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U of M 'The Water is Wide' vocal arts tour interacts with high schools in greater Minnesota

Tour scheduled November 7-8, 2013 and includes group/private instruction, clinics, rehearsals, and free public performances.

November 4, 2013

University Singers, the flagship choral ensemble of the University of Minnesota, will embark on the school’s second regional choral tour throughout the state of Minnesota on November 7 and 8.

This ensemble of 56 singers is led by the collaborative artistry of director of choral activities Kathy Saltzman Romey and associate director Matthew Mehaffey. Members of the voice faculty - John De Haan, Jean del Santo, Adriana Zabala, Wendy Zaro-Mullins, and Philip Zawisza - will also travel and perform with the choir.

The tour will involve engagement opportunities, including clinics, group and private voice instruction, and rehearsals within greater Minnesota high schools and public performances by the University Singers, University voice faculty and partnering high school choirs and students. Public performances are free of charge.

The University Singers repertoire centers around the theme of water and its importance in nurturing individuals, sustaining the earth and building community. Notable selections include the second performance of Everyone Sang by Minnesota composer Craig Carnahan, Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre, two settings of Psalm 42, one by Felix Mendelssohn, Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser, and the well known Sicut Cervus of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Paul Simon’s popular Bridge over Troubled Water, and a setting of The Water is Wide by University alumnus, Stephen Paulus.

"This choral tour is an amazing opportunity for School of Music students and faculty to share our knowledge and love of singing through clinics and voice instruction with talented high school choirs throughout greater Minnesota," said School of Music choral professor Matthew Mehaffey. "We look forward to bringing communities together through song."

The first stop on the tour is Albert Lea, Minn., where choir students from Albert Lea High School will participate in afternoon workshops and also perform on the evening concert under their director, Diane Heaney. The Albert Lea public performance will take place on Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 301 West Clark St., Albert Lea. 

On Friday, November 8, the tour continues with stops in Austin, Minn. and Owatonna, Minn. Students from Austin and Owatonna High Schools will collaborate with University students and faculty in musical workshops during the school day. The University Singers will then travel to Red Wing, Minn. for a solo concert with the University voice faculty and two student soloists from Red Wing Senior High School – soprano, Madeleine Grant and alto, Emily Dech. The University Singers program will be presented at the historic Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing at 7 p.m., 443 West 3rd St., Red Wing.

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