The NDSU Concert Choir, under the direction of University Distinguished Professor Jo Ann Miller, placed first in the mixed choir division of the 8th International Choir Competition in Zadar, Croatia, May 17-20. They performed chanson on “Dessus le marché d’Arras” by Orlando di Lasso, “When Music Sounds” by Nancy Hill Cobb and “Magnificat” by Arvo Pärt, in addition to a piece by a Croatian composer and an American spiritual. Twelve other mixed choirs from Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Macedonia and Bulgaria participated in the competition.
The NDSU Concert Choir is a select ensemble with a long tradition of performing high-quality literature at the highest artistic level. The choir performs a variety of standard repertoire from the Renaissance through contemporary times and regularly performs choral/orchestral works during the NDSU Baroque Festival and with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra.
The choir has been invited to perform at regional and national American Choral Director’s Association and Music Educators National Conference conventions – a total of nine since 1990. They have produced more than 30 recordings and premiered several new works, most recently “Leaves” by Dale Warland and “When Music Sounds” by Nancy Hill Cobb. The choir tours regionally every spring and overseas every three years. Currently, the choir is touring in Croatia and Italy.
To learn more about the NDSU Concert Choir European Tour, follow their blog at www.facebook.com/NDSUFineArts.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.