Composer, Conductor is Newest WPI Choral Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/September 5, 2001
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WORCESTER, Mass. - With the recent appointment of a new director of choral music, WPI continues its longstanding commitment to offering students opportunities to enjoy music as singers and scholars. In his new post, John Francis Delorey of Shrewsbury, Mass., succeeds Associate Professor Louis Curran as director of the WPI Glee Club and assumes conducting responsibilities for Alden Voices (the women's chorus) and the Concert Chorus. Curran, who has directed the men's glee club since 1966, will continue to teach at WPI; former Alden Voices director Margaret Konkol has moved on to new opportunities.
Delorey is an multifaceted musician with an impressive resumé. Before coming to WPI he was director of choral activities and concert band director at Clark University and was a music teacher and program coordinator at Doherty Memorial High School. He was previously music program associate at All Saints Church in Worcester and acting music department head at St. Mark's School in Southborough. He has served on the ArtsWorcester Board of Directors and is the recipient of a Luce Fellowship from the Worcester Art Museum that supported his service as a music curator for a soon-to-be-released CD-ROM that chronicles the museum's American Art Collection. A graduate of Vassar College, he has owned Ethos Productions since 1993. Through his company he offers composition, arrangement and choral conducting services and performs as a tenor and countertenor. He will make his WPI conducting debut at two upcoming programs. During Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m., he will conduct the Glee Club, Alden Voices and the Concert Chorus in Alden Memorial and will repeat the concert on Saturday, Sept. 29, during Parents Weekend.
Founded in 1874, the Glee Club is WPI's oldest student organization. Fifty voices strong, the Glee Club's repertoire ranges from the works of Mozart, Stravinsky and Schubert to the extensive arrangements available to this unique choral institution. During the school year the men perform with the choruses of many women's colleges in Alden Memorial, the University's center for the performing arts, and in concert halls and cathedrals throughout the world. Alden Voices, which was founded in 1978, performs from the vast literature available to treble voices; this year's repertoire will include music written by women for women's chorus. The Concert Chorus is the newest addition to the WPI family of choral singing a select auditioned ensemble for serious singers who wish to explore the rigors and rewards of performance practice, from medieval music to jazz vocal. The upcoming season will include Renaissance and baroque music from Latin America.
"We are excited about working with John Delorey," says Lee Fontanella, head of the Humanities and Arts Department. "His appointment signifies expanded prospects for all of the WPI singing groups that have always been so active and have shown such a range of talent on campus, regionally and internationally."
Founded in 1865, WPI was a pioneer in technological higher education. Early on, it developed an influential curriculum that balanced theory and practice. Since 1970 that philosophy has been embodied in an innovative, outcomes-oriented undergraduate program. With a network of project centers that spans the globe, the university is also the leader in globalizing technological education. WPI awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, most of WPI's academic departments offer master's and doctoral programs and support leading-edge research in a broad range of areas.