Dalton State Welcomes Chorus Peregrinus in December
November 21, 2014
The “wandering choir” of Chorus Peregrinus brings its holiday program of sacred choral music to local audiences at Dalton State College on Monday evening, Dec. 1.
The chorus of adult singers from Chattanooga, Dalton, and Chatsworth will sing in the Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall at 7:30 pm. The group is directed by Camilla Springfield, who is celebrating her ninth season as conductor for Chorus Peregrinus.
Composed of singers from many different musical backgrounds with a variety of education, training, and experience, from basic knowledge to a Master’s Degree in Music, Chorus Peregrinus meets weekly and dedicates one and a half hours to rehearse familiar and classical music to present evensongs, lessons, carols, and concerts to venues in the North Georgia and Tennessee area. Three of its members are professional musicians.
The chorus focuses on learning and performing challenging, sacred choral music and has performed in England, Washington D.C., and the Tidewater area of Virginia. It has provided lessons and carols services for the historic Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison, Ga. nearly every year since 1993 and has sung for Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Methodist churches in Dalton, Cartersville, Cedartown, and Atlanta, as well as Tennessee venues in Signal Mountain, St. Elmo, Soddy Daisy, and Chattanooga.
Chorus Peregrinus was established in 1993 by Bert Landman who, at the time, was a Dalton organist/pianist, composer, vocal coach, and choirmaster.
Springfield of Chatsworth has been the conductor since 2005. Springfield, a lifelong Murray County resident, is retired from the Murray County School System where she taught chorus, English, and guitar. She currently serves as choirmaster for St. Mark’s and has sung since 1985 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Choir.
Accompanied by Chatsworth native Adam Burnette, repertoire for the choir ranges from chant and Renaissance music to 21st century choral music, including original works by Landman. Chorus Peregrinus is sponsored by the Dalton Arts Project. The concert is free and open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.