In its 67th season, the 53-voice Anderson University Chorale under the direction of conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, has received national and international recognition as one of the nation’s premiere collegiate choirs. The Chorale has performed in concert for several national and regional conventions of the American Chorale Directors Association. [Photo on left: The 2012-2013 Anderson University Chorale.]
Domestic tours have taken the Chorale to almost every region and state. Tours have included performances in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Riverside Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Performances of the Emmy award-winning “Candles and Carols” Christmas program by the Chorale and other Anderson University School of Music ensembles are televised each December throughout the United States and on EWTN and other networks globally.
International tours have taken the Chorale to concert venues and church-related events in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Russia. In May 2012, the Chorale will tour Norway, Sweden, and Finland, giving nine concerts in 16 days in some of Northern Europe’s finest concert venues.
The 2013 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions including selections by Di Lasso, Rachmaninoff, Miskinis, Vaughn Williams, Erick Whitacre, and Dan Forrest. Additionally, hymn arrangements and spirituals and gospel selections will be performed by arrangers such as Moses Hogan and Larry Farrow.
The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 29th year at Anderson University where he is a professor of music and director of choirs. He also conducts the Anderson Symphonic Choir, Men’s Choir, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and music education classes. In 2007 during a sabbatical leave, Sowers was resident guest conductor with the EMO Ensemble, a professional level vocal ensemble in Helsinki, Finland, presenting a concert of music by all American composers written since 2000. During this time Sowers also was a guest conducting teacher at the Sibelius Academy.
Sowers is in his 23rd season as Music Director and Conductor of the Anderson (city) Symphony Orchestra. He has been guest conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Toledo Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Youth Orchestra of Indianapolis. Sowers has degrees from Indiana University, Colorado State University, and Arizona State University. In 1994 Sowers was chosen as the outstanding music alumnus form Colorado State University. His conducting teachers have included Jan Harrington, Edward Anderson, Douglas McEwen, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Kenneth Kiesler. Sowers maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.