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Masterworks Chorale

The Masterworks Chorale is the Eastern Panhandle’s premiere vocal ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Rachel Carlson. This fall, they will be performing Handel’s Messiah. The concert will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Frank Center Theater.

The Masterworks Chorale meets Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30 pm in the Frank Arts Center rehearsal hall. The 100-member vocal ensemble, comprised of Shepherd University vocal students and members from the surrounding community, presents two full-length concerts per year of great masterpieces from the choral literature with soloists and orchestra.

Auditions take place at the beginning of every semester, during the first week of classes. Please contact Dr. Rachel Carlson via email if you are interested in auditioning.

Previously performed works:
Spring 2019: Johan de Meij’s Symphony no. 5: Return to Middle Earth (East coast premiere)
Fall 2018: Handel’s The King Shall Rejoice, Bach’s Cantata no. 150 and Mass in G Major
Spring 2018: Scott Gendel’s Barbara Allen (East coast premiere)
Fall 2017: Mendelssohn Psalm 42 and Fauré Requiem
Spring 2017: Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Fall 2016: Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Magnificat
Spring 2016: Mozart Requiem
Fall 2015: Rutter Gloria, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, and Paul Winter Earth Mass
Spring 2015: Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
Fall 2014: Handel Messiah
Spring 2014: Bach Mass in B Minor
Fall 2013: Handel Coronation Anthems and Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Spring 2013: Mozart Mass in C Minor
Fall 2012: Schubert Mass No. 2 in G Major and Faure Requiem
Spring 2012: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Rossini Stabat Mater
Fall 2011: Sibelius Finlandia, Brahms Alto Rhapsody, and Beethoven Mass in C
Spring 2011: Tarik O’Regan Triptych and Haydn The Creation
Fall 2010: Handel Messiah
Spring 2010: Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Fall 2009: Mozart Requiem (Levin completion)
Spring 2009: Orff Carmina Burana
Spring 2008: Bach St. John Passion
Spring 2007: Verdi Requiem
Spring 2006: Mendelssohn Elijah