University of Toledo choral students and faculty perform in Scotland

Posted Jul 10th, 2019 by Angela Riddel  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Community Interest, Toledo.com


Five University of Toledo choir students, as well as several UToledo faculty, traveled through Scotland this past June as a part of a tour with Perform International. The tour, led by UToledo assistant professor of voice, Dr. Brad Pierson, included time in Inverness, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, as well as an afternoon in Ayr and Alloway.

The students sang as a part of the American Burns Choir, an ad hoc choir of amateur singers from all around the United States. The choir performed music with lyrics by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, as well as a collection of traditional drinking songs.

Performances were held at the Robert Burns Museum in Alloway, as well as the Blair Athol and Glen Ord whiskey distilleries, plus the Scotia bar in Glasgow, and the Dalriada bar on the beach in Edinburgh. The performances at the two pubs were part of “Trad Nights”—or evenings of traditional music—and the choir was joined by local musicians in their performance of traditional Scots music.

UToledo choral students on the tour included Sterling Wisniewski (Music Education, 2022), Caris Croy (Theatre/Music, 2020), Cheyenne Kastura (Media Communications, 2021), Karina Gibson (Paralegal Studies, 2022), and Madeline Repka (Psychology, 2022). Amanda Rasey, artistic director for the University of Toledo Children’s Choir, also went.

In addition to the students, several UToledo faculty members from the Department of Pharmacy Practice joined the tour as a part of the choir including associate professor, Michelle Seegert; associate professor, Megan Kaun; and assistant professor, Sarah Petite.

Visit the UT Department of Music online at http://www.utoledo.edu/al/svpa/music/
Follow the UToledo Choirs on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/toledochoirs/

Dr. Brad Pierson
Director of Choral Activities
The University of Toledo, Department of Music

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