Artist Series: Houghton College Choral Union with Orchestra and Acclaimed Rochester Oratorio Society
October 4, 2013 | 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
The Houghton College Choral Union, an accumulation of all the singers on Houghton’s campus, will join with the Rochester Oratorio Society on the stage of Wesley Chapel at Houghton College on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. as part of homecoming weekend. The event is free for Houghton College students, and public tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at www.houghton.edu/artist-series.
The choirs will perform Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with a professional orchestra and a number of professional soloists. The concert marks the local premiere performance of “Cantate Domino,” by David Horace Davies, assistant professor of composition studies at Houghton, which was commissioned for the occasion.
This year’s Artist Series features five professional performances throughout the year. Other performances will include the Rastrelli Cello Quartet on November 8, Ning An on January 24, Europa Galante on February 10, and Robert Joubert on March 29. Season tickets can be purchased for $45, or single event tickets for $15. For more information or to purchased tickets, please visit: www.houghton.edu/artist-series .
The Houghton College Choir will also be performing this concert on the stage of Carnegie Hall as members of the National Sacred Honor Choir in March of 2014 with the same orchestra and soloists. Houghton College is sponsoring the National Sacred Honor Choir, a gathering of Christian musicians from across the country who are serious about implementing their faith into the sacred choral orchestral masterworks. “It’s an intentional opportunity for Christians to gather and explore what it means for Christians to perform music,” said Johnson.
“Performing locally will give the Houghton community a chance to see this selection without the need of traveling to NYC in the spring,” said Brandon Johnson, professor of vocal music and conducting at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College.
The National Sacred Honor Choir will gather in New Jersey for three days of rehearsals prior to the performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 9 2014.
The featured pianist for these concerts is Dr. William Newbrough, Houghton College professor of piano. He received his Bachelor’s from the University of California at Berkeley and Doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.
A veteran performer, Newbrough has won many international and national piano competitions and performed in numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto engagements in 10 countries. Newbrough was the only American of nine pianists worldwide chosen to perform at the prestigious Franz Liszt International Masterclasses and Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Vocal soloists include:
--Rebecca Witty, soprano, received her bachelor’s degree in music performance from Houghton College and a master’s degree in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.
She has received the 2009 Renee Fleming Award, was chosen as the Concerto Competition winner in 2010 and was sent to represent Eastman in the Kennedy Center’s “Conservatory Project.”
--Paul Williamson, tenor, received his bachelor’s degree in music from Houghton College and a master’s degree in opera performance from State Glinka Conservatoire of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.
He has received outstanding reviews from Opera Canada for his numerous performances on the operatic and concert stages of Canada.
--Mitchell Hutchings, baritone, is professor of voice and opera at Houghton College. Mitchell received a bachelor’s of music in voice performance from Western Carolina University, and a master’s degree of music in voice performance from the Florida State University College of Music. Hutchings has sung with numerous opera companies and festivals, having notable roles.
--Kimberly Prins Moeller, mezzo-soprano, received a professional performance certificate in Voice Performance from Penn State University, a masters degree of arts in voice performance from Montclair State University, a bachelors of Music in vocal music education from Houghton College, and is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance at the University of Arizona.
She has appeared with St. Andrews’s Bach Society, American Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, Penn State Opera and the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Germany.
--Kelley Hijleh, soprano, is professor of voice at Houghton College. She holds a bachelor ‘s of music and a graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
Hijleh has appeared as a soloist with many philharmonias and symphonies and has sung professionally with the Washington Opera chorus, the Delaware Singers, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Southern Tier Symphony, the Olean Community Orchestra Academy and Chorus and the Orpheus Chorale.
--Robert Joubert, bass, holds a master’s of music degree in voice performance and a bachelor’s of music degree in trumpet performance from the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College.
He won 1st place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition for the Central New York/Finger Lakes Region in 2006 and has recently appeared with the Bronx Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York and the Philadelphia Opera Collective.
To learn more about homecoming, the Artist Series, the National Sacred Honor Choir or the soloists, visit www.houghton.edu.