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Regis to host the Nineteenth Annual Collegiate Choral Festival

January 30, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Regis College Glee Club will host the Nineteenth Annual Collegiate Choral Festival, sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), at Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center, Regis College, Weston, MA on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

The festival is an all-day event in which students from eight colleges will gather for a day of camaraderie and music-making, culminating in a 7:30 pm concert. The theme for the festival is “Collaboration Rather Than Competition.”

The first half of the program will feature individual choirs in short performances. Repertoire will be varied, including classics of choral literature, folk songs, novelty pieces, and show tunes. The Smith College Orchestra will open the second half with orchestral selections. The grand finale will feature the combined choirs of more than 200 voices and the Smith College Orchestra in a performance of two movements from Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. The thrilling piece was composed in 1796 during Austria’s battle with Napoleon’s invading troops. Bracing trumpet fanfares and robust timpani passages suggest distant cannon fire, earning the work the nickname Paukenmesse (Timpani Mass).

The audience is invited to a cookies-and-punch reception following the concert.

Regis music professor Sheila Prichard began the event in 1993, and the Regis Glee Club has hosted it annually ever since. Participating schools are: Assumption College, Bridgewater State College, Endicott College, Keene State College, Regis College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Jonathan Hirsh, Director of the Smith College Orchestra, will conduct the performance.

To reserve tickets call Regis College Box Office 781-768-7070. General Admission $15;

Seniors, Students and Regis College Faculty, Staff, and Alumni, $10; and Regis students free with Regis College ID.

General seating. Tickets will also be available at the door


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 17 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, biomedical science, heritage for a global society, health administration, regulatory and clinical research management, nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the second time. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.

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