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Duquesne’s Voices of Spirit Prepares for European Tour

Twenty-eight students from the Mary Pappert School of Music’s Voices of Spirit choral group are preparing to tour in Budapest, Prague and Vienna from Nov. 16–24.

Led by Christine Jordanoff, director of choral organizations in the School of Music, Voices of Spirit is the most selective of the Music School’s choral groups. The students will perform at historic churches, including Budapest’s St. Mathias Church, St. Nicholas Cathedral in Prague and Karlskirche in Vienna. In addition, they will perform in Vienna during the American Celebration of Music, an annual festival of music and dance.

Concerts during the Voices of Spirit tour will feature a repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to American spirituals, a cappella in various languages, including Latin, French, German, Hungarian, Church Slavonic and English.

The travel itinerary also includes cultural tourism stops at the Volksoper opera house, Schönbrunn Palace and the Mozart Museum. The group also hopes to meet in Vienna with Olive Moorefield Mach, a native Pittsburgher and former soprano Volksoper star.

Jordanoff, who spent a year studying in Hungary after receiving her master’s degree, will take the group to the birthplace of Zoltán Kodály, one of Hungary’s most famous composers. In addition to performing there, they plan to visit a local music magnet school for teaching demonstrations. At the Kodály Pedagogical Institute, where a number of Duquesne alumni have studied, they will take part in a master class with the institute’s director, Peter Erdei, an internationally acclaimed choral conductor and Jordanoff’s former teacher.

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