As part of its annual tour, the Susquehanna University Choir will travel to Wise County on Jan. 10 to perform at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
The concert, set for 7:30 p.m. in Cantrell Hall, is free and open to the public.
The ensemble of gifted musicians represents the best of students from the Lutheran liberal arts university in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. The choir, conducted by Julia Brasher Thorn, the director of choral activities and Cyril Stretansky Distinguished Professorship Chair in Choral Music, is looking forward to performing for university, church and high school audiences in Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
There will be a tremendous variety of music represented on the program. Composers, Bach, Haydn and Victoria will be complimented by music of artists that are actively writing today. The audience will be treated to folk songs, spirituals, hymn arrangements and music of the theater.
In addition to the University Choir, the SU Chamber Singers will perform a segment of the concert. Chamber Singers consist of 16 musicians that are a subset of the University Choir and perform music appropriate to the small ensemble, often without a conductor. This versatile group of singers will be performing music with great sensitivity in every imaginable style.
“I have so enjoyed my work with the students of the Choir throughout my five years at SU,” Thorn said. “They are an incredible group of young musicians that are dedicated to learning to sing to the best of their abilities. They are bright individuals who bring to the ensemble a sense of pride in belonging to this musical organization. Their love of singing is evident in every rehearsal as they have the opportunity to share through choral music something far greater than they could do as individuals.”
Thorn graduated with degrees in vocal performance from Loyola University in New Orleans and a DMA degree in choral conducting from the University of Alabama. She was professor of music at Centenary College in Shreveport before moving to Susquehanna.
The concert is a cultural activities credit event.