HHS Chamber Choir and Exultate present spring choral concert”How Can I Keep from Singing?” is the theme for this year’s spring choral concert featuring Hudson High School’s vocal ensembles, Exultate and Chamber Choir.
”How Can I Keep from Singing?” is the theme for this year’s spring choral concert featuring Hudson High School’s vocal ensembles, Exultate and Chamber Choir.
The 720-voice Chamber Choir and 24-voice Exulate will present a variety of choral literature Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the HHS Performing Arts Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The choirs will perform a variety of choral classics such as Scarlatti’s “Exultate Deo,” Josquin de Prez’s “Tu pauperum refugium” and choral music by contemporary composers, including: Five Hebrew love songs by Eric Whitacre, “Bogoroditse devo” by Arvo Pärt and “Hymn to the Eternal Flame” by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus. The choirs will also perform selections from “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.
Chamber Choir is the premier vocal ensemble at Hudson High School. Comprised of auditioned voices in grades 11-12, this ensemble serves as the flagship choral ensemble within a department consisting of six choirs and over 300 students. Under the direction of Andrew Haase, Chamber Choir has appeared at numerous choral festivals throughout the mid-west and Texas. In addition to performing throughout the community, Chamber Choir also tours internationally every two years. Previous tours include Costa Rica, and most recently Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria in March of 2010.
Haase is the Director of Choral Activities at Hudson High School where he conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Exultate, Men’s Ensemble and serves as Music Director for the annual musical. Haase also serves as associate conductor of the River City Symphony Orchestra, who collaborates with the HHS Choral Department for the annual Home for the Holidays concert. Haase received his Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal music education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a Master of Music degree in Conducting and Choral Literature from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.
In addition to his duties at Hudson High School, Haase also serves as Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church and is the founding director of the 130-voice Hudson Community Choir, established in the summer of 2009.