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Publication Date

Fall 2014

Year of Release



David Castleberry, conductor

Mark Smith, piano


Officium Defunctorum


Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.


Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, who takes away the world's sins, grant them eternal rest.

Nachtwache I

Murmurs of the soul, inspired by love's breath, blow tremblingly. If you open an ear, open also a loving heart. If none opens to you, let the night wind bring you, sighing, back to me.

Nachtwache II

Do they rest? The watchman's horn calls from the west, and from the east the horn replies: they rest. Do you hear, fearful heart, the voices of angels whispering?

Extinguish the lamp and wrap yourself in peace.

Im Herbst

Autumn is somber when the leaves fall. The heart sinks into dreariness. The meadow is silent and the songbirds have flown silently southward as though to their grave.

The day is pale and clouds veil the sun as they veil the heart. Night comes early, all work halts, and even existence rests in profound secrecy.

Man becomes kind. He sees the sun sinking and he knows that life is like year's end. His eyes well up with tears, yet from the heart shines a streaming bliss.


The Marshall University Chamber Choir is a select choral ensemble whose repertoire spans music of the past five centuries, from renaissance madrigals to newly composed works. Although many of the choir's participants are preparing for careers in music, membership is open by audition to students from the entire campus. The ensemble has made frequent spring concert tours, including a ten-day performance tour to France in 2012 that featured performance or Sunday High Mass at Paris's famed Cathedral de Notre Dame. The group has made frequent appearances at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and has performed with the West Virginia and Huntington Symphony Orchestras. The Chamber Choir is featured in an award-winning broadcast with West Virginia Public Television entitled Choral Fusion and may be heard through available CD recordings.

Dr. David Castleberry is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Media and Director of Choral Activities. Under his leadership, the Chamber Choir has been recognized as one of the region's premier choral ensembles through recordings, concert tours, and premieres of new works. In addition to his leadership at Marshall University, Dr. Castleberry serves as Director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and as Director of Music at St. John's Episcopal Church in Huntington. He is a past President of the Southern Division of ACDA and has served twice as state President in West Virginia. He served for eight years as a member of the Editorial Board for Choral Journal, where he was Editor of the Sound Recordings review column and regularly contributed articles and reviews to the publication.

Rosie Bright, Kelsey Good, Taylor Isaacs, Alaina Krantz, Rebekah May, Christa Navy, Ali Perdue, Dominique Sears, Erin Sears, Jessica Starkey, soprano

Brooke Fisher, Caitlin Freeland, KeAnna Georges, Emily Goudy, Corynn Hawkins, Hillary Herold, Halie Putorek, Olivia Watson, alto

Michael Bare, Daniel George, Jarohn Grandstaff, Gabriel Gray, Ryan Phipps, Sean Price, Michael Rose, Jacob Smith, tenor

Joshua DeHaven, Jeffrey Dickerson, Daniel Gray, Jonathan Sowards, Josh Steinle, Josh Stewart, Christian Thomas, Jonathan Young, bass


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Marshall University Music Department Presents The Marshall University Chamber Choir, In Concert, ​David Castleberry, Conductor, Mark Smith, Pianist