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Auditions Now Open for Orpheus Singers

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Orpheus Singers performing at Palmer Museum of Art

The Orpheus Singers, an auditioned chamber choir comprising community members and Penn State students, is looking to recruit new members.

Founded and conducted by School of Music faculty member Christopher Kiver, the 32-voice choir comes together for specific projects, and has performed with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, at the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and as part of Leonard Bernstein’s "Mass," presented by Penn State in 2013.

The Orpheus Singers will once again join forces with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra to perform Handel's "Messiah" in two performances — at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Schwab Auditorium and at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte. The performances will be conducted by Christopher Kiver and feature Penn State alumna Lisa Rogali, soprano, and Penn State voice faculty member Ted Christopher, bass.

Rehearsals will occur on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 16 and 30 at University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College.

A dress rehearsal will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Schwab Auditorium.

Current students and community members with previous choral experience and good music reading skills (soprano, tenor, bass) are welcome to apply for an audition by contacting Kiver at or 863-4400 by Oct. 14.