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Members of the Mount Singers and Orchestra in front of the Doheny Mansion before the 'No Ways Tired' Spring Sing concert, in April 2017.

'Spring Singing' with the Mount Chorus & Orchestra

At Mount Saint Mary’s University, spring is the season for singing.

Thanks to the Mount’s Music Department, the University community and public had numerous opportunities to hear music take flight at the school’s downtown L.A. Doheny Campus and its Chalon Campus in the Santa Monica Mountains above the Getty Center.

Concerts were focused around a ‘Women in Music’ theme, featuring works by female composers and conductors, and songs that feature female perspectives. Several concerts included special guest women’s choirs, and each performance featured the all-women’s Mount Chorus and Singers.

The series of concerts was organized by Therese Fassnacht, DMA, chair of the Music Department; she designed the series to coincide with Women’s History Month in March and with Mount Saint Mary’s women’s-focused public events during that time period (including the University’s sixth annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™).  

On March 22, the Mount Chorus sang a ‘sister schools’ joint concert with the women’s choir of St. Catherine’s University, which traveled from St. Paul, Minn., to perform with Mount Saint Mary’s in Los Angeles. The concert took place during CSJ Appreciation Week, which celebrates the founders of each school, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Other concerts in the series included: 

  • La Cacchina, a Doheny Mansion concert pairing Mount Saint Mary’s vocal students and faculty with the acclaimed baroque ensemble Tesserae, to present the music of Francesca Caccini. 
  • No Ways Tired, the Mount Chorus & Singers’ annual “Spring Sing” concert in the Doheny Mansion, featuring choral music that celebrates persistence, courage and the power of community. 
  • Invincible!, a special joint concert in Mary Chapel with Cappella Artemisia, a female ensemble of voices and instruments that, for more than a quarter-century, have sung music from early Italian convents.

In addition to the ‘Women in Music’ concert series, the Mount’s Music Department also featured several faculty and student concerts. On April 6, music professors Mak Grgic and Julius Reder Carlson offered up “Guitarra!” — a journey through the musical landscapes of South America, Iberia and the Caribbean. And on April 23, Julia Johnson ’18 gave her junior recital — a program of Mozart, Faure, Barber, Schubert and more. Johnson used her concert platform to raise donations in support of humanitarian efforts in war-torn Syria.

The junior vocalist also placed first in an April performance at the National Association of Singing Teachers. In addition, Johnson recently earned a pair of prestigious summer residencies abroad. In June, she will travel to Italy, to study and perform in Scuola Italia’s program for opera singers. And in July, she will attend the International Vocal Artists Academy of Payerbach, in Austria.

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