Percussion Ensemble and Women's Choir to perform

Northwestern College’s Women’s Choir and Percussion Ensemble will perform a wide variety of music at a concert on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature two pieces sung by the Women’s Choir and accompanied by the Percussion Ensemble. Mungu ni Mwema, Swahili for God is Good, was composed by Katie Gard, a senior music ministry major from Fergus Falls, Minn. J’entends le Moulin is a French folksong by Donald Patriquin.

The Women’s Choir’s repertoire will also include Rene Clausen’s Set Me as a Seal, Bring Me Home by Joseph Barker, folksong Los Bilbilicos and two pieces from Johannes Brahms’ Opus 12: Come Away, Death and Song From Ossian’s Fingal. The ensemble will also sing Psalm 120, a piece composed last year by Northwestern’s director of music ministries, Dr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, in Hebrew.

Among the works to be performed by the Percussion Ensemble are The Chromatic Foxtrot by George Hamilton Green, featuring a xylophone solo by junior elementary education major Rachael Mullin of Corning, Iowa, and Scott Johnson’s Marimba Suite, which consists of three sections featuring African marimba, chorale and West African music. Concerto for Piano and Percussion Orchestra by David Gillingham will include a piano solo by sophomore music major Sarah Shively of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Kathleen Kropp, a junior music education major from Limon, Colo., will be the piano accompanist for the concert.

The Women’s Choir is directed by Dr. Linell Gray Moss, adjunct voice instructor at Northwestern. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and completed her undergraduate studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Daniel Duffield, adjunct percussion instructor at Northwestern, directs the Percussion Ensemble. He earned a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance and education at the University of Iowa and is currently completing his master’s degree in music performance from the University of South Dakota.