February 2, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Pa. Collegiate Choral Association Chorus selects 11 SRU students
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eleven Slippery Rock University music majors have been selected to be part of the 120-voice Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Association Chorus, directed by renowned conductor Paul Salamunovich, when it performs at the Annual Festival in Clarion University's Marwick-Boyd Auditorium Feb. 6
The free concert is at 1:30 p.m.
Participating from SRU will be music education majors Angela Fenk from Pittsburgh, Sarah Mientus from Sarver, Haley Mundis from Huntingdon, Nyomin Buhler from Slippery Rock, Zach Thompson from Boswell, Zachary Wood from Waynesboro; and Nicole Rosenbayger, an exploratory student from North Versailles, Brennen Cooper, a dance and theatre major from Clarendon, Justin Cobern a business management major from Butler, Jessica Williams, a master of education graduate student from Pittsburgh, and Allyson Ausel, a therapeutic recreation major from Cranberry.
The program will include "Music Spread Thy Voice Around" by Handel; "Sicut cervus" by Palestrina; "Kyrie eleison" from "Missa secunda" by Hassler; "Let Thy Holy Spirit" by Tschesnokoff; "Go, Lovely Rose" by Halsey Stevens; "O Magnum Mysterium" by Lauridsen; "The Promise of Living" by Copland; and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" arranged by Ringwald.
Salamunovich, an American choral icon who has been called "an American Choral Treasure," directed the choral music program at Loyola-Marymount University from 1958 to 1995. He became director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 1990, a position he occupied until 2000 when he was named director emeritus. While in his post, he premiered many compositions by the resident composer Morton Lauridsen and received a Grammy nomination for the chorale's recording of Lauridsen's "Lux aeterna." He also directed the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church choir for 60 years. In 1988, it became the only American choir invited to sing at the Mass for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul with Pope John Paul II presiding in St. Peters Square in Rome. The group also performed for the pope in a private audience in the Vatican in 1985 among other papal performances.
Pope Paul VI honored Salamunovich with a papal knighthood in the Order of St. Gregory. He is the only choral director to bring four choral ensembles to four consecutive national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association.
In addition, he has been credited as the choral conductor for more than 100 movies and television shows including "Angels and Demons," "Peter Pan," "XXX, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence," "Snow Falling on Cedars," "The Devil's Advocate," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Waterworld," "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "First Knight," "The Godfather" and "ER."
Salamunovich has been guest conductor for 840 choral festivals such as this one in all 50 states and around the world. This year's chorus will feature singers from Clarion University, Henry A. Alviani, director; Bloomsburg University, Alan Baker; Slippery Rock University, Stephen Barr; Thiel College, Michael Bray; Geneva College, Robert Copeland; Indiana University, James C. Dearing; Immaculata University, Regina Gordon; Seton Hill University, Marvin Huls; Westminster College, Robin Lind; East Stroudsburg University, James Maroney; Lebanon Valley College, Mark Mecham; York College, Grace Muzzo; Mercyhurst College, Rebecca Ryan; and Juniata College, Russell Shelley.
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