Wartburg College's "Real Men Sing!" Festival

Great Northern Union, Wartburg College Ritterchor & Festeburg, Iowa City HS Men's Choir & the Real Men Sing Festival Choruses
Date and Time of Concert or Event: 
October 6, 2012 - 5:00pm

Concert / Event Announcement Details

Greetings from Wartburg!

I am excited to invite you to the 3rd annual “Real Men Sing” men’s choir festival at Wartburg College on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  This event is designed to “jump start” and motivate the men in your choral program early in the year.  We welcome directors, adult chaperones, church and community choir singers as well!  

I am pleased to announce that the international award winning men’s chorus, Great Northern Union, will be our featured performing group this year.   All participants will have the opportunity to sing “Swing Down Chariot” with Great Northern Union at the finale concert and work with their conductor Mr. Peter Benson on this fun and energizing piece.  There will also be an invited performance by the Iowa City West HS Men’s Choir, Mr. Ryan Person, conductor at the finale concert.

NEW THIS YEAR!  There will be two separate festival choirs:

1.  A Grade 7 thru 9 /10th Festival choir  (Mr. Bruce Phelps, guest conductor)

2.  A Grade 9/10th – Adult Festival Choir (Dr. Lee Nelson, conductor)

***Directors can specify which choir their 9th and 10th grade students will participate in since some schools have all men in their HS choir.  Please contact festival coordinator Lexi Spain with any questions (alexis.spain@wartburg.edu).

Directors’ workshops will also be available regarding recruitment, retention, and teaching strategies for working with male voices. The workshops will be led by Mr. Ryan Person, Mr. Pete Benson and members of Great Northern Union.  Directors will also have the opportunity to observe rehearsals and visit with Mr. Bruce Phelps as he works with changing voices!

The day will culminate in a grand finale concert featuring the 7-9th/10th grade festival chorus, 9th/10th grade-adult festival chorus, a combined festival choir (all participants), Iowa City West Men’s Choir, Wartburg College Ritterchor and Festeberg and the Great Northern Union Chorus. This concert is open to the public (tickets are $5 at the door).   

Participation: You can bring as many of your male singers to the festival as you like!  Grade 7 – Adult (community choir/church choir/directors/family members/chaperones/any male singer!)
Date:  Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 (Festival begins at 9:45 am; concert is at 5 pm)

Cost:  $25 per student which covers lunch and a RMS t-shirt

To Register:  Download the registration form at:  www.wartburg.edu/music/fest.html

Concert Dress:  Blue Jeans, Tennis Shoes & their Real Men Sing T-Shirt (they will be given their shirt at registration)

Finale Concert:  5 pm, Neumann Auditorium – Open to the public (Tickets are $5 at the door).

Recording:  A recording of the Finale Concert will be made and will be available for purchase.

Schedule:  Download the schedule at www.wartburg.edu/music/fest.html

Music:  Schools must order/supply the music for their students.  Please note  that “Swing Down Chariot” will have to be ordered through the Barbershop Harmony Society (website and phone number listed below).

7th-9th/10th Grade Festival Chorus (Bruce Phelps, conductor)

1.  Regina Coeli - Dan Davison (Walton Music - HL08501812 - TB)
2.  Come Travel with Me - Scott Farthing (Walton Music - HL08501432 - TTB)
3.  Swing Down Chariot - arr. The Vagabonds (see below for ordering instructions - TTBB)
9th/10th Grade - Adult Festival Chorus (Lee Nelson, conductor)
1.  Bring Him Home - Arr. John Leavitt (Hal Leonard - 3253481 - TTBB)
2.  Fergus and Molly - Vijay Singh (Alfred Music - 3024593 - TTBB)
3.  Swing Down Chariot - arr. The Vagabonds (see below for ordering instructions - TTBB)

***You can purchase “SWING DOWN CHARIOT” by phone at 1-800-876-7464 or online at: http://harmonymarketplace.stores.yahoo.net/swdoch1.html
I hope you will consider joining us in this wonderful event!  Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information.

Warmest Regards,

Lee Nelson
Lee Nelson, D.M.A.
Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting
Director of Choral Activities


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