The Franklin & Marshall Chamber Singers collaborated with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in four performances at the Fulton Opera House last month, marking the fifth consecutive year that F&M students have performed with the professional group.
Members of the Millersville University Chorale and the Elizabethtown College Concert Choir joined the Chamber Singers in the 135-member Lancaster Symphony Chorus. The group's performances, held the weekend of Nov. 13-15, included Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and J.S. Bach's Motet No. 3, Jesu, Meine Freude.
William Wright, choral conductor at F&M, also serves as chorusmaster of the Lancaster Symphony Chorus. He says the students' collaboration with the professional symphony was a prime example of the liberal arts in action.
"Many of our best singers aren't even music majors," Wright says. "I like the slogan 'we do the liberal arts.' That's what this is. It's a life-changing experience for many of them, and supports the academic study in the classroom."
The Chamber Singers began practicing for the performances in September, and the choirs had joint rehearsals during the final week before the event. Wright sees benefits for everyone involved.
"The beauty of choral singing is that it's greater than the sum of its parts," Wright says. "You can really see the music come alive. This is a win-win situation for the students, the local community and F&M."