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Bluffton University Camerata Singers At Salem Mennonite Church March 3

The Marion Record of Marion, South Dakota

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Bluffton University's Camerata Singers will perform in six states, plus Ohio, during the group's annual spring-break tour.

The chamber choir was established in 1984 as an outgrowth of a larger mixed choir. Camerata Singers maintains an active schedule of more than 20 annual performances on campus, in area churches and schools, and on tour. Camerata Singers is planning a three-week cross-cultural experience to Great Britain in May 2015. This year's choir includes three Presidential Scholars, numerous officers in campus student organizations, athletes, and an average GPA of over 3.5.

The 29-member, select choral ensemble will make concert stops in Indiana, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio from March 1-8.

"Sing Ye Praises with understanding" is the theme of the program, conducted by

Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at Bluffton. While the first half of the program will feature traditional, sacred choral music, the second half will include music of more unique faith groups and styles: gospel music, spirituals, music from the Shaker and the Iona Communities, and texts by important spiritual leaders like Menno Simons and Julian of Norwich.

Included are a newly commissioned work, "Shout for Joy all the earth," by Dr. Peter Terry, an associate professor of information technology and music at Bluffton, as well as pieces that Camerata will perform during a cross-cultural experience in Great Britain this May.

The group will sing at Salem Mennonite Church in Freeman at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3.

This is the home church of Camerata member Brittany Ries.



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Original Publication Date: February 26, 2015



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