Chamber Singers announce 2022-23 performances, spring international tour

Eastern Mennonite University’s  Chamber Singers, now in their 44th year, have announced their 2022-23 season, culminating in a spring European tour.

Chamber Singers is a select choir, directed by Professor Benjamin Bergey, that performs a wide range of choral literature of various periods, styles, and cultures. The choir performs on and off campus in area venues and churches, and also hosts a spring tour in early March. This year performances are planned from March 3-12 in Ohio and Indiana.

The international tour to western Europe is the first planned in several years. 

Choir members come from seven states and include non-music majors. Members include Afton Rhodes-Lehman, Dayton, Va.; Reah Clymer, Meridian, Miss.; Hollyn Miller, Lancaster, Pa.; Anna Hoover, New Carlisle, Ohio; Savannah Smith, Key West, Fla.; Greta Schrag, Harleysville, Pa.; Iris Anderson, Corvallis, Ore.; Jacob Nissley, Canton, Ohio; Canyon Penner, Goshen, Ind.; Adam Hoover, New Carlisle, Ohio; Thaddeus Jackson, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Andrew Zook, Canton, Ohio.

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2022-23 Highlights

SONGS FOR CHANGE: CJP Songwriters Past and Present, with EMU Chamber Singers

Saturday, Oct.1, 7 p.m., Martin Chapel

Guest artists and Center for Justice and Peacebuilding alums will perform original works that focus on the power music has in their work as peacebuilders. Frances Crowhill Miller MA ‘11 and Daryl Snider MA ‘12, along with current graduate student Tarini Nagasaila Suresh, will perform original songs. The EMU Chamber Singers will join. This concert is sponsored by the new music and peacebuilding major.


Saturday, Oct. 8, 1-2 p.m., Lehman Auditorium

Previous members of Chamber Singers or other auditioned choral groups  are invited to join this special time. We’ll hear from current student members and faculty, and of course, sing together! Learn about ways to support the group’s upcoming tour.

SALSA CONCERT, featuring Bio Ritmo

Sunday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m., Thomas Plaza

Guest indie salsa band Bio Ritmo will perform on Thomas Plaza. Caravanserai, a local community-building ensemble, and the EMU Chamber Singers will also collaborate and perform, sponsored by the new music and peacebuilding major. A time of dialogue with community members will precede the concert at 3 p.m.

CHOIR CONCERT: Friday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Lehman Auditorium

LIGHTING OF THE GREEN: Monday, Dec. 5, 4;30 p.m., Thomas Plaza

ADVENT WORSHIP: Sunday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Celebration of Hope, Lehman Auditorium 

CHORAL EVENSONG: Sunday, Feb. 5, Emmanuel Episcopal Church

SPRING CHOIR CONCERT: Friday, April 21, 7 p.m., Lehman Auditorium

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