Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Goshen College choirs to perform fourth annual world music concert

Concert: "Earthtones: Songs from Many Cultures" by Goshen College choirs
Date and time: Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and free for GC students with ID. Tickets available at the door only.


GOSHEN, Ind. – Singing music from multiple regions of the world, the Goshen College choirs will again explore the large palette of sounds available to the human voice at the fourth annual Earthtones choral concert on Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall.


Performing will be the Goshen College Chorale, Chamber Choir, Men's Chorus and Women's World Music Choir. The program will feature choral works from a wide variety of composers, cultures and countries, including Venezuela, Scandinavia, Ireland, Iraq, Syria, India, South Africa, Japan, Republic of Georgia and African-American traditions. The choirs will perform individually and as a combined choir.


Drawing from powerful melodies of almost every continent, Earthtones promises to provide a concert full of vitality and tone color in a celebration of world music.


The Goshen College Choirs are directed by Debra Brubaker, professor of music, and Scott Hochstetler, assistant professor of music. They are accompanied by Christine Larson Seitz, assistant professor of music and pianist.


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.

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, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or



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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