Tour taking Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers to Indiana and Ohio
Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers will perform in a variety of locations during the group’s two mini-tours in March and April.
On Thursday, March 16, the choir will perform at 12:45 p.m. at Fairfield High School, 7530 U.S. Route 33, 2:50 p.m. at Bethany Christian High School, 2904 S. Main St., and 7 p.m. at Benton Mennonite Church located at 15350 County Road 44. All of these events are located in Goshen, Ind.
On Friday, March 17, the group will perform at 8:45 a.m. at Jimtown High School, 59021 County Road 3 in Elkhart. Two additional performances will be in Goshen on Friday. The first will take place at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Place, 1300 Greencroft Drive, while the second will begin at 7 p.m. at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, 602 S. 8th St.
The group will start at First Mennonite Church at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 19, located at 4601 Knollton Road in Indianapolis and at 7:30 p.m., the choir will perform at Bluffton University’s Yoder Recital Hall, 280 W. College Ave in Bluffton, Ohio.
On Sunday, April 2, the choir will travel to Defiance, Ohio, to perform at St. Mary’s Catholic Community at 11:30 a.m. The event is located at 715 Jefferson Ave. The group will then travel to Martins Creek Mennonite Church, 6111 County Road 203 located in Millersburg, Ohio, for a performance at 6 p.m.
The tour will conclude on Monday, April 24, when the Camerata Singers will perform at Rosedale Bible College at 9:35 a.m. Rosedale is located at 2270 Rosedale Road in Irwin, Ohio.
"Hymns and Songs of the Church” is the theme of the program, conducted by Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at Bluffton. The program will feature sacred choral music from the Renaissance period through the present, including music from a variety of styles and genres: gospel music, choruses from major works, spirituals, hymn arrangements and more.
The chamber choir was established in 1984 as an outgrowth of a larger mixed choir. Camerata Singers maintains an active schedule of more than 20 annual performances on campus, in area churches and schools, and on tour. The choir tours domestically each year, plus includes international travel and study every three or four years. Most recently, Camerata Singers enjoyed a three-week cross-cultural experience to Great Britain in May 2015. This year’s 28-member, select choral ensemble includes four Presidential Scholars, numerous officers in campus student organizations, an average GPA of 3.6, and represents over 16 majors on campus.
Ana Yoder Coulter, adjunct professor of music and staff accompanist at Bluffton University, will accompany the choir on both piano and organ. A number of student instrumentalists will also perform on some of the pieces. These instruments will include a trumpet, saxophone and flute.
-Claire Clay, public relations student assistant