College Choir East Coast Tour
February 15, 2014 - February 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
On Saturday, February 15, the Houghton College Choir will have their inaugural performance of their 2014 east coast choir tour at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, N.Y. The 2014 tour will consist of ten performance dates at venues throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia with a final concert at world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The Houghton College Choir is widely acclaimed for its artistry and sensitivity, and embraces a diverse range of music, from the Renaissance mass setting to the baroque motet and African American spiritual.
Experts have commented:
“one of the premier college choirs in the United States,” which “sets the standard for high-quality choral artistry.” - Justin Smith, LCOB USA
“… projects the spirit of dedication to excellence in the choral art, firmly rooted in spiritual expression." - Dr. Rene Clausen, Concordia Choir
“It is a rarity to hear a college choir that sings with compelling honesty in addition to beautiful sound. – James Jordan, Westminster College Choir
Dr. Brandon Johnson, director of the Houghton College Choir commented, “We Sing the Light is a diverse and eclectic collection of pieces that range from the early baroque through modern choral music.”
The concerts will include several pieces which have been composed in the past few years and will feature the 2013 winner of the inaugural Houghton College Sacred Choral Composition Competition, In Paradisum composed by Matthew J Olson. In addition, the included works of Bach, Clausen, Gretchaninoff, Hogan, Martin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Tavener and Telemann will create an exciting collage of the best of the choral repertoire past and present.
For the final concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 9, this year’s tour will also host the 2014 National Sacred Honor Choir
Dr. Johnson also commented, “Our concert tour will summit with the National Sacred Honor Choir performance at Carnegie Hall where we will be joined by hundreds of Christian musicians from across the country to perform the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven Piano Fantasy Op. 80 and another new commission by Houghton College composer David Davies, Cantate Domino.”
For a complete schedule of events and press information, please visit: http://www.houghton.edu/music/ensembles/college-choir/tours/
For over 80 years, the Houghton College Choir has upheld its mission and brought its song to America’s most prestigious halls and churches of all denominations, including the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, Cathedral of St. Joseph’s in Hartford, Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh, the Basilica of St. Mary’s in Minneapolis, and Church of the Holy Trinity at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.
The Houghton College choir has been invited to sing for state and divisional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and The National Association of Music Education (MENC) conventions, including a special invitation to the 2010 Inaugural NYACDA Fall Conference & 2009 MENC Eastern Division Convention in Providence, RI. Additional performances include the United Nations, World Council of Churches, and the Association of Evangelical’s National Convention. Choral- orchestral partners have included the Buffalo, Rochester & Southern Tier Symphony Orchestras.
In addition, the choir has performed in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Spain, Korea and the former Soviet Union.