The Cardinal Chorale has chosen local singers for membership in the 24th Edition of its mission as “Choral ambassadors of hope.” Drew Alzner and MaryBeth Brown of Big Walnut High School were among the auditioned singers from across Ohio who participated in the 8-day Cardinal Chorale Music Workshop, July 21-28 on the campus of Muskingum University, New Concord.
The theme for this year’s Workshop was titled “Dream a World,” and was designed to lift the spirits of audience members and encourage the singers to explore what they can do to make the world a brighter place.
After converging at Muskingum on July 21st, Chorale members spent eight days in rehearsals, preparing a public performance of some of the repertoire they will sing in concerts and take on tour during the 2018-2019 season. The experience culminated in the group’s premiere concert on Saturday, July 28 in Sandra Wolfe Thompson Theatre in Caldwell Hall, on the campus of Muskingum University.
The Chorale’s Workshop was led by the Chorale staff and artistic director Charles R. Snyder, Coshocton. Mr. Snyder is the director of music at The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton, and music director and conductor of the Coshocton Community Choir, a 100-voice auditioned ensemble he founded in 1971. He also conducts The Coshocton Singers, a regional choir for young singers in grades 4-8 that he organized in 1987. In 2002, he created the Coshocton Youth Chorale, a high school ensemble that includes 56 singers from several counties. A faculty member of Muskingum University’s annual Choral YouthFest since 1993, Mr. Snyder has also been a member of Muskingum’s voice faculty. In the spring of 2005, Mr. Snyder was on the Muskingum campus, teaching voice and serving as director of choral activities during the sabbatical of Professor Robert Owen Jones.