Saint Martin’s University Slates Annual Sacred Music Concert

October 24, 2006

Lacey, Washington—The Saint Martin’s University Chorale, accompanied by pianist Bruce Barry, will perform a sacred music concert in collaboration with Campus Ministry on Saturday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Saint Martin’s Abbey Church, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, in Lacey. The public is invited to attend this event at no charge.

The SMU Chorale, under the direction of Darrell Born, will perform music “exploring a sacred journey of relationships, faith and tradition,” says Born, Saint Martin’s University department of music director. The performance will incorporate a variety of music from the 14th century to modern spirituals, including an operatic prayer from “Hansel and Gretel.” Members of the chorale have been rehearsing for this event since the school year began in late August.

The University’s 50-member mixed chorus will perform in collaboration with Campus Ministry. During the performance, musical selections will be interspersed with Biblical scripture readings and inspirational selections given by Campus Ministry. “The Saint Martin’s Abbey is one of the most beautiful performance venues in the Northwest. It’s a privilege to be able to work there,” says Born.

Born has a master’s degree in vocal performance from Wichita State University and has performed regionally for Musical Theater Wichita and Opera Kansas. Along with chairing the Saint Martin’s department of music, he teaches music and music history courses and is the director of the University Chorale, Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Ensemble.

Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. A Catholic, Benedictine university, Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,200 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey, Washington main campus, and 600 more to three extension campuses.

For additional information:
Anne Kirske
Interim communication director
360.486.8857
akirske@stmartin.edu