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Orpheus Singers to Perform Concert Under New Director

by on September 19, 2019 4:30 AM

Town-and-gown chamber choir the Orpheus Singers has a new director as it prepares for its first concert of the season this weekend in State College.

Nathan Glocke, who teaches general music and choir at Mount Nittany Middle School, was recently named the choir's new director, succeeding Christopher Kiver, who founded Orpheus Singers in 2012.  Glocke received his undergraduate degree in music education and a master's degree in choral conducting from Penn State, where he worked closely with Kiver, conductor and director of choral activities in the School of Music. He also taught elementary and high school music and sang professionally in Chicago for four years.

"This is a very talented group of wonderful people who happen to be very gifted singers,” Glocke said in a news release. “While the ensemble has only existed for a short time, their reputation of wonderful music making is impressive. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to be a small part of the Orpheus singers and follow in the footsteps of my friend and mentor, Dr. Christopher Kiver."

The Orpheus Singers will begin their fall season with “Love and Lamentations,” a concert of choral works by Renaissance composers Josquin and Tallis, 18th-century American composer Williams Billings, contemporary composer Stephen Paulus, and more, at 1 p.m.on Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St. in State College. Admission is free; donations to support the nonprofit choir will be accepted at the door.

Coming together for specific projects throughout the year, the Orpheus Singers have performed with ensembles such as the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and Altoona Symphony Orchestra, at venues such as the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. They recently held their first “Bar Choir” event at Barrel 21 in State College, where patrons were encouraged to join in the singing.

Anyone interested in singing with the group can arrange an audition with Glocke. Information is available at orpheus-singers.com.

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