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Dr. Karen Soderberg Sarnaker, director

University Chorale Fall 2012

The University Chorale, 75-80 members strong, performs large and small choral works from various styles and periods of music.  They frequently perform works that combine forces with the wind, brass and percussion ensembles.

Accompanied by chamber orchestras and often joined by the Chamber Choir and the Cumberland Choral Society, they have performed the Requiems of Mozart, Faure, Brahms and Verdi, as well as Fanshawe's African Sanctus.


featuring FSU's University Chorale and Wind Ensemble
Conductors Karen Soderberg Sarnaker and Philip Klickman

     Sunday, December 7, at 3 pm
     FSU Performing Arts Center - Pealer Recital Hall

      Admission:  $5 adults, $3 students
      Children 12 and under free

featuring FSU's University Chorale and Cumberland Choral Society
Conducted by Karen Soderberg Sarnaker

     Sunday, May 3, at 3 pm
     FSU Performing Arts Center - Pealer Recital Hall

      Admission:  $5 adults, $3 students
      Children 12 and under free




Poster Spring 2014 Choral Concert

Spring 2014:  Annual Choral Concert

Under the direction of Dr. Karen Soderberg and accompanied by Dr. Jay DeWire on piano, the University Choralepresented Il Padre Giovanni Battista Martini’s “Domine, Ad Adjuvandum Me Festina” featuring soprano Bailey Kerr, alto Jessica Knouse, tenor Sean Scriber and bass Johnathan Archer, as well as Daniel Gawthrop’s “Three Rossetti Lyrics” for a cappella choir.  The chorale also performed Stephen Leek’s “Tunggare and Tunggare Two” (meaning “to sing”), inspired by Australian aboriginal culture; “Irish Mouth Music” by Delores King; and Jacques Rizzo’s vocal jazz arrangement of “Go ‘Way From My Door.”

The concert concluded with the combined forces of the University Chorale and the FSU Chamber Choir singing Mendelssohn’s “Heilig,” led by student conductor Mayhew; “O Vos Omnes” by René Clausen, featuring soprano Mikayla Young and tenor Otega Okurume; and Caldwell and Ivory’s “Joshua.”


Fall 2013:  Winter Holiday Concert

The University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Karen Soderberg and accompanied by Dr. Jay DeWire on piano, performed Ottorino Respighi's beautiful pastoral work that depicts the nativity of Jesus as the shepherds might have seen it.  "Laud to the Nativity," composed for chorus, woodwind instruments and piano, featured soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter as the angel, soprano Mikayla Young as Mary and tenor Lane Conklin as the shepherd.  The chorale also performed the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu" by Olatunji and Wendell Whalum and arranged by Barrington Brooks, and the traditional African-American spiritual "Children Go Where I Send Thee," arranged by Mark Hayes.  The concert concluded with "A Holiday Sing-A-Long" that included several popular carols of the holiday season.  This piece, arranged by John Moss, was be performed by the University Chorale and the Wind Ensemble.

Spring 2013:  Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

This collaborative concert featured the FSU University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Karen Soderberg; the Cumberland Choral Society, Judith Brown, director; the FSU Children’s Choir, Olivia Hartman, director; the FSU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Ron Horner; and duo-pianists Dr. Jay DeWire and Thomas Hunter. The soloists included baritone Eugene Galvin, an FSU alumnus who is a professor of voice at George Washington University and Catholic University; soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter, a professor of voice at FSU; and tenor Peter Drackley, a student at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.



Fall 2012:  The Messiah by George Frederick Handel

Conducted by Karen Soderberg, the performance featured Frostburg State University students, sopranos Olivia Hartman (Cumberland) and Britany Poindexter (Myersville); altos Stephanie Laut (Choptico), Jessica Knouse (Frostburg) and Mikayla Young (Glen Burnie); and tenor Lane Conklin (Pasadena).  They were joined by faculty artist Steven Soebbing, bass-baritone.  The Handel Chamber Players comprised professionals from the Baltimore and Washington, DC area as well as FSU faculty and students.

University Chorale Fall 2012


Spring 2012:  Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Elizabeth Schulze, returned to Frostburg State University to finish out the Cultural Events Series season with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, Messa da Requiem, featuring the FSU University Chorale and the Cumberland Choral Society.