Wells School of Music's Top Choirs Perform FREE Concert


West Chester University’s Wells School of Music, under the direction of David P. DeVenney and Ryan Kelly, presents a concert of its top two choirs on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High Street, West Chester. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

The varied program includes the world premiere of the 19th-century American J.C.D Parker’s By the Rivers of Babylon and Haydn’s Theresienmesse with orchestra.

West Chester’s Concert Choir is the flagship choral ensemble at West Chester. The ensemble is chosen by competitive audition from among 500 music majors enrolled in the Wells School of Music.They strive to perform, in a historically sensitive manner, music of all styles and epochs from the past five centuries. The choir tours regularly, and recent excursions have sent them to California, Florida, the Desert Southwest and Europe (London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy) as well as concertizing in New York and in Philadelphia.

Mastersingers is a mixed-voice choir selected by competitive audition. The group presents concerts of shorter works and longer masterworks, usually with orchestra or instrumental accompaniment from a wide range of musical styles and epochs. Their goal is to develop vocal and musical skills required for performing choral music in an expressive manner.

Each Spring, Mastersingers and Concert Choir combine to perform a large choral/orchestral work with the WCU Symphony Orchestra.

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