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Frostburg State University’s Chamber Choir to Perform Throughout Italy

Frostburg State University’s Chamber Choir to Perform Throughout Italy

This March, the Frostburg State University Chamber Choir will have the unique opportunity of traveling to Italy, where for eight days they will perform at a variety of venues in Florence, Rome, Perugia and Assisi. They will perform compositions by American and European composers as well as an unpublished work, “Madrigale Mille,” by a friend of the Chamber Choir, contemporary Italian composer Manolo da Rold.

While in Umbria, a region in central Italy, the choir will perform at the Lower Basilica of San Francesco in the hilltop town of Assisi. The Basilica of San Francesco is a World Heritage Site and one of the greatest monuments to 13th- and 14th-century Italian art. They will also perform at the Church of Santa Maria dei Ricci, a small church in Florence’s historic center. In Rome, they will perform at the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the only Gothic church in Rome. Among many important works of art in the church are Michelangelo’s statue of a young Jesus Christ, “Cristo della Minerva 1521,” the late 15th-century cycle of frescos by Filippino Lippi and the tomb of Fra Angelico.

Culminating their tour will be a joint concert with the local choir, Corale Polifonica Marcellinese, at the Santa Maria delle Grazie in Monte Dominici in Marcellina, a former 10th-century abbey in the province of Rome.

“The music the choir will be performing during this tour is exceptionally beautiful,” said Dr. Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker, FSU Chamber Choir director, who is leading her last choir journey before her retirement after 25 years of service at the end of this semester. “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to sing repertoire, whether it is from the Renaissance or 21st century, that was composed for the various sites at which they will perform.”

In addition to performing in concerts, the FSU faculty and students will explore some of Italy’s most beautiful cities and experience the country’s unique culture and heritage.

The trip has been funded in part by the FSU Foundation and the generosity of donors and friends of the Chamber Choir.

For more information, contact Soderberg-Sarnaker at 301-687-4110 or

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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