July 6, 2016: The
Clarke University Collegiate Singers are currently in Europe and will perform in the Prague Choral Festival
in The Czech Republic this month.
The Collegiate Singers, Clarke’s mixed ensemble, along with
three instrumentalists, will perform at the Museum of Czech Music in Prague on
July 10. Clarke is one of only four U.S. universities that will perform at the
festival. The goal of this festival is to gather people together who love
music, share musical experiences, play unforgettable music together, create
memories and enjoy the city of Prague. The four U.S. university choirs will
combine with seven choirs from the Czech Republic, forming a choir of over 300
singers; this mass choir, accompanied by Clarke pianists Sharon Jensen and
Jeremy Mims, will perform in Smetana Hall, which is one of the preeminent
concert venues in the world.
Prior to performing in Prague, the Clarke choirs performed at Parish Church of Groeben in Berlin, Germany, on July 4, and at St.
Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany on July 6.
Mims, assistant professor of Music at Clarke, is the
conductor of the Clarke choirs.
“Tradition is so important to us at Clarke University,” Mims
said. “Over the years, we have traveled with student groups to Ireland, Japan,
India, Soviet Union, Poland, Czech Republic and Puerto Rico. We are continuing
that legacy with this trip.”
“I am so grateful for this amazing
opportunity,” said sophomore Jennifer Pohlman, choir member and physical
therapy major. “I have never been out of the country, and I am very fortunate
to be able to sing in college and travel the world. Choir has taken me to
California, Hawaii and, now, here I go to Germany and Prague.”
For more information, please contact the Clarke Music
Department at (563)588-6412. To learn more about the festival, visit www.praguechoralfestival.com.
Clarke University is a Catholic,
liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who
positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings
include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs,
a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843
by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near
the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM
university in the country.