The Eastern Mennonite University Chamber Singers have released programming information and the schedule for its spring break tour March 4-10, 2023. The group will perform in Ohio and Indiana at various churches and Christian schools. The theme of this year’s tour is “Local and Global: songs of peace and justice.”
“I wanted to include some local composers and styles to bring a taste from our home while also exploring a range of other styles and composers from around the world,” said Professor Benjamin Bergey, director of the Chamber Singers.
Highlights include songs about and in the tradition of the area, such as “Shenandoah,” a classic song about the Shenandoah Valley; “Sing Each Other Home,” a piece the Chamber Singers and EMU’s music and peacebuilding program commissioned the Harrisonburg-based Walking Roots Band to write; and “Could It Be That God Is Singing,” a hymn in the Southern Harmony tradition by poet Becca J R Lachman from Goshen, Indiana.
Other songs include “A New Leaf” by Bradley Lehman, a local composer and father of choir member Afton Rhodes-Lehman; “Eagles’ Wings” by EMU alumnus Sam Kauffman ‘12; and “Wake Up, My Spirit” by Virginia-based contemporary African American composer Adolphus Hailstork.
The EMU Chamber Singers is an auditioned touring chamber choir now in its 44th year. The mixed-voice choir is made up of more than 15 EMU students of different ages and majors. The ensemble tours in the U.S. each spring break and will tour abroad every other May starting this year. The select vocal group performs choral arrangements from various periods, styles and cultures.
All evening performances are free and open to the public.
The choir includes:
Iris Anderson, Corvallis, Oregon
Maggie Garber, Broadway, Virginia
Thaddeus Jackson, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Philip Krabill, Elkhart, Indiana
Naomi Kratzer, Goshen, Indiana
Hannah Landes Beck, Linville, Virginia
Hollyn Miller, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Aaron Moyer, Broadway, Virginia
Jacob Nissley, Canton, Ohio
Afton Rhodes-Lehman, Dayton, Virginia
Sophia Sherrill, Goshen, Indiana; Higashikurume, Tokyo, Japan
Savannah Smith, Key West, Florida
Joshua Stucky, Princeton, New Jersey
Brynn Yoder, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Andrew Zook, Canton, Ohio