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6210 - Malone University Chamber Choir to Perform November 7

#6210|October 27, 2011

The Malone University Chamber Choir will perform in concert Monday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The concert – under the direction of David Donelson, with Patrick Wickliffe accompanying on piano – is free and open to the public.

Patrick Wickliffe is the accompanist for the Malone University Chorale and holds a master of music in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Mr. Wickliffe has received scholarships from all institutions with which he has been associated and has been accepted to reputed programs and festivals of music throughout the past thirteen years such as Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival where he studied with Joela Jones and other instrumentalists of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2005 Mr. Wickliffe earned a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Robert Shannon and Peter Takács. Mr. Wickliffe has often collaborated in the promotion of new music as well. In 2000, John Ross, former conductor of ensembles at Interlochen Arts Academy, hailed him as "an exceptional talent...[with] true potential." That year he also inducted Mr. Wickliffe into Who's Who of American High School Students. Recent engagements include serving as assistant chorus master to C.M. Shearer and repetiteur to Dean Williamson at Opera Cleveland from 2008-2010 where he prepared operatic works from the Classic to late-Romantic eras, elevating the technical acumen of one of the region's top opera choruses. Mr. Wickliffe has taught privately at the Solon Center for the Arts from 2009-2011, and has performed various collaborative recitals at Baldwin-Wallace College and Cleveland State University from 2007-2010. He has also performed numerous collaborative and solo recitals at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2006- 2007 featuring music from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first centuries, as well as recitals at Oberlin Conservatory in 2004 and 2005 featuring a portion of Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux. Past engagements include exploring music of the Baroque era under the tutelage of Lisa Crawford and an Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performance of Steve Reich's Music for Eighteen Musicians in 2002 with Timothy Weiss. Mr. Wickliffe was often invited to perform in both chamber and large orchestral settings at Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory from 1998-2005. He has also enjoyed incorporating choral performance into his musical life, singing in many Oberlin Conservatory ensembles including Oberlin College Choir and Musical Union with Dr. Hugh Floyd, and the Oberlin Collegium Musicum with Dr. Stephen Plank from 2000-2004; as well as the Omaha Chamber Singers with Dr. David Batter in 2003, the University of Michigan Chorale with Dr. Jerry Blackstone in 2000, the Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Singers from 1998-2000, and members of Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum with Jackson and Almeda Berkey in 1996. Mr. Wickliffe currently serves as director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His church career has spanned eight years and has included assistantships, key internships, and staff positions at area churches including St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church of Macedonia, and Plymouth Church, UCC, of Shaker Heights, where he studied music ministry and organ with Jim Riggs, current dean of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Wickliffe maintains active membership in the AGO as well as the National Pastoral Musician's Association (NPM), and has been a past member of the Music Teachers National Association, and the College Music Society.

David Donelson, Ed.D. is professor of music and Music Department chair at Malone University. He conducts the University Chorale and Malone Chamber Choir. He also teaches choral conducting and the music history classes. Previously, he was professor of music and Music Department chair at Crown College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a position he held for 18 years. Dr. Donelson is a graduate of Bethel University and Bethel Theological Seminary where he earned a masters degree in sacred music. He earned a doctorate in higher education administration with a concentration in music education from Nova Southeastern University.  Dr. Donelson has been active in church music ministry, directing multi-faceted music programs. From 1988 - 1990, he served as musical director and conductor of the Delta Choral Society based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Choirs under his direction have sung at the National Association of Evangelicals and have recorded television and radio ads for the Dayton Hudson Corporation. They have toured throughout all parts of the United States and have traveled overseas seven times. In the summer of 2004, Dr. Donelson was invited to work within the music department at the Salzburg Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria where he conducted and sang with the Cathedral Choir. He was the recipient of the Crown College Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Educator Award in 2007 for his work in exemplary service to the music department and the college as a whole. Dr. Donelson has prepared his choirs for performances with The Canton Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang" Op. 52) and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra (Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9 in D minor" Op. 125). Throughout northeastern Ohio, Dr. Donelson has been the guest conductor for high school honor choirs and is frequently called upon to adjudicate choral festivals and solo/ensemble contests. He recently conducted the 400 voice 2011 Wayne County Festival of Choirs. Dr. Donelson is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators Association, College Music Society, and Ohio Music Educators Association.

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 2011.


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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