USF Schola Cantorum & Concert Chorale to present April 20 concert

The University of St. Francis (USF) Schola Cantorum and Concert Chorale, under the direction of faculty member Willard Thomen, will share the stage on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Sexton Auditorium, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, Ill.

The first half of the evening will feature a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloriawith both choirs, an orchestra and soloists. All soloists are current or former voice students of faculty member Clarice Hearne, including current students Philipa Kerr,(Joliet), Elyse Lorenz, (Joliet) and Simone Reis, (Bolingbrook) (all sopranos) and alumnae Miranda Costilo (mezzo-soprano) and Jacqueline Larry (contralto).

After intermission, the Schola Cantorum will present Elizabethan Madrigals and madrigal solos by Kerr, Lorenz, Meghan Nee(Roselle), Katrin Volkmer(Plainfield), and Nicholas Young(Lockport)– with some guitar accompaniment by Young. This group will be followed by the combined Schola and Concert Chorale singing arrangements from Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” including “At the River,” “Long Time Ago,” “The Little Horses,” “Simple Gifts,” “Ching-A-Ring Chaw” and “Zion’s Walls.”

Schola Cantorum includes students Kerr, Lorenz, Nee, Reis, Young, Jonathon Alamo(Plainfield), Jeffrey Brown(Crest Hill), Robert Dunlap(Manhattan), Mary Jackson(Charleston), Gabe Jaskowiak(Joliet), Justin Krolik(Troy, Mich.), Maricar Nones(Downey, Calif.), Taylor Palomar-Barajas(Romeoville), Janna Paskvan(Joliet), Shannon Patino(Channahon), Sarah Sheehan(Frankfort), Heather Storm(Dwight), Dylan Reyes(Sterling) and Derek Robinson(Monroe, Mich.)

Concert Chorale includes students Lorenz, Volkmer, Marisa DiBennardi(Evergreen Park), Julian Jankowski(Plainfield), and Thomas Kodron(Aurora) and several members of the local community including Jim Batis, Autumn Song Cha, Joyce Donahue, Ruth and Keith Forni, alumna Jacqueline Larry, Margaret Lorenz, Daniel Malinowski, Marianne and Tom Manley, faculty member Richard Nicholas, Lin Paquette, Susan Parsons, Dana Sadava and faculty member Dr. James Stopher. In addition, faculty member Jeffrey Ray will sing with the choirs during the concert

The orchestra for the Vivaldi includes the following individuals. Strings: Jeff Ashcraft(Shorewood), Naomi Hildner(Oak Park), Cliff Hunt(Joliet), Janice Jack(Minooka),  Michael Roszyk(Bolingbrook), concert master David Velazquez(Chicago) and Julie Verchimak(Joliet). Winds: Margaret Busse(Oak Park) and Dr. Robert Kase (faculty). Continuo: Stopher, who will also play piano throughout the performance.

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