Goshen College Chamber Choir to perform home concert after spring break tour, March 3

Concert: Goshen College Chamber Choir spring break tour home concert
Date and time: Sunday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public

The Goshen College Chamber Choir will conclude their spring break tour to Ontario, Canada, with a “home concert” in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

The student ensemble will sing a collection of sacred and secular music and poetry following the theme of “Giving Glory” in English, Spanish, Latin and Yoruba. The songs will be sung primarily a capella, with some instrumental accompaniment.

Dr. Debra Brubaker, professor of music, directs the 19-student ensemble. The Goshen College Chamber Choir is an auditioned group of juniors and seniors performing secular and sacred music from the Medieval through Modern periods.

The concert is free and open to the public, though a free-will offering will be held to help defray tour costs.

The choir features the following members: (soprano) Karin Fast, of Waterloo, Ontario; Kate Friesen, of Archbold, Ohio; Brook Hostetter, of Harrisonburg, Va.; Rachel Mast, of Corvallis, Ore.; Emily Grimes, of Goshen, Ind.; Chelsea Wimmer, of Telford, Pa.; (alto) Emily Trapp, of Canby, Ore.; Lavonne Shetler, of Goshen, Ind.; Emily Hedrick, of Telford, Pa.; Jessie Gotwals, of Souderton, Pa.; Erin Bontrager, of Corvallis, Ore.; (tenor) Lucas Godshalk, of Plymouth, Ind.; Benson Hostetter, of Harrisonburg, Va.; Sammy Rosario, of San Juan, Puerto Rico; (bass) Ben Breckbill, of Lincoln, Neb.; Michael Darby, of Iowa City, Iowa; Rudy Litwiller, of Hopedale, Ill.; Grant Miller, of Danvers, Ill.; Justin Yoder, of Perkasie, Pa.

Brubaker holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Goshen College. She was assistant professor of music at Bluffton (Ohio) University for 10 years and has taught choir in public schools in Indiana and Colorado. Since coming to Goshen in 1999, Brubaker has directed the Goshen College Chorale and Chamber Choir, and in 2004 created the Women’s World Music Choir, which performed at the 2008 Central Division conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Goshen College’s Music Department offers a bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in music education, performance, music technology, piano pedagogy and music in worship. Seventy-five students major or minor in music and enjoy participation in five choirs, staged musicals and operas, orchestra, wind ensemble and jazz band. The Music Department is housed in the Goshen College Music Center, built in 2001. The Music Center features the 1,000-seat Sauder Concert Hall, the 300-seat Rieth Recital Hall, rehearsal and practice rooms, classrooms, teaching studios, a recording studio and an art gallery. The Community School of the Arts, located in the Music Center, provides teaching experience and leadership training for Goshen College students. The Performing Arts Series regularly brings prominent national and international musicians to the Music Center.

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