Saint Martin’s University slates annual sacred music concert

September 20, 2007

Lacey, Washington—The Saint Martin’s University Chorale, accompanied by pianist Bruce Berry, will perform a sacred music concert in collaboration with Campus Ministry on Saturday, October 20, 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 and contemporary spirituals. 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 Skagit Opera and Opera Pacifica as well as 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.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. 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. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

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Darrell Born
Music department director