University of Dubuque Choir to Tour Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida

May 14, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

Members of the University of Dubuque’s Concert Choir will perform concerts in four U.S. states – Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida, – on an 8-day tour, beginning Monday, May 18. 

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Charles Barland, will perform a variety of sacred and secular works including Psalms, Classic works, Spirituals, and Folk Songs.  “We are very excited to travel as a choir to the Southeastern U.S.,” said Barland.  “For many of our students, this will be their first trip to these locales.  The choir is eager to share our music, meet new people, and see many wonderful sites including the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Kennedy Space Center.”

The history of music at the University of Dubuque goes back to the early part of the twentieth century.  As early as 1918, there was a co-ed choral music ensemble, a men’s glee club, a band, and an orchestra.  Beginning in the 1920s, the concert choir toured regularly.  Concerts were performed in churches and in schools throughout the Midwest.

The University of Dubuque Concert Choir has performed in 38 states, Canada and Puerto Rico under Dr. Barland’s direction including performances in New York City, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Orlando, Columbus, Chicago, Ottawa, San Francisco, Pasadena, Las Vegas, Honolulu, and San Juan.  The mixed choir consists of students of all majors, and performs 2-3 times per semester in addition to the concert tour. 

The Concert Choir’s spring tour schedule is as follows:
Monday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. – North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. – Brainerd United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, TN
Wednesday, May 20, 7:00 p.m. – Saint Simons Presbyterian Church, Saint Simons Island, GA
Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. – Rockledge Presbyterian Church, Rockledge, FL
Friday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. – Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
Saturday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. – St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Dunedin, FL
Sunday, May 24, 11:00 a.m. – St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Dunedin, FL 

All performances are free and open to the public with the exception of Tropicana Field.  A free-will offering will be collected to help with the costs of the tour.