Kenyon College Chamber Singers Coming to St. Leo on Spring Tour

The Kenyon College Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke, will be performing on Sunday, March 5th, at 7:00 pm in the church. The Chamber Singers, consisting of 55 undergraduate students from 19 states, South Korea and Portugal, are chosen by competitive audtion and is Kenyon's premier touring ensemble. The group is noted for its versatility of vocal style and broad repertoire and will again present an eclectic mix of a cappella choral repertoire on their Spring 2017 tour. See below for more information. We hope you will join us! 

Music: A centerpiece to the program will be Johannes Brahms's motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen (Why is the light given to those who suffer), with numerous other sacred compositions by American composer Williametta Spencer, Russian composer Pavel Chesnokov, Finnish composers Teppo Lampela and Kaj-Erik Gustafsson, and Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The ensemble is noted for for its regular inclusion of music from South Africa, which this year includes Bawo, Thixo Somandla (Lord, God Omnipotent), a Xhosan prayer for peace transcribed by Mzilikazi Khumalo. Other pieces on the program include Stephen Chatman's Voices of Earth: The Snow, Hyo-won Woo's Eight Laughing Voices, and African-American spirituals arranged by Hall Johnson and Robert Fountain.

Students: The members of Chamber Singers come from 19 states, South Korea and Portugal. A minority of the singers have declared music as their academic major, with the rest having chosen fields such as mathematics, religion, bioloy, drama, psychology, philosophy, and English, to name but a few. All the singers value music as an integral part of a liberal-arts education and take great pride in reaching for the highest musical standards in performance.

Conductor: Benjamin Locke is in his 33rd year at Kenyon. He directs the Kenyon Community Choir, teaches music theory, conducting and voice, and is also the musical director of the Knox County Symphony (based in Mount Vernon, Ohio). He has written several research articles on the choral music of Johannes Brahams and has also published many transcriptions and arrangements of South African folksongs. Dr. Locke earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied extensively with Robert Fountain.

Kenyon College: The College is Ohio's oldest private college and has been building a reputation for excellence for more than one hundred and ninety-three years. It boasts a remarkably dedicated faculty, a carefully planned liberal arts curriculum, a highly capable student body, and alumni who have contributed significantly in all walks of life.