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Holly Oberlin
  • music and public relations
  • Akron, OH

Holly Oberlin to perform in Heidelberg University's opening choir concert

2013 Nov 6

Heidelberg University's Concert Choir will open its 2013-14 performance season with a concert Sunday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Findlay, Ohio. Holly Oberlin of Akron, Ohio, a junior majoring in Music, is among the 51 members performing with the choir this year.

Under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell, director of choral activities and assistant professor of choral music education, the vocal ensemble will present a concert themed “British Invasion” that will include repertoire reflecting on America’s fascination with many aspects of British culture.

Several selections feature solos or accompaniment by students from the choir. Featured soloists include Collin Stump and Kristina Kamm, while organ accompaniment will be provided by sophomore Stephen Smith and senior Melissa Flowers.

Since its inception in 1938, the Concert Choir has achieved the distinction of being one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the Midwest. Open to all Heidelberg students, regardless of major, the Concert Choir rehearses three times each week and performs more than 15 concerts each year, including a domestic tour and a performance of Handel's “Messiah” as part of Heidelberg’s Christmas concert at Tiffin’s Ritz Theatre for the Performing Arts. Students are selected by audition; the choir is open to students of any major.

Ramsdell is in his third year as the Concert Choir’s director. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, he teaches undergraduate courses in conducting and secondary choral methods. He also teaches graduate courses in curriculum development, research in music education and music theory.

Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers 32 majors, 30 minors and 10 pre-professional programs, awarding the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music degrees , as well as master’s degrees in education, counseling, business administration and music. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Heidelberg has been ranked for 26 consecutive years as one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. For more information visit the web site at www.heidelberg.edu.