News from MacMurray College
Choir reunion concert set for Homecoming
‘With a Voice of Singing’ to feature alumni soloists, 90-member choir.
The MacMurray Choir reunion will perform Saturday, Oct. 23 as a feature presentation of the College’s Homecoming activities that weekend. The concert is at 8 p.m. at Annie Merner Chapel and is open and free to the public.
Some 90 alumni singers and present choir members, many from Jacksonville and the surrounding areas, will sing selections by Bach, Brahms, Franck and others, with featured alumni soloists Joel Tinsley-Hall, Class of 2010; Ruth Armstrong Sieber Johnson, Class of 1973; and organist Paula Pugh Romanaux, Class of 1974.
Ms. Romanaux, who has family ties to the Beardstown area, is the Principal Organist and Artist-in-Residence at St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia. Her recital tours have included Scotland, Germany, Austria, Finland, and Estonia, as well as throughout the United States.
Featured soprano will be Ms. Johnson, who has traveled widely to perform, including the Stony Brook Bach Aria Festival in New York, the Bach festivals in St. Louis and Dallas, and the Nixon Library in California. Living in Asheville, N.C., Ms. Johnson has been the Executive Director of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for 18 years.
Mr. Tinsely-Hall, Class of 2010, is well known in the Jacksonville area. After a stint with the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus stationed in Germany, he attended MacMurray and delighted Jacksonville audiences for four years. He has performed at the annual Chautauqua festival and took first place in the Jacksonville Symphony Society’s “Talent Among Us” contest.
Joining them will be conductors Terri Benz, the present MacMurray College Choir Director and a graduate of the Class of 1983; Dr. Richard Hanson, Professor Emeritus of Music and former Choir director; and John Austin Van Hook, Class of 1964.