Full Description: "The Denison Singers at 54" is the name of the reunion program the choral group brings to the Swasey Chapel stage this summer. In their 590th performance, the Denison Singers present an eclectic program of literature from past and present. Included are Jubilate Deo by Benjamin Britten (1913–76), movements from Four Pastorales by Cecil Effinger (1914–90), Missa Brevis and Praeludium in G minor by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637–1707), Pianosong by Paul Halley, The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625), Sing We and Chant It by Thomas Morley (1557/8–1602). Also featured in the program are first performances of The Lobster Quadrille by former Denison faculty member William Stevens, Let There Be Light by Denison Singer Clifford Davis '72, and Swedish Meatballs by Denison Singer R. Michael Daugherty '71. The Denison Singers are conducted by the group's founder and only leader, Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus William Osborne. More than a half century ago, an ad hoc group of students met in a basement music classroom during September 1961 in what was then the Life Science Building (now Higley Hall) with the goal of organizing a new choral ensemble that would complement the activities of the Chapel and Concert Choirs. The result: The Denison Madrigal Singers, a group initially devoted to the presentation of those secular partsongs from Renaissance Italy and England in particular. The group's interests widened almost immediately, leading to a name change and a first tour during the spring vacation of 1963. While The Singers appeared regularly on campus, the group toured regularly, first during spring breaks and then during the January and May terms, eventually appearing in 24 states and the District of Columbia, as well as on a dozen foreign tours that took them across much of Europe, from The Netherlands to Greece, Portugal to Russia, as well as to Venezuela. The ensemble was formally disbanded upon Osborne's retirement in 2003, however, the group lives on through periodic reunions. This will be the 13th such reunion in Granville since the tradition began in 1979.
Address: Swasey Chapel, Denison University, 200 Chapel Drive, Granville, OH 43023
Open to Public: Yes