AU Chorale releases schedule for spring tour

Mon, 2011-02-14 08:05 -- univcomm
February 14, 2011

The Anderson University Chorale has set the schedule for its 2011 spring tour, March 11-20, in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Indiana.

chorale2In its 65th season, the 44-voice Anderson University Chorale under the direction of conductor Dr. Richard Sowers has received national and international recognition as one of the nation’s premiere collegiate choirs. The Chorale has performed in concert for several national and regional conventions of the American Chorale Directors Association.

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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.

chorale2011-2International 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 toured Finland, Sweden, and Denmark giving nine concerts in 16 days, including several performances at the Vaasa International Choral Festival in Finland.

[Photo: The 2010-2011 Anderson University Chorale.]

The 2011 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions including selections by Michael McCarthy, Monteverdi, Sweelinck, Lauridsen, William Averitt, and Dan Forrest. Additionally, hymn arrangements and spirituals arranged by Mark Condon and Don Marsh will be performed. Anderson University Staff Accompanist Rebecca Edie will be featured on several selections.

The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 27th year at Anderson University where he is a professor of music and director of choirs. He also conducts the Anderson Symphonic Choir, Men’s Choir, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and music education classes. In 2007 during a sabbatical leave, Sowers was resident guest conductor with the EMO Ensemble, a professional level vocal ensemble in Helsinki, Finland, presenting a concert of music by all American composers written since 2000. During this time Sowers also was a guest conducting teacher at the Sibelius Academy.

sowersSowers is in his 22nd season as music director and conductor of the Anderson (city) Symphony Orchestra. He has been guest conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Toledo Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Youth Orchestra of Indianapolis. Sowers has degrees from Indiana University, Colorado State University, and Arizona State University. In 1994 Sowers was chosen as the outstanding music alumnus form Colorado State University. His conducting teachers have included Jan Harrington, Edward Anderson, Douglas McEwen, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Kenneth Kiesler. Sowers maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh 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.