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The department of music will be presenting a Chorale Collage 3 p.m. Oct. 13 in Gorell Recital Hall to include both the university chorus and the university chorale.
Ticket prices are $9 for regular admission, $8 discounted and $6 with an I-Card and are on sale at the Hadley Union Building Box Office.
There will be a large number of performers in the concert, “including over 200 singers representing nearly every department on campus,” said Dr. Ryan Beeken, director of choral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
“There will be some graduate students involved,” Beeken said, “but it will be mostly undergraduates. We have around 300 music majors and hundreds of non-majors also perform in the department.”
Though most of the concert will focus on students singing, three faculty musicians will be featured, including Dr. Stanley Chepaitis on the violin, Dr. Jacob Ertl on the piano and Dr. Jack Scandrett on the horn.
“The concert will be around 90 minutes, with a very eclectic song list,” Beeken said. “Songs vary from really traditional choral music to some pieces that are cheesier or a little bit more fun.”
The songs to be played at the concert include “Heart, We Will Forget Him,” “Nina Parra,” “Songs of Faith,” “College Days,” “Chantez,” “The Roof,” “Five Hebrew Love Songs,” “You Are The Music” and “Cantus Gloriosus,” according to the event program.
Beeken named “College Days” as one of the fun ones.
“The whole thing is a piece about why everyone should come to IUP versus a place like Clarion University. IUP, of course, is where it’s really at,” Beeken said.
“It will be an amazing concert filled with different styles of music,” Mariana Gonzalez (sophomore, music) said. “I invite everyone to come. It will not be your typical choir concert; people will enjoy it. Who doesn’t love an afternoon listening to great music?
“It is going to be a great concert, and I hope that many students of IUP and the general public can come to it,” Gonzalez said. “You won’t regret it.”
“Those students work really hard to prepare and learn their music,” Beeken said. “Having a good, friendly hometown crowd would be fabulous for them,” Beeken said.
Along with attending the concert, Beeken encourages students to join the music department, specifically the singing groups.
“If you like to sing and would like to do more than just sing in the shower, go to choir and enroll for chorus next semester,” Beeken said. “I would love to get more people involved.
“It helps students meet a lot of folks and develop some relationships, while making music at the same time.”
The course is offered for one credit, and there are no class prerequisites or auditions needed.