Saint Peter the Apostle Church, Parsippany, hosts the Montclair State University Singers, Dr. Heather Buchanan, Director, Steven Ryan, Accompanist.
The Montclair State University Singers and Soloists will perform in a free concert on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM. The concert is free of charge and will be held in Saint Peter the Apostle Church, Baldwin Road, Parsippany, New Jersey. Rev. Msgr. Herbert K. Tillyer, P.A., Pastor and Mr. Paul Kusler, Director of Music at Saint Peter’s are the hosts.
The Montclair State University Singers is a 60 member mixed-voice choir comprising undergraduate & graduate students who are experienced singers and musicians. The University Singers performs a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire, encompassing genres from the Renaissance to the 21st Century, with special interest in contemporary composers. Previous season highlights include New York Choral Festival Showcase Concerts performances at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (2005, 2007 & 2008), Prelude Concert performances for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s annual Winter Festivals (2004 & 2005), tours of Central Europe (May 2005) and Russia (May 2008) with performances in Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Debrecen, Moscow, Pushkin and St. Petersburg. World Premiere performances include Madison’s Descent (Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin), That Music Always Round Me (Tarik O’Regan), and Ave Maria and A White Blossom (Martin A. Sedek). The University Singers has also established an exciting performance relationship with renowned composer-artist Meredith Monk beginning with their historic collaboration in December 2006 and continuing with the critically acclaimed March 2009 performances of Ascension Variations at the Guggenheim Museum. They recorded the CD Songs of Ascension with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble on the prestigious European label ECM Records (2011). This collaboration was included in the Producer of the Year section of the 2012 Grammy nominations. In February 2012 University Singers gave their ACDA Eastern Division Convention debut performance (Providence, RI) with a program featuring two World Premiere performances by composers Chen Yi (Distance can’t keep us two apart, the 2012 Raymond Brock Memorial Commission) and Martin A. Sedek (She Walks in Beauty).