The AU Chorale has set the schedule for its 2009 spring tour March 14-22 in Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Indiana.
Now in its 63rd season, the 50-voice choir under the direction of conductor, Richard Sowers, has received national and international recognition for their many and varied performances. The Chorale has performed in concert for several national and regional conventions of the American Chorale Directors Association (ACDA), including a recent Central Division Convention in Indianapolis in which they were additionally honored to have been chosen to perform the world premiere of a new work commissioned by ACDA for this event.
The 2009 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions, including selections by Pachelbel, Sweelinck, Tavener, Whitacre, and Tormis, as well as hymn arrangements and spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, L. L. Fleming, and David Phelps. Many unaccompanied selections will be performed as well as those for separate men’s and women’s ensembles. Ken Chan, staff accompanist for the Anderson University School of Music will serve as accompanist for the tour.
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 was founded by Dr. Robert Nicholson in 1945. The ensemble has received national and international recognition for their performances at ACDA events, music education conventions, church music conferences, European music festivals, and collaborations with several regional orchestras in performances of major choral/orchestral works. They will give performances of the Beethoven “Missa Solemnis” this spring in Columbus, Indiana and Anderson.
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. They are next slated for a tour of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland in May 2010.
The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 25th 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 20th 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.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 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 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.