‘Choral Collage’ to open concert season

9:02 am | October 3, 2012

The East Tennessee State University Chorale will perform “A Choral Collage” in the opening concert of the 2012-13 season on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St.

This concert will feature a collage of different musical styles ranging from choral classics to Appalachian folk songs. Organist Jennifer Marshall will join the Chorale for the performance of masterworks for choir and organ, including Benjamin Britten’s “Jubilate Deo in C” and Gabriel Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine.” She will also present the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Sonata No. 6 in D minor.”

The Chorale will also welcome Alan Stevens, interim director of choral activities for the ETSU Department of Music, to the podium. Before joining the ETSU Department of Music faculty as an assistant professor this semester, he resided in Tucson, Ariz., where he was assistant director of the Tucson Chamber Artists and sang with the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale. He spent two years as a freelance musician in New York City, performing in a variety of opera, theater and choral productions and with the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. He also taught middle and secondary vocal music in Illinois public schools for six years.

Stevens, who maintains an active career as a tenor soloist, earned his doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Arizona. His research focus is early American music up to 1850, and he was recently invited to present on his dissertation topic — the performance practice of William Billings’ music — at the 2013 American Choral Directors Association National Convention.

Marshall is the collaborative pianist for the ETSU Department of Music and choir director at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Johnson City. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of South Carolina and has served as organist, pianist and music director for several churches throughout South Carolina and Tennessee. S

Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased before 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, by calling the ETSU Department of Music at 439-4276. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets will not be available at the door. Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance may call the same number to make arrangements.

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