MC Concert Choir invited to perform at Ohio Music Educators’ conference

For the first time in Marietta College history, one of the College’s performing ensembles has been invited to perform at a professional conference.

Selected through audition from more than 130 performing organizations by the Ohio Music Educators Association, the Marietta College Concert Choir has been invited to perform as part of the association's Queen City Conference Feb. 2-5 in Cincinnati.

Dr. Daniel Monek, chair of the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music and director of choral music, said the invitation is considered a significant honor, as it recognizes the 44-member choir as one of the finest performing ensembles in the state.

“We consider this a major step in the growth of our program,” Monek said. “The department is very pleased with this recognition of the quality of its choral program. It is a significant achievement and honor in which the entire college community can celebrate.”

As it has in the past, the College will host a booth in the conference exhibits area. “Exhibiting at the conference gives us an opportunity to connect with students and teachers from around the state,” Monek said.

The Ohio Music Educators Association is part of the Music Educators National Conference that represents music teachers from across the country. The organization is designed to provide professional development and support for music educators. Its conferences feature performances by top vocal and instrumental ensembles from regional middle schools, high schools and colleges, and also provide an opportunity for music educators at all levels to gain information on pedagogical developments, curricular innovations, and performance ideas.

The Choir’s program for the conference will be drawn from their fall concert material, including a work by former MC professor William Buelow. In addition to conducting the performance, Monek will be presenting a workshop session for conference attendees on developing choral tone in singing ensembles.