In its 64th season, the 45-voice Anderson University Chorale 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 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.
Domestic tours have taken the Chorale to almost every region and state. Tours have included performances in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Riverside Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Performances of the Emmy award-winning “Candles and Carols” Christmas program by the Chorale and other Anderson University School of Music ensembles are televised each December throughout the United States and on EWTN and other networks globally.
International tours have taken the Chorale to concert venues and church-related events in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Russia. In May 2010, the Chorale will tour Finland, Sweden and Denmark giving nine concerts in 16 days. They will be among featured choirs at the Vaasa International Choral Festival in Finland during that tour. [Photo on right: 2010 AU Chorale.]
The 2010 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions including selections by Świder, Allegri, Poulenc, Hassler, Whitacre, and Christopher Marshall, an Orlando, Florida-based composer. Additionally, hymn arrangements and spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan and Andraé Crouch will be performed.
Dr. Rebecca Chappell, professor of wood winds and director of AU’s Orangehaus Records will join the Chorale on this tour playing clarinet and alto saxophone. School of Music staff accompanist, Ken Chan, will accompany the choir on several selections.
The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 26th year at Anderson University where he is a professor of music and director of choral and orchestral music. He conducts the Anderson University Chamber Orchestra, the Anderson Symphonic Choir, Men’s Choir, and teaches conducting and choral methods. Dr. Sowers has degrees from Indiana University, Colorado State University, and Arizona State University. He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician in the US and Europe. [Photo on left: Dr. Richard Sowers, Anderson University Chorale Director.]
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 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth 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.