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U of M choral tour engages high schools in greater Minnesota

Tour scheduled April 25 - 27 and includes group/private instruction, clinics, rehearsals, and free public performances.

March 21, 2013

University Singers - a cohort of 55 University of Minnesota School of Music students, graduate student conductors led by director of choral activities Kathy Saltzman Romey and associate director of choral activities Matthew Mehaffey - will embark on the school’s first choral tour throughout the state of Minnesota, April 25-27.

The tour will involve engagement opportunities, including clinics, group and private voice instruction, and rehearsals with greater Minn. high schools and public performances performed by the University Singers and high school students.

Public performances are free and open to the public.

The University Singers repertoire will include music by Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Morten Lauridsen, Carol Barnett and Moses Hogan. 

School of Music choral professor Matthew Mehaffey shares, "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. We look forward to bringing communities together through song."

The first stop on the tour is Osseo High School, where students from Osseo, Maple Grove and St. Michael High Schools will participate. The Osseo public performance will take place on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Osseo High School Auditorium (317 2nd Ave NW, Osseo).

On Friday, April 26, the tour continues to Brainerd High School. Students from Brainerd, Alexandria, Crosby-Ironton, and Staples-Motley High Schools will participate in musical activities during the school day.  The University Singers will present a solo performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 26 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (6190 Fairview Rd, Baxter,

On Saturday, April 27, the singers will travel for a clinic at Cambridge-Isanti High School in Cambridge.  Following an afternoon of engagement activities with the Cambridge-Isanti High School Choir, there will be a public performance in the High School auditorium (430 NW 8th Ave, Cambridge) at 7:30 p.m.     

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