CMU announces the Fall Choral Festival

A special fall choral festival at CMU showcasing the music of current and past Colorado composers and poets takes place Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10. Four composers and one poet of the choral music being performed will be in residence to discuss their works with students during classes and share insights for the audience at the closing concert.

The closing concert of festival is Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30pm in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre. All works heard in the concert are original compositions or arrangements by Colorado composers or arrangers past or present, or by those have been an active part of the choral fabric of Colorado.

University vocal ensembles performing at the closing concert include CMU Vocal Arts Ensemble, CMU Women’s Choir and vocal jazz group, CMU Vocal Chords, all directed by Dr. Monte Atkinson, and CMU Men’s Choir, directed by Dr. Graham Anduri.

Guest Colorado composers and poets in residence for this event include emerging composers Tyler Wigginton, Misty L. DuPuis and Bryon Grosbach, and nationally active composer Terry Schlenker.  Writer F. Taylor Atkinson, a former CMU student and son of Monte and Gail Atkinson, joins the composers in residence as two of his poems have been set for choir by these visiting composers: Spring Cathedral composed by Wigginton and My Darling composed by Grosbach.  

Other Colorado composers’ works performed at the closing concert include those by famed 20th century Colorado composer Jean Berger, and Daniel Kellog and Andrea Ramsey, current and former CU composers, respectively. Two works by Z. Randall Stroope, internationally known American composer who completed graduate music studies in Colorado studies round out the concert.  Several works heard by the audience will be Colorado or Western Slope premiers.   

Tickets for the concert are available at

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