The College of Arts and Architecture

Oriana Singers

Oriana Singers
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

General admission $4.99/students $2

No advance ticket purchase is available. Ticket sales begin 45 minutes prior to the concert in the lobby. Cash only.

The Oriana Singers present their annual spring concert, including works for treble voices by Johann Sebastian Bach, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Copland, and contemporary American composer Jackson Berkey. Discantus, a chamber choir comprised of Oriana Singers members, will also perform. Discantus is conducted by Willa Taylor Choral Intern Sarah Horner.

The ensemble is conducted by Jayne Glocke, and assisted by collaborative pianist Svetlana Rodionova.

This event is available on livestream at the Penn State School of Music.


Ascendit Deus ♦ Jackson Berkey

Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt (from Cantata BWV 4) ♦ Johann Sebastian Bach

Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten (from Cantata BWV 78) ♦ Bach

The Nightingale ♦ Thomas Weelkes (Discantus)

Tantum Ergo ♦ Gabriel Fauré (Discantus)

from Old American Songs, Set 2 ♦ Aaron Copland*

  • The Little Horses (Lullaby)
  • Zion’s Walls (Revivalist Song)
  • At the River (Hymn Tune)
  • Ching-A-Ring Chaw (Minstrel Song)

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child ♦ arranged by Nina Gilbertpulitzer medal

Ain’-A That Good News! ♦ William Dawson

*This year marks the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes. The first Pulitzer Prize for music was awarded in 1943 to William Schuman. Penn State School of Music faculty, students, and ensembles will be performing a variety of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers during the 2016-17 season. Aaron Copland won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for Appalachian Spring.

Conducted by Jayne Glocke, Oriana Singers is a treble choir composed of sixty women representing a wide variety of majors at University Park. Repertoire includes music written for treble voices from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century: madrigals, motets, part-songs, folk songs, musical theatre, and music by female composers. The choir has performed by audition at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Since 2005, Oriana Singers has performed major choral works including Symphony No.2 in C Minor (“Resurrection”) by Gustav Mahler, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ("Choral") by Ludwig van Beethoven, the Verdi Requiem and the Poulenc Gloria. They have also appeared in Penn State Opera Theatre's opera gala performances and the production of Hansel and Gretel. In addition to its two campus concerts per year, the choir also regularly appears on the School of Music's annual Mosaic concert. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor. Discantus, a female chamber choir of eight to fourteen voices, is composed of members of the Oriana Singers. The repertoire includes Renaissance madrigals arranged for treble voices as well as folk songs, spirituals and popular songs. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor and current membership.