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Award-winning male vocal ensemble provides workshops for students; performs at Lenoir-Rhyne University
Award-winning male vocal ensemble provides workshops for students; performs at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes renowned Leipzig vocal quintet Ensemble Nobiles to its campus to lead workshops with students Tuesday, Oct. 22, and Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The ensemble will offer instruction to the LR College Singers and lead a master class for members of Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Judith Burbank's voice studio. LR senior music majors Shelby Blancet, Serra Smith, and Edward Bland will perform and join the College Singers and Ensemble Nobiles to present a concert Wednesday, Oct. 23, at noon. The Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. performance will feature Ensemble Nobiles. Both performances will occur at Grace Chapel and are open to the public; no tickets are necessary.

Founded in January 2006, the choristers met during their nine-year education in fine arts as members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig. Their repertoire ranges from late medieval mass songs to modern age works. The five young musicians attach great importance to the works of German Romantic composers, such as Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn Bartholdy, as well as to their extensive repertoire of church music. The ensemble has successfully collaborated with a number of other artists and composers, including Daniel Hope, Juan de la Rubia, Sjaella, New York Polyphony, and Jeremy Rawson.

Ensemble Nobiles was awarded first prize at the 2014 German Choral Competition in Weimar and judged best vocal ensemble at the 2015 International Choral Competition Gallus Maribor. One year later, the ensemble won first prize and received the renowned Ward Swingle Award Gold from the A Cappella Competition held in Graz. In 2019, the group received first place in the acoustic category at the Tampere Vocal Musical Festival.

In 2012, the ensemble released its first CD, "A German Mass," issued by GENUIN classics. They recorded another CD together with the vocal ensemble Sjaella, which was released to mark the 70th anniversary of composer Hugo Distler's death. Their CD, "Be Welcome," combines songs and motets for the time of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Radio stations in Germany and abroad have broadcast features and concert recordings of the ensemble.

In addition to numerous concerts in Germany, Ensemble Nobiles has been invited to perform in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Ensemble Nobiles is an ambassador of the musical education campus forum in Leipzig. Visit ensemblenobiles.de to learn more about the quintet.

For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or call the LR Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 828.328.7206.