C of I announces spring choral concert

The College of Idaho’s Department of Music is pleased to announce its 2012 spring choral concert, set for 7:30 p.m. April 5 inside Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The evening will feature the C of I Chorale, Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz groups performing music of great American composers including William Billings, Randall Thompson, William Dawson, Aaron Copland, Irving Fine and Eric Whitacre. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. For more information, visit

"We traditionally perform a lot of European music, but we thought it would be nice to look at the tradition of American choral composition,” said C of I music professor and choral director Brent Wells. “This concert does a great job of that because it spans from the Colonial work of William Billings all the way to the very contemporary compositions of Eric Whitacre.”

It has been a busy spring for the C of I Chorale, which performed Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem alongside the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra and Master Chorale under the direction of Maestro Robert Franz on March 23 and 24 in Nampa and Boise. The spring concert also will feature a selection from that collaboration.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit