The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale brings something special to its annual three-city tour this year. In addition to works by such renowned composers as Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz and Eric Whitacre, the 31-voice ensemble will perform a newly commissioned work by Scott Gendel with renowned classical guitarist Kenneth Meyer.
Meyer is the recipient of the first prize in the 1994 Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, and was lauded by The Buffalo News for his “impeccably articulate with superb technique.” The Eastman School of Music graduate has performed throughout North and South America and Europe, and was recently featured at Rome Eastman Guitar Summerfest and the Alirio Diaz Guitar Festival.
Chorale's talent was showcased in a series of performances that began on April 8 at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira before heading off to Washington, D.C., and Selinsgrove, Pa. The Chorale returns to the Colleges for two final performances at 8 p.m. in St. John's Chapel on Wednesday, April 20, and Saturday, April 23.
The Colleges' Chorale, directed by Bob Cowles, represents the finest vocal talent at HWS. Each student is rigorously screened for both vocal technique and musicianship. In addition, the Chorale is challenged with a wide variety of works ranging from medieval songs to the latest modern compositions.
Cowles is the chair of the Music Department at HWS, where he has brought his lifelong directorial experience to bear conducting the choral ensembles and instructing students in music theory and practice. He holds a doctorate in music from the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Ind.