Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By UST Music
It was a busy spring for the UST choral program. Diligent work by students produced several concerts and appearances.
The Liturgical Choir, conducted by Mr. Aaron Brown, was honored to represent UST at the Chrism mass held at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The singers were warmly received by the congregation, and Father Dease commented that the performance “won high praise from Archbishop Nienstedt as well as from many members of the archdiocesan clergy, cathedral parishioners and other friends.” The choir finishes up its year with a pilgrimage to Central Europe as they participate in Masses and perform in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
The Women’s Choir, conducted by Mr. Robert Vickery, participated in the 10th annual WomanVoice concert, a festival of treble choirs from colleges and universities throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding communities. This year’s commissioned work was written by Joan Griffith, UST guitar instructor, and premiered by the combined choirs.
The Liturgical Choir and Concert Choir, with guest artists Cantus and Nirmala Rajasekar, presented “With One Voice: Unity Through Art” as part of UST’s Sacred Arts Festival. The concert included readings from many theological traditions and song texts related to this year’s festival theme, “Sacred Water.”
The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers participated in their annual student-led pops concert and musical theater concert, evenings of solos and small ensembles by members of the ensembles. Alumni of both ensembles joined together with current choir members to present a May concert of “greatest UST choir hits” from the past 12 years.
The UST Chamber Singers performed at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Singing pieces from Lithuania, Italy, France, Canada, Cuba and the United States, the choir performed in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Roosevelt Auditorium. The concert included instrumental work by Dr. Christopher Kachian and UST’s Show’d Up Band, a bluegrass ensemble made up of UST faculty, staff and administrators.