The Anderson University Chorale will perform at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Convention held at the Indianapolis Convention Center February 25-28. This will make the fourth appearance at an ACDA Convention for the AU Chorale. Although this is a distinct honor to be chosen to perform, this is not the first time this prestigious choir has been selected. They were also featured at the Central Conventions in 1990 in Grand Rapids, and 1994 in Chicago, as well as the National Convention in Phoenix in 1991.
The Central Division ACDA convention will present some of the best choirs in the region at the upcoming convention, appropriately titled "Back Home Again in Indiana 2004." According to Randi Von Ellefson, Central Division President, "Since Indianapolis is in the center of Indiana and almost the center of the United States, it feels like we are returning home to our roots."
Dr. Jeffrey Wright, Dean of the College of the Arts at Anderson University is pleased that the Chorale has once again been honored at the national level. The fact that our Chorale is consistently chosen for events such as this is a tribute to the caliber of students in the department of music, as well as the talent and dedication of the faculty and staff.
The Chorale was chosen through a blind audition process by judges who evaluated recordings of 3 selections from 3 consecutive years by each choir. The evaluators then chose the top ensembles without knowledge of who the choirs were. Dr. Richard Sowers, conductor of the Chorale, said, "I was very pleased that we were again selected to perform for an ACDA convention. There is no honor higher than this in our field. The chorale is being compared to choirs from several large universities, including several Big-10 schools, and we are most honored to have been chosen from among such high caliber programs." Additionally, the Chorale was selected to present the world premiere of a new work commissioned by ACDA for the Divisional Conventions.
Founded in 1945, the Chorale tours each spring throughout the United States, and will embark on a 23 day tour of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia in May 2004, its 6th international tour in the past 20 years.
Performing major choral/orchestral works each year, the Chorale has sung with the Indianapolis Symphony, Anderson Symphony, Carmel Symphony and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
Now in his 20th year at AU, Dr. Richard Sowers serves as professor of music and director of choral and orchestral music. He directs the Anderson University Chorale, Anderson Symphonic Choir, Mens Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and teaches introductory conducting and advanced choral conducting at Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education, nursing and theology.