March 29, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Heather J. Buchanan will conduct Westminster Schola Cantorum from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in a concert on Tuesday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public. For information contact Greg Brown at 413/542-8208.

The repertoire of the Schola Cantorum includes hymns and anthems by Finzi and Mendelssohn, motets by Stanford, plus Rheinberger’s Mass in E-flat, traditional spirituals and contemporary somgs from Venezuela, Brazil and Australia. Other works performed are Wilby’s If Ye Love MeCome Thou Fount of Every Blessing; Stanford’s Three Motets, Op. 38; and arrangements of Leek’s Simple Gifts and Millett’s Eliza Jane. Three spirituals either composed or arranged by Moses Hogan are also included in the repertoire: I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart, Abide With Me and Ride On, King Jesus.

The 71-voice Westminster Schola Cantorum is the core choral experience for students in their second year of undergraduate study at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. Conducted by Heather J. Buchanan, the ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire in a variety of genres from the Baroque to the 21st century. Established in 1920, Westminster Choir College is a four-year music college and graduate school with a unique choral emphasis that prepares men and women for careers as music leaders in schools, universities, churches and professional and community organizations. It has been estimated that each week, Westminster graduates conduct and teach more than one million musicians worldwide.