Bowling Green Men’s Chorus sings in Breck |

Bowling Green Men’s Chorus sings in Breck

BRECKENRIDGE – The sound of men’s voices raised in song will soon fill the crisp night air when the Bowling Green Men’s Chorus performs in Breckenridge.The chorus is touring all over Colorado, including stops in Colorado Springs, Denver and Greeley, but the Father Dyer United Methodist Church will be the chorus’s only stop in Summit County.”We’re really excited to have them,” said Frank Acosta, the church’s administrative assistant. “It should be a great concert. We really want to pack the house.”The Men’s Chorus at Bowling Green has been performing since 1923. The group was going strong until World War II gradually pulled away a number of choristers. The once-great group contained only 15 members when it disbanded.It was reunited after the war, but only survived until 1953. In 1971, Professor Richard D. Mathey revived the group.From a membership of 12, the chorus has grown into the active touring chorus it is today, with a membership averaging 120 men. Mathey retired in 2000 after 28 years and the chorus is now under the direction of Dr. William Skoog.Skoog serves as the director of the University Men’s Chorus, A Cappella Choir and University Choral Society, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and literature. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, master’s degrees in voice performance/pedagogy and conducting from the University of Denver, and a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. Under his direction, the chorus sang at the Ground Zero site in New York City six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The purpose of the concert tour is ultimately to share a love of music with everyone. In addition, the tours are a strong recruiting force for the Chorus and Bowling Green State University. These times give the members a chance to truly become “brothers in song,” according to the chorus website.The concert is co-sponsored by the Father Dyer United Methodist Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds benefit both ministries. Members of the churches are housing the men in the chorus, according to Stephens.

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