Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 5/03/02 Marlboro Men's Chorus Presents a Concert of Eclectic Music


MARLBORO, VT -- The Marlboro College Men's Chorus will present a concert at 7 p.m. May 10 in the Whittemore Theater on campus. Entitled "A Very Special Episode," the performance will feature an eclectic mix of traditional classical, and pop music.

Featuring 13 Marlboro students, from freshmen to seniors, the chorus was founded in the fall of 2001 by Marlboro senior Eric Hanser as part of his Plan of Concentration. The cornerstone of Marlboro's academic program, the Plan is an in-depth, self-designed exploration of a field or fields of each student's choosing. It culminates in a major independent project involving research, one-to-one study with faculty in tutorials, and a three-hour oral examination with Marlboro faculty and an outside examiner who is an expert in the student's field.

In conjunction with his Plan, Hanser has been studying choral conducting with Marlboro faculty member Susan Klein. "Susan helped me in founding the chorus and provides guidance continuously in choral conducting," says Hanser. "She emphasizes a 'study by doing' approach to learning."

In addition to Klein, Hanser works closely with his Plan sponsors Luis Batlle and Stan Charkey, professors of music at Marlboro. His Plan includes a paper on the male part songs of Franz Schubert, two of which will be performed during the concert.

According to Hanser, who will graduate in December 2002, "I expect the Marlboro College Men's Chorus will live on past my stay at Marlboro." Sophomore and pianist Terence Purtell has worked closely with Hanser in leading the chorus and is planning to carry on the task when Hanser graduates.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the
liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused in Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at http://www.marlboro.edu.

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