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Chandler, ULM singers to perform in Greece

Published July 5, 2018

In mid-July, Dr. Deborah Chandler and some members of the University of Louisiana Monroe Chorus will be more than 6,000 miles from northeastern Louisiana performing at the 14th Annual International Festival of the Aegean on the island of Syros, Greece.The festival is July 15-29.
The ULM group will be joined by singers from the Monroe Symphony Chorus, south Louisiana and Tallahassee, Fla.

ULM Chorus singers include Kristin Chandler, Jose Cordova, Naomi Naquin, Tyler Schweinefus, Ali Owens and Caitlin Struth, and from the Monroe Symphony Chorus, Kyle Gregory, Scott Williams, Laura Smith, Allison Friloux, Kathy Cordova, Jennifer Patterson and Fernando Cordova.
Chandler is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at ULM. In June 2017 she was the conductor a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The organizers were so impressed they invited her to conduct at the festival in Greece.
“This is the same group that asked me to conduct at Carnegie Hall,” Chandler said of MidAmerican Productions International. “The founder, the head maestro asked, ‘Would you be interested in conducting in Greece?’”
Of course the answer was yes and Chandler invited interested singers who could make the trip to join her. In all, 17 are going. Chandler leaves Sunday, July 8.

“We’re all going over to Athens and then go to the island of Syros for about 10 days. We will join other singers from around the world in five performances, three with orchestra. I’ll be conducting two of our concerts,” Chandler said.

“Then we’ll go back to Athens and do another concert before we come home,” she said. “This opportunity is opening a lot of doors that I never thought would open. I’m thrilled some of my ULM students, former students and symphony members will have this experience.”

Dr. Deborah Chandler