We ended our 44th season on Saturday, April 22, at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, with Some Enchanted Evening. We celebrated the end of season 44, and the end of an amazing three years with our former Conductor, Andrea VanDeusen.
The performance started with "It's A Grand Night For Singing" followed by Rodgers and Hammerstein's, "It Might As Well Be Spring", performed by Brietta Allen.
The men of the chorale performed "There is Nothin' Like A Dame" (you can watch the performance on our Facebook page!), followed by Rodgers and Hammerstein's, "I'm gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair", performed by Anne Schmitt. "Some Enchanted Evening", "Oklahoma!", and "Getting To Know You" followed. Several chorale members pictured below performed solos, duets, and quartets from well known musicals.
The evening wrapped up with "The Sound of Music" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". As the performance came to a close, the chorale honored Andrea VanDeusen's time, leadership, and dedication to the chorale.
Andrea is “home grown” - - - born in Hillsdale County. She sang for the Arts Chorale founder, Howard Rizner, in the Youth Chorale and also former Conductor, David Boswell, at Hillsdale High School. She's obtained two degrees from two universities, traveled the world, and is now a Doctor! It has truly been a blessing to have Andrea here with us the last three years, and she will be missed.
She recently accepted a position at East Carolina University as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education. Located in Greenville, North Carolina, the East Carolina University boasts an enrollment of over 29,000 students and more than 5,800 faculty (over 5,801 now)! Their mission is “to be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation” which includes “improving quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics. The Chorale would like to wish Dr. Andrea VanDeusen all the best as she works with her colleagues to achieve this mission.
Season 45 is upon us! New things are coming our (and your) way! Enjoy this beautiful season, and we will see you in the fall!