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Jan. 15, 2013
Northwest Missouri State University’s Madraliers choral ensemble was one of three college choirs in Missouri selected to perform for the 75th annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference Jan. 24 at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach. It is the second consecutive year the Madraliers have been invited to perform at the conference.
The Madraliers were selected based on recordings of the ensemble performing three musical selections during the 2011-2012 academic year. The submissions are judged by an out-of-state panel during a blind audition process, meaning the judges do not know the ensemble’s home university or its conductor.
Dr. Brian Lanier, associate professor of music at Northwest, conducts the Madraliers.
“This is an enormous honor for me and the students in the choir,” Lanier said. “To receive recognition for the many hours of planning, research, rehearsing and polishing repertoire that brings us to this point is truly a wonderful tribute for the choral program at Northwest. I hope that through our performance and visibility we are able to shine a light on Northwest and help people see what wonderful things are going on here.”
Lanier noted MMEA typically enforces a four-year waiting period between the year an ensemble performs at the conference and the year it may audition to perform at the conference again. However, because MMEA is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the organization’s executive board waived the rule and allowed any choir to audition, regardless of their eligibility.
The Madraliers’ MMEA performance this year will feature a broad mix of music that showcases the skills of the choir and accompanist, Dr. Charles Badami. The concert program includes an arrangement of the traditional hymn “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal” and operatic pieces from Dominick Argento’s “The Masque of Angels” as well as Gioacchino Rossini’s “I Gondloieri.” The Madraliers will complete their performance with “Sing On: A Musical Toast” by Gwyneth Walker, which Lanier describes as “a wonderful, buoyant piece.”
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski also is scheduled to attend the performance and introduce the ensemble.
Lanier said the Madraliers’ selection to perform at the MMEA conference speaks volumes about the ensemble’s talent, and the members’ commitment to quality will serve them well in their careers.
“It is important for our students to understand the amount of work and dedication required to produce a quality choral program,” Lanier said. “Through the rigorous program of study we present to our students they are able to achieve success, which has been recognized by professionals beyond our campus. I also hope that our students will, in their own teaching careers, emulate the discipline and quality they have experienced at Northwest.”
The Madraliers choral ensemble is a select group of 38 undergraduate and graduate students representing a variety of disciplines and majors at Northwest. In the spring, the same students become Celebration, the show choir for the University. This dual-structured curriculum was introduced in 2002 to expand the repertoire for the singers in the fall.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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