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Goshen College choirs tour the world through song in spring concert, March 14

The Goshen College Chorale, Chamber Choir, Men's Chorus and Women's World Music Choir will all perform in the program that will feature choral works from a wide variety of composers, cultures and countries.

Concert: Earthtones – Songs from Many Cultures
Date and time:Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available at the door only. GC students free with ID.

GOSHEN, Ind. – Singing music from multiple regions of the world, the Goshen College choirs will explore the large palette of sounds available to the human voice in the third annual Earthtones choral concert on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall.

The Goshen College Chorale, Chamber Choir, Men's Chorus and Women's World Music Choir will all perform. They are directed by Professor of Music Debra Brubaker and Assistant Professor of Music Scott Hochstetler. The choirs will be joined by a Community School of the Arts (CSA) string ensemble directed by CSA Suzuki Strings Director Rosalyn Troiano.

The program will feature choral works from a wide variety of composers, cultures and countries, including Brazil, Thailand, Austria, Wales, China, Cuba, Mexico, Israel, Palestine and African-American traditions.

At Goshen College, Brubaker is involved in the choral and opera theater programs, teaches church music courses and serves as department co-chair. Since coming to Goshen in 1999, she has directed the Goshen College Chorale and Chamber Choir, and created the Women's World Music Choir, which made its debut in the spring of 2004. Brubaker and her choirs have collaborated and performed with such noted conductors as Alice Parker, Vance George, Donald Neuen and Gregg Smith.

Hochstetler directs the Chorale and Men's Chorus and teaches applied voice and conducting. He was music director at Western Mennonite School in Salem, Ore., from 2000 to 2005 and has taught at Corban College and the University of Michigan-Flint. Hochstetler holds a doctorate in choral conducting from Michigan State University, master's degrees in conducting and voice from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's in music and biology from Goshen College.

Troiano teaches private violin and viola students, Suzuki group classes and directs the Allegro Ensemble and Vivace Strings. She received a doctor of musical arts degree in 2000 from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (N.Y.), where she was teaching assistant to viola professor George Taylor. In April 2006, Troiano was awarded the Shinichi Suzuki-American Suzuki Foundation Teacher Training Scholarship to study Suzuki pedagogy with Goshen College alumnus and author Ed Sprunger at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wis.

The cost of the concert is $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. Tickets are available at the door only. Goshen College students are free with ID.

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or


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