UMS Choral Union Announces Summer Sings 2019 

 

The UMS Choral Union invites all interested singers to take part in its 26th season of Summer Sings. All singers are invited to these popular choral reading sessions which feature no-audition, no-performance evenings of memorable music-making. As many as 300 singers from southeastern Michigan, northern Ohio, and Canada have joined each session in singing great choral repertoire with some of the nation’s most respected choral conductors and outstanding soloists.

“We are delighted to announce this year’s lineup of Summer Sings,” said UMS Choral Union music director and Summer Sings conductor Scott Hanoian. “These events provide a space for singers to come together and enjoy a communal night of music making, singing master choral works with a spirited ensemble of hundreds of people. It’s an incredibly unique and special experience.”

The first Summer Sings event will take place on the stage of Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor) on Monday, June 24, with a reading of Duruflé’s Requiem, conducted by UMS Choral Union music director Scott Hanoian. On Monday, July 15, Michael Mitchell, director of choral activities at Oakland University, will lead participants in a reading of Haydn’s Mass in C Major (“Paukenmesse”) in Stamps Auditorium (1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109). For the final Summer Sings event of 2019, Eugene Rogers, director of choral activities for the University of Michigan, will lead singers in a reading of Mozart’s Requiem on Monday, August 5 in Stamps Auditorium.

Admission to each session costs $5. Summer Sings will provide refreshments and have scores available to borrow. Registration for each session begins at 6:30 pm and singing begins at 7 pm. Visit ums.org/summersings for more information.

SCHEDULE

MONDAY, JUNE 24

7-9:30 pm

Hill Auditorium

(825 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109)

Reading: Duruflé’s Requiem, Op. 9

Scott Hanoian, conductor

music director and conductor, UMS Choral Union

MONDAY, JULY 15

7-9:30 pm

Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center

(1226 Murfin Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109)

Reading: Haydn’s Mass in C Major (“Paukenmesse”)

Michael Mitchell, conductor

director of choral activities, Oakland University

MONDAY, AUGUST 5

7-9:30 pm

Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center

(1226 Murfin Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109)

Reading: Mozart’s Requiem, K. 626

Eugene Rogers, conductor

director of choral activities, University of Michigan

ABOUT THE CONDUCTORS

Scott Hanoian began his appointment as music director and conductor of the UMS Choral Union in July 2015. In addition to his appointment at UMS, Hanoian is the director of music at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Career highlights also include serving as artistic director of the Oakland Choral Society; faculty member at Wayne State University; assistant organist and assistant director of music at Washington National Cathedral; and a robust career as an international touring musician performing throughout Europe, Australia, and Canada. He has recorded the complete organ works of Johannes Brahms for the JAV label.

Michael A. Mitchell is the Doris and Paul Travis Professor of Music at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he serves as director of choral activities while conducting the Oakland Chorale, the University Chorus, and the Symphony Chorus. Dr. Mitchell has been a regular guest conductor for the Academic Choir Ivan Goran Kovacic in Zagreb, Croatia since 2005. For nine concert seasons he served as artistic director and conductor of the Detroit based Cantata Academy Chorale, leading that group on three acclaimed European concert tours and multiple performances with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Dr. Mitchell studied conducting, music education, and voice at the University of Texas at Austin and received his doctorate in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, where he served as assistant to the legendary conductor Eph Ehly for three years.

A two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, and 2015 Grammy Award nominee, Eugene Rogers is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to being the founding director of EXIGENCE, Rogers is the director of choirs and an associate professor of conducting at the University of Michigan. At the University, Rogers leads the graduate choral conducting program, conducts the chamber choir, and administers a program of more than eight choral ensembles. In December 2017, Musical America named Rogers one of the top 30 “Movers and Shapers” Professionals in North America. Rogers holds the bachelor of arts degree in choral music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in choral conducting from U-M. He currently serves on the board of Chorus America and as the national chair of Diversity Initiatives for the American Choral Directors Association.

PARKING INFORMATION

June 24: Parking at the Thayer Street parking structure across the street from Hill Auditorium will be available after 6 pm for $5 (cash only). Visit ums.org/venues for more information and a list of additional parking options.

July 15 and August 5:  The parking lot immediately adjacent to the Walgreen Drama Center will be available to Summer Sings participants for $5 (cash only). There are also several other parking options available in the vicinity of the Walgreen.  Parking along Bonisteel Boulevard is free after 5 pm, in addition to a visitor lot on Hayward Street, which is accessible to Stamps Auditorium via two sets of steps through the Computer Science & Engineering Building. The parking lot adjacent to the School of Music is free after 5 pm, and there is visitor parking in the lot just south of the Art and Architecture Building.

 

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