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6288-Women's Concert Choir Spring Program

6288-February 24, 2012

The Malone University Women's Concert Choir will perform its spring program, "Gathered in the Love of Christ, Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center. The program - under the direction of Rachel Nunez - is free and open to the public. A program follows.

The Women's Concert Choir is one of the three choral ensembles at Malone University. Established in 1989, the choir, selected each fall by audition, is comprised of 20 women representing a variety of majors. They perform on and off-campus for worship services and community events, as well as Christmas at Malone. Conducted by Rachel Núñez since 2001, the Women's Concert Choir takes an annual spring tour. Spring 2010 took the choir to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Past tours include Washington D.C.; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Niagara Falls, NY and Canada.

Rachel Núñez is associate professor of music, vocal coordinator and director of the Women's Concert Choir at Malone University. She received her bachelor of arts degree in music from Luther College, where she was a member of the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble. She received her master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Akron. Ms. Núñez's opera performances include roles in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, Mozart's Le Nozzi di Figaro, Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Ward's The Crucible, Pucinni's Gianni Schicchi, and Humperdinck's Hänsel and Gretel. Her oratorio work includes participation as a soloist in Handel's Messiah. She has served as an apprentice for the Dorian Opera Theatre Summer Festival and has also appeared as a soloist at the Stan Hywet Concert Series in Akron. Ms. Núñez's professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Music Educators National Conference, and the Ohio Music Education Association. She is also a member of The Friends of Music in Akron. Núñez and her husband, Jacinto, live in Stow with their son, Manuel.

Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith is an adjunct music faculty member at Malone University teaching Applied Piano. She pursued the professional studies program in collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Anita Pontremoli. She received her master's degree in piano performance from the National Music Conservatory in Bulgaria and a second master's degree in piano performance from the University of South Florida where she studied with Prof. Svetozar Ivanov. Ms. Georgieva-Smith was appointed as a staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007 and has been acting as substitute faculty in collaborative piano ever since. She was born in Sliven, Bulgaria and started piano lessons at the age of five. At 14, she was accepted at the High School for Music in Bourgas, Bulgaria. During this time, she had several appearances as a soloist with the Sliven Symphony Orchestra and the Bourgas Philharmonic. Between 1995-2000 she won several competitions in Europe. She appeared as soloist and chamber musician in several festivals throughout Europe. She has also performed on classical music television programs and is frequently heard on radio recordings. Ms. Georgieva-Smith's performances have brought her to the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, and the United States. During her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music she received coaching from Elizabeth DeMio, Linda Jones, David and Linda Cerone, Virginia Weckstrom, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. She has participated in master classes with Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Logan Skellton, Barry Snyder, John Elliot, Paul Komen, and Oleg Koshelev. She was invited to judge the National Music Teacher Association Competition for Ohio in March 2009.

Program designer and cellist, Sharon Nauman began her professional career in the Canton Symphony at 15. She traveled extensively, nationwide, playing 10 years with road shows for Perry Como, Natalie Cole, Henry Mancini, Julie Andrews, Pia Zadora, Norm Crosby and the Montovani Strings. Concerts include performances for CBS's "Sunday Morning" and in such acclaimed places as Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Currently, Sharon heads a popular wedding music business in the Akron area. The Classic Touch Strings has grown in notoriety since 1992 and was featured on Fox 8 TV. The group includes quartet, trio and duet combinations offering a variety of music from familiar-classical to pop and show tunes. As an extension of the quartet's success, "The Classic Touch Strings & Orchestras" is now a division of the wedding business and enjoys a long list of loyal clientele. Sharon is one-of-a-kind in "artistic management" for the Akron area, hiring orchestra personnel for shows at the Akron Civic Theater, area churches, choral groups and schools. Sharon is also a teacher at The University of Akron and Malone University.


Gathered In the Love of Christ.....................Mary Haugen

Cantate Domino...................................Nancy Hill Cobb

Beautiful Saviour.................................arr. Julie Knowles

The Lord's Prayer..................................David N. Childs

Ah, Holy Jesus...........................Johann Crüger, 1598-1662

Arranged by Carolyn Jennings

A Lenten Love Song.....................................Helen Kemp

Jaynie Cooper, soprano

How Deep the Father's Love for Us...............Stuart Townend

Arranged by Rob Howard

This is the Day..........................................Kevin Siegfried

Jesus, the Very Thought of You.........John B. Dykes, 1823-1876

Arranged by Jerry Gunderson

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord.....................Dale Grotenhuis

Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Heart...............Denny Cagle


Rachel Núñez


Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith


Diane Chambers, Ph.D., Department of Language and Literature

Jacci Welling, Ph.D., Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences


Sharon Nauman, adjunct instructor, Department of Music

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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