Montclair State University Singers Return from Concert Performances in Russia

Representing the United States at Imperial Garden Festival of Music in St. Petersburg

As part of Montclair State University's centennial celebration, The University's John J. Cali School of Music University Singers, an ensemble comprised of 47 Montclair State students hailing from towns throughout New Jersey and the United States, represented the United States in the St. Petersburg Imperial Garden Festival of Music on May 30. Fifteen other countries were also represented at the Festival. Under the direction of Heather J. Buchanan, director of choral activities for the John J. Cali School of Music, the Singers had been visiting Russia since May 22.

On May 24, the Singers joined the renowned Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir under the direction of its conductor, Boris Tevlin, at famed Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow. The repertoire included two African American spirituals and Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia."

The collaboration between the Moscow Conservatory and Montclair State University is the result of a well established relationship developed by Montclair State's Global Education Center. As part of this partnership, the Moscow Conservatory Choir will visit and perform in New Jersey with the University Singers during the upcoming season, dates and locations to be announced.

The Singers also performed at the historic Tsarskoe Selo, one of the palaces of the Russian Imperial Estate.

Released: June 16, 2008