The Heidelberg University Concert Choir, the premiere mixed choral ensemble of the university’s School of Music, will embark on its annual spring tour in mid-May, this year traveling to the East Coast and New England for a series of performances.
The choir is scheduled to perform in the following venues:
- May 14 – Mountain Rise United Church of Christ, Fairport, N.Y., 7:30 p.m.
- May 15 – United Church of Christ in Keene, N.H., 7:30 p.m.
- May 16 – St. Joseph Basilica, Webster, Mass., 6 p.m.
- May 17 – St. Paul’s Chapel, New York city, 1 p.m.
- May 17 – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Princeton, N.J., 7:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell, the choir will perform an eclectic program of choral literature representing major choral genres, historical eras and cultural traditions. The theme is “To Everything There is a Season.” Piano accompanist is Cynthia Ramsdell.
This year’s choir is comprised of 31 singers from a broad cross-section of majors at Heidelberg.
Ramsdell, the director of Choral Activities at Heidelberg, is in his first year as the Concert Choir’s director. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, he teaches undergraduate courses in conducting and secondary choral methods. He also teaches graduate courses in curriculum development, research in music education and music theory.
Ramsdell received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from Bowling Green State University. In 2006, he earned his doctorate in choral conducting performance from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the Heidelberg faculty, Ramsdell taught junior high general music and oversaw a large junior high and high school choral music program in Greenville, Pa. He also taught at Westminster College in Pennsylvania and at the University of Central Arkansas.
The concerts are free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken to offset the choir’s travel expenses.