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Choral Union to start spring rehearsals

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Members of Marshall University's Choral Union, an ensemble dedicated to performance of choral masterworks, are inviting members of the Tri-State to join them for the spring season.

Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The pieces to be performed in the spring semester include Benjamin Britten's Festival Te Deum, Morten Lauridsen's "Sure on this Shining Night," and Edward Elgar's Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands.

Directing the chorus this semester is recent Marshall master's degree graduate William Murphy. He has been the director of Choral Union since January 2012, with previous performances including John Rutter's Gloria, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, opera choruses with the MU Opera Workshop and a collaboration with the West Virginia Symphony Chorus singing Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel and Charles Pachelbel's Magnificat.

He also is the accompanist for the West Virginia Symphony Chorus in Charleston and organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Huntington.

The Choral Union rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Smith Music Hall choir room 150. Performances will take place later in the semester with dates to be announced.

School of Pharmacy receives diversity grant

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University School of Pharmacy has received a $10,000 diversity grant from Walgreens as part of the national pharmacy chain's Diversity Donation program.

Half of the funding will be distributed as scholarships to students of underrepresented minority groups and to a student who embraces diversity and promotes inclusion initiatives on campus. The grant will also be used to facilitate pipeline programs aimed at increasing the enrollment of diverse groups.

"Walgreens has shown its dedication to ensuring the next generation of pharmacists understands the importance of being educated in a truly diverse environment," said Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy. "Student body diversity better prepares our future health care professionals to treat people of all backgrounds."

The scholarships will be available for the 2013-14 year.

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