Community singers invited to join Northshore Choral Society

Thursday, January 16, 2014
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HAMMOND – Singers from the campus and community are invited to join the Northshore Choral Society and the Southeastern Louisiana 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 comprised 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 regularly 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," Orff's "Carmina Burana," Schubert's "Mass in G," Vaughan Williams' "Five Mystical Songs," and Bernstein's "Chicester Psalms," in addition to many other masterworks.

"The purpose of the choirs is for members to experience diverse music as a group at very high standards and to use this music as a vehicle of 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, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room of the Pottle Music Building Annex. The ensembles meet each Tuesday night during the semester from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and are conducted by Brian Martinez.

Rowe said the choirs will perform John Rutter's magnificent "Requiem" on Tuesday, April 8, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Additionally, the groups will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy, Op. 80" on Monday, May 5, as part of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra's spring concert, also at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

For more information about the University Chorus and Northshore Choral Society, contact Rowe at 985-549-2334 or For more information on the 2013-14 season events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, visit


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