March 19, 2007
The Morningside College Music Department will present “Choral Ensemble Showcase,” a concert featuring the college’s Bel Canto Singers, Eclectix vocal jazz ensemble, and Singing Men of Morningside on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
The Bel Canto Singers, a choir comprised of female Morningside College students, is directed by Jill Wilson, director of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music.
Tim Watson, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Morningside, is the director of the Eclectix vocal jazz ensemble and the Singing Men of Morningside.
The Eclectix, established in 1996, is a highly selective performing group that sings an “eclectic mix” of musical styles. Jazz, pop, show tunes, and a cappella arrangements form their core repertoire. They have been featured on public radio broadcasts and at informal parties and gatherings throughout the Siouxland Community.
The Singing Men of Morningside, founded in 1997, is an all-male chorus consisting of students from a variety of majors and disciplines on the Morningside campus. They specialize in performing music from the “Morningside College Songbook” and frequently perform the national anthem at sporting events throughout Siouxland.
Wilson (right), in her first year at Morningside, earned a bachelor of music degree in music education with a choral emphasis from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and a master of music education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She currently directs the youth choirs at Augustana Lutheran Church and serves as the women’s choir repertoire and standard chair for the Iowa Choral Directors Association.
Watson (left), who came to Morningside in 2003, was previously a vocal music instructor at Le Mars Community Schools in Iowa, where he also served in an administrative position as music coordinator of the school district’s music department. Watson holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of South Dakota and a bachelor of arts degree in music education with an emphasis in vocal from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.