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Chamber Choir to celebrate 50 years of Madrigal Feaste

The first USI Madrigal Feast was directed by David Deeg in 1969 in the Forum building.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

November 19, 2019

The first USI Madrigal Feast was hosted in 1969 by the Director of the Mid-American Singers David Deeg. It was catered by Betty Rice, the wife of USI’s first president David Rice.  The Mid-American Singers grew from 16 members to become the university's Chamber Choir and the event is still going ...

A glimpse into the magic of madrigal

A glimpse into the magic of madrigal

Nicole Mitchell, Special to The Shield

December 4, 2018

Nicole Mitchell  Daniel Craig flipped a coin to decide which of three students would have an extra speaking part during the opening toast ceremony of the Madrigal Feaste. The associate professor of music pointed to a student in the middle of the room. A voice cried out from the choir: “Ho...

Eagle expeditions: singing serves, entertains

The university Chamber Choir traveled to Ireland for the Mayo International Choral Festival Premiere Competition, placing second in sacred music and first in the four-part choir competition out of 38 other choirs. The choir won first overall.

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

September 9, 2018

Every week The shield will feature a student who spent time in another country over the summer. This week, Benjamin Ulrich shared about his time in Ireland with the university Chamber Choir for their annual participation in the Mayo International Choral Festival Premiere Competition.  When the stu...

Madrigal Feaste transports community to Renaissance

The choir sings during the 2014 Madrigal Feaste in Carter Hall.

Gabi Wy, Features Editor

November 30, 2016

Carter Hall won’t be Carter Hall Dec. 1-4. Instead, Madrigal Feaste attendees will walk into a Renaissance-style Baron’s Hall, immersed in a fifteenth-century royal feast with the university Chamber Choir. For the 47th annual Madrigal Feaste, sophomore Beronica Ricketts will portray a J...

Second chance: Madrigal cast reflects on cut Feaste

Second chance: Madrigal cast reflects on cut Feaste

Bobby Shipman

December 4, 2014

  Lindsey Tudor's hopes were dashed in December 2013 when the 44th Annual Madrigal Feaste was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. The 15th century Ireland themed event is the oldest tradition on USI’s campus. Its four-nights of festivities feature the USI Chamber Choir dressed as char...

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