Joan Szymko joins Portland State Choral Faculty
Date: November 19, 2013
Location: Oregon, USA
Renowned choral conductor and composer Joan Szymko makes her debut appearance this week as the newest member of Portland State University's Choral Faculty. Szykmo will conduct Vox Femina, PSU's new auditioned women's chorus which was founded in Fall, 2011. Szymko joins Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities, in leading a program that has grown from 2 choirs and 100 singers in Fall, 2010 to 6 choirs and 300 singers this Fall. Last Summer The Portland State Chamber Choir won fifteen separate awards including the Grand Prix at the Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Gorizia, Italy. They are the first American choir to win this competition in its 52-year history.
The concert this weekend is entitled IMMORTAL: Classics by Victoria, Mendelssohn and Chesnokov stand side by side with modern masterworks by Peteris Butans of Latvia, Budi Susanto Yohanes of Indonesia and Miklos Kocsar of Hungary, and spirituals and African music all contemplating the topic of immortality or Timelessness. Our three choirs combine to perform joan Szymko's mystical Illumina le Tenebre to welcome Joan Szymko to our faculty and our school.
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