November 14, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Concert Chorale will dedicate its fall concert, "Nature and Music," to the memory of founder Allen W. Flock.

The concert, which is open to the public without charge, begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.

Conducted by William Payn with accompanist David Cover, the program will include "A Prairie Sunset" by Cecil Effinger, with text by Walt Whitman; "Mid-Winter Songs" by Morten Lauridsen, with text by Robert Graves; the American folk song "Shenandoah", arranged by Kevin Riehle; "This we know" by Ron Jeffers, with text by Chief Seattle; and "Cloudburst" by Eric Whitacre, with text by Octavio Paz.

The Bucknell University Concert Chorale is a mixed chorus of students from various fields of study at Bucknell. Formed in 1964 by Allen Flock, the Chorale presents annual programs of secular and sacred music. In addition to its public concerts on campus, the Chorale has traveled extensively throughout the United States, and has performed with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra; the Chorale of Simon Bolivar of Caracas, Venezuela; the Pennsylvania Ballet; and for the Music Educators' National Conference as well as the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. The ensemble's next Bucknell performance is scheduled for April 15, 2007.

A 35-year career

Allen Flock came to Bucknell in 1950 as an instructor, and retired as professor from the university in 1985 after 35 years of service. In addition to teaching courses in instrumental technique and conducting, he coordinated the university's student music teaching program and conducted both the Bucknell Band and the University Chorale. Known for his enthusiasm and rapport with students, Flock received the Philip L. and Dessa M. Harriman Award in 1983 in recognition of his work at Bucknell, his 20 years as director of the Beaver Memorial Church Choir, his service as choral director of Lewisburg High School, and as an instrument instructor in local elementary schools.

That same year, the Lewisburg schools honored him with the Music Honor Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions and dedication to music. He was co-founder and co-director of the Beaverbrook Music Camp in Pocono Pines for 11 years, a true pioneer in the area of music camps for students. A graduate of Susquehanna University, Flock held a master's degree from Columbia University and did post-graduate work at the Juilliard School of Music, Stanford University, Indiana University, and Westminster Choir College. Flock passed away in April.

Posted Nov. 13, 2006

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