The Monmouth College Chorale will head south and east for this year’s Spring Break tour, performing in four states.
Departing on March 8, the one-week tour will take the 42-member group to Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Under the direction of assistant professor of music Tim Pahel, the Chorale will perform on March 8 at Webster Groves Christian Church in St. Louis, Mo.; on March 9 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody, Ga.; on March 10 at St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church in the resort town of Hilton Head, S.C.; and on March 13 at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel in Swannanoa, N.C. All four concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
A highly selective mixed vocal ensemble which performs regularly on and off campus, the Chorale serves as the centerpiece for the annual “Christmas at Monmouth” concerts and maintains an active and demanding rehearsal and performance schedule. Members also serve as ambassadors to alumni, prospective students, and the general public. The Chorale engages students from nearly every major offered at Monmouth, giving its members well-rounded musical experiences with high expectations for performance and competency.
This year’s tour continues a tradition, as the Chorale has toured extensively nationally through the years, visiting nearly half the states in the country. Last year, the group performed in prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Chorale also tours internationally, including a recent trip to Scotland and a tour of Spain in 2012.
As Monmouth’s director of choral and vocal activities, Pahel directs the Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir, in addition to the Chorale. He also teaches voice, conducting and courses in the music education curriculum. The director of the Galesburg Community Chorus, Pahel previously served as assistant professor and music coordinator at Carl Sandburg College and also taught courses and directed ensembles at Knox College.
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 conducting with the internationally renowned Dr. Timothy Stalter.