Montclair State University's choral ensemble, the University Singers, is getting ready to embark on a four-day East-Coast Performance tour in the nation's capital. On May 18-19, the group will be performing at Calvary Baptist Church Sanctuary and Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, in D.C. On Monday, May 20, the group will perform at Century High School, in Sykesville, Maryland.
The concerts will feature a cappela and accompanied choral music from traditional and modern genres, with highlights including excerpts from Mozart’s Requiem, motets by Brahms & Stanford, Tavener’s ethereal Song for Athene, and stirring Gospel and African-American spiritual arrangements. Cali School of Music's Prof. Heather J. Buchanan, who's director of Choral Activities, will serve as conductor, and Prof. Steven Ryan is the accompanist.
Buchanan is understandably excited.
"This is our first USA tour," she said. "Debut performances in cities are always exciting."
She added that the tour is part of a concerted effort to bring more attention to, and awareness of, the University, as well as the Cali School of Music, among a wider community.
The D.C. concerts will also feature Peter Ncanywa on organ, as both a soloist and accompanying for the Brahms motet.
The choir is comprised of 62 voices auditioned from across the University, with students whose majors range from music-related programs to English, business, communications and psychology.