“The Crown College Choir of Minneapolis, Minnesota (U.S.) sang at the summer music program of the Gloger Academy of Music in June of this year. Their program was performed with soulful clarity and the best of musical expression. When good singers work so well together under the professional maestro Donelson, the result is the Crown College Choir.” – Kongsberg, Norway, (June, 2005). Spring 2015 Fine Arts Events
Throughout the history of the institution, the Crown College Choir has been a hallmark, respected for its high level of musical accomplishment. Now in its 56th year, the Crown College Choir is a mixed chorus of 50 men and women dedicated to the performance of a wide variety of European and American choral music. The Crown College Choir stands firmly on the foundation of their theme verse, Hebrews 13:15, “by Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.”
Under the direction of Dr. David Donelson, the choir’s repertoire includes a cappella classics, as well as hymn arrangements and spirituals. Members are selected through competitive auditions each academic year. The choir regularly performs for campus events, such as Homecoming and graduation, as well as the annual Christmas at Crown Chapel, a much-loved tradition by sold-out audiences held the first weekend of December. Annual tours by the choir have taken them throughout the United States and Canada. Past international tours have included performances throughout central Europe and the Scandinavian countries. The choir is presently preparing for their next international tour in 2015, where they will return to performance venues in Germany and Austria.
“…The Crown College Chamber Choir (Kammerchor), delighted the audience with their very special sound. Most impressive was the liveliness and joyfulness in which they performed all of the pieces on the program. The choir sang with the highest levels of quality and enormous concentration. This choir from Minnesota gave the listeners a musical experience that exceeded all expectations….(Salzburg, Austria)
Repertoire 2013 – 2014:
My Spirit Sang All Day
The Living Flame of Love
God Thou Art Love
Here I Am, Lord
Complete In Thee
Repertoire 2014 – 2015:
All My Heart This Night Rejoices
Z. Randall Stroope
Lay A Garland
Not One Sparrow Is Forgotten
Bogoroditse devo (from All Night Vigil)
O Heiland, reis die Himmel Auf
arr. Bob Chilcott
arr. Jack Halloran
My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
arr. Ed Lojeski
An Irish Blessing
James A. Moore
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
Kammerchor, under the direction of Dr. David Donelson, is comprised of 20 singers who have been invited to membership based on their high level of musicality. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Donelson, the ensemble performs several styles of choral music, from a cappella classics to contemporary small-group works. They tour throughout the United States every year and made their European debut in May of 1997. Since then, Kammerchor has performed throughout central Europe and the Scandinavian countries six times. They were invited to sing with the choir of the Salzburg Cathedral (Austria) in June of 1999, performing the Messe Solennelle by French composer Jean Langlais. Kammerchor received a second invitation to perform with the Salzburg Cathedral choir in June of 2003, singing the Missa in labore requies by George Muffat. Past performance venues have also included the Vasteras Dom Kyrka (Sweden), the Lady chapel of the Black Madonna (Einsiedeln, Switzerland), the U.S. Navy Academy Chapel (Colorado), and the Chapel of Light Naval Air Station (Keflavik, Iceland).
The Crown College Women’s Choir is open to all female students on campus. Conducted by Curtis Kettler, the choir is comprised of students in a wide variety of majors and skill levels. The Women’s Choir performs a number of times during the year and is known for their high-energy and diverse repertoire. They toured throughout Spain in March of 2012, and in 2011 they presented the opera “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck.
The Crown College Opera Workshop provides an opportunity for students to give in-depth study, practice and presentation of classical and contemporary works of opera and musical theater. Opera Workshop provides a challenging and nurturing environment to build the performance skills of the singing actor. Work centers on the whole artist, developing confidence in their musical, emotional and physical expression and learning to commit to the craft. Students interested in both classical and musical theater performance participate.
ENCORE, an arts-based performance team from Crown College, reaches out to churches and schools in the community through the visual arts, drama, comedy, music and choreography. The seven-member cast of Crown students ministers throughout the school year and into the summer months. Each show aims to challenge Christians to examine their faith, beliefs and commitments in creative ways, as they honor their Creator. The production weaves together compelling acting with talented voices, in order to bring biblical truths to life.
Formed in 2005, Crown Brass is under the direction of Dr. Gene Rivard. Although the players represent a variety of majors on campus, all have extensive playing experience and share a love for good brass music. They perform selections from classic to contemporary, and majestic Renaissance canzonas to spirituals. Crown Brass has performed at Christmas at Crown Chapel, “So Glad!” a musical extravaganza featuring all the college’s performance organizations, and graduation ceremonies. In addition to chapels and campus events, they have performed in several local churches and schools.
The Crown String ensemble plays chamber music primarily from the baroque and classical periods. Music by Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach have been performed. They perform at Christmas in Crown Chapel and at various social events throughout the year.
The Flute Ensemble is a select group of students who have been chosen through audition or faculty recommendation. This chamber ensemble performs without a conductor, giving the students true chamber music experience, responsibility and leadership opportunities. The repertoire contains a wide variety of musical styles, from classical arrangements to popular tunes and holiday music.
The Percussion Ensemble meets both fall and spring semesters and performs concerts twice per year. The ensemble consists of both music and non-music majors and performs standard percussion ensemble literature, including music of contemporary percussion composers.