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Indiana University Singers Embarks on West-Coast Showcase Tour

The University Singers, the top-rated choir from the IU School of Music, directed by Jan Harrington (Choral Department Chair), is set to embark on a tour of the West Coast with featured performances at the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) in Los Angeles and two full-length public concerts in Southern California. The virtuoso ensemble will perform a program of "Sacred Visions: A concert of sacred a cappella choral music," featuring the Frank Martin Mass for Double Chorus and works by Glinka, Poulenc, Henry Purcell/Robert Moran, Argento, Paulus, IU composer Sven-David Sandström, and IU Alumni Cary Boyce and N. Lincoln Hanks

The first of two free public concerts of the program will be at Stauffer Chapel at Pepperdine University in Malibu on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7:00pm. The second will be at San Marino Community Church in San Marino on Friday, Feb. 4, at 8:00pm.

About the University Singers

The oldest continuing choral ensemble in the School of Music, the University Singers was founded by Dean and School of Music architect Wilfred C. Bain over 50 years ago. Conducted by Professor Harrington for 32 years, the group is composed of 24 to 32 of the finest singers in the School. Many alumni of the ensemble have gone on to develop major professional careers. The choir's repertoire, exploiting an unusually wide range of colors available to its vocalists, spans the ages from the Renaissance through the 21st Century.

About the Convention Performances

With approximately 6,000 conductors in attendance, the 2005 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention is set to take place in Los Angeles, Feb 1-5. Following a juried audition process, The University Singers was invited to perform three short performances to the delegates. Their concerts will include a number of works from their public performance. A choice selection of choirs from across the nation have also been invited to perform. More information about the ACDA National Convention can be found at: http://acdaonline.org/conventions/national.shtml

About the School of Music

As one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed institutions for the study of music, the IU School of Music plays a key role in educating performers, scholars, and music educators who influence music performance and education around the globe. The more than 1,600 students who study at the School of Music benefit from the intensity and focus of a conservatory combined with the broad academic offerings of a major university. The essence of a great music school is its faculty, and the 150 full-time faculty members in residence at the IU School of Music include performers, scholars, and teachers of international renown. In addition, many top musicians and scholars come to the school each year to give master classes and guest lectures or to serve as visiting artistic directors, conductors, and faculty. More about the School of Music can be found at http://music.indiana.edu

Addresses of Public Performance Venues

Pepperdine University: 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263. Phone: (310) 506-7644. Pepperdine University Website: http://www.pepperdine.edu/

San Marino Community Church: 1750 Virginia Rd., San Marino, CA 91108. Phone: (626) 282-4181. The church's website: http://www.smccpby.com/