Marietta College students chosen to perform with Voices of Marietta

Voices of Marietta, one of four annually selected choral ensembles at Marietta College, recently selected 12 students to perform during the 2004-05 season.

"While we consider the Marietta College Concert Choir our premiere choral group, by virtue of its size and the difficulty of its literature, the Voices of Marietta is certainly the most select," said Dr. Daniel Monek, chair of the department and director of the group. "It allows our most talented students the opportunity to both perform in a small group and experience in depth the music of a particular style or period."

The 12 students chosen to perform this year are: seniors Jon Bolden of Little Hocking, Holly Chambers of Vienna, W.Va., Mara Drayer of Ennis, Mont., and Melissa Jones of Coshocton, juniors Dannielle Blades of Rowley, Mass., Kristy Boyd of Fredonia, N.Y., and David Coker of Waynesboro, Pa., sophomores Daniel May of Euclid and Nicholas Gehlfuss of Chesterland, and freshmen Candice Brice from New Eagle, Pa., John Betts of Findlay and Patrick Simone of Stow.

The group is chosen by the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music following a two-stage audition process. Students are chosen depending on their solo singing and sight-reading abilities.

Each academic year, Voices of Marietta directs its attention to a specific style or time period of music. This year the group will be focusing on madrigals and motets of the Renaissance. The 2003-04 group concentrated primarily on vocal jazz.

The Voices of Marietta, along with the College Concert Choir and Women's Choir, can be heard at the department's Fall Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2.