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Spring Concert Planned to Honor Retiring Music Prof. Catherine Roma

Music Department Sets End-of-Year Performances for Collegium Musicum and Choral Groups

April 24, 2014

Catherine Roma is pictured accepting the audience's appreciation for her choral group's performance. She is teaching part time this semester and will retire later this spring.

Catherine Roma is pictured accepting the audience's appreciation for her choral group's performance. She is teaching part time this semester and will retire later this spring.

Wilmington College will hold a pair of performances showcasing its musical groups in concert as the academic year winds down.

The Collegium Musicum will present its Spring Noon Hour Mini-Concert May 1, at noon, at Harcum Art Gallery, while the annual Spring Choral Concert will feature a tribute to Catherine Roma May 4, at 7:30 p.m., in Heiland Theatre. Both venues are located in in Boyd Cultural Arts Center.

The events are free of charge, however, persons attending the Collegium Musicum’s concert are encouraged to support the Clinton County Free Clinic.

The program is titled “Lunch with Collegium” and includes 16th century canzonets by Orazio Vecchi, 18th century American shape note hymns, two pieces from the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England, two 16th century French part songs by Claudin de Sermisy and a Renaissance dance suite of dances in the French style by Michael Praetorious.

Lunch snack items will be provided.

The annual Spring Choral Concert, which is titled “Honoring Dr. Catherine Roma — Music of Love and Peace,” will feature the Wilmington College Chorale and College-Community Chorus presenting its tribute to the renowned professor of music upon her retirement. She has served on the music faculty since 1993.

The evening begins with the Chorale under the direction of Tim Carpenter and accompanied by Rachel Kramer. The repertoire includes “Shut De Do” by Randy Stonehill, “At the River” by Aaron Copland, “Defying Gravity” from Wicked by Stephen Schwartz, “Jar of Hearts” by Barrett Yeretsia, Christina Perri and Drew Lawrence from the original Glee, and “Taylor, the Latte Boy” by Marci Heisler and Zina Goldrich.

Student soloists are Katie Watson, Kerri Davis and Victoria Wilson.

Next, the College-Community Chorus, conducted by Elizabeth Haskins and accompanied by Rachel Kramer, will present a variety of choral repertoire, including “Lord Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace” by John Rutter, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” by Sebastien Temple, plus numerous surprises designed to honor, delight and entertain.

The featured soloist from the chorus is Terri Valentine.