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UNIVERSITY SINGERS & CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Vinay Thomas, Conductor Jane Cords-O’Hara, Cello Yichen Liang, Piano


Monday, March 22, 2021 | 12:45 pm BROADCAST PREMIERE

Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 7:30 pm



Nanniyode njan

Chamber Ensemble

ARVO PÄRT | 1935-

The Deer's Cry

Chamber Ensemble


Anpudayone nin vathil Yichen Liang, Piano

JOHN TAVENER | 1944-2013


Jane Cords-O'Hara, Cello Yichen Liang, Keyboard


All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 15. Vzbránnoy voyevóde

This recital is in fulfillment of the degree MM Choral Conducting. 2


Vinay Thomas is a second-year master’s choral conducting student at the University of Minnesota studying with Kathy Romey and Matthew Mehaffey. Vinay is a strong advocate for the transformative power of singing, and believes that musical practice can serve as a gateway for youth to become the leaders of tomorrow. Based in the Twin Cities, Jane CordsO’Hara is a busy freelance cellist and teacher. She is a member of the New York based Grammy- nominated ensemble The Knights. Locally, she is a member of Ladyslipper Ensemble and Jamison Ensemble. She has performed and toured with many other groups including SPCO, MN Opera, A Far Cry, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Orchestra of St Luke’s and Da Capo Chamber Players. She teaches at Augsburg University and maintains a private studio.

Born in Suzhou, China, Yichen Liang is currently pursuing DMA in Collaborative Piano at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, studying with Timothy Lovelace. He studies piano performance with Edward Auer, collaborative piano with Futaba Niekawa, Charles Prestinari and Anne Epperson at Indiana University. He got his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Shanghai Normal University.


Soprano Katya Cuthbert Grace Gonzalez Tasha Klatt Sydney Swenhaugen Mullai Vellapan Shekela Wanyama Jingqi Zhu Alto Yilun Dong Caroline Gruebele Emma Jester Natasha Stark Lydia Weisenburger

Tenor Matthew Abernathy Ethan Donaldson Michael Hunter Samuel Maier Sam Mims Michael Olson Lucas Plaman Jack Soden Bass David Cranberg Dan Ferrusquia Dylan Hoppel Tony May Ethan Murphy Ben Wehseler


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