MAILED: Feb. 17, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Concert Choir is going to the super bowl - well the super bowl of choral performances anyway.
The 63-person choir will perform next month at the American Choral Directors Association national convention in San Diego, Calif.
"This is the super bowl of choral performances," said Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor of UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir. "It doesn't get any bigger than this."
The choir will perform two major works with two other choirs during the convention, said Schwartzhoff, noting their performance will be the last of the convention which runs March 5-8. UW-Eau Claire will perform with Oklahoma State University's Concert Chorale of Stillwater, Okla., and Texas Christian University's Concert Chorale of Fort Worth, Texas.
During the convention, the college choirs will perform with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roger Melone, associate conductor and choral director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
UW-Eau Claire's group will perform Herbert Howells' "Hymnus Paradisi" and a piece by Gian Carlo Menotti commissioned for this convention titled "Jacob's Prayer."
The ACDA is the largest professional music organization in the country, and its annual convention typically attracts some 5,000 members. UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen were invited to perform at the organization's annual convention in 1983 in Nashville, Tenn., but this will be the Concert Choir's first appearance, Schwartzhoff said.
"We are honored to have been invited," Schwartzhoff said.
Choirs submit audition tapes at a district level and those selected are forwarded for national consideration, Schwartzhoff said. Twenty-five groups from junior high school through university levels are then invited to perform during six concerts at the convention, he said. Several foreign choirs are also invited to give guest performances, he said.
The Concert Choir is one of seven choirs at UW-Eau Claire. Students must audition for a place in the Concert Choir but do not have to be music majors, Schwartzhoff said.
UW-Eau Claire's Student Senate and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation are helping choir members sponsor the tour to California.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 24, 1997