Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Goshen College and Goshen High School join for Nov. 6 music concerts


Concert: Goshen College & Goshen High School Joint Music Concert
Date and time: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: $6 adults, $4 seniors/students. General admission. GC students free with valid ID. Tickets for sale at the door.
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GOSHEN, Ind. – Members of the award-winning Goshen High School orchestra, band and choir programs will join with the Goshen College Orchestra, choirs and vocal soloists on Sunday, Nov. 6 for performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


The concert will feature performances of Carl Orff’s thrilling “Carmina Burana” and the finale of Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9. The vocal soloists for the performance include soprano and Goshen resident Danielle Svonavec, as well as three Goshen College faculty members: Professor of Music Debra Brubaker, soprano; Adjunct Professor of Voice Jeffrey Manns, tenor; and Assistant Professor of Music Lee Dengler, bass.


The Goshen High School directors involved in the preparation of this event include Tom Cox, Susan Ellington and Marcia Yost. Associate Professor of Music John Graulty and Brubaker are preparing the Goshen College orchestra and choirs, respectively.


Soprano guest artist and Goshen resident Svonavec is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she won the 2003 Concerto Competition. Svonavec is a young artist whose recent debut year included solo performances in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Smithsonian Chamber players in Washington and Santa Fe as well as a tour with Baltimore Consort.


Manns is director of music at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Angola, Ind., and an adjunct professor of voice at Goshen College. He is beginning his third year as Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Männerchor/ Damenchor, Fort Wayne’s German chorus, founded in 1869 and dedicated to preserving German choral singing in the United States. While maintaining a full-time private voice studio, Manns is also in demand as a soloist and chorister, having performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Muncie and Indianapolis symphonies, Louisville Chamber Ensemble and St. Louis and Columbus (Georgia) symphony orchestras. He is a nine-year member of the Heartland Chamber Chorale and also has performed with the Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop Chorus in New York City.


Brubaker is professor of music at Goshen College, where she oversees the choral and opera theater programs, and teaches voice and church music courses. Since coming to Goshen in 1999, Brubaker 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’s choirs have performed with the Toledo and South Bend Symphonies.


Dengler, assistant professor of music at Goshen College, teaches composition and voice. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Chester (Pa.) University School of Music. Dengler and his wife, Susan, are ministers of music and arts at College Mennonite Church where he directs the 60-voice adult choir. He has over 180 choral, vocal and piano works published by many of the major music publishers. He also serves as creative consultant and editor for Shawnee Press, a leading choral publisher in the United States. Dengler is the director of the Goshen Community Chorale. He is a bass/baritone soloist and has sung in numerous oratorio and operatic productions.


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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