Chorale to Perform Fall Concert in Patron of the Arts Series
will be the first Master Chorale concert under the direction of Carol Sachs,
Interim Chorale Director, who follows Dianne Brumley, the founding
director of the Master Chorale. Upon her retirement in April of this year,
Brumley was named Professor Emeritus.
“It has been very rewarding to work with the
students in this capacity,” said Sachs. “They are extremely talented and have a
desire to share their love of singing with others; I have no doubt that their
dedication to music will be evident in their performance this Sunday.”
Moran will also be taking the stage for the first time with the Master Chorale.
A 2013 graduate of Brownsville’s Lopez High School, Moran is a freshman music education
looking forward to his debut university performance. Not only is Moran in the
Master Chorale, he is one of 17 vocalists selected by audition to create a
specialty group, the new University Chamber Singers.
in the Master Chorale is an honor, and to be selected for the chamber group is
amazing,” Moran said. “Honestly, this is a big time commitment, certainly much
more than in high school; but I am determined to do my best and juggle
rehearsals with my classes and responsibilities at home with my four younger
Interim Director Carol Sachs works with the Master Chorale during rehearsal.
Master Chorale is currently open to any student who is willing to put in the
many hours that it requires.
said it was the desire of the music department to make the chorale accessible
to all vocal music majors, as well as any student who has a desire to share
their love of music and singing.
music education major, Samantha Lucio, is approaching the upcoming concert with
a perspective different from Moran’s. Lucio, a 2010 graduate of Harlingen High
School, is an “old-timer” starting her fourth year with the Chorale. Having
known Brumley as her only director, Lucio said she looks at the change in a
director is different, and as students, we will take away our directors’
examples,” Lucio said. “It is good to experience new perspectives and different
ways of learning. Everything we learn now will be helpful when the day comes
that we are in the classroom as music teachers.”
like Moran, said being in the Master Chorale is a labor of love, having to
balance her classes with rehearsals and working at Walmart, where she has been
employed since high school.
Master Chorale is excellent training, and music is my passion, so I make it all
work,” Lucio said. “We are planning on giving the audience a wonderful afternoon
of music, and with the wide variety of selections, there will surely be
something for everyone.”
program begins with Mozart’s Regina coeli, KV 108 from the Classical period,
followed by Schumann’s Romanzen und Balladen Op. 145 and Faure’s Cantique de
Jean Racine Op. 11 from the Romantic period.
intermission, the program continues with the University Chamber Singers
performing two Renaissance pieces: di Lasso’s O Bella Fusa and an acapella
version of the same composer’s Two Chansons from Les Meslanges.
Forty-five students comprise the UTB Master Chorale, shown rehearsing for Sunday’s concert.
full chorale continues with Frostiana,
a seven-part Contemporary American composition by Randall Thompson. Thompson
wrote the music to lyrics taken from some of Robert Frost’s poems, among them
The Road Not Taken and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Some selections
will be sung by women, some men, and some by the entire group
Road Not Taken’ is my favorite song of the performance,” Lucio said. “I've
always loved the poem by Robert Frost, so setting it to music made it even more
the program is the performance of a Jodler,
a traditional Austrian folksong that has been transcribed by Christoph Glatter-Götz,
the father of international business graduate student Michael Glatter-Götz, who
will be singing with the Master Chorale on Sunday.
for the concert are $5 general admission for non-Patron members. The Rio Bravo Wind
will perform at 7:30 that evening, Sunday, Nov. 10 in the same venue. Ticket
prices for that performance are also $5 general admission for non-Patron
members. For more information, visit utb.edu/patron.