In their fifth year under director Dr. Marc Falk, the Coe College Concert Choir is having more fun and performing better than ever. "Singing together, and singing well, should be enjoyable," says Falk," and we have a really good time."
Open to all students by audition, the highlight of Concert Choir's 2008 season was their winter tour to Costa Rica. It was a great tour, with four concerts, as well as a skywalk through the cloud forest, volcanoes, hot springs, native wildlife and folklore, meals with Costa Rican families, travel by plane, bus, and boat, and a few days relaxing on the beach.
When not touring, the Choir can be found performing 8-10 times per year, both on and off campus. The group produces fun and interesting concerts with a good mixture of music from all eras and an emphasis on 20th and 21st century music. Recent programs include; "War, Peace, and Reconciliation," "American Voices," "Wake, Awake!," and their spring 2009 program "Kid's Concert!!" focusing on interactive music and singing games, and featuring a number of local children's choirs.
Another choral highlight is the performance of a major work with the Coe College Symphony Orchestra every other spring. Recent performances include J.S. Bach's Cantata 140 and Francis Poulenc's Stabat Mater, and their April 2008 concert featured a performance of Felix Mendelsohhn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht and works by Beethoven and Coe College composition professor, Joe Dangerfield. The choir also hosts the Coe College Men's Honor Choir Festival, an annual event that brings 300+ high school men from across the state of Iowa together for a day of singing and camaraderie and an evening concert.
"Being part of building a new tradition can be just as rewarding as joining an already existing one," says Falk, "and twenty years down the road you'll be able to say 'yes, I was part of one of the first choirs that Dr. Falk had at Coe - we were really in on the beginning of something big!'"
"I definitely felt challenged in Concert Choir. Each year, the director chose one large piece. My junior year it was Poulenc's Stabat Mater--one of the most difficult pieces of music I've encountered. At the end of the term we performed it at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a beautiful and memorable experience."
Katie Becker '07
B.A., Theatre Arts
For more information on choirs and singing at Coe, contact Marc Falk at email@example.com.
Marc Falk, Assistant Professor of Music, directs the Concert Choir, Crimson & Gold, Men's Honor Choir Festival, and musical theatre productions at Coe and teaches music history and music appreciation. A graduate of Macalester College, Mr. Falk completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Minnesota and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa.