Peggy Dettwiler - Choral Conductor & Clinician

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Choirs

The Mansfield University Concert Choir is a highly select ensemble of singers, representing some of the finest talent from the American Northeast.  While the majority of the singers are undergraduate music majors, membership is open to all students at the university through an audition process.

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The group has achieved an impressive reputation of excellence, having been chosen each of the last twenty years to perform at conventions or festivals around the world: the Pennsylvania Music Educators State Conference; the Eastern Division Music Educators National Conference; the Music Educators National Convention; the American Choral Directors Association Pennsylvania State Conference, the ACDA Eastern Division Convention, and for the “Sound of Music” in Carnegie Hall! They also performed at the Inaugural Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in San Antonio, Texas, and for the third NCCO Conference at Yale University. On the international stage, the choir was a finalist in the Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Festival in Tours, France; a winner of a Gold Medal and a special prize for “Artistic Interpretation” at the Robert Schumann International Choir Competition in Zwickau, Germany; and they placed fourth in the International Choir Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.  In 2008, the Concert Choir won the Championship in the Gospel & Spiritual Category and placed second among 36 choirs in the Mixed Youth Choir Category at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. In 2011, the group won first place and two second-place prizes at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, and was awarded the 2011 American Prize in Choral Performance for the College & University Division. Most recently, the Concert Choir won three gold medals at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, OH.

The singers are frequently praised for the emotional spectrum in their performances, their diverse vocal color, and their varied repertoire.

 

The Festival Chorus is a mixed chorus of over 100 voices, which is open to all university students as well as community singers. The group rehearses three hours a week and performs a wide variety of choral styles in the fall semester and major choral works during the spring semester. Large scale performances with orchestra and professional soloists include Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Orff ‘s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation and Mass in Time of War, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Honegger’s King David, Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass of Peace,  and the Requiems by Brahms, Mozart, Fauré, Rutter, and Verdi. Members of the group also join with the Concert Choir to form separate women’s and men’s choruses in the fall semester. The Festival Chorus has produced eleven CDs and numerous cassette recordings. Students must vocalize for placement into the soprano, alto, tenor, or bass sections.

The Mansfieldians is a highly select ensemble of 8 singers, which specializes in vocal jazz.  The Mansfieldians tour with the MU Jazz Ensemble each year and perform on and off-campus. In 2008, the Mansfieldians won the Championship in the Vocal Jazz Category at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. The group rehearses three hours a week and makes frequent guest appearances on behalf of the university. An audition is required for membership.  The group is directed by Dr. Sheryl Monkelien.

The Chamber Singers is a highly select vocal ensemble of 12-20 voices established for the study and performance of repertoire from the vocal chamber idiom.  Literature includes madrigals & motets from the 16th and 17th centuries, Bach cantatas, part-songs of the 18th and 19th centuries, and contemporary selections.  The ensemble performs both on and off campus.  An audition is required for membership.  The group is directed by Dr. Peggy Dettwiler.

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