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Ithaca College Choral Competition to Feature World Premiere of Work by Rene Clausen

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Choir, conducted by Lawrence Doebler, will perform the world premiere of “Dreams in the Dust” by René Clausen at the 32nd annual Choral Competition Contest and Festival on Saturday, Nov. 13. Beginning at 7 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music, the free event will also feature six high school choirs, each performing pieces chosen as finalists in a national competition of newly composed works.

Sponsored by the Ithaca College School of Music, the Theodore Presser Company and the Roger Dean Publishing Company, the competition is designed to encourage the creation and performance of new choral music. The winner will receive the Robert Campbell ’40, M.S. ’50 Endowed Choral Competition Prize. The festival gives members of high school choirs the opportunity to attend rehearsals and workshops throughout the day. The composers of the final pieces will each coach one of the choirs. The winning composition will be announced at the evening performance.

The composers will be Josh Freilich, Mark Dal Porto, Nancy Raabe, Jim Taylor and Ross Bernhardt, who had two works reach the finalist stage.

The participating choirs will be:

  • Westborough High School Concert Choir; Joseph Stillitano, conductor
  • West Genesee High School Chorale; Anthony Alvaro, conductor
  • Ward Melville High School Camerata; Linda Contino, conductor
  • Niagara Wheatfield Senior High Concert Choir; David G. Curtis, conductor
  • East Lyme High School; Anthony Maiese, conductor
  • Wakefield High School; Ana Withiam Morel, conductor

For more information contact Erik Kibelsbeck in the School of Music at (607) 274-3717 or