Touring Choir reunites with alumni for concert
More than 200 alumni of the Grove City College Touring Choir will return to campus to celebrate the career of Dr. Douglas Browne, director of choral activities, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.
Alumni and current Touring Choir members will take part in a day of rehearsal and celebration culminating in a concert to honor Dr. Browne’s 33 years at the College. The combined group – nearly 280 singers strong – will perform several pieces at the concert along with the current Touring Choir’s program. A reception will follow the concert.
Doors open at 7 p.m. No tickets are required, but seating is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those planning to attend the reception should register online at www.alumni.gcc.edu/events
Browne was appointed to the faculty at Grove City College in 1981 and has served as the director of choral activities, professor of music and has taught a variety of classes spanning the vocal discipline. In addition, he directs the Chapel Choir, Touring Choir and advises the Chamber Singers and Glee Club. He has worked with over 1,500 students at Grove City College, many of whom now have successful careers as musicians and teachers.
The sheer number of alumni returning for the concert is a testament to the impact Browne has had on students and the dedication he – along with his wife Susan, who served as “mom, manager and nurse among other things” – demonstrated during his years at the College.
“Dr. and Mrs. Browne have touched the lives of many students from a variety of backgrounds, majors and interests,” Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Music & Fine Arts Jeffrey Tedford ’00 said. “They have shown great dedication to the students of Grove City College and have inspired students past, present and in the future through their legacy of dedication and service.”
The Touring Choir has just returned from their spring tour performing at churches at 11 different locations throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
The choir seeks to praise and glorify God and to minister to others through the medium of music, striving together to achieve choral excellence. In addition to the annual spring tour, the choir performs at churches and schools in the Western Pennsylvania area, and at various campus events.