The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus, directed by Mark Bartel, will present their fall concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at St. John's Chapel. Titled “A Choral Fanfare,” the program will feature works for choir and brass. Pieces include “O Clap Your Hands” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Psalm 100” by Heinrich Schütz, “Magnificat” by Franz Schubert and Daniel Pinkham's “Christmas Cantata.”
For the past several years, Bartel has conducted choirs at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and was the conductor of the Intermediate Youth Orchestra of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. While living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bartel was on the faculty of Canadian Mennonite University, where he regularly conducted choral-orchestral performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. A baritone, Bartel has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Bach Festival, and the London Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus, and has been a member of several of Canada's top chamber choirs. He has held church music positions in both Winnipeg and Dallas, Texas, and is regularly engaged as a vocal and choral clinician and adjudicator. The recipient of several Canada Council for the Arts awards in conducting, he holds Master of Music and Master of Sacred Music degrees from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Bartel has recently begun the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.
The 40-voice ensemble performs major works from the standard repertoire as well as lesser-known works deserving wider familiarity. The group is comprised of students, faculty, and staff at the Colleges and members of the surrounding community. The Chorus performs two concerts a year.