SJC Choirs to Host Italy Tour Kickoff Concert

November 5, 2013

In advance of their musical tour of Italy November 11-19, the Saint Joseph’s College Choirs will present the Italy Tour Kickoff Concert on Sunday, November 10 at 4:00 pm CST in the Saint Joseph’s Chapel. The Choirs will give a preview of the various pieces they will perform in Italy, with Bernard Sell ’92 accompanying the Choirs on piano. Admission is free to the public, though nonperishable food items will be accepted at the door for donation to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Rensselaer.

“For all of the parents and friends who will not be joining us in Italy, this concert is a great time to hear some of the amazing music we will perform abroad,” said SJC Director of Choirs Kelly Ford.”

With more than 35 pieces of music being rehearsed this semester, it was difficult for the Choirs to choose what pieces to perform at the concert.

“We hope to give the audience a taste of the style and difficulty of this semester’s repertoire,” said Ford. “I have been delighted in the growth, both in number and ability, of this year’s Concert Choir. Our program has consistently grown the past several years, and this is reflected in the quality of literature we are able to perform.”

Ford is excited to reward the College community for being so supportive of the SJC Choirs, especially in regards to the tour of Italy.

“In the midst of so many off-campus performances, it will feel great to do a concert for our SJC family and friends. This concert is a great way for us to give something back.”

To keep people updated on their performances and travels in Italy, several members of the tour will share their experiences and photos through Facebook ( and Twitter (@SJC_Pumas). Brief biographies of the contributors will be posted on Facebook and Twitter in the weeks leading up to the tour.

For questions about the concert, Italy tour, SJC Choirs, or SJC Department of Music, contact Professor Kelly Ford at or 219.866.6251. 

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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