USU Music Department Releases Two CD Albums
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Utah State University’s Department of Music has released two new albums for all to enjoy — “Aggie Songs,” full of USU spirit, and “Devotion,” a collection of sacred choral music.
“These albums show the energy and creativity of students and faculty here at USU,” said Cory Evans, director of the choral program in the Caine College of the Arts and associate professor. “I encourage all to purchase these and help us keep recording the music that needs to be heard.”
The department recorded the two albums at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hyde Park, Utah, in April 2013. The project brought together various people across campus for Aggie Songs, an album featuring the famous songs and chants of USU ranging from the Old Main tower bell to “The Scotsman.”
“I have wanted to do an album like this for some time,” said Evans. “When I received a phone call from facilities stating they had found the original Old Main carillon tubular bells and offered to hang them so we could record their sound, I had to do it right then.”
The original bells hung in Old Main tower from 1915 until 1978. When facilities finished the scaffolding to hold them, the pipes stood almost 20 feet tall and were seven feet by seven feet square.
“I got the chills when I heard them played,” said Evans. “They are a tangible connection with the past.”
Devotion features the USU Chamber Singers, an ensemble composed of 30 students who perform a wide range of choral styles and periods in appearances locally, regionally and nationally. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, Mexico, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Russia. The ensemble’s first CD, Show Me Thy Ways: Choral Music of Daniel E. Gawthrop, was released in 2010 and was nominated for a Grammy Award in three categories.
An album of sacred choral music, Devotion features works arranged by Mack Wilberg, current music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, including “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” “Wayfarin’ Stranger” and “All Creatures of Our God and King.”
“My first love is sacred choral music,” said Evans. “It is what got me into this profession in the first place.”
Devotion is available for purchase at the Caine College of the Arts Box Office, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center room 139-B, or through iTunes and Amazon. Aggie Songs will be available for purchase beginning the last week of October, as well as on iTunes and Amazon.
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