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Alumni of BYU choirs regroup for 'encore' performances

Alumni who sang in the select choirs at BYU have united to blend their voices again, as members of a new choir.

Canti con brio is the name of the choir. It means "sing with exuberance.""And that is just what the choir was formed to do: to give people who enjoyed singing at BYU the opportunity to sing again with exuberance," said Elaine Craig, a 1983 BYU graduate who is in charge of public relations for the choir.

"Canti is composed of former members of the BYU Oratorio, A Capella and Singers, an internationally known group," she said.

Ronald Staheli, veteran choir director at BYU, conducts the new group.

Some 80 choir members met for the first time in September, and the group held its first concert at Christmas time.

The purpose of the choir, Sister Craig said, is "to provide the director and choir members a chance for spirited singing together. We're working on a demanding and enjoyable repertoire. It's a real opportunity, if you've graduated from college, to continue to do what you enjoyed doing while you were in college. And it gives the director a chance to work with fully mature voices."

Sandefur Schmidt, choir president, said the members come mainly from the Provo and Salt Lake areas.

The group's spring concerts were held April 21-22, the first at the Museum of Art at BYU and the second at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

The program for the spring concerts typifies the choir's repertoire. It included four hymns familiar to LDS audiences, selections by Brahms and Handel, and Howard Hansen's "Lament for Beowulf."

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