Performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and the Riverside Church in New York, and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California for an international broadcast as part of the Chorale’s 50th Anniversary celebration have brought the choir significant exposure. The Chorale has been heard by thousands of people in over 70 performances throughout Central Europe and Scandinavia in the past 15 years. Domestic tours have taken the Chorale to almost every region and state. The Chorale and Chamber Orchestra toured together in May 2001 visiting Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Russia over 23 days.
Each December, the Chorale and Chamber Orchestra are among the music department’s featured ensembles in the Candles and Carols Christmas program that is video-taped and broadcast across the nation and internationally on many commercial, PBS and EWTN networks. On an annual basis, the Chorale performs with the Anderson (city) Symphony Orchestra in a performance of a major choral/orchestral work. They have also appeared on several occasions with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.
The Anderson University Chamber Orchestra strings of 14 musicians will tour with the Chorale for the second time. They will accompany the Chorale on several selections and will be featured on several works by themselves.
The repertory of the Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will include a wide variety of mostly sacred works including classical selections by Handel and Schuetz, new works by Whitacre, Orban, Stroope, and Cabena, hymn arrangements and spirituals.
Now in his 18th year, Dr. Richard Sowers, conductor of the Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, serves as the Director of Choral and Orchestral Music at Anderson University, also conducts the Anderson Symphonic Choir, and teaches conducting and voice. Outside the University, Dr. Sowers is now in his 13th season as music director and conductor of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, a 70-member, professional orchestra. Dr. Sowers has degrees from Indiana University, Colorado State University, and Arizona State University. He has been guest conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Sowers maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician.
Anderson University is a four-year liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 students located in Anderson, Indiana. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education and theology.