Culver Academies' choir, directed by Stacey Warren, and band and orchestra, directed by Major William Browne and Chad A. Gard will perform their annual Christmas concert Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m. at Ancilla Domini Chapel, PHJC Ministry Center, in Donaldson, Indiana. The event is free to the public and a reception will follow in Cana Hall.
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Each year the choir supports various events, ceremonies, and performances on campus, as well as within the greater Culver community and surrounding areas, including performances of the Vivaldi Gloria and Mozart Requiem with the Ancilla College Community Chorus and South Bend Chamber Symphony, of South Bend, Indiana.
Culver Choir students are consistently selected for the Indiana All State Choir, the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, and were thrilled by the selection of a student for the Sound of America Honor Chorus European Tour in 2010.
In June, 2011, the Choir was invited and traveled to Salzburg, Austria, to sing in the Mozart International Choral Festival, under the direction of Professor Janos Czifra and Dr. Eph Ehly. The Choir will sing in St. Peter’s Basilica as part of the Rome International Choral Festival in Rome, Italy, during a week in June, 2013, under the direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroope.
In addition to individual instruments and ensembles, the CMA Band is a military marching band that is the “Heartbeat of the Corps” and serves the school in its military and ceremonial mission. Their Lancer Band, the Honor Organization of the Band Company provides special music for special events and other military and riding exhibitions. Their music faculty of five full-time teachers also teach music theory, history, and music topics courses, and collaborate with other academic departments in the enhancement of their curricula. As well, six specialized adjunct instructors teach lessons in their respective areas of expertise. This program, combined with the choral and vocal program offers a rich school music environment for the development of the whole person.