Wooster Chorus four-day spring tour commences March 12 in Wooster

The highly acclaimed Wooster Chorus, an ensemble of 60 student musicians from The College of Wooster, will perform at the First Presbyterian Church of Wooster (621 College Ave.), on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., the opening concert of the group’s 56th annual spring tour.

The Wooster Chorus spring tour will continue with performances at Rocky River Presbyterian Church in Rocky River, Ohio, on March 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Collingwood Presbyterian Church in Toledo, Ohio, on March 14 at 7 p.m.; and St. Joseph the Worker Parish and St. Maurice Church at 2001 Ardmore Blvd. in Pittsburgh on March 15 at 7 p.m.

Directed by Lisa Wong, the Wooster Chorus will present “Imagine,” assisted by Toni Arnold-Shreve (piano). Each piece in the program celebrates the power of the individual spirit and explores the many possibilities that lie within one’s imagination. True to their mission of performing the music of living composers and highlighting works of historically marginalized populations, the program includes works by Joel Thompson, Reena Esmail, Andre Thomas, Sarah Quartel, and many others. The Chorus will also present the consortium premiere of “Who You Are” by Jocelyn Hagen.

Wong is in her 13th year at The College of Wooster, where she is the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music, teaching courses in conducting and music education. In addition to her duties at Wooster, she is the Director of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from West Chester University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University.

Founded in 1964, the Wooster Chorus consists of students representing all academic areas within The College of Wooster’s liberal arts program. The award-winning ensemble has been praised for its beautiful sound, high level of artistry, and engaging performances. The Chorus collaborates annually with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and has premiered works by Eric Whitacre and Jake Runestad. The Chorus has performed at the Central Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, and also several times at the state conference of the Ohio Music Education Association.

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of everyone in attendance, masks are required for all performers and audience members. There is no admission fee for the performance, but a freewill offering will be taken. Additional information is available by phone 330-263-2419 or e-mail jharbaugh@wooster.edu.

Published March 2, 2022

Posted in Event on March 2, 2022.