Concert Choir to begin six-show spring tour on Monday, May 14

Marietta College’s Concert Choir will begin a seven-day, six-show, four-state spring tour starting in Bristol, Va., on May 14.

The first concert will be conducted at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 700 Cumberland St. Admission to each concert is free.

The tour will also make stops in Loudon, Tenn. (May 15), Columbus, Ga. (May 16), Gainesville, Fla. (May 17), North Palm Beach, Fla. (May 18), West Palm Beach, Fla. (May 19) and Winter Haven, Fla. (May 20). The Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Daniel Monek, Associate Professor and Chair of the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music.

The choir members are Elizabeth Cardarelli ’12 (Akron, Ohio), Nicole Futoran ’13 (Brookpark, Ohio), Sydney Maltese ’14 (Massillon, Ohio), Rebecca Miller ’14 (Waverly, W.Va.), Claire Murphy ’13 (Bethpage, N.Y.), Destiny Remenaric ’14 (Doylestown, Ohio), Kaely Becker ’15 (Brunswick, Ohio), Katy Fattaleh ’13 (Dublin, Ohio), Kaitlyn Humphrey ’14 (Obetz, Ohio), Adaleine Jackson ’14 (Urbana, Ohio), Kayden Manning ’12 (Vernon, Vt.), Minda Morgan ’13 (Zanesville, Ohio), Jessica Taulbee ’13 (Reynoldsburg, Ohio), Aaron Balderson ’12 (Washington, W.Va.), Stephen Brakey ’13 (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Conner Busby ’14 (Canton, Ohio), Timothy Carr ’12 (Prospect, Ohio), Spencer Riley ’14 (Sheffield Village, Ohio), Jacob Taylor ’12 (Newark, Ohio), Ian Boley ’13 (Lowell, Ohio), Nick Brady ’15 (Avon Lake, Ohio), John Forshey ’12 (Marietta, Ohio), Eric Miranda ’15 (Olmsted Falls, Ohio), Zach Richards ’15 (Cape Coral, Fla.), Carson Schumacher ’15 (Brewster, Ohio) and Jim Vogt ’12 (Mays Landings, N.J.).

The Concert Choir is one of five choral ensembles at Marietta College and one of the college’s oldest organizations. This auditioned group of singers is composed entirely of members of the student body representing every academic division and nearly every major at Marietta College. As ambassadors of the college, the choir performs annually throughout the continental U.S.

In 2006, the choir became the first American college or university choir to perform for the Chinese Choral Directors Seminar held at Beijing Conservatory in the People’s Republic of China and in 2002 was honored with invitations to perform in both St Mark’s Cathedral in Venice and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome during their tour of Italy. In 2005 the choir released its first compact disc recording, When in the Presence of Music and in 2012 will release its second compact disc titled Christmas with the Concert Choir. Under Monek’s direction, the ensemble has gained recognition for the quality and expression of its performances.

This year’s tour program, entitled Songs of Faith, Love and Remembrance, features a variety of works representing a selection of classic and contemporary choral literature. The program will consist of works by a variety of American composers including a set of three new works by Stephen Chatman entitled Teasdale Songs that were commissioned and premiered this spring by the choir in honor of the retirement of the college’s current president, Dr. Jean Scott. Also included are the beautiful Songs of Faith written by Paul Basler and a moving two-movement work written by composer Kurt Knecht in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

“The program through its combination of folksong, classic choral literature, and poignant contemporary texts provides an eclectic evening that is sure to both inspire and entertain,” Monek said.