The AU Chorale has set the schedule for its 2008 spring tour March 7-16 in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Composed of 47 singers from many academic disciplines, the Anderson University Chorale has received national and international recognition, performing throughout the United States and abroad during its 62-year history.
The 2008 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions, including selections by Mendelssohn, Palestrina, Sandström, Mahler, Whitacre, as well as hymn arrangements and spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan and James Fritchel.
Recent tours have included performances in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Riverside Church and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; an internationally broadcast performance during the Sunday morning service at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.; and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., representing the state of Indiana for “Indiana Day.”
Performances of the Chorale and other Anderson University School of Music ensembles for the Emmy Award-winning Candles and Carols Christmas program are broadcast throughout the United States and world-wide over two global networks each December. The Chorale has been featured in concert for divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association.
Seven European tours have taken the Chorale to concert venues in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Russia. The most recent international tour, in May 2007, took the Chorale on a 23-day concert tour of Norway, Sweden, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 24th year at Anderson University, where he is a professor of music and director of choral and orchestral music. He also conducts Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Choir and Men’s Choir, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Sowers is in his 19th season as music director and conductor of the Anderson (city) Symphony Orchestra. He was a resident guest conductor of the EMO Ensemble in Helsinki, Finland, during the winter of 2007. Sowers is active in the American Chorale Directors Association, the International Federation of Choral Music and is an active clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor.
The Chorale and Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Sowers has a CD available that includes 25 selections and over 75 minutes of music including Christmas selections, Church of God Hymns, and Spirituals.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.