Xavier Students, Alumni and Staff Part of World Choir Games Silver Medal

July 17, 2012

Xavier University's Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble was awarded a silver medal for its performance in the Mixed Chamber Choirs competition during the World Choir Games held this month in Cincinnati. The 24 singers were conducted by Tom Merrill, chair and associate professor of music and theatre. The ensemble competed with large choirs from Northern Kentucky, China, Venezuela, Australia, Columbia, Nigeria, Russia, and Thailand. Members were:

(14174) Patrick Briody of Youngstown, NY sang first bass with the ensemble.
(16066) James Cave, a 2010 Xavier alumnus from Cranberry Township, PA sang second tenor.
(20782) 2010 alumnus Dusty Francis of Hyattsville, MD sang second bass.
(30014) Amanda Stansfield of Covington, GA sang first soprano.
(36608) Sarah Roveda of Mobile, AL sang first alto.
(37122) Jordan Dunn of Mount Juliet, TN sang second soprano.
(40069) Thomas Riney of Springfield, KY sang first bass.
(41017) Chelsea Elsmeier of Lakeside Park sang first alto.
(43081) Cammie Tuel of Westerville, OH sang first alto.
(44256) Rachael Schempp of Medina, OH sang second alto.
(45002) Dan Parsely of Cleves sang first tenor.
(45040) Kristin Lonsway of Mason sang second soprano.
(45140) 2012 alumnus Mike Franzosa of Loveland sang first tenor.
(45236) Kathleen Bosse of Cincinnati sang first soprano.
(45231) Maddy Fessler of Cincinnati sang second alto.
(45233) 2012 alumnus Mike Pekel of Cincinnati sang second bass.
(45239) Rachael Blum of Cincinnati sang second alto.
(45247) 2012 alumnus Ryan Leep of Cincinnati sang second bass.
(45255) Evan Herbert and alumnus Andrew Herbert of Cincinnati sang second tenor and first bass, respectively.
(45805) 2012 Xavier alumnus Andy Levers of Lima sang first tenor.
(85641) Taylor Brown of Vail, AZ sang first soprano.
Niamh O’Leary, assistant professor of English, and Scott Buzza, music coordinator, sang second soprano and second tenor.

Nearly 1,000 participants in the Games stayed in residence halls on the Xavier campus during the event, which took place July 4-July 15 throughout Cincinnati. A free Friendship Concert was held on campus. View a video of the Kowloon Boys Choir of Hong Kong singing "Ave Maria" on July 5 at Xavier’s Bellarmine Chapel.

Cincinnati was the first venue in the United States to host the World Choir Games. The next competition will be in 2014 in Riga, Latvia.