Alumni of The Denison Singers will gather in Granville from July 14 through 17 for a reunion celebrating the group’s 60th birthday, which has been delayed for a year by Covid. The event will culminate with a concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, in Swasey Chapel. The concert is open to the public without charge.
The ensemble flourished for 42 years, from 1961 until 2003, when William Osborne, its founding conductor, retired from the Denison faculty. The Singers toured widely across much of this country, but also on a dozen foreign tours, mostly in Europe, ranging from Portugal and The Netherlands to Ukraine, but also once in Venezuela. This will be The Singers’ 593rd performance.
The concert will include works from the group’s communal past by composers such as Gwyneth Walker and Amy Beach, also William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, and Thomas Morley from Elizabethan England, and that giant from the last century, Aaron Copland. The afternoon will feature new pieces written especially for the occasion by two members of the group, Clifford Davis ’72 and R. Michael Daugherty ’71.
The Denison Singers from every corner of the world gather in Granville for a reunion of singing and socializing that culminates in a magnificent concert.