The Festival Arts Series of Broadmoor United Methodist Church is excited to announce our next concert on Friday, January 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This concert will feature the Susquehanna University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Dr. Julia Thorn. The choir has garnered high praise across the country over the past few years and this evening will prove to be a great night of choral music! This is a complimentary concert. During the performance, an offering of appreciation will be collected.
Tour Press release:
The Susquehanna University Choir will embark on their annual tour, January 10-22, 2017. This ensemble of gifted musicians, represent the best of students from the Lutheran Liberal Arts University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. The choir, conducted by Dr. Julia Brasher Thorn who is the Director of Choral Activities, and Cyril Stretansky Distinguished Professorship Chair in Choral Music, is looking forward to performing their music for church and high school audiences in Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Julia Thorn graduated with BM and MM 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, LA for fifteen years before moving to Susquehanna.
There will be a tremendous variety of music represented on the program. Beloved 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 sixteen 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. 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. As the conductor I am happy to be a part of the very special musical community that is Susquehanna,” explains Dr. Thorn. The choirs were invited recently to perform at the National Association for Music Education Conference, the Pennsylvania Music Education Association Convention, and the Pennsylvania American Choral Directors Association Conference. The ensembles received critical acclaim and standing ovations at each of these prestigious concert venues.
“I am constantly reminded of the joy we bring to our audiences and each other in making music together, says Thorn, and I hope that many individuals in the area will be a part of this event.” Admission is free to each concert, however a free will offering will be collected to support the students with the tour expenses.