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Marietta College choirs performing Spring Concert on April 28

  • April 17, 2017 | Tom Perry

Marietta College’s Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music is excited to announce it will conduct its annual Spring Choral Concert, “Pilgrim Song,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 28, at First Congregational Church on Front Street.

The concert, which is under the direction of Dr. Jay Dougherty, will feature the Concert Choir, the Women’s Choir and Floodstage — a contemporary a capella ensemble.

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

All three ensembles are made up of students from nearly all majors on campus.

“It’s great to have dedicated singers from other majors. It shows how music is important to everyone, not just those that major in it,” said Dougherty, Director of Choral Activities. “You wouldn’t believe the sound these singers can make. They sing difficult music and they sing it well.”

Dr. Jay Dougherty

"It’s great to have dedicated singers from other majors. It shows how music is important to everyone, not just those that major in it."

Dougherty said he is excited to share the hard work the ensembles have been doing with the community.

New to this concert is Floodstage. While they’ll be performing most of their repertoire during the Spring Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium, they will also be featured singing three songs at the choir concert — including one new song that won’t be performed at this concert.

“They may sing in a contemporary a cappella style, but they are singing!” Dougherty said. “Plus, all members of Floodstage are also singers in one of the other choirs.”

For more information, contact Dr. Dougherty at (740) 376-4689 or jay.dougherty@marietta.edu.

Marietta College’s Spring Band Concert
Features Two Celebrity Performances

  • April 12, 2017 | Tom Perry

Marietta College’s annual Spring Band Concert — which features the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the Peoples Bank Theatre — will include two celebrity performers.

Dr. William N. Ruud, Marietta’s 19th President, will play clarinet on two of the pieces being performed by the Symphonic Band. Ruud, an all-state clarinet in high school, has been practicing for months in preparation of this performance.

The other celebrity performer is Dr. Amy Yekel, dramatic soprano. She will be a featured vocalist on A Gershwin Tribute to Love. Yekel will also perform on a world premiere of I Carry Your Heart With Me. This composition was commissioned by the College’s Wind Ensemble for this special performance. Dr. Andrew Francis, Marietta College theory and composition professor, is the composer.

The concert, “Matters of the Heart,” is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be taken at the end of the concert. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“Much thought has gone into the programming for the concert,” said Associate Professor Marshall C. Kimball, Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Marietta College. “Each composition being performed on the concert will be connected to one or more of our human emotions. Music is used in so many different emotional ways every day. The value of music is beyond what most people even think about yet it affects our lives each day. Just about every human emotion you can think of will be presented during the concert. From joy, to sadness, desperation, shock, love, it will all be there.”

The Wind Ensemble will be joined by the College’s Concert Choir and Oratorio Chorus for a performance of David Holsinger’s Sinfonia Voci. This composition is based on a true event in Plainfield, Illinois, when a tornado struck the town. Through the shock, despair, desperation and determination you will hear the event portrayed through the music. The rebuilding section of the music is stirring and emotional. Dr. Jay Dougherty, Director of Choral Activities, has prepared the choirs.

“This concert is a collaborative effort with the entire music department,” Kimball said. “Every person in the music department is somehow involved. It’s wonderful to see what can happen when all elements work together.”

The finale to the concert will be a presentation of Eric Whitacre’s famous composition, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. This composition is a spoof, complete with video production, of things that happen to a threatened Las Vegas strip.

“We are so blessed to be able to present some wonderful literature, make a connection of the value of music in our lives and do it all in the beautiful Peoples Bank Theatre,” Kimball said. “Our goal is to pack the house with a full audience of 940 attendees. We hope the community and College will support the bands for this special concert.”

Marietta College’s Spring Jazz Concert scheduled for April 18

  • April 11, 2017

Marietta College’s Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music is conducting its annual Spring Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public, however a free will donation will be taken during the concert.

The Marietta College Jazz Combo, under the direction of Jordan Reed, and Floodstage, under the direction of Dr. Jay Dougherty, will be performing.

The Jazz Combo will be performing two original compositions that were written by two students — Matthew Pietzcker ’20 (Pataskala, Ohio) and Logan Reynolds ’19 (Vincent, Ohio). Dr. David Torbett, Marietta College’s Israel Ward Andrews Professor of Religion, has also written an arrangement for the combined performance of the Jazz Combo and Floodstage.

Marshall C. Kimball

"I am very pleased with the direction our jazz and popular music ensembles have taken this year. The educational opportunities afforded by these two ensembles are fresh, highly educational and challenging."

The other music ensemble on the performance is Floodstage, which is made up of singers in other Marietta College choral ensembles, both concert choir and women’s choir.

“While the name is the same as an ensemble the College has previously had, it is an entirely different ensemble, performing a different genre of music. Instead of singing jazz, Floodstage is a contemporary a cappella ensemble, performing arrangements of modern pop and rock songs, completely a cappella,” Dougherty said. “Most people know the name Pentatonix. Floodstage sings in a very similar style. We have a vocal percussionist, (KeXin) Coco Shao, who, coincidentally, is also a percussionist in the College band.”

Professor Marshall Kimball, Music Department chairman, said, “This concert is one that is less formal than many concerts. The audience can really get involved in this music with lots of musical styles performed and music from differing eras in the development of jazz and popular music. I am very pleased with the direction our jazz and popular music ensembles have taken this year. The educational opportunities afforded by these two ensembles are fresh, highly educational and challenging. This concert will be a wonderfully musical and uplifting experience for all in attendance.”

College Inducts 10 into Inaugural Mu Psi Kappa Music Honorary

  • April 10, 2017 | Tom Perry

Marietta College’s Music Department accomplished a long-standing goal when it established a chapter of Mu Psi Kappa, a music honorary, on Friday, April 7.

The College inducted 10 members — both Music and non-Music majors — in the inaugural class after meeting strict acceptance guidelines. The inductees are Stella Bargeloh ’17 (Marietta, Ohio); Sarah Bishop ’18 (Salesville, Ohio); Conner Busby ’14 (Canton, Ohio); Morgan Frederick ’17 (Kingston, Ohio); Sadie Johnson ’19 (Bloomington, Indiana); Tabby Lewis ’16 (New Philadelphia, Ohio); Jonah Litman ’18 (Marietta, Ohio); Michael Reese ’17 (Marietta, Ohio); KeXin (Coco) Shao ’18 (Beijing, China); and Emily Stainbrook ’17 (Zanesville, Ohio).

Marshall Kimball, Chair of the Music Department, said the establishment of a music honorary has been a goal of his since arriving on the Marietta College campus 11 years ago.

“Our Music majors and music ensemble members work extremely hard, both academically and musically, to excel and build skills that will benefit their own lives in the future but that will also benefit others with their talents in the process,” he said. “Our Music faculty all agreed it was time. We developed a list of 10 criteria that we all agreed were important for an honor society. Each faculty member was then asked to evaluate each student on each of the areas. Based on the responses from faculty, the students were chosen for this honor. We are proud of the students in the Music Department and know the value that is added to the campus because of them.”