The spring choral concert by Bismarck State College moves to a venue at the University of Mary this year, where BSC’s choirs and vocal ensembles will perform Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Annunciation of Our Lady Chapel.
BSC Choral Director Andrew Miller has arranged for guest conductor Dr. P. Bradley Logan to rehearse the ensembles and direct several pieces. Logan was Miller’s choral director and mentor at Bemidji State University, where Miller earned his degree.
“The space has brilliant acoustics and is a way for the BSC Music program to honor our articulation agreement with the U-Mary Music Department,” Miller said about the location. “This is also a special experience for me and my students, as Dr. Logan is an exceptional conductor and clinician.”
The program includes four original compositions by Miller arranged for the BSC Concert Choir, Women’s Ensemble, and Chamber Singers, all directed by Miller, and the Men’s Ensemble, directed by Dawn Hagerott, assistant professor of music.
Selections include the familiar “Shall We Gather at the River” by Robert Lowry to the traditional church canon, spirituals, and songs from Gaelic and Scottish folk. A number of student soloists are performing along with several guest soloists.
Logan is active in the American Choral Director’s Association. His career as a guest conductor and lecturer has taken him across the country. He conducted the Bemidji Choir at the Third International Festival of Choirs in Siena, Italy, in 2001, as well as the Rothenburg Choral Festival in Germany in 2005. His collegiate choirs have performed for several state music conventions and tour every three years to Europe.
A reception with refreshments follows the chapel concert inside the Benedictine Center. Find it by staying left of the U-Mary parking lots until you can go no further. The center has a tall stone steeple with three bells.