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Kearsarge Chorale Presents 'An American Songbag: A Celebration of Our Folksong Heritage'

Kearsarge Chorale presents “An American Songbag: A Celebration of Our Folksong Heritage” on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Sawyer Center Theater at the Sawyer Fine and Performing Arts Center. The 60-singer ensemble, accompanied by a brass quintet and pianist, will perform choral and instrumental folk music by America composers including Daniel Kallman, William Dawson, Gwyneth Walker and Aaron Copeland. Concert seating is by general admission with a suggested donation of $10.

“An American Songbag” is the first performance by the Kearsarge Chorale since an autonomous agreement was signed last spring between Colby-Sawyer and the Chorale. Created to enhance the college's music curriculum and provide a permanent performance venue for the Chorale, the agreement has expanded opportunities for student musicians and area residents. Under the terms of the agreement, Colby-Sawyer students are eligible to audition for membership in the Chorale and receive academic credit and recognition as Kearsarge Chorale Honors Vocalists.

Founded in 2009, the nonprofit Chorale is comprised of volunteer regional musicians performing under the artistic direction of David L. Almond. Almond has extensive experience as a teacher, lecturer, baritone soloist, accompanist, conductor and composer. He is an associate of the American Guild of Organists and he is Worship Music Committee Resource Person for the N.H. Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Through his role as the Chorale's artistic director, Almond also serves as adjunct professor at the college.

Colby-Sawyer students, faculty, staff and the local community are invited to audition by appointment beginning January 19, 2015. Accepted singers will perform at the ensemble's April 26, 2015 concert “Songs of Spring.” To schedule an interview or for more information about the Kearsarge Chorale contact Director Almond at 603-526-3787 or

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