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2015/2016 Schedule of Events

 

Johannes Brahm's Schicksalied with the Shoreline Symphony

SATURDAY, November 18th  at 7:30 P.M.

Frauenthal Center

425 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon, MI


A WREATH OF CAROLS

SATURDAY, December 16th at 3:30 p.m.

Central United Methodist Church

1011 Second Street, Muskegon, MI

3:30 p.m.

 

Latest News

Change is Inevitable

Founded fifty-four (54) years ago by David Wikman, who directed the group for fifty-two (52) of those years, the Muskegon Chamber Choir is reorganizing and making plans for the future.  With support from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the group has engaged new directors.

 

Mr. Wikman retired as director in 2016.  The Board of Directors recently gave directorial responsibilities over to two veteran musicians who will serve as co-directors.  Jim Hylen is a graduate of Muskegon High School and studied at Olivet College with post graduate work at MSU.  Mr. Hylen also attended the Rene’ Clausen Choral School.  He taught choir at Charlotte High School for 35 years and directed many church choirs.  Mr. Hylen will share responsibilities with Bradley Taylor, also a product of Muskegon Public Schools.  Mr. Taylor has a BA in Vocal Music Education from WMU.  He taught vocal and instrumental music for 25 years at Muskegon Public Schools.  He has held several church choir directorships including Spring Lake Presbyterian and First Congregational Church in Muskegon.  Both men are veteran tenors with the Muskegon Chamber Choir and consider Mr. Wikman a mentor.

 

 

 

Jim Hylen is a graduate of Muskegon High School and studied at Olivet College with post graduate work at MSU.  Mr. Hylen also attended the Rene’ Clausen Choral School.  He taught choir at Charlotte High School for 35 years and directed many church choirs.  Mr. Hylen will share responsibilities with Bradley Taylor, also a product of Muskegon Public Schools.  Mr. Taylor has a BA in Vocal Music Education from WMU.  He taught vocal and instrumental music for 25 years at Muskegon Public Schools.  He has held several church choir directorships including Spring Lake Presbyterian and First Congregational Church in Muskegon.  Both men are veteran tenors with the Muskegon Chamber Choir and consider Mr. Wikman a mentor.

 
Choir Scholarships

The Chamber Choir is thrilled to be able to provide two scholarships this year to singers attending college. It will be an expectation that those awarded scholarships will sing with the Muskegon Chamber Choir for the season.

 

Stay tuned to this website or the Muskegon Chamber Choir's Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/muskegonchamberchoir/) page for more information.

 

What people say

50th Anniversary

As we look back over 54 years now, it seems impossible that we have endured this long.  There have been ups and downs, but for the most part we have enjoyed whatever portion of that time we have spent with the choir.  The fact that there are singers who are a lot younger than the choir is a sign of health.  That membership is something to which a few young people still aspire makes us need to keep going.  We started out by deciding that we would be a non-parochial organization that would seek to explore the best in choral music.  It has worked, much to some folk's amazement.  We will keep it up until we can't stand it or you can't.  We hope we know first.

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Coming Up

The Chamber Choir will join with the Shoreline Symphony in November for a performance of Johannes Brahm's Schicksaslied (Song of Destiny) written in 1871.  The piece is considered one of Brahm's best and most important smaller choral works. It is based on a poem by Hölderlin.

 

 

The Wreath of Carols in December has become a fixture and a favorite in our programming.  We go through as many as twenty-four to twenty-six Advent/Christmas/Epiphany pieces during the course of the concert.  Usually it runs from Medieval to Twenty-first Century music. Soloist and audience participation are frequent features of the Wreath of Carols.   



 
 
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