MSU Choral Union

 

Messiah, December 1, 2001

                                          1999
                              Carmina Burana
                                      Carl Orff
                           MSU Choral Union
                           Dr. Jonathan Reed, 
                         Associate Conductor
        Dr. Julia Broxholm, Special Guest Artist
      Thom King, Baritone, Special Guest Artist
           Dr. Robert Bracey, Professor of Voice
           Greater Lansing Symphony OrchestraCarmina_Burana_1999.html

Welcome to this web site, a choral listening library constructed for former students and choral singers.   Here you’ll be able to listen to performances from years past. 


This web site has music and pictures from Carlsbad, Austin, East Lansing and Grand Rapids.  To hear music from Michigan State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Calvin College Alumni Choir or Carlsbad Senior High School click on the Preview page (or on one of the Sampler pages above), and then click on the the selection you wish to hear.  All music on this site is in AAC digital format.  The files with instruments, particularly, are dense, so for best sound quality use headphones, or patch to your stereo.  Some long files may take a while to download.


Before my retirement in 2002 the School of Music at MSU generously undertook a digital archive project, converting choral performances from old tape masters to digital format.   Many individual tapes were in disrepair and required much patience and many hours of time to restore to working order...tapes from before 1986, particularly, were heavily damaged.  For that great effort of restoration, I am indebted to Rick Peiffer of the MSU Library.


All the music on the Michigan State University pages is available to former students and members of the Choral Union/Community Music School in the MSU Library.  The University of Texas at Austin also has a performance library in the School of Music; the music on the UT Austin site came from souvenir vinyl recordings produced by the members of the Concert Chorale.  Calvin College’s Book Store has many Alumni Choir CDs for sale.  It is my intention to bring music from virtually every year of my tenure at MSU, as well as a good representation of the eight years in Carlsbad and Grand Rapids, and four years in Austin, to the talented musicians who sang with me.



Welcome to this web site, a choral listening library constructed for former students and choral singers.   Here you’ll be able to listen to performances from years past. 


This web site has music and pictures from Carlsbad, Austin, East Lansing and Grand Rapids.  To hear music from Michigan State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Calvin College Alumni Choir or Carlsbad Senior High School click on the Preview page (or on one of the Sampler pages above), and then click on the the selection you wish to hear.  All music on this site is in AAC digital format.  The files with instruments, particularly, are dense, so for best sound quality use headphones, or patch to your stereo.  Some long files may take a while to download.


Before my retirement in 2002 the School of Music at MSU generously undertook a digital archive project, converting choral performances from old tape masters to digital format.   Many individual tapes were in disrepair and required much patience and many hours of time to restore to working order...tapes from before 1986, particularly, were heavily damaged.  For that great effort of restoration, I am indebted to Rick Peiffer of the MSU Library.


All the music on the Michigan State University pages is available to former students and members of the Choral Union/Community Music School in the MSU Library.  The University of Texas at Austin also has a performance library in the School of Music; the music on the UT Austin site came from souvenir vinyl recordings produced by the members of the Concert Chorale.  Calvin College’s Book Store has many Alumni Choir CDs for sale.  It is my intention to bring music from virtually every year of my tenure at MSU, as well as a good representation of the eight years in Carlsbad and Grand Rapids, and four years in Austin, to the talented musicians who sang with me.



The MSU Choral Union was formed in the fall of 1982;  the new Wharton Center was opened at the beginning of the fall term, and after an inaugural concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra gave the first local concert, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection Symphony.

The year before, the LSO, led by Gustav Meier, performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, inviting the women of State Singers and Chorale for the fifth movement; this led to Meier’s choice of Symphony No. 2 for Wharton’s local debut.  We knew we could use Chorale and State Singers for the chorus (the groups were auditioned the previous spring, and each member was sent a choral score over the summer; the work was performed eight days after classes began) but opened the chorus to able community singers.  The collaboration was a great success.


The photograph below is from the final dress rehearsal for the Resurrection Symphony:

A notice was placed in the Lansing State Journal a week later, advertising the formation of the Michigan State University Choral Union -- no audition required, just come to the old Recital Hall the next Wednesday evening -- and 156 folks showed up to begin preparation for Handel’s Messiah. The new CU was surprisingly well-balanced, and we were off on a great run of major works that continues today.


Photograph from the 1984 performance of Messiah:

Tickets for this first Messiah (1982) sold out early, so the final dress rehearsal was opened to the public and approximately 1,700 folks paid to attend the rehearsal.  Messiah continued as a yearly presentation with GLSO until 1999 when the Michigan State University Orchestra, Leon Gregorian, Conductor, joined the Choral Union for all its concerts.


Over the years we sang a lot of great music:  Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Prokokiev, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Poulenc, Rutter, Gershwin, Shaw-Parker, show tunes, opera choruses, Santa choruses, fund-raising choruses, and a bunch of beery choruses at “Choral” Gables after concerts.  Here’s a sampling from years past, which I will add to in time to come:

                                                  2001
Messiah
George F. Handel
MSU Chorale
MSU Choral Union
Sarah Hibbard, Soprano
Margaret Bragle, Mezzo-Soprano
Peter Hopkins, Tenor
Steven Jepson, Baritone
Michigan State University Chamber Orchestra Messiah_2001.html

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