Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Goshen College choirs offer Feb. 16 winter concert


Concert: Goshen College Winter Choral Concert
Date and time: Friday, Feb. 16, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: $6 adults, $4 seniors/students. Available at the door only. GC students free with ID.


GOSHEN, Ind. – For a relatively small campus, a large percentage of the Goshen College student body – nearly a quarter of all students – and a very active music department produce immense and varied sound. Three of Goshen College’s four choirs – Women’s World Music Choir, Chorale and Men’s Chorus – will perform a winter concert on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.


The Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Professor of Music Debra Brubaker, will perform the West African “Yoruba” chant, Pavel Tschesnokoff’s “Hvalíta Ghóspoda s ñebés,” the Pakistani piece “Khudaya, rahem kar” and the traditional spiritual “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”


The Goshen College Chorale, directed by Associate Professor of Music James Heiks, will present “Ave Maria,” Daniel Read’s “Windham,” Urmas Sisak’s XXIII Oremus from “Glories Patri” and Tschesnokoff’s “Salvation is Created.”


The Goshen College Men’s Chorus, also directed by Heiks, will perform Paul Manz’s “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come,” and two traditional spirituals arranged by Alice Parker and Moses Hogan.


The Men’s Chorus and Women’s World Music Choir debuted in February 2004, revitalizing a tradition of choirs for men and for women in addition to mixed-voices choirs. Goshen College’s Music Department maintains four choral ensembles, two instrumental ensembles, an opera scenes program and a growing chamber music program.


Brubaker, who came to Goshen College in 1999, oversees the choral and opera theater programs, as well as teaches voice and church music courses. She holds a doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s of music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and an undergraduate degree in music from Goshen College. She was assistant professor of music at Bluffton (Ohio) University for 10 years, and has also taught choir in public schools in Indiana and Colorado. Her choirs have performed with the Toledo Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra and South Bend Symphony, as well as touring many parts of the United States and Canada. Her choirs have collaborated and performed with such noted conductors as Alice Parker, Vance George, Donald Neuen and Gregg Smith. Goshen College opera and musical theatre productions that Brubaker has directed include Bizet’s “Carmen,” Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” and Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus.”


Heiks joined Goshen College in 2004 after a 30-year career in the Appleton, Wis., public schools. He is also the founder of the Appleton Boychoir, which celebrated its 28th anniversary last year. His choirs have performed in Eastern Europe, Italy, Scandinavia, Russia, Mexico and Japan. In 1997, he received the Kohl Fellowship for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching from U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl and was nominated for Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. In 1998 he was awarded Outstanding Teacher in Wisconsin by Lawrence University. As a student and colleague of Alice Parker, he collaborated with her on a new folk songbook series. GIA published the first book, Alice Parker’s Hand-Me-Down Songs in 2005.


Tickets are available at the door for the choral concert and cost $6 for adults, $4 for seniors/students and GC students can get in free with ID.


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Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit

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