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University Singers Tour Includes Ohio Schools and Churches

Sep 3, 2006

The University Singers of Ohio Northern University will present their annual fall tour from Wednesday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. The home concert will be Sunday, Oct. 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Presser Hall. The 50 -voice choir is under the direction of Dennis L. Kratzer, director of choral activities and professor of music.

The 2006 fall tour will include church and high school concerts in Oak Harbor, Westerville, Cleveland Heights, and Lima, Ohio. Last year the ensemble’s fall tour took them to churches and high schools in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and the spring tour included several church, college and high school concerts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and New York City.

The fall tour will feature faculty organist/pianist Mary Jane Eichelberger as well as new student accompanist Adam Fahncke. Associate conductor for the choir is music senior Kara Stechschulte from Columbus Grove, Ohio. Assistant conductors are juniors Michael Oberhauser from Toledo, Ohio, and Aubrey VonAlmen from Lima, Ohio.

Selections to be performed include Clausen’s “Kyrie,” “All That Hath Life And Breath” and “Set Me As a Seal,” Berkey’s “Arma Lucis,” a Buddhist mantra “Gate Gate” by Tate, a traditional Japanese song “Shojojee” by Bisbee, Brunner’s “Cantate Domino” and three spirituals by Rollo Dillworth. Meghan Quay will be featured on oboe in Clausen’s “There Is No Rose” and Nathan Slusher will play the clarinet in Ames’ “In Remembrance”.

As a long-standing tradition, the final selection will be John Ness Beck’s “Benediction” which features the seniors of the choir.