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Marylhurst Choirs to Sing at Carnegie Hall in 2015

University Choral Director Will Conduct Multi-Choir Mozart Performance

If it takes practice to get to Carnegie Hall, it also takes opportunity. In 2015, practice and opportunity will converge for a select group of Marylhurst University students when they get the chance to sing in the famed New York City venue.

Members of the Marylhurst Chorale, comprised of Marylhurst music majors and students from other areas of study, will perform at Carnegie Hall February 15, 2015, along with university choruses from throughout the country, under the direction of Justin Smith, Marylhurst's director of choral activities. The combined choirs will join with a professional orchestra to perform Mozart's "Solemn Vespers."

"This is an amazing opportunity for our Marylhurst music students, and a testament to their talent and dedication," said Smith. "No question, 2014 is going to be a highly energizing year, preparing our choir to sing on such a prominent national stage."

Smith is working with the concert producer to recruit additional choruses for the performance in advance of beginning formal rehearsals in fall 2014.

Details are still preliminary, but as part of the New York City trip, the Marylhurst Chorale will perform at several Manhattan venues after its debut at Carnegie Hall.

The Marylhurst Department of Music offers undergraduate degrees in music, composition and music therapy. Both the Marylhurst Chorale and Choral Union, a non-auditioned community chorus, are open to current students and community members.

For more information about joining either choral group or applying for fall 2014 admission to the music department (deadline for the latter is January 27), contact Justin Smith at jsmith@marylhurst.edu.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves nearly 1,400 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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