March 2011

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NEW CHORAL WORK BY ADA COMPOSERS DAVISON, LUPINSKI INCLUDED IN CONCERT APRIL 7 AT ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

A new choral work by Ada composers Victoria Davison and Rudy Lupinski and a nearly 300-year-old mass by Franz Joseph Haydn will be performed April 7 [THURSDAY] in a concert by the East Central University Chorale and the ECU Singers. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Steve Walker is the conductor and accompanists will be pianists Dr. Starla Hibler and Rudy Lupinski.

The University Chorale will open with “Ave Maria” by Rudi Tass, featuring soloist Casaundra Long of Moore. Long also will conduct her own composition, “The Captive’s Song.” Also on the Chorale’s program is “Decision” by Desra Scroggins, to be conducted by Luke Smith of Holdenville; Chanson Éloignée by Morten Lauridsen and “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, arranged by Rudy Lupinski.

 The ECU Singers will perform Tori Davison’s and Rudy Lupinski’s “Veni Sancte Spiritas,” with accompaniment by Rebekah Unruh, piccolo; Whitney Beck, flute; Nathan Sheeley, clarinet; and Kayla Franco, clarinet.

Dr. Melody Baggech will be the soloist for “Mass No. 6 in G (Missa Sancti Nicolai),” written in 1772 by Franz Joseph Haydn. It is one of comparatively few choral works that he wrote before he was 50.

The autographed manuscript of the “St. Nicholas Mass” and all the original orchestral parts were found intact in the Esterhazy archives at Eisenstadt Castle.

The University Chorale includes sopranos Danna Borntrager, Angie Brunk, Victoria Davison, Caitlin Gray and Carissa Rodgers, all of Ada; Jessy Beasley, Calvin; Aaron Sadler, Oklahoma City; Ginelle Gordon, Seminole; Sheena Stallings, Shawnee; Laura Knight, Stratford; and Ashlie Simpson, Valiant.

University Chorale altos are Catie Caton, Ada; Casaundra Long, Moore; Gretchen Reiswig, Purcell; Christina Kushnick, Spiro; Shay Standingwater, Tulsa; Amber Simpson, Valiant; and Meg Stewart, Wellston. Tenors are Caleb Bonar, Ada; Billy Snead, Atoka; Luke Smith, Holdenville; Ryan Codopony, Noble; Joseph Mohr, Sayre; John Stone, Seminole; Josh Coats, Tecumseh; and Zach Champagne, Tishomingo.

Basses include Phillip Berryhill, Ada; Jacob Stevens, McAlester; Nathan Steinman, Oklahoma City; Jordan Myers, Sapulpa; Kaleb Gordon, Seminole; and Tim Long, Tecumseh.

A number of students sing in both the University Chorale and the University singers.

Sopranos in the ECU Singers are Sarah Barnes, Hunter Braly, Angie Brunk, Victoria Davison, Caitlin Gray, Chloe Henry, Staci Jewell, Carissa Rodgers and Abby Seal, all of Ada; Krysta Cassell, Bristow; Jessy Beasley, Calvin; Sara Morgan and Sarah Sanders, Coalgate; Morgan Harper, Comanche; Emily Anderson, Latta; Kayla Williams, Madill; Ashley Tucker, Sasakwa; Sheena Stallings, Shawnee; Laura Knight, Carol Lofton and Chalie Smith, all of Stratford; Ashlie Simpson, Valiant; and Kristen Stecklein, Vinita.

Altos in the ECU Singers are Samantha Spears and Jenni Whitley, Ada; Jessica Pruitt, Broken Bow; Elizabeth Blanchard, Luther; Angela Marshall and Kelsie Pletcher, McAlester; Casaundra Long, Moore; Jacie Hutcherson and Dawn Thatcher, Noble; Kendra Parker, Norman; Kayla Franco, Owasso; Jessika Coleman, Piedmont; Claire Marquardt, Poteau; Gretchen Reiswig, Purcell; Christina Kushnick, Spiro; Maygen Howard and Meleah Underwood, Stratford; Emily Randolph, Sulphur; Kourtni Moore, Tishomingo; Amber Simpson, Valiant; Kathleen Madden, Wayne; Meg Stewart, Wellston; and Jesslyn Richards, Wewoka.

 ECU Singers who are tenors are Caleb Bonar, Ada; Micheal Rowley, Ardmore; Billy Snead, Atoka; Luke Smith, Holdenville; Ryan Codopony, Noble; Joseph Mohr, Sayre; John Stone, Seminole; Josh Coats, Tecumseh; Zach Champagne, Tishomingo; and Andrew Reeves, Wetumka.

Basses are Brandon Blankenship, Joe Trail and James Williamson, all of Ada; Stephen McCleskey, Ardmore; Nick Nottingham, Atoka; Jackie Switzer, Cleveland; Clint Prucha, Comanche; Ricky Lehr, Kingston; Nathan Steinman, Oklahoma City; Gabe Gonzales, Purcell; Miguel Mireles, Putnam City; Jordan Myers, Sapulpa; Kaleb Gordon, Seminole; Sam Crosby, Shawnee; Justin Cody, Tommy Long, Tim Long and Stephen Timperley, all of Tecumseh; and Clayton Sullivan, Tishomingo.

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