Community and student choir perform concert

The Community Chorus and Concert Choir ensembles performed both as individual groups and one combined choir during Sunday’s fall concert at the Chadron Arts Center.

The Community Chorus opened the concert, performing four pieces to a full house.

“I was pleased to see a capacity crowd at the concert,” Choir Director Joel Schreuder, professor of music, said.

Following Community Chorus, Community Choir performed five pieces, leaving the stage to the men afterward to perform a piece commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which fell on the date of the performance.

The men performed “In Flander’s Field,” a poem written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and arranged by Stephen Chatman.

Schreuder directed both ensembles Sunday, a first compared to previous concerts directing solely Concert Choir.

For the past several years, Schreuder and former music professor Una Taylor shared in conducting the two ensembles, Taylor directing Community Chorus and Schreuder directing Concert Choir. Following her retirement in spring, Schreuder assumed her role and now is the sole director of both ensembles.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Community Choir, and I hope to see even more community members in the choir next semester,” Schreuder said.

Sports Editor Brandon Davenport described the performance as “dynamic” and “beautiful.”

He added that he was impressed by both choirs and enjoyed the selections by Brahms and “In Flander’s Field.”

The next choir performance will be the Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Memorial Hall Auditorium.

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