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November 02, 2012
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SU choir ushers in debut of conductor

The Susquehanna University Choir will make their debut on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in Stretansky Hall. This will be the choir's first concert of the year.

The performance will premiere the piece "New Waters," a work composed for the choir and their new conductor, Associate Professor of Music Julia Brasher Thorn, by Blake Henson.
Henson is the assistant professor of music at St. Norbert College and an influential composer. The piece was a gift to Thorn from James Jordan, a graduate of Susquehanna and professor of music at Westminster Choir College.

"I cannot imagine a more appropriate contribution to mark the occasion of my debut as conductor and director of choral activities at Susquehanna than the gift the music," Thorn said.

In addition, there will be a variety of musical style represented, including pieces from well-known composers such as Mendelssohn, Telemann and Poulenc. The concert will also feature 21st century settings of musical compositions from secular, voice-driven songs to folk songs that will be new to concert attendees.

Along with the University Choir, the Susquehanna Chamber Singers, consisting of 14 musicians, will perform a large segment of the concert. They will be performing the Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music, accompanied by Lecturer of Music Ilya Blinov.

Students in the Chamber Singers will participate in a master class with the King's Singers and will sing two pieces in the style of the King's Singers during the concert.

Thorn said that it will be interesting for the students to get feedback from these professionals on their music.

She said: "They are bright individuals who bring to the ensemble a sense of pride in belonging to this wonderful musical organization. Their love of singing is evident in every rehearsal they have."

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