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Messiah College Choral Arts Society holds auditions for spring concerts

November 12th, 2015

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Nov. 12, 2015) — The Messiah College Choral Arts Society will hold auditions for its spring concerts series on Dec. 8, 11 and Jan. 5 in the High Center at Messiah College. The ensemble consists of community members as well as Messiah College faculty, staff and students. The Choral Arts Society maintains a membership of 70 singers, and has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony orchestra and the Susquehanna Chorale. The group is conducted by Linda L. Tedford, Director of Choral Activities at Messiah College.

The Choral Arts Society will perform Don McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata, a moving depiction of the Holocaust in Poland. Members of the Messiah College Department of Theatre and Dance will read letters from prisoners in the camps—revealing many different emotions, from the very serious to the brief glimpse into the prisoners’ expressions of humor and beauty. The choir responds with songs that were written by prisoners in the camps. Sources for the letters and the music were found at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, and then combined to form this work that testifies to the power of music, even in such a situation as the Holocaust.

Details for the audition

Singers should have previous choral experience and bring a prepared piece. Audition appointments can be made by calling the Department of Music at 717-776-2511, ext. 3310. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:15- 9:15 p.m. and will begin Jan. 12. The performance of the Holocaust Cantata will be held on April 24 at 3 p.m. in the High Center.

About Messiah College

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.


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