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Otterbein University Concert Choir Begins Tour

February 15, 2016
Otterbein University

The Otterbein University Concert Choir from Westerville, Ohio, will perform as part of the Choir’s annual tour, which will travel to Boston, performing eight concerts along the way, from Feb. 28-March 6. The tour will include performances in Westerville and Lakewood, OH; Geneva, Albany and Jamestown, NY; and Arlington and Amherst, MA. All performances are free and open to the public. 

The tour itinerary is as follows:

Sunday, Feb. 28
9:30 and 11a.m. Services
Church of the Messiah UMC
51 North State St.  
Westerville, OH 43081
614-882-2167

Sunday, Feb. 28
7 p.m. Combined Concert with Lakewood High School Symphonic Mixed Choir and Stow-Munroe Falls High School Choir
Lakewood High School
14100 Franklin Blvd.
Lakewood, OH 44107
216-529-4028

Monday, Feb. 29
7 p.m. Combined Concert with Hobart and William Smith Colleges Choir and St. Peter’s Community Arts Youth Choir
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
149 Genessee St.
Geneva, NY 14456
315-789-4910

Tuesday, March 1
7 p.m. Concert
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
125 Eagle St.
Albany, NY  12202
518-463-4447

Wednesday, March 2
7 p.m. Concert
Calvary United Methodist Church
300 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474
781-646-8679

Friday, March 4
7:30 p.m. Combined concert with University of Massachusetts Concert Choir
Grace Episcopal Church
14 Boltwood Ave.
Amherst, MA 01002
413-256-6754
www.gracechurchamherst.org 

Saturday, March 5
7 p.m. Concert
First Lutheran Church
120 Chandler St.
Jamestown, NY 14701
716-664-4601
www.firstlutheranjamestown.com

Sunday, March 6
7 p.m. Home Concert with Olentangy Orange Choraliers and Varsity Singers
Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
170 W. Park St.
Westerville, OH 43081

The choir’s tour program features masterworks by Anton Bruckner and Lodovico Viadana, Pavel Chesnokov, gospel and spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan, Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, and arrangements of global choral music including works from China, Korea, Russia, and Latin America. 

The Concert Choir, directed by Gayle Walker, is the most select of Otterbein University’s vocal ensembles. The choir tours annually to destinations both domestic and abroad. Recent itineraries have included Ireland in 2015, Chicago in 2014, New Orleans in 2013, Philadelphia in 2012; and China in 2011.  The choir has performed at prestigious locations such as the Beijing Conservatory of Music, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and St. Nicholas Church in Prague. The ensemble frequently performs at professional conferences, including conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Ohio Music Educators Association. 

Conductor Gayle Walker Dr. Gayle Walker is in her 16th year as director of choral activities and professor of music at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. At Otterbein, she is responsible for the organization of five vocal ensembles; conducts Concert Choir and Opus One, a cappella/jazz ensemble; and teaches classes in conducting, aural skills and music history. Walker has recorded six CDs with Concert Choir and composed two song cycles for the ensemble, A Spherical Suite and Three Songs On the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar. A native of Iowa, Walker received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, master’s degree from the University of Colorado and a doctorate degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She studied choral conducting with Dale Warland and Lynne Whitten, and orchestral conducting with David Mackenzie and Howard Skinner.  Additionally, she has studied composition with Libby Larsen.

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