The Monmouth College Chorale is preparing for a concert this fall as it keeps an eye focused on the spring.
Along with the Chamber Choir and the Concert Choir, the Chorale will present the annual Fall Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Free and open to the public, the concert will feature a wide range of styles, from classical to folk to jazz-influenced contemporary.
Faculty member Tom Clark directs the Concert Choir, which features community members as well as students. Music department chair Tim Pahel leads the Chorale and Chamber Choir.
Three performers will return to the stage on Oct. 28 as the Chorale hosts its annual spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. at Faith United Presbyterian Church, located one block south of campus at 200 S. Eighth St.
The cost is $5 for all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Proceeds from the event will support the Chorale’s spring break trip.
During the dinner, the student trio Mello Hello will perform what Pahel called “an eclectic mix of music, from old jazz standards to mellow contemporary hits.” The group includes AJ Furness ’23 of Indianola, Iowa (voice); Zach Lundquist ’24 of Aurora, Illinois (keyboard); and Eli Kelly ’24 of Aledo, Illinois (drums).
The spaghetti dinner is one of various fundraisers that Pahel and his students put on to raise money for their annual trip, which next March will take them to Colorado, with a stop on the way back in Kansas City.
“In Colorado, we will visit Denver and Colorado Springs and perform concerts, connect with alums and family, perform at the high school of an alum, and visit state and/or national parks,” said Pahel. “In Kansas City, we will visit a high school and perform an evening concert.”