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11/2/2005 Linfield choral groups to offer concert

Linfield choral groups to offer concert

McMINNVILLE – Four Linfield College choral ensembles will perform during the Fall Choral Concert on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. at the McMinnville First Baptist Church, 125 South Cowls St.

Students and community members from the Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Linfield Singers and Masterworks Chorale will be featured, with accompaniment by various instrumental musicians. The concert will be a tribute to Marion van Dyk, professor emeritus of music.

The Concert Choir, directed by Larry Marsh, professor of music, will open the program with six numbers in varied styles: "Gaudete omnes" by Sweelinck (sung in Latin), "Esto les digo" by Lange (sung in Spanish), "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Faure (sung in French), "How Can I Keep from Singing" by Stroope, "Kyrie" from "Caribbean Mass" by McClure (sung in Latin, Greek and Creole) and "Daniel, Daniel" by Moore.

Student vocal soloists include freshman Sam Dinsmore and sophomores Angelica Neidiger and Aaron Larsen. Accompanying instrumentalists are junior Chris Engbretson, piano; senior Dustin Blumenstein, marimba; junior Casey Frantum, drums; sophomore Jeff Hays, percussion; and junior Mayu Yagihashi, violin.

The Women's Vocal Ensemble will follow with three numbers conducted by Debra Huddleston, adjunct professor of music. They will sing "The Beatitudes" by California composer Janice Wilson, "An den Abendstern" by Robert Schumann, sung in German, and "May It Be" from Lord of the Rings.

The Linfield Singers, led by Marsh, will perform three acapella numbers including "Rorate coeli" by Palestrina, "There Is No Rose" by Mahy featuring soprano soloist Julie Louderback, and a highly rhythmic "Haitian Noel" by Desamores.

The concert concludes with a three-movement setting of "Gloria" by John Rutter, sung by the Masterworks Chorale under the direction of Marsh. The group is accompanied by The Festive Brass lead by Joan Paddock, professor of music, organist John Ranney and student percussionists junior Casey Frantum and senior Dustin Blumenstein. Soloists include Jackie Van Paepeghem, adjunct professor of music, Julie Louderback, Tracy Ragland, senior Jen Reardon, Robin Pederson, Dorian Herrick and Kathy McGavock.

Marion van Dyk came to Linfield College as a voice teacher and director of choral activities in 1961. Between 1961 and 1996 he also taught music theory and music history and chaired the Music Department from 1983 to 1992. Marion is best known to students and faculty as a truly dedicated teacher. During his tenure as chair, he secured a number of endowed scholarships, which enabled many worthy students to attend Linfield. He was also one of the founding members of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to his work at Linfield, van Dyk also served in music ministry at First Baptist Church in McMinnville for 35 years, retiring in 1999. In appreciation, the church commissioned an anthem on a favorite Psalm text dedicated to him at his retirement.

A faculty music studio in the new Linfield College Music Building, currently under construction, will be named in van Dyk's honor through funds provided by an anonymous donor. Alumni and friends of the college and church honored him in June with the creation of an endowed music scholarship in his name. Contributions to the Marion van Dyk Endowed Scholarship Fund can be sent to College Relations at Linfield College.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.