Rhodes Women's Chorus

Rhodes Women’s Chorus The Rhodes Women’s Chorus was founded by Dr. Diane Clark, and has been under the direction of Dr. Mona Kreitner since 2003. Under her leadership the Chorus has participated regularly in fall and spring Choral Showcase concerts and the annual Christmas at St. Mary’s, performing their own repertoire and collaborating with the Rhodes Singers. The Chorus has also enjoyed collaborations with the choirs at Grace-St. Luke’s, St. George’s, and Holy Apostles Episcopal churches, as well as the University of Memphis Collegium Musicum. Among their collaborative efforts are the “Benjamin Britten Birthday Bash” at Holy Apostles in April of 2013 and a joint concert in March of this year with the Collegium Musicum. The Women’s Chorus has been privileged to participate in master classes with noted American composers Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen, and with internationally acclaimed recording artists Anonymous 4. For our St. Mary’s performance this year, the Women’s Chorus brings you Anonymous 4’s edition of the Medieval English carol, “Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse” sung in procession. They will also sing a spirited modern setting of “Angelus ad Pastores Ait” by David Burks, and John Rutter’s charming and lovely “Candlelight Carol.” A collaboration with the women of Singers on Holst’s double-choir “Ave Maria,” lead by student conductor Sarah Catanzaro, rounds out our musical offerings.

Dr. Mona Kreitner, director Mona Kreitner has taught in the music department at Rhodes College since 2001, directing choral music for most of that tenure. A champion of new music, she has commissioned choral works from Nancy Hill Cobb and Memphis composer David Shotsberger. In addition to leading the Women’s Chorus, she teaches courses in music history and literature, and music and healing. She earned her PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of Memphis in 2007, winning the graduate document award for her dissertation A Splendid Group of American Girls: The Women Who Sang with the Sousa Band. She has presented her research at numerous scholarly conferences, including three national meetings of the Society for American Music. She is published in the Journal of that Society, and is a contributing author for the Grove Dictionary of American Music.

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