Gender choirs to perform together

October 31, 2014
Gender Choir

PLATTEVILLE – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's two gender choirs will perform on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. The concert is open to university students, faculty, staff and community members.

The concert will feature performances by Coro D'Angeli, a 39-member, advanced women's chorus at UW-Platteville, and Singing Pioneers, a 49-member, advanced men's chorus at UW-Platteville, both directed by Dr. Bob Demaree, professor of music and director of choral activities at UW-Platteville. The choirs will be accompanied by Rob Shepherd, lecturer at UW-Platteville, on piano and Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, assistant professor at UW-Platteville, on bassoon.

There will be a wide variety of musical styles represented in the program, including classical works by Heinrich Schütz and Franz Schubert; folk songs such as “Shenandoah” and “Simple Gifts;” spirituals and gospel hymns such as “Deep River” and “Shout Glory!;” a vocal jazz version of “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music;” and a tribute to the Beatles' 50th anniversary trip to the United States.

“Very few universities in the UW System have both men's and women's choirs,” said Demaree. “To present these repertoires, side by side, twice a year, is really a great thing. These choirs exist to showcase the unique natures of single-gender choirs. While male singing has existed on campus for more than 100 years consecutively, the Coro D'Angeli was only founded in 1997, and has provided a consistent level of excellent achievement for women ever since.”

“Music helps to teach both an appreciation of art and emotional intelligence and awareness,” said Demaree. “These are things that help develop good world citizens – people who will support the same ideals for their children.”

Both Coro D'Angeli and Singing Pioneers tour regularly and perform repertoire showcasing a variety of historical genres and styles. Members of these ensembles also frequently sing with a mixed choir.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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