Northwestern Chamber Choir to perform Wednesday


The Northwestern State University Chamber Choir will present its fall concert Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Director of Choral Activities Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins will conduct the choir.

The Chamber Choir will premiere three pieces, “Teach Me to Love” by David Rossow, “Joseph and Grace” by Shayne Lynch and “Musica Dei” by Carol Barnett. Soprano Nadya Cesario of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and tenor Jenson Wall of Denham Springs will be featured on “Joseph and Grace.”

The choir will also perform “Indodana” arranged by Michael Barrett and Rolf Schmitt, Bogoroditse Djevo by Arvo Part and “Gather at the River” arranged by Stacey Gibbs featuring baritones Mark Payton of West Monroe and Taylor Arnouville of Bordelonville and soprano Morgan McCrory of Deville

The Northwestern State Chamber Choir, founded in 1987 by Dr. Burt Allen, is the flagship choral ensemble at Northwestern State. The Chamber Choir is composed of 36 undergraduates including more than 15 majors throughout the university. The choir frequently collaborates with composers and conductors for projects including most recently “For a Breath of Ecstasy, commissioned by composer Michael Trotta and recently released on iTunes. This year, the Chamber Choir will be featured at three choral conferences, the Louisiana Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization Seventh National Conference and the Louisiana Music Educators Conference. The choir will also compete in the Laurea Mundi Choral Competition in Budapest, Hungary, next May. While on tour, the choir will perform in St. Mary’s Basilica and St. Kinga’s Chapel in the Wielickza Salt Mine in Krakow, Poland, with the Samford University Acapella Choir.

Admission is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the upcoming tour in Poland and the competition in Budapest, Hungary.

The NSU Chamber Choir