N OV EM B ER J U LY y La Hormiga, at Carnegie Hall. In July both Dr. Scheibe and Dr. Grases were world travelers with conducting and presentation engagements in Arizona, Kansas, Florida, New Zealand, Spain, and China.
S EP T EM B ER Visiting professor Suzi Digby returned to lecture and conduct the fifth annual Golden Bridge concert, which featured four commissioned works. Thanks to a generous donation from Christine Ofiesh, Rod Eichenberger was the first guest artist of the fall semester. Professor Eichenberger worked with four of the university ensembles, led a conducting masterclass and lectured on choral development.
At the beginning of the semester, new graduate students joined the department. Voice placements occurred for all ensembles, with high caliber singers continuing to join the ranks of USC choral singers. Two ensemble names were changed in order to be more gender inclusive. The Apollo Men’s Chorus and Oriana Women’s Choir were rebranded to become Apollo Chorus and Oriana Choir.
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The Chamber Singers helped celebrate 100 years of Polish independence in a joint performance and lecture concert with the Quadrophonic String Quartet, and guest lecturer, Dr. Lisa Cooper-Vest. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu directed the Choral Leadership Workshop with over 200 local high school students, and adjudicated the Community College Invitational Festival. In addition, Mr. Wondemagegnehu presented two enlightening lectures on inspired performance and diversity. Chamber Singers and Concert Choir presented a concert entitled “Radiant Dawn” that included the world premiere of a joint composition by Shawn Kirchner and Stacey V. Gibbs.
The build up to the 2018 Winter Gala started early with combined ensemble rehearsals throughout November, as plans were finalized for another incredible scholarship fundraiser. A much needed break occurred during Thanksgiving, only to return and prepare for the end of the fall semester. Dr. Scheibe returned early in November from a twoweek trip to the State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia for the USC Thornton School of Music. Late in November, Dr. Strimple traveled to Munich for performances of his work, Franciscan Canticles by the Mendelssohn Choir.
The Chamber Singers continued holiday caroling at Town and Gown, and the Dean’s Donor Dinner. The Winter Gala scholarship fundraiser was a memorable endcap on another successful and productive year for the department. All five university choirs performed and were joined by the USC Trombone Choir, Brass Quintet, and other talented USC student and faculty performers.
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