Next month, the University of North Georgia Singers and the Le Belle Voci all-female ensemble will tour the United Kingdom under the direction of Dr. John M. Broman, who has taught at UNG for 21 years, serves as the university's director of choral studies and is a professor of music. Broman talks about the upcoming tour and the university's singing groups.
Where will the university's choirs perform during the upcoming tour?
The UNG Singers, the university's primary touring choral ensemble and musical ambassadors, and Le Belle Voci will give performances in Auchterarder, Scotland, Market Rasen, England, and Gainsborough, England. The tour begins on March 14, and the singers will return on March 23. The singers tour every other year and take trips overseas every four years. We began visiting England in 1997 and added Scotland to the tour in 2009.
The program includes a variety of styles, from sacred music like Michael Haydn's "Alleluia" and Guy Forbes' "Ave Maria" to contemporary songs like Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" and Frank Sinatra's "I've Got the World on a String."
Do the university's choirs perform locally?
The singers traditionally start their tour with a local performance. The UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci will kick off their tour Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Church Choir Festival at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and features the UNG Singers, Le Belle Voci, and the Corps of Cadets' Patriot Choir, as well as a mass choir of more than 175 voices including singers from four area church choirs.
Upon their return, the UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci will present two "Homecoming" concerts on April 1 and April 2. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. Also in April, the groups will combine with choirs from Brenau University and Lumpkin County High School to present "Choral Explosion #12" on Sunday, April 14 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Cleveland. That program begins at 7 p.m.
What singing groups does UNG offer? Is membership exclusive to students pursuing degrees in music?
UNG offers a full range of choral ensembles: Large and small mixed groups, including a mixed choir based on the Gainesville campus; a women's ensemble; and a men's ensemble. The university's choirs and ensembles are open to all UNG students by audition.
The UNG Singers, a mixed ensemble, performs a wide variety of literature, ranging from choral masterpieces to shorter works from the main periods in music history. In addition to touring, the group also performs on campus and throughout the area.
The Patriot Choir, composed of students in university’s Corps of Cadets, performs men's music from the standard choral repertory. In addition to presenting concerts both on and off campus, this ensemble performs for numerous military, athletic, and university events each term.
Le Belle Voci, a select women's ensemble, performs a wide variety of literature from the main periods of music history and typically tours with the UNG Singers.