After a one-week tour of Texas, the Monmouth College Chorale is coming home.
The Chorale will present its tour performance in a “home concert” at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Tim Pahel, the Chorale performed over the College’s spring break at three Texas churches and also sang at notable landmarks in the Lone Star State, including the Open-Air Rotunda at the State Capitol Building in Austin, and the Alamo and the River Walk in San Antonio.
Some selections for the March 15 concert – which will include works by a range of classic and contemporary composers – will be sung by the Chamber Choir, a group of highly skilled vocalists chosen from the Chorale membership.
The highly selective, 33-member Chorale maintains an active and demanding rehearsal and performance schedule. In addition to serving as centerpiece for the annual “Christmas at Monmouth” concert, it performs regularly both on and off campus. The Chorale engages students from nearly every major at Monmouth, giving its members well-rounded musical experiences with high expectations for performance and competency.
The Chorale has toured extensively, visiting nearly half the states in the country, including a performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2017. It also tours internationally, including a recent trip to Italy, where the group performed at the Vatican. On its spring break tour in Europe in 2020, the ensemble will travel to Salzburg, Vienna and Prague.
Pahel holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa, where he studied conducting with the internationally renowned Timothy Stalter.