Alumni Newsletter: September 2016

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Beloved Alumni: Come to Spain with us!


We are so proud of all we have accomplished this year, and we continue to look forward to the upcoming 2016-2017 concert season. We are even more excited to invite all of our alumni and friends of choral arts to join us on our tour of Southern Spain during May 2017!

We will be sharing our music and experiencing all that Spanish culture has to offer in Seville, Malaga, Cordoba, and Granada. Click here to see an itinerary and here to register. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to tour managers John Larson ( and Chris Palmer (

Our Spain tour is set to be a trip to remember, so sign up today!

Mark Your Calendars for Our 2016-2017 Season

Here’s some info on our coming season.

Happy Anniversary, Dolce

This year, Dolce is celebrating its 10th Season and 45 years of Women at Lehigh University! There will be several special performances and events featuring women of Lehigh Choral Arts. To open the season, Choral Arts women will premiere a specially-commissioned work by composer Reena Esmail, “I Rise: Women in Song” on November 4th and 5th in Zoellner Arts Center.  This twenty-minute long work is written for the women of Lehigh Choral Arts and orchestra. In honor of all our women alumni of Dolce and Lehigh University Choral Arts, we would like to extend an invitation to join us and perform this beautiful work!  We also invite you to our Dolce Reunion on Saturday, November 5th to celebrate and reconnect with the extraordinary women of Lehigh. The deadline to register is quickly approaching, so please sign up before September 20th if you can join us in November! For more information, please email Madison Schenker at or fill out this form to register.

As seniors at Lehigh, we have deepened our love and appreciation for all that Lehigh Choral Arts has given us, and we are confident that this also true for our alumni. Once a Lehigh Singer, always a Lehigh Singer. Current Choral Arts members look forward to reconnecting with you at our upcoming concerts and during our tour of southern Spain.


John Larson (tour manager)
Chris Palmer (tour manager)

Sarah Dudney (manager)
Maggie Norsworthy (alumni relations)

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Local school students visit Lehigh for Child’s Requiem performance


Members of the University Choir were on hand Saturday, November 7th, to welcome middle school students whose words were used as texts in Doc’s oratorio, A Child’s Requiem.Early in the composition process, Doc sent out a call to schools nationwide, to better understand the perspectives and attitudes of children who experience violence in their neighborhoods. Two schools – the Swain School in Allentown, PA, and the Hamilton Disston School in Philadelphia, PA – were particularly helpful. Many of these students’ poignant words would directly make their way into the oratorio, giving A Child’s Requiem its signature impact.

As a small token of our gratitude, these students were treated to a fun afternoon and evening on Lehigh’s campus with members of the Choir. After introductions over lunch at Upper Cort, all traveled down the hill to the bookstore, where each student picked out a Lehigh t-shirt to bring home with them. Ice cream at the Cup came next, followed by a campus tour, led by our very own John Larson, ’17. Stops on the tour included Linderman Library, Lamberton Hall and Hawk’s Nest, and the Asa Packer statue outside of the Alumni Memorial Building.

child req asaAfter dinner at Rathbone, the students attended the evening’s performance, and were specially recognized during the applause (and received a standing ovation!). The day ended with a dessert social in Zoellner’s Black Box with President Simon.

All of the students had a fantastic time– many asked for individual pictures with Doc, and wanted Choir members to sign their programs!

I remember thinking that they should have been signing our programs. They were the real stars of the evening. It was an honor to spend the day with them, and to have been a part of their first memories of Lehigh.

Special thanks to our very own Hayley Goodman, ’18, for organization/coordination of the event, and for making such a memorable day possible for these students!


Winter Choir Camp vs. Winter Storm Jonas

For 60+ years, the University Choir has held retreats before coming back to class in the fall.  More recently, we have started a tradition of returning prior to the January start of classes.  Very few choir camps, however, have been so affected by massive snowstorms. It’s a testament to the bonds of this group that members of the University Choir braved winter storm Jonas and trekked across campus, while most people would have rather curled up on a couch at home.

We made the best of it, though, and the best of it turned out to be pretty great. Doc realized there was no place for us go beside rehearsal – so we accomplished what singers at Lehigh have always done: we made music!  And also went sledding, as you can see from the photo.  

Seeing the Valley’s heaviest snowstorm in decades with friends made this an unforgettable choir camp

Lehigh Choral Arts in Carnegie Hall

It wasn’t just about football during Rivalry 150 weekend in New York. One of the highlights was a Lehigh University Choral Arts performance at Carnegie Hall. The group, accompanied by a full orchestra, presented Carmina amoris, a choral symphony composed by Steven Sametz, the Ronald J. Ulrich professor of music