MU Young Men’s Choral Festival set for Friday

MANSFIELD – The Young Men’s Choral Festival (YMCF), hosted by the Mansfield University student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), will be held Friday.

The YMCF is an annual festival showcasing the male voice and will feature a choir of more than 100 young men from area school districts, the Mansfield University Men’s Choir and special guests, ‘Round Midnight.

The festival will feature two concerts in Steadman Theatre. Both are free and open to the public.

The YMCF concert will at 4 p.m. It will present the voices of the Young Men’s Choir, under the direction of Todd Ranney, MU assistant professor of Voice and Opera, and the Mansfield University Men’s Choir, under the direction of Mansfield’s Director of Choral Activities Peggy Dettwiler.

The program features choral standards for men’s voices, humorous selections and a finale for combined choirs by Randall Thompson, “The God Who Gave Us Life” from the “Testament of Freedom.”

At 7 p.m., ‘Round Midnight, an award winning a capella quartet, will perform.

The group is a four-time semi-finalist in the Barbershop Harmony Society’s (BHS) International Barbershop Quartet Contest and they are past BHS Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Champions.