Wittenberg Choir Selected To Perform At 2012 Ohio Music Education Association Conference
Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg Choir has been selected from a blind audition to perform at the 2012 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Hyatt Union Ballroom in Columbus, Ohio.
The 2012 Professional Development Conference is scheduled for Feb. 16-18 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Expected to attract more than 9,000 music educators from around the state, the convention is annually one of the largest state music education conferences in the United States.
UPDATE: The Wittenberg Choir will give a special campus performance at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in Weaver Chapel. Admission is free, and the concert is open to the public.
“It is truly an honor to be selected to sing for so many respected choral educators,” said Wittenberg Choir Director Adam Jonathan Con, associate professor of music and director of choral activities and coordinator of music education. “This is a significant accomplishment, given that the choir and I have only been together for one year.
“We appreciate all the support we’ve been given by Wittenberg alumni, administration and the Springfield community. This is a great opportunity for the Wittenberg Choir to show the Tiger spirit to the rest of the state.”
The concert at the OMEA conference is open to the public, and admission is free.
The Wittenberg Choir is comprised of men and women hailing from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Con is just the fifth director in the long history of the Wittenberg Choir, and he also serves as conductor of the Wittenberg Singers, a 25-member, all-female group that includes students, alumni, faculty and even Springfield community members.
Under Con’s direction, the choir has performed at area churches, including Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and United Church of Christ congregations. He asks that choir members familiarize themselves with the traditions of each individual congregation and plans programs suited to each, performing to that tradition wherever they go. In addition, Con organized a unique 2011 Spring tour that included more than 20 performances across the state in less than a week.
In May 2012, Con plans to take the Wittenberg Choir to Wittenberg, Germany, to be part of the 500th anniversary celebrations of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 theses. Some of the tour highlights include performing at the Berlin Cathedral, the Wittenberg Castle, Lutherstadt, Bach’s church, Thomaskirche, in Leipzig, and a joint symphony concert singing Mendelssohn’s symphony “Lobgesang.”
In addition to his work in the classroom and as choral director, Con serves as a writer for Revised Ohio State Standards for Music Education at the Ohio Department of Education, and he is the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Multicultural Music for the Ohio State American Choral Directors Association. A graduate of Florida State University and the University of British Columbia in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada, Con serves as chairman for the Ohio Music Education Association District 12 Choral Honour Choir Festival, which will take place at Wittenberg in November.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Christopher Bowen