The Music Department has shown their dynamic building plans for the new McKnight Center for the Performing Arts. With a performance hall, recital hall, debut performance by the New York Philharmonic, beautiful outdoor plaza, it promises to be a truly state-of-the-art facility to serve OSU and the city of Stillwater for decades to come. First to perform in the McKnight Center is the New York Philharmonic Orchestra!
The OSU Concert Chorale performed a dynamic program at the National ACDA conference this spring. Lead by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, Chorale sang a thirty minute program to an audience of thousands of music educators and music professionals at Orchestra Hall and Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.
Almost the moment the concert was over, OSU and Dr. Stroope began receiving letters and emails, including:
"Congratulations on a fabulous performance!"
"One of THE best performances I've heard at a national ACDA convention. Bravi tutti!"
"Brilliant programming, exhilarating execution-- I'm running out of adjectives and superlatives. Simply put, the most riveting choral performance by a mixed choir I've ever had the pleasure to experience. Bravo, Dr. Stroope and your chorale. You guys are the choral Olympic champions."
Concert Chorale in the Orchestra Hall
A very satisfied Concert Chorale poses for a picture outside the auditorium.
Judith Prenzlow (BME, class of 2016) is attending Eastman School of Music, studying a master's degree in vocal music performance.
Libby Fosmire (BMB, class of 2016) is the Community Engagement Assistant for the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City. She coordinates the pre-performance lectures and backstage tours of the opera house.
Bernardo Medeiros (BME, class of 2014) is attending the University of Houston, studying a master's degree in Vocal Performance.
Renee Perry (BME, class of 2016) is attending the University of Texas, studying a master's degree in music education.
Andrew Steffan (MM Conducting, class of 2016) is the head director at Richland High School in Richland, TX.
Amanda Archer(BME, class of 2015) is now at Crossings Christian School in Oklahoma City as the Lower School Music Teacher. Congratulations Amanda!
"Being a member of Concert Chorale has largely shaped who I am as an individual and a musician. I have never encountered a group with greater passion for singing beautifully and that also has a constant desire to help those around them succeed."
Anna Langr (BME, class of 2015) Is now the high school choral director at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Colorado Springs, CO. She hopes to make a positive impact on her students through music.
Derrick Kaul (Accounting, class of 2015) Was a member of Concert Chorale and the OSU opera for two years. Derrick now attends graduate accounting (MBA) school at the University of North Carolina.
Jo Beth Wasicek (BME, class of 2015) is the choral director at Caroll Middle School in Southlake, Texas.
"I joined choir as a non-major my freshman year just to keep singing and found that I couldn't live without it."
Katherine Engle (BME, class of 2015) now teaches at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas as the Assistant Choir Director. Congratulations, Katherine!
Kärin Smith (BME, class of 2015) is the assistant choir director at West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, TX. Kärin was a member of Concert Chorale for four years.