasey, a freshman from Fostoria; Danielle Shaub, a freshman from North Canton on flute; and Brandi Tolson, a sophomore from Beloit.

Finally, on Wednesday, April 25 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall, Mount Union's Flute Choir will be combining with the Stark County Honors Flute Choir for a concert under the direction of Robin Tryon, lecturer of music at the College. Among those participating as members of the Mount Union Flute Choir are: Sarah Craig, a sophomore from North Canton; Jessica Harding, a sophomore from Massillon; Carrie Hull, a junior from Kensington; Deanne Reeve, a junior from Broadview Heights; Danielle Shaub, a freshman from North Canton (also performing on piano); Penelope Snider, a freshman from Paris; and Dana Wessel, a freshman from Hudson. Also, playing clarinet will be Amanda Schaub, a sophomore from Orwell.

All performances are free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall and Rodman Playhouse are located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street. For more information, contact the music department at (330) 823-2180.

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