Annual Spring Music Traditions

In June, 2016, MSUS celebrated its 50th Anniversary. This article focuses on "Our Annual Spring Music Program." For many years, MSUS had an annual spring music program on Sunday mornings. The first, in 1967, featured the life and music of Dvorak. That format continued with many other famous composers for several years. The programs consisted of presentations by soloists, the chorus, instrumentalists and ensembles. It was also a time for church youth to perform. Sometimes, the program had a topical theme such as the Bicentennial, wonder, flowers, or history.

Do you know our music program history? Can you answer these questions about music programs at MSUS? 

50th Anniversary Trivia!!

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who created and directed these Sunday morning Spring Music programs? 

BONUS QUESTION: Who else took responsibility for the May Music Program? 

ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: Can you name some of the featured composers? 

STILL ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: What changed with the 1992 music programs? 

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50th Anniversary Trivia Answers

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who created and directed these Sunday morning Spring Music programs? 

Usually it was the Choir Director including Margaret Dodson (later Lienhardt), Ross (Jerry) Larson, and Connie Metcalf. Connie Metcalf organized many composer Sundays through the 2000’s. Not only did she perform, but she accompanied many of the other performers. 

BONUS QUESTION: Who else took responsibility for the May Music Program? 

Marti Reckdahl (Tribute to the Bicentennial, 1975), Lois Roadfeldt Mullin (Flowers), Robert Hughes (Singing Our History, 1977), Barbara Hughes ( Music and Poetry, 2011) among others. 

ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: Can you name some of the featured composers?

Benjamin Britten (1980), The Renaissance and a Little More (1981), Aaron Copeland (1984), Mostly Schubert (1989), Claude Debussy (1992), The Baroque Period: European Music, 1690-1739 (1996), Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Tschaikowsky, Beethoven, Mendelsohn (1998), Hayden (2008), Johannes Brahams (2009) - all organized by Connie Metcalf. After 2010, Sunday mornings were reserved for worship services and music programs during the Sunday service were discontinued. 

STILL ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: What changed with the 1992 music programs? 

Bruce Van Bronkhorst, appointed as choir director, began evening music programs with the 1992 event entitled The 1st MSUS Best Ever Instrumental Ensemble Concert. These annual evening programs continued which 2014 with The Fourteenth Annual Best Ever MSUS Music Extravaganza. Continuing through today, Bruce Van Bronkhorst continues evening music programs featuring the choir, band, the String Band, soloists and ensembles. He also leads music programs at Christmas and near Valentine’s Day.