Song Of The Earth by Z. Randall Stroope





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Uploaded on May 23, 2008

The St. Joseph Community Chorus, under the artistic direction of Frank D. Thomas and founded in 1980, presents interesting, challenging and diverse programs of choral music from the classical to contemporary throughout the Midwestern United States. The Chorus enjoys a rich history of outstanding choral performances in many beautiful settings.

In addition to its three-concert season, the Chorus collaborates with the St. Joseph Symphony each year performing such works as the Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Britten's War Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, and Verdi's Requiem. The Chorus has also performed exchange concerts with other community choruses and has performed on the Moberly, MO Performing Arts Series as well as at the Mound City State Theater Arts Association and the Hiawatha Arts and Theatrical Society. In February 2005, the Chamber Choir premièred three Anthony Glise works with the Chorale Divertimento from Lille, France on the St. Joseph Performing Arts series.

The Chorus has toured Great Britain and Eastern Europe participating in the Innsbruck Choral Festival. It has performed at state and regional conventions and premièred commissioned works by internationally known composers such as John Bacharet, Donald Patriquin and Stephen Paulus as well as local composer Michael Mathews.

From within the Chorus, a select Chamber Choir was created in 1987. The chamber ensemble, invited frequently to perform at public and private events during the year, performs on each of the chorus' three subscription concerts. An auditioned chamber choir traveled to France in March of 2005 to perform with the Chorale Divertimento. Plans are underway for another exchange with this choir in 2007.

The St. Joseph Community Chorus always strives to adhere to its mission statement that is to foster the enjoyment and appreciation of good choral music among its membership and the community at large by providing an organization of the highest musical caliber to present exceptional performances of choral literature. We take pride in the fact that we regularly involve over ninety singers from Northwest Missouri in the creative process of singing together. The Chorus is a significant musical ensemble helping to bring the college and community together in an artistically meaningful way.

Flute: Richard Yeager

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