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Otterbein University Concert Choir Tours in March

February 21, 2014

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Concert Choir will tour Indiana, Illinois and Ohio from March 14-19. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call (614) 823-1504.

The choir will perform masterworks by Anton Bruckner, Rupert Lang, and Peter Warlock; as well as spirituals by Stacey Gibbs and Carol Barnett. In addition, the program will highlight the work of two Otterbein faculty composers, Dr. Gayle Walker and Dr. Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz. The tour will include performances in Westerville, Mechanicsburg, Oak Harbor and Marion, Ohio; Naperville, Ill., and Ft. Wayne, Ind.

The tour itinerary is as follows:

Sunday, March 9, 2014
7:00 p.m. Concert
Home Concert with Gahanna Lincoln High School A Cappella Choir
Gayle Walker and Jeremy Lahman, Conductors
Church of the Messiah United Methodist
51 North State St.
Westerville, OH 43081
614-882-2167

Friday, March 14, 2014
7:30 p.m. Concert
Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church
42 North Main St.
Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044
937-834-2410

Saturday, March 15, 2014
7:00 p.m. Concert
Combined Concert with Oak Harbor High School Mixed Choir
Gayle Walker and Russell Exlos-Raber, Conductors
Oak Harbor High School
11661 West State Rte. 163
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
419-898-6216 Oak Harbor HS

Sunday, March 16, 2014
7:00 p.m. Concert
Grace United Methodist Church
300 E. Gartner Rd.
Naperville, Illinois 60540
630-355-1748

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:00 p.m. Concert
Forest Park United Methodist Church
2100 Kentucky Ave.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46805
260-484-6696

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:00 p.m. Concert
First Presbyterian Church
143 South Prospect St.
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-382-9545

The Concert Choir is the most select of Otterbein University’s seven vocal ensembles. Most of its 43 members are Music majors who study voice privately. The Concert Choir tours annually to destinations both domestic and abroad. Recent itineraries have included New Orleans in 2013, Philadelphia in 2012; China in 2011; Charleston in 2010; Chicago in 2009; and France and Switzerland in 2006. The choir has performed at prestigious locations such as the Beijing Conservatory of Music, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and St. Nicholas Church in Prague. The ensemble frequently performs at professional conferences, including conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Ohio Music Educators Association.

Conductor Gayle Walker is in her fourteenth year as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Otterbein University. She conducts the Concert Choir and Opus One vocal jazz ensemble and teaches conducting and early music history. Dr. Walker is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician, and is a recent past President of the Ohio Choral Directors Association. She has performed as a guest conductor or recitalist in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. A native of Iowa, Dr. Walker holds degrees from The University of Northern Colorado, The University of Colorado-Boulder and Macalester College.

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