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Ascending Voice II

Choral Festival At-a-Glance

Wednesday, May 12

Pepperdine University Chamber Singers
Milton Pullen, director
1:30 PM, Stauffer Chapel

Nunc dimittis: Gustav Holst (1874–1934)

Miserere mei Deus: Gregorio Allegri (1582–1652)

O vos omnes: Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa 1561–1613)

Selig sind die Toten: Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672)

i thank You God for most this amazing day: Eric Whitacre (1970– )

Sing Me to Heaven: Daniel E. Gawthrop (1949– )

Lead Me Home: Eric William Barnum (1979– )

Same Train: arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

I’ve Gotta Home in Gloryland: arr. Milton Pullen

Pepperdine University Chamber Singers (reprise)

Milton Pullen, conductor
3 PM, Stauffer Chapel

The Chamber Singers of Pepperdine University are an elite group of student singers and staff members from the undergraduate campus of Seaver College. Although the ensemble is mainly composed of music majors and music faculty, students from other disciplines within Seaver College also participate. All members of Chamber Singers participate in the larger University Concert Choir. Professor Milt Pullen directed award-winning high school programs for 24 years before joining Pepperdine University in 1995. The concert choir recorded the compact disc Sacred Songs from the Chapel in 2004.

The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble
7:30 PM, Smothers Theatre

The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, created February 2007 under the direction of Terrance Wright, is the officially recognized choir of The Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Association, Inc. The Alumni Ensemble is an artistically driven organization dedicated to providing its audience with a broad-based entertainment experience. Through their training with the Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc., under the direction of the late Dr. Walter Turnbull, members of the Alumni Ensemble—ages 17 and up—are the elite of the Boys Choir of Harlem and the Girls Choir of Harlem and are experienced, successful professionals, and ambassadors of the world. The Alumni Ensemble features a variety of vocal styles ranging from classical, gospel, spiritual, choral, a capella, jazz, pop, and R&B. The ensemble is unique for its flexibility in offering mixed (male/female) as well as all-male and all-female choirs, with groups consisting of 10 to 50 singers.

Thursday, May 13

Occidental College Glee Club

Desiree La Vertu, conductor

10:30 AM, Stauffer Chapel

Hosanna in excelsis: Brent Pierce (1969– )

Sanctus and Benedictus: Antonio Salieri (1750–1825)

Jesu, meine Freude: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Hodie Christus natus est: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621)

Lux Aurumque: Eric Whitacre (1970– )

Mon coeur se recommande a vous: Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)

Fa una canzone: Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605)

Il bianco e dolce cigno: Jacob Arcadelt (1507?-1568)

I’m Gonna Sing ‘til the Spirit Moves in My Heart: Moses Hogan (1957-2003)

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel: arr. William Dawson

The Battle of Jericho: arr. Moses Hogan

Since 1906 the Occidental Glee Club has played a central role in the life of Occidental College, drawing musicians of the highest caliber and giving voice to our college spirit. The Glee Club's reputation for excellence has also carried the banners of Occidental College far into the musical world, through national and international tours and recordings. The Occidental Glee Club is dedicated to superb music making and to fostering ties that unite generations of singers. 


Konstantin Zhigulin, director
10:30 AM, Raitt Recital Hall

Composer Konstantin Zhigulin of St. Petersburg, Russia, brings to the U.S. his original music compositions based upon the Psalms and other  texts of scripture. His singing group Psalom has sung at over 60 different churches, lectureships, and universities in the United States. Zhigulin and his group have produced several albums and a songbook primarily for churches to use for worship. In the summer of 2009 Psalom recorded a new CD in English, Let Your Glory Be over the Earth.

Rochester College A Cappella Chorus

Joe Bentley, conductor
12 Noon, Stauffer Chapel

Mass for Four Voices: William Byrd (1539-1623)

  •  Sanctus and Benedictus

Kittery: William Billings (1746–1800)

The Creation: Tom Scott (1948– )

Wren Songs: Alice Parker (1925– )

  •  Great Soaring Spirit
  • Each Seeking Faith
  • Dust and Ashes
  • This We Can Do
  • Life Story
  • Trinitarian Blessing

This Marriage Eric Whitacre (1970– )

Balm in Gilead arr. Stacey Gibbs

Way Over in Beulah Lan’

Rochester College A Cappella Chorus (reprise)
Joe Bentley, conductor
1:30 PM, Stauffer Chapel

At Rochester College, the A Cappella Chorus is the oldest musical ensemble on campus, and serves as an important musical ambassador. Having proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, the group comprises students from all areas of the college, majoring in a variety of subjects. The chorus annually presents over 30 concerts each year in southeast Michigan and through­out the Midwest and Canada. Its repertoire spans a wide range of classic and contemporary works for a cappella chorus, as well as choral masterworks with orchestral accompaniment. The group has appeared regularly with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in choral productions, including Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and the Mozart and Verdi Requiems. The chorus has also appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in classical and pops concerts, and has sung for Neeme Järvi, Jan-Pascal Tortelier, and the late Erich Kunzel.

7:30 PM, Smothers Theatre

Named the 2008 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America and regarded as “the world's reigning male chorus,” by New Yorker magazine, this “orchestra of voices” is known around the world for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, and its original interpretations of a wide variety of vocal literature. Chanticleer, named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, this Grammy Award-winning ensemble was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity.”

Friday, May 14

Adelfos Ensemble and UCSB Chamber Choir
Michel Marc Gervais, conductor
10:30 AM, Stauffer Chapel       

Alta trinità beata (procession): Anonymous (15th c. Italian)

Tradiderunt me: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Caligaverunt oculi mei

Am Charfreitage, Op. 79:6, from Sechs Sprüche (1843-1846): Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1890-1847)

Sanctus from Mass for Double Chorus (1922): Frank Martin (1890-1974)

Warning to the Rich (1977): Thomas Jennefelt (1948– )

Alta trinità beata (recession): Anonymous (15th c. Italian)

Adelfos Ensemble and UCSB Chamber Choir (reprise)
Michel Marc Gervais, conductor
12 Noon, Stauffer Chapel

Adelfos Ensemble
Since its founding in 2004, Adelfos Ensemble has brought the best of men’s a cappella music to the community of Santa Barbara, California, through live performances, radio broadcasts, and recordings. Comprised of 8-10 singers with considerable vocal experience both in and beyond the Santa Barbara area, the group offers a broad repertoire of music spanning more then a millennium. From ancient chant to American spirituals, from Renaissance motets to contemporary works, Adelfos Ensemble continues to explore the vast body of choral literature and, as the Santa Barbara News-Press observed, to “move right and left of center in the choral tradition.”

UCSB Chamber Choir
This top ensemble of music majors and non-majors comprises 32 singers from the UCSB campus. Singing music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, the Chamber Choir specializes in the performance of virtuosic masterpieces from the a cappella repertoire. The choir has collaborated with the Ericson Chamber Choir from Stockholm, Sweden; Madrigalchor Kiel from Germany; the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra; the Santa Barbara Symphony; and the Asia-America Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, California. It has also been featured in a three-hour Swedish television documentary on the legendary choral master, Eric Ericson. The choir has undertaken two concert tours of California and five international tours, serving as choir-in-residence at the International Conducting Academy in France. The ensemble has seven CD recordings to its credit, including Victoria's Requiem Mass, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, the Requiem masses by Duruflé and Fauré, and the world-premiere recording of Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony (2000) with the Santa Barbara Symphony for KOCH International.

Harding University Chamber Singers
Kelly Neill, conductor
Abilene Christian University A Cappella Chorus

Sean Pullen, conductor
1:30 PM, Stauffer Chapel

Harding University Chamber Singers
Timor et tremor
: Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)

Sing Joyfully: William Byrd (1539-1623)

Lord, for Thy Tender Mercy’s Sake: Richard Farrant (c. 1530-1580)

Welcome Home: Brian Foy (1987-  )

Veni sponsa Christi: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

I Am Not Yours: Randall Stroope (1953– )

Abilene Christian University A Cappella Chorus
Verbum caro factus est:
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)

If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments: Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Hail Gladdening Light: Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Alleluia: Ralph Manuel (1951– )

The Battle of Jericho: arr. Moses Hogan

Sweet By and By: arr. Sean Pullen

Hallelujah: arr. Robert DeCormier

Harding University Chamber Singers

Kelly Neill, conductor
Abilene Christian University A Cappella Chorus (reprise)

Sean Pullen, conductor
3 PM, Stauffer Chapel

Harding University Chamber Singers
The Harding University Chamber Singers
, a group of 12 to 16 highly qualified members, primarily sing Renaissance and contemporary music, with an emphasis on music of living composers. Members may also sing in the Harding University Concert Choir or Chorus. The Chamber Singers rehearse twice a week and give three or four concerts on campus each year, as well as some doing some limited touring. The group was founded by Dr. Cliff Ganus in 2003.

Abilene Christian University A Cappella Chorus
The A Cappella Chorus of Abilene Christian University is the oldest a cappella chorus in the Southwest. Begun in 1932 by the late Dr. Leonard Burford, it is dedicated to the study and performance of the finest choral literature of all musical eras. Auditions are held each spring and open to all students. A Cappella meets four hours each week. The A Cappella Chorus takes one extended tour and gives four major concerts each year.

The Ascending Voice II Festival Choir

Robert Page, conductor

7:30 PM, Smothers Theatre

Heilig: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1890-1847)

McKay: Carol Barnett (1949– )

Sixty-Seventh Psalm: Charles Ives (1874-1954)

Amazing Grace: arr. Robert Page

  • Each participating choir will also perform one or two works during the course of the evening’s event.
  • Announcement/Singing of Psalm Contest Winner with Alice Parker