Concert Choir Hits The Road

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Choir Tour", music, "The College" This winter, the Ottawa University concert choir performed across the state of Kansas, as well as in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. The tour began March 5 and ran through March 16. Before heading across the Midwest, the choir performed in several churches in Ottawa, Lawrence and Osawatomie. Each performance featured a selection of songs from John Tebay, Karl Jenkins, Steven Samets, Stanford Scriven, and a variety of others. The University Jazz Singers also performed as part of the concert tour, with songs by Imogen Heap, Duke Ellington, Paul McCartney, and Michael Jackson. “It was our privilege and joy to hear the Ottawa University Choir perform in Boulder, Colorado, on March 13th,” said Larry Gillum ’60. “The choir was my family during four years at Ottawa as we sang under the leadership of the legendary Edgar and Ruth Kerr. Now, these many years later, I had heard of great efforts to renew the choir to a state of excellence. It was apparent in the March performance that this goal is being achieved. What a beautiful program it was! What a marvelous representation of the university it was! It made me proud and rekindled a wealth of fond memories. Thank you for this gift.” The choir tour has been revived in recent years under the direction of Dr. Jeff Anderson and is exactly the type of music enhancement that Willard Hegberg ’50 had in mind when he left 50% of his estate to the program in 2011. “It is my intention that said [OU] board of trustees use this income for expenditures designed to enhance the quality of the choral music program and [I] would like to encourage more music concerts for the benefit of the public, free of charge.”