Concert Choir’s Annual Fall Concert on November 8

The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Stephen Bolster conductor, will present their annual fall concert in Gray Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, November 8  at 3:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission.  The choirs will be accompanied by Lindsay Clavere on the piano. Continue reading Concert Choir’s Annual Fall Concert on November 8

Ragtime: the musical – Berea’s summer 2012 sensation

Originally posted on August 15, 2012 by Sam Gilbert

On July 6, 2012, Ragtime: the musical opened to boisterous applause. The student actors were confident and capable. After a month of rehearsals as well as voice training they had good reason to be.

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Concert Choir Presents Annual Fall Concert, Sunday, October 27

The annual fall concert by the Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bolster, will be held on Sunday, October 27 at 3 p.m. in Gray Auditorium on the Berea College campus.  The choral concert will be accompanied by Lindsay Clavere on the piano. There is no admission charge. Continue reading Concert Choir Presents Annual Fall Concert, Sunday, October 27

Berea College’s Annual Christmas Concert Will Be Performed on December 7 & 8

The annual Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the Berea College Music Department and the Campus Christian Center, will be held on two consecutive nights this year – Friday evening December 7 and Saturday evening December 8. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Union Church. All are invited to attend this popular event and to join in the singing of traditional carols accompanied by College Organist Dr. Javier Clavere. Music of the season will be performed by the college’s Black Music Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Clavere Piano Duo, and Women’s Chorus. As patrons arrive, the Megasax Quartet, and the Old-Tyme Ensemble will perform Christmas music beginning thirty minutes before the concert. Plan to attend this joyful candlelit Christmas celebration to usher in Berea’s Christmas Season! A special holiday reception with light refreshments will take place immediately after Friday night’s performance. Continue reading Berea College’s Annual Christmas Concert Will Be Performed on December 7 & 8

Dr. Stephen Bolster

Steve and Sandy BolsterDr. Stephen Bolster is the Mary W. McGaw Endowed Chair of Music at Berea College, where he has taught for 32 years. Professor of Music and Program Coordinator, he conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and teaches voice, vocal methods, conducting, and music literature. He holds music degrees from Dartmouth College (A.B. Music, 1973), the University of North Carolina (M.M. Choral Arts, 1977), and the University of Colorado (D.M.A. Literature and Performance of Choral Music, 1980) and conducted major choral organizations at each school before joining the Berea faculty in 1980. Under his direction the Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers have toured annually in the eastern United States, and have performed in several cities in China in 2007, in Italy and Switzerland in 2002, and in central and eastern Europe in 1994. The choirs have been featured in several Christmas specials for educational television, have performed multiple times for the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Conference, and have twice performed at the American Negro Spiritual Competition in Cincinnati’s famous Music Hall. Continue reading Dr. Stephen Bolster