Defiance College Chamber Singers Hit The Road

– Jordan Osborne (Defiance, OH)

On Friday November 20th, the Defiance College Chamber Singers will embark on their Fall Tour in Nashville, Tennessee. The tour consists of 6 stops where the Chamber Singers will be at. The Singers will first stop at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Indianapolis, IN; then the singers will stop at Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis, IN; the singers will then attend a performance of the Big Fish at the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN; the singers will then perform at the service for St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Evansville, IN; tour and record at the Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN; and then the Chamber Singers will be making their final performance at the Urbana United Methodist Church in Urbana, OH.

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This past Sunday, the Chamber Singers were lucky to join the members of the St. John’s United Church of Christ at their service. The Chamber Singers sang the Festival Benedicite, composed by Philip Stopford, and Unclouded Day, arranged by Shawn Kirchner. The Chamber Singers joined the Rev. Jim Brehler and the congregation in prayer and song.

On Sunday November 1st, the Chamber Singers joined the DC Choral Union, the Northwesternaires and the Black Swamp Honors choir for the W. Oscar Jones Choral Festival at St. John United Church of Christ. The DC Choral Union sang Sing Dem Herrn as arranged by Wallace DePue as a processional. The Choral Union then sand Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes composed by Antonio Vivaldi followed by O Ye Mountains and Hills, the second movement of Philip Stopford’s Festival Benedicite. O Ye Mountains and Hills features two recipients of the Richard W. Stroede scholarship, Mandie Hiel and Lindsay Kasmer. Choral Union then sang Down to the River to Pray as composed by Mack Wilberg. The women of the DC Choral Union and the Chamber Singers then came together under the direction of Candice Stoffel for the DC Women’s Chorus where they sang Hotaru Koi, a Japanese children’s song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and they ended with Gaudete! This last selection the Women’s Chorus was joined by the girls from the Black Swamp Honors Choir. To complete the concert, the Chamber Singers, DC Choral Union, the Black Swamp Honors Choir, and the Northwesternaires came together to sing Let There Be Peace on Earth as arranged by Craig Courtney.

The Chamber Singers invite all to join them for the 44th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah and the 19th with orchestra. These rehearsals are held at St. John UCC. These rehearsals will be: November 16th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., November 23rd, 7:00-9:00 p.m., November 30th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and December 7th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. The performance will be at 7:00 p.m. on December 13th at St. John UCC.

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