Area singers are invited to join Mansfield University Festival Chorus

MANSFIELD – Area singers are invited to join the Mansfield University Festival Chorus for the 2015-16 season. The Chorus, directed by Peggy Dettwiler, will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Steadman Theatre beginning Tuesday.

During the fall semester, the Festival Chorus will perform in the annual Choral Collage in Steadman Theatre on Oct. 25 and the annual holiday choral concerts on Dec. 4-6.

The Festival Chorus will sing “Agnus Dei” (Lamb of God) at the Choral Collage and “Sanctus” (Holy, Holy, Holy) for the holiday concerts, both from the High Lonesome Mass to be performed in its entirety in April. The High Lonesome Mass is composed by Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsay.

The repertoire for the fall semester will include “Modern Musick,” by William Billings; “Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound from Samson,” by George F. Handel; “High Lonesome Agnus Dei” and “High Lonesome Sanctus,” composed by Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsay; “Tshotsholoza,” traditional South African adapted by Jeffery Ames; “Bogoroditse Devo,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; Donald Marsh’s “Mary, Mary,” arranged by Lloyd Pfautsch; Carole Stephens’ arrangement of “We are Lights,” by Stephen Schwartz; and “Arise, Your Light has Come,” by David Danner.

A music packet with five of these titles is available to buy at the Mountie Den campus bookstore. The remainder of the music will be available at the first rehearsal.

This year’s holiday concert theme is “O Wondrous Mystery” also known as “O magnum mysterium.” Each choir will present a choral selection on the topic plus a variety of works from the Renaissance through the 21st century culminating in a dynamic finale featuring combined choirs with brass and percussion.

Festival Chorus members are also welcome to participate with the Concert Choir on selections for Men’s and Women’s choruses. These rehearsals are held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. for women and 8 p.m. for men. Singers are not required to be part of any other ensemble to be a member of the Festival Chorus.

All community members will need to sing for voice placement into the chorus.

Singers should be prepared to vocalize for range and sing a brief solo such as “Happy Birthday,” “My Country ’tis of Thee,” “Row Row Row Your Boat” or another of their choice.

Call 570-662-4721 or email pdet twil@mansfield.edu for more information.