Timothy Cierpke, founding director, says that the concert will feature both classical and modern choral music gleaned from the group’s ten year performance history.
The Master Chorale was formed in order to provide another venue for graduates who wanted to continue to grow musically while continuing their involvement with the University and for community singers who were looking a place to enjoy choral singing.
The organization provides a variety of secular and sacred music which is challenging, stimulating and accessible. Membership in the group appeals to those who have a desire to sing the best music of all time as well as to improve themselves vocally and musically for professional church music ministry. For others, the chorale provides an outlet for those who want a musical challenge beyond what is normally available in their community.
Jonathan Taylor, founding member, joined the group in order to continue a lifelong involvement with choral music. He states, “I enjoy being part of Trevecca’s Master Chorale because we sing real choral music from a variety of time periods. I continue to be a member because I grow as a singer and because being around young people helps to keep me young.” Jon contributes background information on the music and the composers as well as translations which appear in the performance programs.
Steve and LuAnn Clothier auditioned for the chorale after reading an announcement in a local paper. They have been chorale members for the past nine years. Steve, a baritone with a strong vocal background, says that he keeps returning because of the variety and the musical challenge that requires him to improve. He reports that the “hard work” is fun. LuAnn’s piano and voice lessons provided her with a solid background in music, but the small-membership churches where she is most comfortable cannot provide the same musical opportunities as does Trevecca’s Master Chorale. She commented that the people as much as the music keep her coming back.
Others, like charter member Rick Lord and six-year member Donna Reagan, echo the same response: a challenge to grow musically and personally keeps bringing them back.
Dr. Cierpke’s musical children are often part of the chorale. Son Tenor, who sings tenor, has been part of the group since the beginning. Daughters Timbre and Treble participate also. Timbre, a soprano, has been part of the group for several years, and Treble, a soprano, participates as her schedule allows.
“It has been a very gratifying experience to lead this group of students, former students and community members,” states Dr. Cierpke, who will honor the chorale at a reception following the spring concert. Each of the current members has received a keepsake musical score of the evening’s music.