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Manchester College music ensembles

collaborate to “jazz up” spring tour


Manchester College’s Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Singers are collaborating on a musical tour.  At Last … Jazz from Manchester College, opens Thursday, March 27 in Warsaw, Ind., then heads east to the Washington, D.C. area.

The ensembles from the northern Indiana college will perform big band, swing and gospel at schools and churches as they seek to recruit high school students for future Manchester College choir and band ensembles. Several of the stops are at Church of the Brethren congregations as Manchester celebrates its Brethren roots.

Chamber Singers is comprised of 19 students from the College’s well-traveled A Cappella Choir, which has performed in Carnegie Hall and in famous cathedrals of Italy, including at the Vatican.  The conductor is Debra Lynn, associate professor of music.

Like the Chamber Singers, the 16-member Jazz Ensemble is comprised of students majoring in a diverse variety of study. Their director is Kristine Harris, associate professor of music.

Students audition for both ensembles, and also for music scholarships. Manchester also has awarded 14 music scholarships to high school seniors who will enter the college next fall, studying in a variety of majors. For more information about the music program at Manchester College visit

Here’s the spring 2008 schedule for Last … Jazz from Manchester College:

Thursday, March 27: 10:30 a.m., Warsaw High School, Warsaw, Ind.

Thursday, March 27: 7:30 p.m., Ashland First Church of the Brethren, Ashland, Ohio

Friday, March 28:  7:30 p.m., Oakton Church of the Brethren, Vienna, Va.

Sunday, March 30:  1:30 p.m., Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren, Glen Arm, Md.

Chamber Singers: Sopranos Anna Emrick, Rachael Heath, Katie McCann, Cori Miner and Najah Monroe; altos Katherine Allen, Ayana Brown, Caitlin Haynes, Katrina Kardys and Katy McFadden; tenors Nick Kenny, Chuck Lovett, Zach Van Winkle and Joel Waggy; and basses Anthony Balagadde, Zach Blatz, David Moan, Mike Spaulding and Andrew Suhre

Jazz Ensemble:  Eric Francisco (flute), Amy Reidhaar (alto sax), Lindsey Teller (alto sax), Jena Eichenlaub (alto sax), Adam Pile (tenor sax), Nicholas Kenny (trumpet), Nicole Anderson (trumpet), Andrew Suhre (trombone), Tom Airgood (trombone), Stephanie Green (piano), Kassi Musick (bass), Micah Sollenberger (guitar), Jason Anschutz (auxiliary percussion), and Joshua Faudree (drumset)



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