Bemidji State University’s Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers kick off their annual spring concert tour on April 2, culminating with a home concert in Bemidji on April 6.
The tour, under the direction of Dr. P. Bradley Logan, professor of music, includes daytime concerts and workshops at high schools, followed by public concerts in the evenings. On this year’s tour, the choirs will visit:
• April 2 — Fargo, N.D.: 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 652 2nd Ave. N.
• April 3 — St. Cloud, Minn.: 7:30 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, County Road 137
• April 4 — Hopkins, Minn.: 7:30 p.m., Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Minnetonka Mills Road
• April 6 — Bemidji, Minn.: 3 p.m. — Bangsberg Hall Main Theatre
Concerts are free of charge and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken at each performance to help defray tour expenses.
High school concerts and workshops will be held April 2 at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Minn., and April 4 at Coon Rapids High School in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Dr. Brad Logan
Logan directs choral activities at Bemidji State. In addition to conducting the Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers, he teaches conducting, choral studies and applied voice. Before joining the faculty at BSU, he spent time at the University of Montevallo, Louisiana College, California State University Long Beach and Pelham High School. Logan earned his bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from North Dakota State University, a master’s in choral music from Cal State Long Beach and holds a doctorate in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois.
The Bemidji Choir
The Bemidji Choir was founded founded in 1937 by Carl O. Thompson and has gained an international reputation for excellence. The choir has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has produced Bemidji State’s Madrigal Dinners for each of that production’s 44 years. Logan has directed the choir since 1998, leading choir performances at a number of conventions and at Carnegie Hall. Logan also has led the choir on tours in Europe, including performances in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland and England.
The Chamber Singers
The Chamber Singers is an ensemble of fifteen singers chosen by audition from the membership of The Bemidji Choir. They specialize in literature for small choirs, such as English carols, renaissance madrigals and chansons and a wide variety of contemporary works. During fall semester the Chamber Singers serve as the Royal Court for BSU’s annual Madrigal Dinners.
• BSU Department of Music; (218) 755-2915
• Dr. Brad Logan, professor of music; (218) 755-2918