Thursday, Feb. 16: 9:30 AM (School Clinic) at West Canada Valley CSD, Newport, NY
7:00 PM (Benefit Concert) at Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, NY
Friday, Feb. 17: 12:17 PM (School Clinic) at Mekeel Christian Academy, Scotia, NY
7:00 PM (Free Concert) at First Presbyterian Church, Schenectady, NY
Saturday, Feb. 18: Day off in the Boston, MA area. Students are going to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the evening.
Sunday, Feb. 19: 10:15 AM (Church Service) at Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church, Whitinsville, MA
Sunday, Feb. 19: 2:30 PM (Free Concert) at St. Camillus Health Center, Whitinsville, MA
Monday, Feb. 20: 7:00 PM (Free Concert) at Knapps Station Community Church, Norwood, NY
Tuesday, Feb. 21: Students return home to Rochester.
Sunday, March 12: 11:00 AM (Church Service) at Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA
1:30 PM (Free Concert) at Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA
8:00 PM (Free Concert) at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park, MD
Monday, March 13: 2:30 PM (School Clinic) at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA
7:00 PM (Free Concert) at First United Presbyterian Church, Woodbridge, VA
Tuesday, March 14: Day off in D.C.
Wednesday, March 15: 8:15 AM (School Clinic) at Delaware County Christian School, Newtown Square, PA
7:30 PM (Free Concert) at Vine and Branch Church, Liberty, NY
Thursday, March 16: (School Clinic) at Irondequoit High School, Irondequoit, NY
*note: The Chorale has a concert at Roberts on Friday, March 17 at 7:30 PM in Hale Auditorium, CLC.
A Little About Us
Bonded by a passion for compelling musical performance and a desire for meaningful Christian fellowship, the talented instrumentalists and singer-artists of the Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble and Chorale combine their gifts to cultivate excellence in music. These groups represent the well known Department of Music & Performing Arts at Roberts, which is professionally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Proudly recorded Ron Nelson's Te Deum for chorus and band for commercial recordings on the Albany label. The composer declared it the “definitive recording… a jaw-dropping performance.” The ensemble tours each year with a repertoire of standard wind band literature.
This select vocal ensemble recently performed Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, and Mozart's Solemn Vespers, Haydn's Little Organ Mass and Te Deum in C, Rutter’s Gloria, and music by Tallis, Palestrina, Telemann, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Bruckner, to name just a few. In addition to concerts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Roberts Wesleyan Orchestra, the Chorale presents several performances in local and regional churches each year.
angelic vocal performers
Major tour destinations
Boston, Cleveland, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Washington D.C
majors represented by non-music majors
total tour stops across the northeast in 2015
Meet the Talent
Director of Chorale
"I always look forward to the annual chorale tour as it is a time for us to focus on serving the community through our gifts, reflecting on our vocational goals and callings, and fellowship with one another."
Director of Wind Ensemble & Community Orchestra
“When I was a student at Roberts, Wind Ensemble tours were the highpoint of my college experience. I believe that is still true with our current students. It is more than a time for deepening friendships; it is often a life changing experience both musically and spiritually.”
Monica Ramich '16
“Chorale tour was always a highlight of the school year for me, not only because it gave us the opportunity to perform our music for new audiences, but also because of the quality time we got to spend with each other as an ensemble. I have many fond memories of past tours, but what I enjoyed the most was growing closer to my fellow ensemble members as we shared our gift of music with others. It definitely creates a special bond!”
Joe Finazzo '14
“Tour is a great experience for bonding and growing as an ensemble and as a family. You spend a LOT of time together, see a lot of fun things and places, and meet a lot of wonderful families and/or other students and performers. It's a lot of fun for everyone involved, and you learn a lot about the music you're singing and the group you're singing with.”
Emily Bartz '17
“Wind Ensemble tour is a highlight of the semester. From board games on the bus to Euchre tournaments or swimming at hotels to sight-seeing and exploring, it is an excellent way to bond with the ensemble family. The concerts are among the most musically gratifying and energized performances I have ever participated in. Tour is a blast!”
Joshua Meyer ’15
“Tour is a great way to get to know everyone in the ensemble on a deeper level. It's an incredible musical experience, traveling and playing for audiences all around the country. It was always fun and exciting, as well as the highlight of each school year.”
We would love to play for you! Book us at your venue!
We don’t charge for concerts
We ask venues to consider a donation/offering at the end of the program which is used for promotions and recordings. Ask us about doing benefit concerts for you!
One hour long
Our ensembles prepare an hour of music which we can tailor to fit your venue’s needs. Performances are 30 minutes minimum.
What People Are Saying
“I was very impressed with the Wind Ensemble concert at our school, our student body was entertained and it offered such a great window into performance options that exist past high school. My ensemble really enjoyed working with Dr. Shewan in the clinic and the opportunity to play with the Wind Ensemble during the concert was second to none!”
–Shane Bonney, West Canada Valley CSD
“Our students had a great experience. They were truly inspired. One of our middle school students, who observed a portion of the clinic, said later in the day that "that was the most beautiful thing I have heard in my 12 years of life!"
–Terry Gordon, Mekeel Christian Academy
“As an alumnus of Roberts and a trumpet player, I especially enjoyed having the Roberts Wesleyan Wind Ensemble perform at First Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, NY. The group continues to perform a wide variety of musical repertoire with excellence. I was impressed with how Dr. Paul Shewan was able to encourage such a dynamic performance from the students."
–Jonathan Mariano, First Presbyterian Church
“Thank you for the opportunity to host the wind ensemble! They were and are a fine group of young professionals. It was a pure joy to have them perform for us at KSCC. We were very impressed with their behavior. We would be open to have them again."
–Pastor Lee Sweeney, Knapps Station Community Church
The Wind Ensemble was professional in their demeanor and setup. My students enjoyed playing with them and benefitted from experiencing a different director. The school as a whole was both educated and entertained at the concert through the range of selections and through the interaction between the ensemble and the audience.
- Melody Shipley, Christian Central Academy
We had the pleasure to have the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale visit our small town and what a fantastic experience it was! Our community in Frankfort, NY had the pleasure to host The Roberts Chorale at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church this past spring of 2016. The performance was beyond speculator; the voices filled the church with angelic sounds. With the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale tour coming to our community, not only were we blessed with the performance, but we also had the opportunity to host several students in our home. The other families within our community who also hosted students still rave about how polite and enjoyable the students were. The Roberts musicians were a pure joy! We highly encourage any group or community to consider inviting the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale to perform in their venue, be it a church, a school, or a nursing home. Under David Chin's leadership, you cannot have a better performance nor experience.
-The Spaman family
“The RWC Wind Ensemble entertained our students with engaging repertoire. The ensemble sounded the best I have heard them and the French horns blew our students away. Dr. Shewan was a blast and was a true entertainer.”
–Joe Stork, Corning-Painted Post High School, Band Director
“Working with the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale was a wonderful experience. From planning and preparation all the way to execution and performance, the chorale was an absolute joy to work with. Directed by David Chin, the students’ performance was exceptional and they engaged really well with the people of our church.”
–Ben Tinsch, North Syracuse Baptist Church