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St. Catherine Women’s Choir announces spring concert schedule

The Women’s Choir of St. Catherine University with Director Patricia Cahalan Connors.
The Women’s Choir of St. Catherine University with Director Patricia Cahalan Connors.
Photo by Ashley de los Reyes ’15

The St. Catherine University Women’s Choir presents their local spring concert on Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in Our Lady of Victory Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of the University’s Department of Music and Theater Chair, Patricia Cahalan Connors, the choir will perform a variety of sacred and secular works from the Renaissance to the present. A centerpiece of the program is Hungarian composer György Orban’s setting of the Latin Mass, composed in 2000. Works by Monteverdi, Mendelssohn, and several Minnesota composers, will also be featured.

The Women’s Choir is the principal collegiate choral ensemble at the University. Choir members represent a variety of academic majors and the choir performs throughout the year, both on and off campus. While exploring every style period, the choir specializes in performing music by contemporary composers, particularly women. By invitation, the Women's Choir has performed for state music conventions, with other college choirs in “WomanVoice” concerts, and on concert tours in the United States and abroad.

The April 12 concert caps off the choir’s Spring Break Tour, with stops through out the Pacific Northwest.

Spring Break Tour itinerary

  1. The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St., Portland, Ore.
    Fri., Mar. 27, 7 p.m.
  2. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 25 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland, Ore.
    Sat., Mar. 28, 5 p.m. Prelude and Mass
  3. Our Lady of the Lake Church, 8900 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, Wash.
    Sun., Mar. 29, 2 p.m.
  4. Holy Names Academy, 728 21st Ave. E, Seattle, Wash.
    Mon., Mar. 30, 9:50 a.m. choir exchange; 11:50 convocation
  5. Chapel of St. Francis, Eastside Catholic School, 232 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish, Wash.
    Tues., Mar. 31, 7 p.m.

More about the director

Patricia Cahalan Connors is director of choral activities at St. Catherine University. She earned her master’s in choral conducting from Indiana University and her doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa. She has studied with conducting masters Don V Moses, Julius Herford and Helmuth Rilling and has been a guest conductor and clinician for choral festivals including the Indiana All-State Women's Choir, the Star of the North Chamber Choir Festival, the Drake Choir Festival and the Marquette Chorus Festival.

March 20, 2015 by Sharon Rolenc

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