The DeSales University Schola Cantorum, the school's select 25-member ensemble, will perform in the highly acclaimed concert series of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pa., Sunday, March 22, and at the renowned United Nations Parish Church of the Holy Family in New York City, Sunday, April 19.
The performance at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 22. Selections will include works from Schola Cantorum's upcoming spring concert, as well as Britten's "Rejoice of the Lamb" accompanied by Cathedral organist, Russell Jackson. A $5 donation is requested at the door.
Schola Cantorum will travel to New York City to perform at the Church of the Holy Family at noon on Sunday, April 19. Known as the United Nations Parish, the church has hosted Pope John Paul II and other diplomats from around the world. Transportation to the event is available for the public, but space is limited. The bus will depart at 6 a.m. on April 19. If interested in attending, please contact, Steven Brennfleck, DeSales University Coordinator of Choral Activities, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1751, or at Steven.Brennfleck@DeSales.edu to reserve your ticket.
The Schola Cantorum performs a wide range of smaller, advanced repertoire from the Renaissance to the 20th Century compositions. The choir is featured in several important University events during the academic year and in concert programs throughout the Lehigh Valley area. Last year, the group has performed at the Sacred Heart Senior Living Center in Center Valley, Pa. and participated in the first Lehigh Valley Choral Festival held at Lafayette College. This year, in addition to the performance at the Cathedral of the Nativity, the group will make its New York City debut when it sings for Mass at the Church of the Holy Family, the United Nations Paris.
Students in Schola Cantorum are selected by audition and are from all backgrounds and years of study at DeSales. The primary goal of the group is to provide members with an artistic experience through the art of choral singing to the campus community.
Schola Cantorum members make up the core of the University's Chorale ensemble. DeSales is home to three fine choral ensembles: The Chorale, the Schola Cantorum, and the Liturgical Choir. All current and incoming students have the opportunity to audition for acceptance into the Choral Scholar Program. Prior choral experience or vocal training is not required to audition. Scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate a love talent for music. For more information on the Choral Scholar Program, contact Steven Brennfleck at the numbers listed above.
Members of the DeSales University Schola Cantorum include:
Lauren Greene, Jamie Heck, Kelly Thompson, Elizabeth Valk, Elyse Levandowski and Vera Kurmlavage.
Maria Aviso, Kelly Powers, Caitlin Kelly, Morgan Sprenkle, Jena Steinmetz, Emily Rau and Anna Stadtmueller.
Brian Kaebler, Matthew Peck, Kenneth Hueftle, John White and Weston Umstead.
Micah Beckstead, Robert Killion, Michael Motyl, Justin Carbonari, Ryan Dellaquilla and David Touhill.
For more information, please contact Steven Brennfleck, instructor of fine arts and coordinator of choral activities & liturgical music / instructor of voice at DeSales, at ext. 1751 or Steven.Brennfleck@DeSales.edu.
Press Release: DeSales Schola Cantorum to Perform in Bethlehem and New York City | Posted on: 3/20/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu