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Chorale, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Sassy Lassies to present March 17 concert

Four Monmouth College vocal groups, three of which performed in Florida during the College’s spring break, will stage a performance in Monmouth.

Free and open the public, the concert will be at 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the Kasch Performance Hall of the College’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

The tour, which opened March 4 at Eden Church in Edwardsville, Ill., included performances in Florida churches in Bradenton, Sarasota and Cocoa.

“During the tour, the Chorale and Chamber Choir performed a wide variety of music, including classical music from the Renaissance period through pieces that were composed very recently,” said Associate Professor of Music Tim Pahel, who directs the groups. “There were also multicultural selections, such as a Brazilian folk song and an African-American spiritual.”

The highly selective, 40-member Chorale maintains an active and demanding rehearsal and performance schedule. In addition to serving as centerpiece for the annual “Christmas at Monmouth” concert, it performs regularly both on and off campus. The Chorale engages students from nearly every major at Monmouth, giving its members well-rounded musical experiences with high expectations for performance and competency.

The Chamber Choir is a group of 17 highly skilled vocalists selected from the Chorale membership. The Sassy Lassies, who also performed in Florida, are a student-led a cappella group.
Under the direction of Dane Feenstra, Monmouth’s Concert Choir will also perform. The women of the ensemble will sing two Hungarian folk songs and Natalie Sleeth’s “A Little Love,” with solos by Elizabeth Smith’ 19 of Geneva, Ill., and Sarah Fouts ’18 of Ipava, Ill. The men will sing “Shine Forth, O Beauteous Morning Light” and a Welsh folk medley.

The Chorale has toured extensively nationally and internationally over the years, visiting Scotland, Spain, Italy and nearly half the U.S. states. In 2013, the group performed in prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Pahel holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa, where he studied under internationally renowned choral conductor Timothy Stalter.