As Canton's community chorus, University Chorus brings together the vocal talents of students, faculty and staff, and community members. They perform a varied repertoire in theme-oriented concerts, often with instrumental accompaniment, in the best tradition of American community choral singing. Last spring we got jazzy in a program entitled The Great American Songbook: Jazz Standards, singing classics by Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, Porter, Waller and more, accompanied by a jazz trio headed by UC accompanist Sam Whitesell and featuring Dan Gagliardi on bass and our own Wind Ensemble director Kyle Tupper on drums. This fall we celebrated the great British composer Benjamin Britten, performing his Saint Nicolas, a cantata honoring the real-life Nicolas, Bishop of Myra in the 4th century AD, with orchestra and the Canton HS Select Women’s Choir and tenor Steven Brennfleck.
The spring semester finds us rediscovering music of peace and love as we explore the great songs of the folk revival of the 1960’s. The music of artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary; Pete Seeger; Bob Dylan; the 3 J’s – Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins; Simon and Garfunkel; The Byrds; and more. Songs like Blowin’ in the Wind; Turn, Turn, Turn; If I Had a Hammer; Sounds of Silence; Woodstock; The Times They Are a-Changin’; Where Have All the Flowers Gone and more. The host of the NCPR show “String Fever” Barb Heller will be our special guest artist, lending her stylish voice, guitar picking and great experience performing this moving repertoire.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm in Griffiths 15, starting January 26.
Friday, April 15 at 7:00 pm at Pickens Hall, Heuvelton, NY
Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 pm at Gunnison Memorial Chapel
Auditions: By appointment until Monday, February 1.
Audition requirements: vocalize throughout your range, music reading skills check. Reading is not a requirement – just need to see where your skills are.
For more information, contact Barry Torres, director.