In its 66th season, the 47-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 2011-2012 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, Calif., and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Performances of the Emmy award-winning “Candles and Carols” Christmas program by the Chorale and 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 toured Norway, Sweden, and Finland, giving nine concerts in 16 days in some of Northern Europe’s finest concert venues.
The 2012 tour concerts will feature a broad range of musical compositions including selections by Michael McCarthy, Johann Schein, Franz Biebl, and Dan Forrest. Additionally, hymn arrangements, spirituals, and gospel selections will be performed.
The Chorale conductor, Dr. Richard Sowers, is in his 28th year at Anderson University where he is a professor of music and director of choral and orchestral music. He conducts the Anderson Symphonic Choir, Men’s Choir, and teaches conducting and choral methods. Sowers has music degrees from Indiana University, Colorado State University, and Arizona State University. He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician in the United States and Europe.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 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, education, music, nursing, and theology.