McDaniel College hosts student musical performances

Members of the McDaniel College Madrigal Singers.
April 23, 2013

Students at McDaniel College participate in a variety of spring musical performances at the college, which are free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599. Visit for information about McDaniel’s Music department.

Here are the concert and performances to be held April 28-May 6. Check Hill Happenings for events from now through the end of May.  

The College Choir Concert is 7 p.m. April 28 in Baker Memorial Chapel. Under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, professor and department chair of the Music department, the college choir presents “Songs of Conflict and Reconciliation” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, specifically the Battles of Gettysburg and Antietam.

Student soloists perform, including senior Lisa Staples of Burtonsville, Md.; sophomores Matthew Butt of Marriottsville, Md., and Foster McDaniel of Hendersonville, Tenn., and freshmen Daniel Beane of Bel Air, Md.; Rachel Brown of Monkton, Md.; Erica Cichetti of Hanover, Pa.; Joshua Harding of Federalsburg, Md.; Malcolm Jones of Annapolis, Md.; Jennifer Litzinger of West Windsor, N.J.; Morgan Stanback of North Highlands, Calif., and Melissa Williams of New Windsor, Md. A student percussion ensemble comprised of senior Bernadette Jankowski of Hampstead, Md.; junior Madeline Jackowski of Cumberland, Md., and freshman Norman Lezama of Rockville, Md., accompanies the choir on a work based on Walt Whitman’s poem “Beat, Beat Drums.” Seniors Monika Lemke of Westminster, Md., and Veronica Lathroum of Linthicum Heights, Md., are featured on flute.

Other featured works are Peter Wilhousky’s arrangement of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and his lesser-known arrangement of “When Johnnie Comes Marching Home.”

Senior Lisa Staples, student conductor, conducts Oscar Peterson’s jazz anthem, “Hymn to Freedom,” accompanied by senior Charles Eron of Hanover, Pa., on piano, junior Kevin Alexander of Bethesda, Md., on bass, and McDaniel alumnus Aaron Donato of Reisterstown, Md., on drums. 

The concert also includes premieres of several short new arrangements by Boudreaux of Civil War songs, including “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the Boys are Marching,” “Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground,” “Hard Times Come Again No More,” and “Goober Peas.”

Pianist David Kreider, music senior lecturer at McDaniel, will accompany the choir joined by McDaniel College organist Ted Dix and Nick Reider, adjunct faculty member in music, on trumpet.

A benefit recital by the members of Beta Alpha Chi is 1 p.m. May 4 in Baker Memorial Chapel. Members of Beta Alpha Chi, the music honor society at McDaniel College, perform a benefit concert that is free and open to the public, although donations will be collected to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Performers are seniors Kirsten Bickford of Sykesville, Md.; Charles Eron of Hanover, Pa.; Hanna Martin of New Windsor, Md., and Lisa Staples of Burtonsville, Md.; junior Luis Ortiz of Providence, R.I., and sophomore Victoria Mansfield of Mount Airy, Md.

Among the selections they will perform are Jason Robert Brown’s “Stars and the Moon” (Martin), the folk song, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” (Martin and Staples), Benjamin Britten’s “The Last Rose of Summer” (Staples), Hindemith Sonata for Flute Movement 3, Sehr Lebhaft (Bickford and Mansfield), and some of Mozart’s piano sonatas (Mansfield).

Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop Performance is 7 p.m. May 5 in WMC Alumni Hall. The Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop class at McDaniel performs “FREDENSTEIN” or “In your face, my brother,” under the direction of Kyle Engler, senior Music lecturer. Robin Armstrong, associate professor of Music at McDaniel, serves as musicologist and narrator.

The program includes “Soave Trio” from Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” “One More Kiss” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” “We Can Do It” from Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” “I Have a Song to Sing” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeoman of the Guard,” “Sensitivity” and “Love Song” from Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer’s “Once Upon a Mattress,” among others.

The class, which is comprised of music and theatre students, includes seniors Caitlin Bennett of Bothell, Wash.; Yichong Angel Li of Nanjing, China; Hanna Martin of New Windsor, Md., and Mara Seibert of Laurel, Md., sophomore Lucas Frangou of Silver Spring, Md., and freshmen Erna Hammond of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Melissa Williams of New Windsor, Md.

An Evening of Madrigals is 7:30 p.m. May 6 in Baker Chapel. Sophomores Matthew Butt of Marriottsville, Md.; Foster McDaniel of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Erin Morris of Crofton, Md., and freshmen Clarissa Balint of Mount Rainier, Md.; Rachel Brown of Monkton, Md.; Erna Hammond of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Joshua Harding of Federalsburg, Md.; Malcolm Jones of Annapolis, Md.; Joanne McCoy of Bowie, Md.; Emma Richard of Denton, Md., and Melissa Williams of New Windsor, Md., make up the Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Music professor Margaret Boudreaux.

This premier vocal ensemble at McDaniel performs diverse a cappella styles covering several nations and a wide range of cultures and periods. The majority of the program consists of Renaissance music and poetry, primarily about romantic love, but other genres include vocal jazz with “Pavanne for a True Musical Prince” by Milcho Leviev and a traditional spiritual with “Steal Away” arranged by Moses Hogan. Some pieces mix time periods, such as a set of songs by modern California composer Matthew Harris based on texts by William Shakespeare, and a 17th-century piece by Henry Purcell titled “Nymphs and Shepherds,” originally a solo piece that Boudreaux has arranged for mixed voices. Another highlight is the Argentinian piece “Alma Ilanera,” which features the singers imitating instruments, as well as singing Spanish lyrics. German, Italian and French selections also will be performed and audience participation is encouraged throughout the program.