University of Dubuque Music Faculty Member, Dr. Charles Barland to present A Celebration of the British Musical Tradition

Jan 21, 2014 | Kristi Lynch

University of Dubuque music professor and University Organist, Dr. Charles Barland, will present A Celebration of the British Musical Tradition at Wartburg Theological Seminary on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.  The recital will take place in the Seminary’s Loehe Chapel, and will feature organ works of British composers and traditions along with choral works by the University of Dubuque Concert Choir, also under the direction of Dr. Barland.


WHO: Charles Barland, organ, and the University of Dubuque Concert Choir

WHAT: A Celebration of the British Musical Tradition

WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Loehe Chapel, Wartburg Theological Seminary



Featuring the works of Nigel Ogden, George Frideric Handel, Alfred Hollins, Felix Mendelssohn, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Stanley Vann, this one-hour recital will explore and celebrate organ and choral works of Great Britain throughout history. The recital is an encore of Dr. Barland’s performance at St. Dunstan-in-the-West in London, England on January 15, 2014, performed in conjunction with a study abroad course taken by University of Dubuque students this January titled Art & Culture of England, taught by Barland and visual arts professor Alan Garfield.


The performance will also feature the University of Dubuque Concert Choir, a group comprised of 50 undergraduate students of varying majors at the University. The choir is directed by Dr. Barland and performs several concerts per year, most recently Christmas at Heritage Center, held in the University’s brand-new fine and performing arts, worship, and campus center.


Charles Barland serves as associate professor of music and head of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the University of Dubuque. In 2006 he received the Faculty of the Year Award from the University of Dubuque.  His most recent honor was being named the winner of the John Knox Coit Prize for excellence in teaching and advising, the highest award given to faculty by the University of Dubuque.


In addition to his duties at the University of Dubuque, he is an active member of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board, serving on the artistic advisory committee and the education committee and is Dean of the Dubuque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He serves as an organist at several churches including St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (Dubuque), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Dubuque), and Queen of the Rosary Chapel (Sinsinawa, Wisconsin).  He has also been a volunteer in the Big Brothers program in Dubuque.


A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Charles Barland earned the bachelor of arts degree at Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin, the master of arts degree at the University of Iowa, and the doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Kansas.


This event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. For more information, visit University of Dubuque’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts website at