Fort Dodge Choral Society will present “Heavenly Voices” 3 p.m., Sunday, at St. Olaf’s Church, 239 N. 11th St. The May Day celebration of beautiful singing features a choir, chamber orchestra, guest soloist Collin Ellsbury and the world premiere of Jonathan Campbell “Requiem.”
Baritone Collin Ellsbury majored in Musical Theater and Vocal Performance at Oklahoma City University. He last performed with FDCS at the Beethoven concert where he played “An die ferne Geliebte, op. 98.” While at OKCU, Collin recently performed as John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s opera “Little woman,” JJ Peachum in “The Threepenny Opera” “Closer Than Ever” like Man No. 2, and Guglielmo in “Because fan tutte.” Additionally, Collin is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science at OKCU. Collin also performed the role of Jamie Wellerstein in an independent production of “The Last Five Years” and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Last January, Collin performed in New York as a semi-finalist in the NATS National Musical Theater Competition. This summer, Collin will perform in “The Sound of Music” and “Bohemian” at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan.
Composer Dr. Jonathan Campbell has many published works. In 2013, his anthem “Those who go down to the sea on ships” won first prize at the Morningstar College Choral Composition Festival. He also received a Faith Partner residency from the American Composers Forum in 2013. His hymns are published by six nationally distributed publishing houses, including Augsburg Fortress, Concordia, GIA, Morningstar Music, Graphite, and Falls House Press. . In 2013, the Silver Winds Flute Quartet commissioned Dakota Summer, a work that was presented at the 2015 and 2017 National Flute Conventions.
He has numerous compositions printed with the greatest publishers and is sought after as a tenor and professional conductor. He is currently the Director of Music and Worship at Zion Lutheran Church, Anoka, Minnesota, and is the Artistic Director of the Minnesota Renaissance Choir.
The program also features Mark Hayes “Requiem,” a conductor Bruce Perry described as “a 21st century choral masterpiece whose beauty and power rank it among the great requiems of Mozart, Faure, Rutter and Durufle.
Admission to the concert, located at St. Olaf’s Church, 239 N. 11th Street, Fort Dodge, is by seasonal subscription or available at the door for $10. All students are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit FDChoralSociety.org.