Southeastern News

Southeastern Symphonic Choir seeks additional participants

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Choir is looking for additional singers in all sections. The large ensemble includes college students, faculty and staff, and members of the greater Durant community.

This semester, the group is excited to present Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. This scenic cantata from the 20th century featurestexts from the Middle Ages and music that is alternately energetic, sweet, percussive, lyrical, and always engaging. Much of the music is quite familiar from recent commercials and movie soundtracks. A May 1 performance will include the Southeastern Symphonic Winds (Dr. Erin Cooper, conductor) and the SHAREChildren’s Choir (Dr. Jeri Walker, conductor).

The Symphonic Choir rehearses on Monday nights at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts building on theSoutheastern campus. Because Southeastern’s music majors anchor the ensemble, there are strong leaders in every section for volunteers to follow. New singers will get a score, a guide to pronunciation, and links to online resources that will allow anyone to practice at home.

Please contact Dr. Josh Nannestad at jnannestad@se.edu for more information.

Candlelighting at Southeastern

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Candles and music filled historic Montgomery Auditorium Monday night at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Candles and music filled historic Montgomery Auditorium Monday night at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

DURANT, Okla. – The 94th annual Candlelighting was held Monday night in historic Montgomery Auditorium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Candlelighting is anchored by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, the largest of the University’s choral ensembles, which includes members of the greater Durant community. The auditorium was decorated with the banners of the event from past years, and the candelabras were lit by members of the Cardinal Key Society.

This year’s program was titled “Gloria! Song of the Angels.’’ The SHARE

Children’s Chorus opened the program.

This event dates back to December 18, 1921, and is an annual highlight for the University and community.

Southeastern Symphonic Choir to perform in OKC on Oct. 13

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Choir will present a daylong musical event with high school and two-year college students in Oklahoma City on Oct. 13.

Supported by a grant from the Presidential Partners’ Student Recruitment Initiative by Faculty, this event will allow Southeastern students to rehearse side-by-side with students from Del City High School and Rose State College at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Oklahoma City).

The rehearsals and concert of Haydn’s  Kleine Orgelmesse, conducted by Southeastern choral professor Dr. Joshua Nannestad, will provide an educational experience for the younger students who may not often have an opportunity to perform classical repertoire with an orchestra. In addition, the students will get

first-hand experience of the type of rehearsal and performance opportunities that are available at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

 

A concert is scheduled for that evening at 6 o’clock at the church, as the singers will be joined by a chamber orchestra, organist Dr. Vicki Schaeffer, and soprano soloist Megan Crews, a Southeastern graduate who now sings with the Dallas Opera, for a concert.

 

In addition to the mass choir performance, the concert will feature solo performances by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir , Joshua Nannestad, conductor, and the Oklahoma Choral Artists, Joshua Phelps and Cheryl Taylor, conductors.

The event is free and open to the public.

Southeastern Symphonic Choir invites community participation

DURANT, Okla. – The Symphonic Choir of Southeastern Oklahoma State University invites interested musicians to join them on Monday nights this fall. The Symphonic Choir is the largest of the choral ensembles on campus, and it includes students, staff, faculty, administration, and community members.

It is also the lead ensemble for Candlelighting, the oldest continuing tradition on campus. This year, the choir will study a Haydn mass with strings, the Rutter Gloria with brass and precussion, and Carmina Burana with the Symphonic Winds.

Any interested singer is encouraged to attend. There is no audition — we simply ask that any singer feel comfortable following a part along with their section. For further questions, please contact Dr. Josh Nannestad at jnannestad@se.edu or (580) 745-3348.

Community members invited to join Symphonic Choir; rehearsals begin Aug. 25

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Choir will begin rehearsals on August 25in preparation for a performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Hosted by the Department of Music on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, this group offers community members, university students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to come together to sing major choral works.

This group is the featured performance group for the Candlelighting ceremony on campus, Southeastern’s oldest tradition.  This year the Southeastern Symphonic Choir rehearses on each Monday from 6-8 p.m.  This choir is open to all with an interest in choral singing.  With the full use of lighting, organ, and string orchestration, the concert should prove exciting to singers and audience alike.  Candlelighting is scheduled for December 8.    Singers are welcome to attend  rehearsals in Fine Arts Building 116, the Choral Rehearsal Hall.

For more information, call Dr. Joshua Nannestad, conductor, at 745-3410, or by email at jnannestad@se.edu.

Southeastern Symphonic Choir to begin rehearsals Sept. 9

DURANT, Okla. — The Southeastern Symphonic Choir will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 9.

Hosted by the Department of Music on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, this group offers community members, and University students, faculty and staff the opportunity to come together to sing major choral works.  This choir is the featured performance group for the Candlelighting ceremony on campus, Southeastern’s oldest tradition, which will be held on Dec. 9.

This year, the Southeastern Symphonic Choir rehearses on Mondays from 6-8 p.m.  This choir is open to all with an interest in choral singing.  With the full use of lighting, organ, and brass orchestration, the concert should prove exciting to singers and audiences alike.

Singers are invited to attend rehearsals in the Fine Arts Building 116, (the Choral Rehearsal Hall).  If you would like more information, please call Dr. Stacy Weger, Director of Choral Activities, at 745-2222, or Sarah Carr, Symphonic Choir Manager, at 745- 2874.

Southeastern Symphonic Choir welcomes new members

DURANT, Okla. – Hosted by the Department of Music, Southeastern Oklahoma State University once again invites the community to join us in preparing for the annual Candlelighting ceremony and concert.

Rehearsals for the Symphonic Choir take place on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Room 116. The Symphonic Choir will meet for the first time on August 27. All wishing to participate should attend this rehearsal — no audition is required.

The Candlelighting festivities will take place on Monday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. The Candlelighting event is the oldest tradition at Southeastern, with this year marking the 91st presentation of the holiday favorite. Featuring the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, this event offers community members, university students, and faculty and staff the opportunity to come together to begin the celebration of the season.

This year the concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” as well as other traditional works. Candlelighting is supported by the Southeastern Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund and the Department of Music. If you would like more information, please call the Department of Music at 580-745-2088.

90th annual Candlelighting

90th annual Candlelighting

Press Release Date: 12-6-2011

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DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University celebrated the holiday season with the community Monday by hosting the 90th annual Candlelighting ceremony and concert. The event was held in Montgomery Auditorium and featured the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, the Southeastern Brass Ensemble, and members of the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Candlelighting is the oldest tradition at Southeastern, with its origins dating back to Dec. 18, 1921.

Symphonic choir invites community participation

Symphonic choir invites community participation

Press Release Date: 08-29-2011

DURANT, Okla. – This year marks the ninth season of the Southeastern Symphonic Choir, directed by Dr. Stacy Weger. Hosted by the Department of Music on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, this group offers community members, University students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to come together to sing major choral works.

This group is the featured performance group for the Candlelighting ceremony on campus, Southeastern’s oldest tradition. This year, the Southeastern Symphonic Choir will rehearse each Monday from 6-8 p.m. in Fine Arts 116, the Choral Rehearsal Hall. This choir is open to all with an interest in choral singing.

This season the choir will be presenting “A Christmas Tapestry,” featuring a wide variety of sacred and secular music for the season. Music will range from Randol Bass’ Gloria to the Christmas music of Irving Berlin. With the full use of lighting, organ, and brass orchestration, the concert should prove exciting to singers and audience alike. The Symphonic Choir will be joined by the Southeastern Brass Ensemble, Dr. Brian Walker, conductor, and Dr. Mary Ann Craige, organist, for the 90th Annual Candlelighting on December 5.

If you would like more information, please call Dr. Weger, Director of Choral Activities, at 745-2222, or email Cynthia Estrada, Symphonic Choir Manager at cestrada63@student.se.edu.