Plymouth State University Chamber Singers on the Road

February 5th, 2012 by Elizabeth

Chamber Singers in Milwaukee

The PSU Chamber Singers just completed a winter tour to Milwaukee and Chicago where they collaborated and performed with PSU alumni who are working in these cities.

The select choir performed in the Milwaukee Art Museum, Cross of Life Lutheran Church and Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. In Chicago they performed at Holy Name Cathedral, Irving Park Lutheran Church and St. Luke Parish School, and in a nursing home.

Alumni hosts were Michael Stoddard ’01, Brian O’Shaughnessy’ 08, Travis and Jessie Grande Palmer ’08 and Curtis Jackson’10.

“The connections to alumni were powerful,” says Chamber Singers’ Director Professor Dan Perkins. “To see these alumni flourishing in their careers and to contribute to their work with the current Chamber Singers was very rewarding.”

A relative of one of the singers commented on Facebook, “The music would have been wonderful in a closet, but with the acoustics in Windhover Hall it was breathtaking. Afterward they went down one floor and did a version of James Taylor’s “Lonesome Road” that was also visually entrancing!”

The Chamber Singers traveled to Boston the weekend of Feb. 11-12 to collaborate in rehearsals and a performance at Emmanuel Church where each week a Bach cantata is performed during the service. Ryan Turner, a former adjunct faculty at PSU, is artistic director of the program and rehearsed with the Chamber Singers in Plymouth prior to the performance. In addition to the cantata, the Chamber Singers also performed from their repertoire.

The Chamber Singers is an ensemble of 19 voices open to all PSU students by audition. The ensemble performs music of all periods and styles in concerts both on and off campus. Recent repertoire includes Mozart “Mass in C minor” (in collaboration with N.H. Master Chorale), J.S. Bach “Komm, Jesu, Komm,” Francis Poulenc “Four Christmas Motets,” and works by Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Part, and Moses Hogan. The Chamber Singers tour annually; the ensemble has performed in England, South Africa, Vietnam, Italy, Canada, the American Southwest, and throughout New England and the East Coast.

The Chamber Singers will next perform at PSU at 7 p.m.  April 14 at the Silver Center for the Arts. Tickets for this program, that will also include the University Chorale, are $13-11 for adults, $12-10 for seniors and $11-9 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.