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August 23, 2012

Choral Union looking for voices

MITCHELL — The Dakota Wesleyan University Choral Union will begin again this fall and is looking for interested local and area singers.

The DWU Choral Union is a combination of the Wesleyan Choir and the Community/University Choirs, drawn together to perform large works. The DWU Choral Union often collaborates with the Huron Symphony, the Wesleyan University/Community Band or local instrumentalists.

Rehearsals will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 28, in Smith Hall, room 211, on campus. There will be a $15 music purchase charge for all singers. Interested singers should plan on attending the first rehearsal or contact Dr. Clinton Desmond at 605-995-2676 or cldesmon@dwu.edu.

“This choir is a large mixed chorus designed to bring the campus and community together in a joint musical effort,” said Desmond, DWU choral director. “Repertoire focuses on the major choral and orchestral works of every stylistic period.”

Membership to the DWU Choral Union is open to any singer high school age or older. Community members pay a music fee each semester and DWU students may register as a community member or as a student for academic credit – this provides an opportunity for students to earn credit for chorus when their schedules don’t allow them to be members of the Wesleyan Choir.

This semester, the Choral Union will perform with the Wesleyan Choir for the homecoming Hymn Festival at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, at the First United Methodist Church.  

“This will be a glorious concert of favorite sacred hymns accompanied by brass and organ. It should be a very festive concert,” Desmond said.

The Choral Union will also join forces with the Huron Symphony and the other DWU ensembles for the Christmas Concert, Dec. 1-2, in the Sherman Center.  A highlight of this concert will be the South Dakota premiere of Paul Carey’s haunting “A Winter's Night Carol” for choirs, children’s choir and brass.

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