Community singers invited to join Northshore Choral Society

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HAMMOND – Singers from the campus and community are invited to join the Southeastern Louisiana University Northshore Choral Society and University Chorus.

Choral singing at Southeastern is enjoyed by music majors and non-majors alike in a variety of different ensembles.

The Northshore Choral Society and University Chorus are non-auditioned ensembles of university students and community members. With more than 100 singers from majors throughout the university and a cross section of the community, these ensembles perform major works with a professional orchestra and soloists. Past repertoires have included such choral works as "Mozart's Requiem" and "Mass in C minor," Fauré's "Requiem," Rutter's "Requiem," Schubert's "Mass in G," Vaughan Williams' "Five Mystical Songs," and Bernstein's "Chicester Psalms," in addition to many other masterworks.

"The choirs allow members to experience diverse music as a group at very high standards and to use this music as a vehicle of our expression. Anyone who loves to sing should join us," said Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe. "Rehearsals are fun, invigorating and educational."

Rehearsals begin Tuesday evening, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room of the Pottle Music Building Annex. The ensemble meets each Tuesday night during the semester from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Rowe said the groups will perform a variety of choral works specifically chosen for the holiday season, highlighted by selections from Handel's Messiah. Brian Martinez, the University Chorus and Northshore Choral Society conductor, will direct the concert.

"A Southeastern alumnus and current teacher/choral conductor in the St. Charles Parish school system, Mr. Martinez possesses the perfect combination of knowledge, skill and genuine enthusiasm necessary to engage our students and community members," said Kenneth Boulton, interim head of Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "All participants can anticipate another spectacular and exciting year of music-making."

For more information about the University Chorus and Northshore Choral Society, contact Rowe at 985-549-2334 or For more information on the 2014-15 season events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, visit

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