Goshen College choirs to perform winter choral concert

The Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir and Men’s Choir perform together at the December 2015 Festival of Carols.

Concert: Goshen College Winter Choral Concert
Date and Time: Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall
Cost: Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available online at https://www.goshen.edu/tickets or by calling (574) 535-7566. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID.

The Goshen College Choirs will present their first concert of the 2016 school year with their annual Winter Choral Concert on Saturday, Feb. 13. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.

Performing will be the Goshen College Chamber Choir, a mixed gender ensemble of 24 singers, directed by Scott Hochstetler. Also performing are the 43-member Men’s Chorus, also directed by Hochstetler, and the 53-member Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Marcia Yost.

The choirs will present a concert of varied repertoire, including the 23rd Psalm by Bobby McFerrin, works by Henry Purcell and W.A. Mozart, spirituals, folk tunes and world music. The choirs will perform individually and as a large joint chorus.

Tickets are $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available online at goshen.edu/tickets or by calling (574) 535-7566. Goshen College faculty, staff, and students are free with valid ID.

Scott Hochstetler, DMA, is associate professor of music at Goshen College, where he teaches in the choral, vocal and opera theater programs. Dr. Hochstetler is a diverse conductor, having led church, school, college and community ensembles, and worked with singers from novice to professional. Under his direction, the Goshen College Chamber Choir performed live on A Prairie Home Companion in May 2015. Hochstetler regularly clinics choirs and has led groups on tours throughout the United States and Canada. As a baritone, Dr. Hochstetler has performed opera and oratorio roles and given recitals in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Oregon. With graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, Dr. Hochstetler has studied conducting with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, Jonathan Reed, Jerry Blackstone, Theodore Morrison and Kenneth Kiesler, and he has studied voice with Leslie Guinn, Stephen Lusmann and Doyle Preheim.

Marcia Yost holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Indianapolis and a master’s degree in choral conducting and music education from Western Michigan University. Her Goshen High School Choirs have received three state championship and eight state runner-up titles during her tenure, as well as numerous awards in festivals around the United States and Canada. She is in her fourth year of serving as executive director of the Music Center, where her passion for the role of music in the life of our community meets the mission of the Music Center. She is delighted to have this opportunity to work with the Women’s World Music Choir while Dr. Debra Detwiler Brubaker is away this semester.