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The tour stops here

Barry McNamara
03/08/2011
The Monmouth College Chorale, MC’s most advanced and only auditioned choral ensemble, will present a concert on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the college’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The concert, which will conclude the Chorale’s 2011 Spring Tour, is free and open to the public.

Joining the Chorale on tour will be MC’s male a cappella group, The Scotsmen, who will perform popular songs such as “In the Still of the Night” and “The Longest Time.” Making a special appearance at the Chorale’s “home” concert will be the Concert Choir, accompanied by MC music lecturer Julia Andrews. At the end of the concert, the choirs will join together for a performance of the finale from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.”

Conducted by Tim Pahel, MC’s director of choral activities, the Chorale is a highly selective mixed ensemble composed of undergraduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Its 2011 Spring Tour includes concerts in Lake Forest, Oak Lawn and Hampshire and several workshops at Chicago-area high schools.

This year’s tour repertoire includes classical selections by Debussy, Hassler, Palestrina and Orban; Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep”; arrangements of the Scottish folk song “Loch Lomond” and American folk song “Shenandoah”; and an arrangement of the spiritual “Job, Job” by Stephen Hatfield.

The Chorale is the centerpiece of the annual “Christmas at Monmouth” concert and serves as an ambassador to alumni, prospective students and to the general public. It maintains an active and demanding rehearsal and performance schedule. Chorale tours have covered nearly half of the 50 states as well as a performance in Scotland in 2005.

In addition to directing the Chorale and Concert Choir, Pahel is an assistant professor of music at Monmouth. Prior to joining the faculty, he served as assistant professor and music coordinator at Carl Sandburg College and also taught courses and directed ensembles at Knox College.

Pahel is the director of the Galesburg Community Chorus and is also a member of Nova Singers, a small and highly select professional choir composed of singers from western Illinois and eastern Iowa. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Iowa. While a student at Iowa, he conducted Camerata, one of the university’s auditioned choral ensembles.

An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Pahel is a frequent adjudicator for high school solo and ensemble contests as well as a clinician for large group contests and festivals.