CMU Chorale Goes on Fall Tour

Performs at schools and churches in November

One of the best musical experiences of autumn is the annual tour of Central Methodist University's Chorale choir. Dates are Nov. 21-26. The tour will focus on the southwest part of Missouri this year.

The Chorale is conducted by Dr. Claude R. Westfall, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities for CMU's Swinney Conservatory of Music.

The Chorale will be singing in the towns of Fayette, Clinton, Butler, El Dorado Springs, Nixa, Stockton, Springfield, Lebanon, Waynesville, Jefferson City, and Sturgeon.

All evening concerts are open to the public at no charge. During the day, the Chorale performs at high schools, and those performances are not open to the public.

The tour repertoire is extensive and songs change according to location. Commonly sung pieces include "Abendlied" (Rheinberger), "At the Round Earth" (Spencer), "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" (arr. Gibbs), "How Lovely are Thy Dwellings" (Atteberry), "Lead Me Home" (Barnum), "Let All the Nations Praise the Lord" (Leisring), "Lullaby" (Elder); "Pseaume 43" (Sweelinck), "The Shepherd had an Angel" (Besly), "The Word was God" (Powell), "To Us a Child is Born" (Herbst), "Wearin' of the Green" (Parker), and the choir's theme song "Beautiful Savior" (Christiansen).

Open concerts will be:

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at Ohio Street United Methodist Church (UMC) in Butler

Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. at Campbell UMC in Springfield

Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. at Lebanon UMC in Lebanon

Sunday, Nov. 24, at both 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at Lebanon UMC in Lebanon

Monday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m. at Jefferson City UMC in Jefferson City

Chorale Members

Soprano: Crystal Beeler (junior music education major, Glasgow); Angela Biondo (junior music education major, St. Charles); Anna Kay (sophomore elementary education major, Boonville); Susan Bishop (freshman music education major, Fayette); Britney Kelcher (junior vocal performance major, St. Charles); Brittany Losh (senior vocal performance major, Pacific)

Alto: Amber Hoskisson (senior psychology major, Fayette); Samantha Marshall (freshman, biology major, Auxvasse); Susan Henke (sophomore music education major, Salisbury); Kaitlin Romine (senior music education major, Boonville)

Tenor: Cal Bergthold (senior music education major, Paris); Zack Fincher (junior music education major, Lebanon); Alex Kirby (senior music education major, Columbia); Austin Long, senior music major, Monroe City); Luke McKinney (senior music education major, Harrisburg); Hershel Williams III (junior music education major, Lebanon)

Bass: Levi Gerke (junior vocal/piano performance major, Pilot Grove); Dane Johnson (senior vocal performance major, Columbia); Taylor Rouse (sophomore music education major, Columbia); Daniel Jones (junior vocal performance major, St. Charles); Stephen Meyer (sophomore music education major, Marshall); Archer Tribett (junior music education major, Little Rock, Ark.); Joe Jefferies (junior marketing major, Fayette)

The Chorale is managed by Cal Bergthold, choral fellow and manager; and it will be accompanied by Levi Gerke on piano.




Posted November 7, 2013