- The VCSU Concert Choir and the Valkyries are pleased to present â€œA Classical Christmasâ€ â€” concerts being held on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm at Saint Maryâ€™s Cathedral in Fargo and on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm at Saint Catherineâ€™s Catholic Church in Valley City. The concerts will be directed by Dr. Leesa Levy (right) with accompaniment by Jaime Namminga (left). Admission is free, and a free-will offering will be collected.
The programs include the VCSU Concert Choir performing Randall Thompson’s The Last Words of David, followed by Laudate Dominum by WA Mozart. A setting of Ave Maria composed by Howard Helvey with Micki Buchholz and Kelsey Wilhelm assisting on alto saxophone will be followed by selections from Handel’s Messiah. I am not Yours, a composition by Z. Randall Stroope on a poem by Sara Teasdale, and a new selection from Ben Allaway based on a melody from Kenya, Alleluyah Sasa!,Â will feature soloists Tom Baker and Raymond Lee Jackson. The performance at Saint Mary’s will also feature Kirci Phillips as a soprano soloist; the performance at Saint Catherine’s will feature Shannon Leppert and Heidi KirschÂ asÂ soprano soloists and Thomas Zinke as a baritone soloist.
The performances will be under the direction of Dr. Leesa Levy, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Voice for the Department of Music at VCSU. Before coming to VCSU Dr. Levy completed over ten years of teaching K-12 vocal music in public school stateside and in Europe and taught and conducted at the Franz Grothe School of Music in Weiden, Germany. Dr. Levy has performed as a soprano soloist with the Weiden orchestra and in concert and recital venues throughout Bavaria and beyond. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The National Association for Music Education, and is the ND state president of the American Choral Directors Association. Accompaniment will be provided by Jaime Namminga, instructor of piano at VCSU.
Â The VCSU Concert Choir performs two to three concerts per semester and tours on a regular basis. In addition to concerts in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota the ensemble has performed in Oaxaca, Mexico; New York, NY; Amsterdam and the Haag, Netherlands; London, Lakenheath and Canterbury, England.
Â The Valley City State University Valkyries is a new ensemble created in August, 2010 by students active in the Department of Music at VCSU. Members of the ensemble come from various academic programs across the campus, with this yearâ€™s members representing degrees in art, music, education and the sciences. The group has embraced a wide variety of musical styles and enjoys the challenge and responsibility associated with performing chamber music. The Valkyries have recently been selected to perform at the North Dakota Music Educatorâ€™s Association Conference at 7:30 pm on Sunday, March 20 at the Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, ND.