November 4, 2009
Wooster, Ohio, Nov. 4 - The Cantate Singers, in
collaboration with The College of Wooster, will give community members the
opportunity to experience and interact with one of America’s most cherished
choral composers. Alice Parker, well known for her arrangements with the Robert
Shaw Chorale, will be in Wooster to present a workshop and community sing and
will direct the Cantate Singers in a performance of her own composition, Melodious
All members of the Wooster community are invited to a
workshop on Fri., Nov.13, at 4:15 p.m. in the Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music
Center, 525 E. University St.
“Alice Parker will talk about her approaches to choral
conducting and song leading, including her belief that everyone knows how to
sing and that improvised accompaniments can be as profound and as moving as
formal compositions,” says William Mateer, music director of the Cantate
Singers. “And then skeptics can
actually see that this is true at a community sing that Alice will lead on
Saturday evening, when ordinary people will discover harmonies and vocal
accompaniments on the spot, using their ears, rather than their eyes.”
Community members are invited to the sing, which will take place Sat., Nov. 14,
at 7:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, 7843 Smucker Road, Smithville.
The weekend’s activities will conclude with a performance of
Parker’s Melodious Accord by the Cantate
Singers, for which she will serve as guest conductor on Sun., Nov. 15 at 7:30
p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster. The performance will include vocal
solos by Wooster music majors Claire Lewis and Andrew Levan. No tickets are
necessary. A free-will collection will be made at the conclusion of the
cantata is based upon the shape-note hymnal Genuine Church Music, which first appeared in 1832 and was published by
Joseph Funk, a Mennonite farmer living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Parker, who is particularly noted for the musical integrity of her compositions
and her sensitivity to the roots from which folk music originates, arranged the
historic tunes for chorus and the unique accompaniment of harp and brass
The Cantate Singers will also perform an original work by
chorus member Jeff Araluce, a folk hymn arrangement by Virgil Thomson, and the Vaughan Williams
setting of the Old Hundredth Psalm Tune.
Instrumental selections will be presented by harpist Deborah Holzworth;
violinist Thomas Wood, professor of music at the college; and emeritus
professor Brian Dykstra, piano.
For more information about the weekend’s events, contact
William Mateer at 330-262-8196.
1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44691. (330) 263-2000
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