College choir to showcase experiences during European tour

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The campus is invited to a  showcase about the recent Choir tour to Europe.  It will include some slides and a brief video of the Choir’s performance in Prague.  The showcase is on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m. in Taylor Music Center’s Emerson Auditorium.
In the 222-year history of the college, the Union College Choir has traveled to Europe three times.  The first time was in 1990, when Professor Hugh Allen Wilson took them to Greece.  In 2001 Professor Dianne McMullen directed the Choir in concerts at Ely, Salisbury, Stratford-upon-Avon and London in Great Britain.
The third tour took place during Spring Term of this year.  Also organized and directed by McMullen, this Choir Tour took place in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.  The Choir performed at Salzburg Cathedral, Melk Abbey, St. Michael’s Church in Mondsee, St. Peter’s Church in Vienna and St. Nicholas Church in Prague.  Community members joined the Choir on tour, bringing the group to almost 60 people.
The tour also gave participants the opportunity to learn about history and culture.  It included visits to many venues, including the homes of Mozart and the archbishop’s residence in Salzburg, Schönbrunn Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and the castle in Prague. Peter’s Way Tours of Long Island worked with McMullen on details about the performance venues.  Everyone on the tour agreed that the chosen hotels and restaurants were superb.  Sopranos in the Tour Choir are Emese Dunn ‘20, Chujun Li ‘17, Yizhi (Ariel) Lin ‘18, Adjunct Professor of Voice Corine Salon, Janet Stasio and Lili Wang ‘20.  Altos are Waner Chen ‘19, Heather Chestnut, Shannon Collins ‘20, Prof. Ellen Foster, Jessica Goldberg, Yixin (Jessica) He ‘19, Anna Ko ‘17, Hope Noonan-Stoner ‘20, Johanna Petersen, Rachael Powers ‘17, Pamela Rice ‘19 and Maria Van Nostrand ‘18.
Tenors are Erkan Bertram ‘18, Nathan Gillespie ‘20, Nathan Oasis ‘19 and Professor John Spinelli.  Basses are John Allen, Kyle Doney ‘20, Andrew Forte ‘18, William Garner ‘18, Matthew Hacker ‘17, Mike Luby, Chandler Sturgeon ‘18, Anthony Yang Xu ‘19 and Bowei Xu ‘19. Mrs. Elinore Farnum is the organist and pianist.

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