TROY — The Capital University Chapel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler, will be performing at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at the First United Methodist Church, 110 W. Franklin St.
The Chancel Bells under the direction of David Pinkerton of Troy will also perform in the presentation, sponsored by the board of the Troy Mayors’ Concerts Inc. through community donations, including The Troy Foundation.
The concert is nondenominational, free of charge and the public is invited to attend.
Since its first appearance on Palm Sunday 1929, the prestigious Chapel Choir has upheld the rich heritage of fine choral singing and enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble. The choir’s long-standing touring tradition has sent them around the world, leveraging the transformative power of music to connect people from diverse cultures including England, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, China, and more recently South Africa, Oman and Ireland.
Under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler since 1990, the Chapel Choir has been honored with invitations to perform for numerous state, regional, national and international conferences and conventions, including the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Ohio Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and most recently for INTERKULTUR at the 2012 World Choir Games Competition held in Cincinnati, where they won gold medals in the Mixed Choir and Musica Sacra competitions. Considered the Conservatory of Music’s top choral ensemble, the Chapel Choir is known for their performance of a broad range of sacred and secular choral literature including motets, choral/orchestral works, spirituals, gospel music, folk songs, traditional and contemporary sacred anthems and music celebrating a global perspective.
The Chapel Choir’s most recent domestic and international travels have taken them from New York and Pennsylvania to Ireland. In the spring of 2016, the Chapel Choir Concert Tour included performances in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The featured concert of this tour was the Chapel Choir’s debut performance on Carnegie Hall Stage in New York City on Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2016. Additionally, during their residency in New York City, the Chapel Choir sang during the morning worship service at the historic Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Hasseler, D.M.A., is celebrating her 26th year as professor of music and director of choral activities in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, where she directs the Chapel Choir, Choral Union and vocal chamber ensemble, Philomel; teaches choral methods and conducting; and is acting Head of the Voice Area. At Trinity Lutheran Seminary she teaches graduate choral conducting and choral methods. A native of South Dakota, she graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and received her master of Music and doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Michigan State University.
Nurturing Capital University’s rich choral legacy, the choirs under her direction have received numerous invitations to perform for multiple music regional and national conferences and festivals, have been awarded gold medals in world choral competitions and have toured nationally and internationally. Dr. Hasseler is passionate about dynamic programming- choosing music that “tells a story.” Her theme-based concerts feature classic and contemporary a cappella sacred and secular choral literature. Reflective of her commitment to perform music from a global perspective, performances under her feature diverse programming, staging, and a range of choral tone colors unified by a narrative theme. In partnership with Craig Courtney, she is co-editor of the Capital University Choral Series published by Beckenhorst Press.
As a clinician and guest conductor, she performs regionally, nationally and internationally. An active singer, Dr. Hasseler has performed, toured and recorded nationally and internationally with professional choral ensembles including the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. She toured France with the Shaw Festival Chorus and appeared as a soloist. In addition to the concerts presented in France, she also has performed several works in Carnegie Hall with both ensembles. She shares Grammy honors with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra, which, under Helmuth Rilling’s direction, were awarded a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo. On Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2016, she made her conducting debut on Carnegie Hall stage and in March served on a panel of international judges for 14th Concorso Corale Internazionale International Choir Festival and Competition in Riva del Garde, Italy.
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