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This summer, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music invites you to sing Faure's Requiem with others from the community. This Summer Community Sing provides an opportunity for local singers to gather together for a unique learning opportunity. With professional instruction from Dr. Mary Hopper, director of the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale and Men’s Glee Club, and accompaniment by Dr. Edward Zimmerman on Organ and other guest artists. You will be challenged to new levels of vocal expression and communal music making.

Join us on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 7:30 PM in Edman Memorial Chapel. Admission is FREE, and you can bring your own music scores or get one here with no extra charge. No RSVP is necessary

Community singing allows people to be fellow musicians while removing the anxieties of having to perform at a concert. Most notably, Handel’s Messiah sing-alongs have been popular around Christmas time for bringing families and friends together. 

Summer Sing 2019 is our second summertime community sing, and anyone can join! Basic sight-reading proficiency is recommended. We invite local choirs, schools, and churches to come together without any charge. Our Voice faculty and Music Camp students will also join and share their talents. Although this event is primarily to make music, you are also welcome to watch and support.

The approximate time of Faure’s Requiem is 40 minutes. Music scores will be provided for free, even though we recommend bringing your own. Dr. Mary Hopper will lead the rehearsal as the conductor. We will spend the first part of the evening to warm up and rehearse our chorus movements. After that, we will run through the entire work with soloist soprano Stephanie Choidras joining us to sing the arias.

 

Mary Hopper, conductor

Mary Hopper, Professor of Choral Music and Director of Performance Studies at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, conducts the Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Chorale and is a frequent conductor for the Wheaton Opera production. Both of her choirs have appeared on ACDA conferences. The Women’s Chorale has been invited to sing at two National Conferences (Salt Lake City and New York City) and four Central Division Conferences. The Men’s Glee Club appeared on an Illinois ACDA State Fall Conference and Illinois Music Educator’s Conference under Dr. Hopper’s leadership. Read more about Dr. Hopper.

Edward Zimmerman, Organ

Edward Zimmerman is Professor of Music at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, counterpoint, and church music. He is also Conservatory Director of Academic Studies. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he studied with the late Russell Saunders. He holds additional degrees from James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and Hampden-Sydney College. An accomplished church musician, he has held long tenures as minister of music at churches in Virginia and Illinois. His work on the liturgical music of French organist, Félix-Alexandre Guilmant, has been published in the anthology, French Organ Music from the Revolution to Franck and Widor. He currently maintains an active performance schedule, including appearances in England and on the Continent, and the Far East, as well as a schedule of solo concerts across the USA.

Stephanie Choidras, soprano 

Soprano, Stephanie Choidras graduated from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a degree in vocal performance May, 2019. She won first prize for her vocal performance in the 2018 Wheaton College Concerto Competition. (This is all I know about SC)

Edman Memorial Chapel is at 401 E. Franklin on the campus of Wheaton College.
Free parking is available in the surface lot immediately behind (north of) the chapel.

From the South

  • If using I-55, take I-355 just beyond Bolingbrook, then continue according to directions “From the East.”
  • If using I-88, take exit 127 and turn north onto Freedom Dr.
  • The first major light is Warrenville Rd., less than 1/4 mile. Turn right (east) onto Warrenville Rd..
  • Proceed about 1/3 of a mile to Naperville Rd. (first traffic light). Turn left (north) onto Naperville
  • Stay on Naperville Rd. for about 3-1/2 miles. When you get to Roosevelt Rd. remain on Naperville Rd. through the traffic light to Illinois St.
  • At Illinois St turn right (east) and proceed 1 block to Washington St.
  • Turn left (north) onto Washington St and proceed north approximately 6 blocks over the railroad tracks to the Wheaton College campus. Stay on Washington.
  • Edman Chapel is on your right at the northeast corner of Washington & Franklin St.

From the North

  • From North Ave (Rt. 64) and Schmale Rd. take Schmale Rd. south into Wheaton.
  • Schmale Rd. becomes Main St Wheaton at Geneva Rd. Continue past Geneva Rd. another 1 mile to Harrison St (traffic light)
  • Turn left (east) onto Harrison and proceed approximately 2 blocks to Washington St.
  • Proceed two blocks and you will see the back of Edman Chapel. Before you reach the building.

From the West

  • Take Roosevelt Rd. (Rt. 38) to Wheaton.
  • Turn left (north) onto Naperville Rd. (traffic light) and proceed 2 blocks to Illinois St.
  • At Illinois St turn right (east) and proceed 1 block to Washington St.
  • Turn left (north) on Washington St and proceed north approximately 6 blocks over the railroad tracks to the Wheaton College campus. Stay on Washington.
  • Edman Chapel is on your right at the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin St.
  • Proceed another half block north to the parking lot just north of the chapel, on your right.

From the East

  • If using I-355, take exit 24 and turn west onto Roosevelt Rd. (Rt. 38), and stay on Roosevelt through Glen Ellyn.
  • Take Roosevelt Rd. (Rt. 38) to Wheaton.
  • When you get to Wheaton, continue past President St (traffic light) just under 1/2 mile and turn right (north) onto Washington St (no traffic light or stop sign).
  • Proceed north approximately 8 blocks over the railroad tracks to the Wheaton College campus. Stay on Washington.
  • Edman Chapel is on your right at the northeast corner of Washington & Franklin St.
  • Proceed another half block north to the parking lot just north of the chapel, on your right.