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Clarke to Host High School Choral Festival, Feb. 6

posted on January 16, 2006

The Clarke College Music Department will host the annual Clarke College Winter Choral Festival on Monday, Feb. 6, with a concert at 7 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission to the concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

Under the direction of Francis John Vogt, assistant professor of music at Clarke, the group will perform selections from the 2005 All-State Music Festival. Approximately 70-90 students, representing high schools from throughout the state, will participate in the festival.

At Clarke, Vogt conducts the Clarke Collegiate Singers and teaches music history. He holds degrees in vocal performance from the Hartt School of Music and the State College of New York College at Fredonia, and is a candidate for the doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the College of Missouri-Kansas City.

Prior to his doctoral work, Vogt taught voice, choral music, and opera at the College of Maine, where he was the founding director of the Athena Consort Women’s Choir and regularly performed as tenor soloist with the Oratorio Society. He has performed, recorded, and toured nationally and internationally with the Dale Warland Singers of St. Paul, Minn., and the Gregg Smith Singers of New York City. He has sung under the direction of Robert Shaw, Edo de Waart, Maria Guinand, Robert Kraft, Hugh Wolff, and Robert Spano, among others.

Additional performing credits include appearances with the Connecticut Choral Artists, the Ohio Light Opera, the Connecticut Opera, the Maine Shakespeare Festival, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Hancock County, Maine.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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