SJC Choirs’ Spring Concert to Close Out Academic Calendar

April 25, 2014

The Choirs of Saint Joseph’s College will perform their Spring Concert Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 pm CDT in the Saint Joseph’s Chapel. The concert, under the direction of Director of College Choirs Kelly A. Ford, will include performances by the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Men of Saint Joe, as well as a solo by junior English major Allison Stanton of Wheatfield, Ind. Stanton was the 2013-14 winner of the Verdi Competition, an annual performance competition for Music majors at SJC. 

Concert repertoire includes a performance of “A Procession Winding Around Me,” written by Jeffrey Van and accompanied by Bernard Sell ’92 on piano.   

“This piece is written in four movements, and the text is four poems by Walt Whitman reflecting on the Civil War,” said Ford. “It’s a very moving, effective piece of art, and the interplay between the music writing and the text makes the realities of war and death very visible to the audience.”

The performance will also include a multimedia display that Ford says enhances the performance experience on a whole new level.

“This is the perfect blending of voices, text, accompaniment, and visual effect in which we hope the audience members will find themselves immersed.”

Additional performances include “Road Not Taken” by Randall Thompson, “Sicut Cervus” by Palestrina, and a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Many old favorites and some new surprises will also be included in the concert. One of the pieces performed by the Men of Saint Joe will be “Bright Lights, Big City/Magic,” made popular by the movie “Pitch Perfect.”

The SJC Choirs have had an extremely busy year, including numerous performances off campus.

“The highlight of the 2013-14 season was undoubtedly our performance tour/pilgrimage in Italy,” said Ford. “It’s awfully hard to top singing in St. Peter’s Basilica for Sunday Mass. It has been a grueling academic year, but SJC students continue to impress me with their level of engagement: intellectually, musically, and spiritually. We really have remarkable musicians at SJC and a quality Music program of which we should all be very proud.”

The concert will end with the annual tradition of inviting all SJC Choir alumni to the stage to join in singing “Lord Bless and Keep You.”

“The number of alumni who sing with us each year keeps growing,” noted senior Music major Ryan Dillon of Salem, Wis. “That’s been fun to see happen, and I am excited to join the ranks next year as an SJC alumnus.” 

The concert will last approximately one hour and is free to the public. As is tradition with all SJC Department of Music concerts, donations of dry goods will be accepted at the door to be donated to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Rensselaer. For more information about the concert or any of the Department of Music’s events, contact Professor Ford at 219.866.6251 or

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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