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Nazareth voice and musical theatre students chosen to perform with Josh Groban for third time

Published November 09, 2018

On Tuesday, November 13, twenty voice and musical theatre students from Nazareth College's Music and Theater and Dance departments will sing backup at Josh Groban's concert at the Blue Cross Arena as part of his current arena tour, supporting his latest album, Bridges. This is the third time Nazareth students will accompany Groban, having performed with the multi-platinum recording artist for several regional concerts in 2015 and 2016.

The chorus will include sopranos Brittney Burgess, Leah Mathie, Emily Kielbasinki, Natalie Tyce, and Jessica Tripi; altos Morgan Beaton, Kristin Maxfield, Mackenzie Rybka, Hadley Strelau, and Ashlen Wright; tenors Evan Burnett, Vinnie Capluzzi, Ian Patterson, Peter Smith, and Toby Young; and baritone/basses Dereck Atwater, Abe Collier, Lamont Haywood, Joel Tournajoe, and Tyler Waters.

Nancy Strelau, associate chair, associate professor, and orchestra conductor in the Nazareth College Music Department is serving as vocal contractor for the appearances. Josh Groban with Idina Menzel is at the Blue Cross Arena on Tuesday, November 13; 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more info.

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.

Nazareth students and Josh Groban together at their first concert in 2015