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Allegheny College Civic Symphony Shares a Virtual Performance

It doesn’t have the same elegant backdrop as the stained-glass windows of Ford Chapel, and it doesn’t enjoy the same acoustics as Shafer Auditorium in the Henderson Campus Center. But the 24 members of the Allegheny College Civic Symphony sound heavenly as they share their latest performance from their individual workspaces and parlors.

Dr. Jennifer Dearden

The Civic Symphony is sharing the first of what promises to be several performances emanating from the Music Department of Allegheny College during the remainder of the fall semester. The ensemble performs “High Rise” by Adrian Gordon, which is available to watch above or on the Allegheny College YouTube channel.

It is a relatively new work for string orchestra (2014), and Jennifer Dearden, director of the Civic [...]
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Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio Releases CD, Shares Virtual Performance

The Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio, of which Dr. Jennifer Dearden, associate professor of music and chair of the Allegheny College Music Department, is a founding member, has announced the recent release of its first album, “Expeditions.”

The trio also consists of two other music professors from the northwest Pennsylvania area — Dr. Timothy Winfield of Westminster College and Dr. Andy Erb of Grove City College.

The Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio

Since its founding in 2015, the trio has been dedicated to exposing a variety of audiences to a vast array of music, both in live performance and now via their album. They are also committed to commissioning and performing new music that will advance the genre of trumpet trio within the musical community.

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Allegheny Students Prank Their Favorite Professor

Many professors have great relationships with their students, but Lowell Hepler, chair of the Allegheny Music Department, fosters healthy ties with students for their entire time at Allegheny.

Many students look to “Doc” as they call him, as a mentor. Hepler also knows how to take a joke — something students have capitalized on lately on April Fools’ Day. On April 1, 2018, members of the Allegheny Wind Symphony secretly distributed music to the “Super Mario Bros.” theme song. While Hepler was prepared to conduct a symphony, he was surprised to be met with cartoon video game music. Thus, a tradition was born pranking Hepler every April Fools’ Day.

Which one is the real “Doc?”

The plan for 2019 was a bit more [...]
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Allegheny Choral Ensembles to Present 2018 Spring Concert

The Allegheny College Choral Ensembles, featuring more than 50 students and 35 community members under the direction of Professor James Niblock, will present their annual spring concert on Saturday, April 14, at 3:15 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Chorus Choir will open the concert with a movement from Vivaldi’s Gloria: “Domine Fili Unigenite.” They will also feature Richard Hundley’s “Come Ready and See Me,” an arrangement adapted from Hundley’s well-known composition for solo voice and piano.

Chamber Choir will continue with “In Pace In Idipsum” by Thomas Tallis, which has three sections of polyphony separated by two sections of plainsong. Carol Niblock will then direct “She Dwelt Among Untrodden Ways” by Albert Lee [...]
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Allegheny College Civic Symphony, Wind Symphony to Perform

The Allegheny College Civic Symphony with 43 students and the Wind Symphony with 83 students will perform on Sat., Nov. 18, and Sun., Nov. 19, respectively, beginning at 3:15 p.m. each day in Shafer Auditorium. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The Civic Symphony is led by Dr. Jennifer Dearden and will feature Allegheny alumnus and music faculty member Tom Leech ’86 as a horn soloist. The Wind Symphony is led by Professor of Music Lowell Hepler,  who is also director of bands at Allegheny College. (more…)

Allegheny’s Instrumental Chamber Ensembles to Perform

Allegheny’s Instrumental Chamber Ensembles will perform their biannual concert in Ford Memorial Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

There are six groups performing: the Woodwind Quartet, Trumpet Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, and Brass Quintet. Each ensemble works with one of three faculty coaches, either Bronwell Bond, Jennifer Dearden, or Julie Hepler. Bond will serve as conductor of the Flute Ensemble for the performance.

The groups will perform a variety of music from composers such as J.C. Bach and Giuseppe Verdi, to Mozart and the Beatles. Together, they have 29 students involved, and two community members. A few students participate in more than one ensemble.

Allegheny Presents First ‘Unusual Combinations’ Piano Competition

Allegheny College will present its first biennial “Unusual Combinations” Piano Competition on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The competition, sponsored by Kawai America Corporation, features top high school student pianists from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Two of the judges, Jonathan Kuuskoski and Paola Savvidou of the New Muse Piano Duo, will kick off the competition with a free recital entitled “Music of the Future: 21st Century Piano Music” on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Memorial Chapel. (more…)

Allegheny Jazz Band to Perform Annual Concert

The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform their annual fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3:15 p.m. in the lobby of the college’s Henderson Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program repertoire includes, “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “The Chicken,” “The Way We Were,” “Big Swing Face,” “Groovin’ Hard,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “Spinning Wheel,” and “Cheesecake.”

Instrumental soloists and a vocal soloist will be showcased.

Prior to the Jazz Band performance, the Mallet Ensemble will perform, beginning at 2:30 p.m.. Performance repertoire includes “Rainbows,” “Evening Prayer,” “Little Fugue in G Minor,” and “The William Tell Overture.”

Both performing ensembles are under the direction of Stephen F. Corsi.

Chamber Choir Kicks off New Zealand Performance Tour

James Niblock, facing a momentous undertaking, thought of the stars.

“A week from now, you won’t recognize the constellations in the sky,” Niblock ’97, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Allegheny College, wrote in an e-mail to his choir students.

An entirely different collection of stars shines in the Southern Hemisphere.

Today, after more than 18 months of planning, preparation and practice, 19 students from the Allegheny College Chamber Choir will depart for New Zealand in what will be the choir’s first international performance tour since 1980 and its first-ever tour to the South Pacific. The two-week trip will include performances in Auckland, Whitianga, Rotorua, Christchurch and Queenstown, along with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and an introduction to Māori [...]
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Three Days, Three Concerts at Allegheny

Allegheny College will showcase the musical talents of its students, faculty, and members of the Meadville community with events spanning three days, beginning Saturday, April 29 with a performance by the Civic Symphony. The Civic Symphony will perform at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, followed by a performance by the Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. The Percussion Ensemble will wrap up the concerts on Monday, May 1, at 8 p.m. All shows will be held in Allegheny’s Shafer Auditorium and are free and open to the public. (more…)

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