MSU Choir performs in Portsmouth


Dr. Greg Detweiler, Director of Choral Studies and professor at Moreheard State University, will be directing a concert at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Monday, April 11, as part of their Spring Concert tour.

Detweiler conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches conducting, voice, and vocal pedagogy. He holds aDoctor of Music Arts degree from the University of Illinois and has studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Detweiler was the 2002 Kentucky Music Educators Association Teacher of the Year in College/University Education.

His choirs have toured Costa Rica, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and have appeared at state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference.

The forty-six voice Concert Choir and twenty voice Chamber Singers will be performing songs from their program “Where Love Abounds.”

“I’ve always heard really great things about Morehead as a music school, and they couldn’t be more true. The faculty here is so caring and great at what they do. The music industry contains some of the most passionate people I’ve ever met, and the hardest workers,” said Scioto County native and MSU student, Mark Reinhardt.

But Reinhardt is just one of the six students from Scioto County studying music at Morehead.

Eliza Eaches, Andrew and Nathan Blevins, Tag Sadler, and Josh Hall all graduated from Scioto County area schools and are members of MSU’s Choir.

Students in the Concert Choir will open the program with four sacred pieces: Petite et accipietis by Johann Michael Haydn, Beati quorum via by C.V. Stanford, To the Mothers in Brazil: Salve Regina arranged by Gunnar Eriksson, and Entreat me not to leave you by Dan Forrest.

They will close the evening with two songs of telling of a soldier’s love and a spiritual song. Included in this set is the Lithuanian piece, Tykus tykus, the Scottish Loch Lomond, spiritual song Wade in the Water.

The Chamber Singers will perform a set including a variety of sacred and secular music.

Over the summer, the Chamber Singers will travel to perform the set in an international competition at the Vatican in Rome.

“We are going to Italy to compete in the World Choir Games. Two years ago Morehead’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers competed in Ireland in the World Choir Games and won. We are hoping that Chamber Singers will do the same this year in Rome,” said student Tag Sadler.

“While in Rome, we’ll be singing for Pope Francis at the Vatican, along with visiting places like Pompeii. I’ve been in Concert Choir since last semester and I joined Chamber Singers this semester, and it’s an honor to be a part of both ensembles. I’m grateful that we have these opportunities to perform around Ohio and Kentucky and to have this once in a life time chance to do all of this in Italy this summer!”

Sacred works from this set, include Palestina’s Super flumina Babylonis, Heinrich Schütz’s Sicut Moses serpentum, C.V. Stanford’s Justorum animae, David Dickau’s O Nata Lux, and Ray Liebau’s arrangement of He’s Got the Whole World. They will also perform Leggiadre Ninfe by Luca Marenzio, In love with the Beautiful Eyes by David White, and El Guayaboso by Guido López-Gavilán.

“Everyone here is so invested in what they do, and everyone takes pride in their work. To me, that’s incredibly special, and not something you see in every field. I’m absolutely thrilled our tour is able to come to Portsmouth, hopefully some of my friends and family will be able to see the hard work we do each and every day. I hope that people who come out and see us might say ‘Hey, that’s something I’d like to be involved with one day.’ It’s never too late to find your passion,” said Reinhardt.

The performance at All Saints’ Episcopal is free and open to the public, it will begin at 10 a.m.

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