Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

May 9, 2013

Goshen Community Chorale celebrates 30th anniversary

Singers will perform concert with Maple City Chamber Orchestra Saturday

GOSHEN — They were warming up with a scale exercise. In a sense, they were also offering a mission statement.

“I love to siiiiiing ... I love to siiiiiing ...”

The voices of the assembled members of the Goshen Community Chorale filled Goshen College’s Sauder Concert Hall Tuesday. The singers were getting ready to rehearse for a milestone performance.

The Chorale’s 2012-2013 concert season marks the group’s 30th anniversary. Joined by the Maple City Chamber Orchestra, the group will perform “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Sauder Concert Hall. The show, which concludes the Chorale’s season, is free and open to the public.

The program will feature bass vocalist Doyle Preheim and soprano vocalist Amy Cofield Williamson. A former chairman of the Goshen College Music Department, Preheim founded the Chorale, which was originally known as the Goshen Oratorio Chorus.

Circa 2013, the Goshen Community Chorale is directed by Lee Dengler. He could be found seated — an audience of one — in the middle of Row M in Sauder Concert Hall Tuesday night, taking notes on the rehearsal.

“It’s a great group of people, very dedicated to this activity that we do together,” he’d said earlier in the day of the vocalists who make up the Chorale. “People that sing together form a really strong bond, I think. Talk to anybody who is in this kind of organization, I think they would testify to that.”

Dengler said the group performs two concerts a year. Through an audition, it’s open to anyone with a desire to sing. He views the Chorale as providing an opportunity for those who want to have a choral experience to participate in a community choir organization. Dengler also sees a benefit for the audience.

“The concerts that we do are free for the public and provide a way for the community to experience some of this great choral repertoire that is available,” he said.

One of the people performing that repertoire is Marlo Kauffman. Part of the original choir 30 years ago, he sang with the group for a year or so and then dropped out. He rejoined three years ago.

Kauffman said the Chorale gives people an opportunity to perform with a group that performs somewhat challenging music, such as Brahms’ “Requiem.”

“It’s a major work,” he said. From a community perspective, Kauffman said the Chorale offers “one more chance for people to listen to the music they enjoy listening to.”

Larry Yoder of Goshen was also a charter member of the singing group, and has been with it from the beginning.

“Ever since college, I’ve always sung in community chorales or choruses or groups of some type, so it’s been a longstanding thing,” he said. Yoder lived in California for 13 years and participated in a chorale out there, then moved back here and started with Goshen group.

Yoder said most of the Chorale’s concert material is quite challenging.

“We rehearse for about two and a half months before every performance, every Tuesday evening,” he said. Yoder indicated that the experience is a fulfilling one.

“It’s different from the other things I do throughout the week,” he said. “And it’s refreshing to participate. I’ve often heard people say you feel very tired going to the rehearsal — by the time it’s over, you’re energized a bit.”

Guest performers

Preheim is professor emeritus of music at Goshen College. He taught music at the college for 30 years and was chairman of the music department for 15 years.

Preheim has performed as a bass soloist in oratorio roles including Mozart’s “Requiem,” Handel’s “Messiah” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” With his wife, pianist Mary Jo Preheim, he has performed recitals in Midwestern and Canadian venues.

Cofield Williamson is a South Bend native. She’s had operatic roles with groups including the Opera Roanoke, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Houston Grand Opera, Wildwood Opera, American Opera Theater in Taiwan and New York, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She has performed recitals across the United States as well as in Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia.

If you want to go

The Goshen Community Chorale and the Maple City Chamber Orchestra will present “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Goshen College’s Sauder Concert Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information about the groups, visit the websites www.goshencommunitychorale.org or mcco-online.org.

 

1
Text Only
Breaking News
  • Kulp is new Goshen softball coach Brent Kulp was hired as the new Goshen High School softball coach at Monday night’s school board meeting. He was a physical education and health teacher in the Baugo Community Schools for 18 years and head softball coach at Jimtown High School for 15 seasons. Under his direction, Jimtown earned five Northern State Conference championships, five sectional titles and two regional titles and his teams compiled an overall record of 285-133-1.

    July 28, 2014

  • Middlebury man burned in water heater blast 
 MIDDLEBURY — Authorities say a Middlebury man has been hospitalized after he was injured when a water heater exploded. Firefighters tell WSBT-TV the man in his 20s was trying to light a water heater that had run out of gas and used too much fuel. The

    July 26, 2014

  • Clinton Frame leaving IN-MI Mennonite Conference over same-sex marriage

    After nearly 100 years of being in the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, Clinton Frame Mennonite Church officials announced it will be leaving because of the controversy related to same-sex marriage.

    July 24, 2014

  • Red D Mart armed robbery New Paris Police ask for public's help in identifying would-be robber

    Elkhart County police have released still photos captured from video of the man who attempted to hold up Red D Mart gas station, 68310 Ind. 15, New Paris, on Saturday, July 19.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Red Cross in urgent need of donors

    The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

    July 23, 2014

  • Huron Street residents under boil order

    Tuesday morning, Goshen water crews shut down the water main on Huron Street to replace a broken fire hydrant.
    The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area, which is Huron Street from West Lincoln to Pike Street.

    July 23, 2014

  • GN140723 CR34-Ind. 13 Crash 1 LaGrange man airlifted from scene of crash A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash at Ind. 13 and C.R. 34 at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday. Terry Fry, 44, LaGrange, was airlifted by MedFlight from the scene. Elkhart County police said he was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital with fractures to

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspicious blinking package with battery pack causes police to evacuate business area

    A package with a battery pack and a blinking red light found on the desk of an employee at MSC, 28551 Laura Court, Elkhart, caused police and firefighters to evacuate the area this morning.
    The package turned out to be a GPS tracking device and not a bomb.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cat beaten to death in burglary

    A house cat was found beaten to death following a burglary at a home in Howe Sunday.

    July 21, 2014

  • GN140721 Kosciusko Fatal Photo #2.jpg Fiery crash kills one, critically injures two in North Webster

    A fiery crash in North Webster left a Pennsylvania man dead and two others critically injured at 3:21 p.m. Sunday on Ind. 13, near Esterbrook Drive.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results