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Annual Choral Festival to be Held
At UW-Eau Claire Oct. 10-11

 MAILED:  Oct. 2, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Nearly 200 singers from 45 high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota will participate in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s 12th annual Choral Festival Oct. 10-11.

The annual recruitment event gives outstanding high school vocalists a chance to hear UW-Eau Claire’s major choirs and ensembles, meet the directors and participate in the Festival Concert on Saturday evening. Each school will send one mixed quartet of their most talented vocal musicians.

“Due to the popularity of our choral program, the campus is often called ‘Wisconsin’s Singing University,’” said Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, director of the choral division. “This is our primary recruitment festival during the year. In one day they’ll see our four major choirs and most of our ensembles. We want to give them as much Blugold as possible.”

The festival will open with the “A Cappella Extravaganza” in Schofield Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Tickets are $5 and are available in the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, or at the door.

More than 400 students participate in vocal ensembles at UW-Eau Claire, which has the largest undergraduate music program in Wisconsin. The a cappella concert has been a choral festival tradition since 1996. It will feature six UW-Eau Claire ensembles — Chamber Choir, Innocent Men, 5th Element, Impromptu, Girls’ Night Out and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The Eau Claire Memorial High School Madrigals, directed by UW-Eau Claire alumnus George Utphall, also will perform.

On Saturday two choirs — Women’s Concert Chorale and The Singing Statesmen — will perform at 1:15 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Women’s Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck, will present “Duo Seraphpim” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, “Nada te Turbe” by Joan Szymko, “Angel” by Kathleen Maza, Eagan, Minn., and a Clifton Noble arrangement of “Elijah Rock.”

The Singing Statesmen, directed by Schwartzhoff, will perform “Consecrate the Place and Day” by Lloyd Pfautsch, Giacomo Carissimi’s “Plorate Filii Israel,” the Gregorian Chant “Agnus Dei,” John Ness Beck’s “A Hymn to the Father,” and “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables.” They will finish the afternoon concert with several Songs of the University.

The Festival Concert will conclude the day’s activities at 7 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. The program will include performances by UW-Eau Claire’s Concert Choir, directed by Schwartzhoff; the Hudson High School Chamber Choir, directed by Andrew Haase; and the Festival Honor Choir, directed by Schwartzhoff and Rieck.

The Festival Concert will include “Get America Singing … Again,” an opportunity for audience members along with the choristers to raise their voices to salute our nation.

Outstanding senior vocalists participating in Choral Fest will be selected to perform as soloists in the Festival Concert. The top three finalists selected by members of the voice/choral area will receive scholarships if they attend UW-Eau Claire and participate in a choral ensemble during their freshman year in 2004-05. These scholarships are supported by funds from the Ralph and Peggy Hudson Choral Foundation.

The Saturday concerts are free and open to the public.


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Updated: October 2, 2003