The Madrigal singers performing at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Bayeux last month. 

Groups to perform in annual concert April 14

The 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 the public.

The choir, 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 Colmar-Alsace, France

Both groups 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 of Illinois.

The choirs 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.