Past Events

Office of Education and Community Outreach

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Office of Education and Community Outreach
Morehead Hall, Room 225A

Spring 2015

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Summer 2014

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:30am - Alexander Kasser Theater

Free Concert for Schools & Community Groups
Featuring the MSU Singers and Chorale

An opportunity to experience MSU’s acclaimed choirs, University Singers and the MSU Chorale in concert with Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, Conductor , and collaborative artists Steven W. Ryan and Nancianne Parrella.

The University Singers will present repertoire on the themes surrounding death within the cycle of life on earth (suffering, celebrating life, hope, desire, comfort and victory over death). Music will include 

  ~ Song for Athene (John Tavener)

  ~ Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren (Johannes Brahms)    

The Chorale will perform Johannes Brahms’ epic Ein Deutsches Requiem* with professional soloists Valerie Bernardt, soprano, and Peter Stewart, baritone, in Brahms’ own piano-four hand accompaniment by Steven W. Ryan and guest artist Nancianne Parrella.

*Under the supervision of Dr. Marissa Silverman, Montclair State NAfME students are developing Curriculum Guides for this concert, with particular emphasis on the Brahms German Requiem. The Curriculum Guides will be designed for students in high school and middle school, and will be available for distribution in January 2013. Please contact Dr. Silverman directly at ( if you have questions.

Admission: Free – ticket required

Registration: Contact Kathleen Reddington at, or (973) 655 7071; no later than Monday, March 25, 2013.

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:30am – 1:30pm - Alexander Kasser Theater

Free Concert for Schools & Community Groups
CHORAL SPRING CONCERT - Featuring the MSU University Singers and MSU Chorale

The 60-voice MSU Singers will present The Making of the Drum (Bob Chilcott), Traditional South African Songs & African-American Spirituals.

The 160-voice MSU Chorale will present David Fanshawe’s epic “Afro-Latin, tribal-choral masterpiece” African Sanctus with professional guest artist Indra Thomas, soprano, and accompaniment of piano, percussion, African tape, lead guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, & ethnic drumming troupe.This unorthodox setting of the Latin Mass integrates authentic traditional African music recorded by the composer on his now legendary journeys up the river Nile through Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. The MSU performance will be a dramatic multi-media production with slide projections of the composer’s photographs simultaneously coordinated with the musical performance.

Admission: Free – ticket required

Registration: Contact Kathleen Reddington or (973) 655 7071; no later than Friday, March 23, 2012.

Saturday, December 10, 2011 – 1:30pm – 4:30pm - Alexander Kasser Theater

Free Concert for Schools & Community Groups
OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL - Featuring the MSU Chorale & MSU Symphony Orchestra

Parables – Herschel Garfein, libretto & Robert Livingston Aldridge, composer

 As part of the 2011 Crawford Concert, the 160-voice MSU Chorale will perform the East Coast Premiere of the Symphonic Oratorio Parables, a major work for large mixed chorus, SATB soloists, and symphony orchestra. This exciting new work deals with the themes of tolerance and universality of cultural and spiritual beliefs and utilizes texts drawn from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

The MSU Chorale is joined by the MSU Symphony Orchestra, professional soloists Monica Yunus soprano, Janara Kellerman mezzo-soprano, John Lindseytenor, Todd Thomas baritone, and professional instrumentalists under the direction of Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, conductor.

This is a working dress rehearsal that will give valuable insights into the artistic process as the performers make final preparations for their Crawford Concert performance. Audience members will also have the opportunity to interact with the composer, librettist and conductor.

Admission: Free – ticket required

Registration: Contact Kathleen Reddington or (973) 655 7071; no later than Friday, November 11, 2011.

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 11:30am - Alexander Kasser Theater

Free Concert for Schools & Community Groups
Featuring the MSU Singers and Chorale

MSU Chorale & Children's Choir of Sussex County Repetoire
Saint Nicolas, Op.42 Cantata
Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)

Under the direction of conductor Heather J. Buchanan, the 150-voice MSU Chorale joins forces with the Children’s Choir of Sussex County, (Deborah Mello, conductor) to present Benjamin Britten’s Op.42 Cantata Saint Nicolas featuring tenor Peter Gillis in the role of Nicolas. Universally known to children in his disguise of ‘Santa Claus,’ Saint Nicolas is the hero of many popular legends. He lived and died during the first half of the 4th century and is the patron-saint of children, seamen, travelers, Russia and Greece.


February 2007 - Ballroom!

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This 12 week dance experience for elementary school students was led by the Amy Marshall Dance Company. The dance-based pilot program was designed to expose young students to different styles of dance while developing an appreciation for the art form. The program culminated in a performance on the stage of Memorial Auditorium, as part of the Night of Stars with Bradford Academy, The University Magnet. Inspired by the documentary hit "Mad Hot Ballroom", the program will be introduced as a model to other schools.


Arts Voyage is made possible in part by FLEET, PNC Bank, the Independence Community Foundation, the Junior League of Montclair/Newark, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.