Ithaca College Choir Presented Free Concert on March 16, 2010, at HUMC

 

Photo from Ithaca College Choir website, http://www.ithaca.edu/music/ensembles/choir/

The program, under the direction of Lawrence Doebler, explores “Dreams.” The central work on the program explores the dream of peace as expressed in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. There will also be music of Eric Whitacre, Norman Dinerstein, African American folk songs, and the choir’s annual commissioned work, “Gravity’s Dream” by Steven Stucky, all exploring different aspects of dreams. The Ithaca College Choir is recognized through its annual tour and many campus appearances as one of the most innovative ensembles at the collegiate level.

 

The program, under the direction of Lawrence Doebler, explores “Dreams.” The central work on the program explores the dream of peace as expressed in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. There will also be music of Eric Whitacre, Norman Dinerstein, African American folk songs, and the choir’s annual commissioned work, “Gravity’s Dream” by Steven Stucky, all exploring different aspects of dreams. The Ithaca College Choir is recognized through its annual tour and many campus appearances as one of the most innovative ensembles at the collegiate level.

 

Photo from Ithaca College Choir website,

In each of the last thirty-one years, the Ithaca College Choir has premiered works that have been published by Theodore Presser as part of the Ithaca College Choral Series. Composers who have accepted commissions are Vincent Persichetti, Samuel Adler, Karel Husa, William Schuman, Ellen Zwilich, Peter Schickele, Augusta Read Thomas, Thea Musgrave, Daniel Pinkham, Chen Yi, Lowell Liebermann, Dan Welcher, Ron Nelson, and Dana Wilson.

 

The Ithaca College Choir has toured extensively on the east coast and in the midwest, as well as to Ireland and it has presented major concerts at the American Choral Directors Association Convention, Music Educators National Conference; Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Cooper Union in New York City; and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn. In addition to their a capella tradition, the choir has performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble, as well as other professional ensembles. Mr. Doebler has recently conducted the Ithaca College Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. He was a presenter at the Philadelphia Bach Institute with Maestro Helmut Rilling this February.

 

Lawrence Doebler is a professor of music at Ithaca College where he serves as director of choral activities. Currently in his 32nd year at the College, his duties include conducting the Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Choral Union and teaching conducting (both undergraduate courses and graduate majors), choral techniques, and choral literature. Doebler has received awards for research and teaching excellence from the University of Wisconsin and Ithaca College and has appeared throughout the eastern and midwestern United States as a clinician and guest conductor. As an editor of "no barline" Renaissance music, Doebler's editions are published by the Lorenz Company in the Roger Dean catalogue. Currently, he is the music director for the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, a professional chamber choir.

 

For more information on the choir, visit www.ithaca.edu/music/ensembles/choir/

 

 

Photos courtesy Ithaca College Choir website.