Madrigal singers performing at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Bayeux last month.
Groups to perform in annual concert
Shippensburg University Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers will present a
concert of sacred and secular music at Messiah United Methodist, 30 S. Penn
Street, Shippensburg at 7:30 p.m. April 14, 2014. The free concert is open to
comprised of students representing all schools in the university, is an
ensemble of approximately 55 singers selected by audition. Their repertoire
consists of classic and contemporary works plus a variety of folk songs and
show music. The choir has sung under the direction of Aaron Copland, Vincent
Persichetti, Alan Hovhaness and Daniel Pinkham as part of week-long festivals
centered on the music of these composers. The choir’s season includes several
on-campus concerts as well as an annual tour.
The choir will perform the music of Cesar
Franck, Johannes Brahms and the “Gloria” from Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. Featured
will be the premier performance of Psalm 51 composed by the choir’s
accompanist, Tim Foster. Also included will be several spirituals arranged by
Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, Larry Shackley, John Work and Greg Gilpin.
Rounding out the Choir’s portion of the concert will be Lojeski’s arrangement
of a medley of songs from Les Misérables.
The Madrigal Singers, an ensemble of 19
voices selected from the choir, will include motets by William Byrd, Giovanni
Croce, and Robert Graham. Throughout the year the Madrigals perform at various
events at the university as well as tour throughout Pennsylvania and nearby
states. The Madrigals have also performed in Austria, Germany, England, Italy
and Spain. Most recently, the group toured France where they presented concerts
in the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, La Madeleine in Paris, and in Eglise Saint-Matthieu de
are under the direction of Dr. Blaine Shover, professor of music. In addition
to his classroom responsibilities, Shover serves as the musical director for
Music Theater and artistic director of the university’s Summer Music Festival. He
also conducts the Towne Singers of Chambersburg and the Festival Chamber
Chorus, an ensemble of 25 professional vocalists. He hasdegrees from Penn State
University, Temple University and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University
are accompanied by Tim Foster who received the bachelor of arts degree from
Gettysburg College and a master of music degree in piano performance from the
University of Maryland, College Park. Nancy Fogelsanger, rehearsal accompanist
for the Madrigals, is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.