SUNY New Paltz Chorale Ensemble seeks members

NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz is seeking members of the community interested in joining its College-Community Chorale for the spring 2014 season. Membership is open to singers from the public and SUNY New Paltz students. No audition is required.

This season’s program will include Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, settings of Hindu sacred scriptures. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. beginning Jan. 22, in the Nadia & Max Shepard Recital Hall located in College Hall on the New Paltz campus.

The College-Community Chorale is a singing group devoted to performing the best in choral literature. The group rehearses and performs under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, director of choral activities at SUNY New Paltz. The Chorale performs two concerts each semester, generally focusing on smaller choral works with piano accompaniment for the first concert and a larger choral work with orchestral accompaniment for the second concert.

Lundergan conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, College-Community Chorale, and teaches several courses, including Music Theory, Music History, Writing About Music and Conducting, at New Paltz. He is artistic director of Kairos: A Consort of Singers, a select ensemble dedicated to the performance of unaccompanied choral music from the Renaissance to the present. Lundergan has been music director for numerous productions of the Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company, including The Medium, Sweeney Todd, Iolanthe, The Merry Widow, A Little Night Music, Tomfoolery and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. He has appeared as a guest conductor for the Music in the Mountains Festival, the Pon Ensemble, and the Hudson Valley Society for Music‘s annual BachFest program. For several summers he served as a guest conductor for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

The Department of Music at New Paltz has a full range of performing ensembles for students, including College-Youth Symphony, Symphonic Band, College-Community Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Collegium Musicum, and Chamber Jazz ensembles. The department offers an extensive series of on-campus concerts involving faculty members, guest performers, students, and student ensembles.

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