September 14, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU music department strikes chord with new women's choir
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University music department has apparently struck a chord with the campus and community. The department's newly formed SRU Women's Choir has already drawn more than 30 members.
The first session was last week and one-hour rehearsals continue at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 131 of Swope Music Hall. Rehearsals are open to all female singers - both enrolled students and interested members of the community.
The choir is led by Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music.
"There are no auditions. We want women to simply come and sing," he said. Thus far the program has attracted a number of women singers from outside the music department and several faculty and staff, Barr said. "Those participating can join for college credit - or not," he said.
"We are continuing to extend the invitation to all female singers who have a desire to sing quality choral literature," Barr said. "The group will be performing a capella music and music with accompaniment. They will join the University Concert Choir and the SRU Chamber Singers at their performances."
"Ultimately, we would like to have a huge choir. There is no limit to our enrollment. We have found that with our current enrollment at SRU, with more women than men, starting a women's choir was something we wanted to explore. Having a women's choir program is fairly common on college campuses. We will next look at a program for men," he said
For more information contact Barr at 724.738.2451.
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