UA Composition Student's Work to be Performed

University Communications
Dec. 7, 2012

A UA pre-composition student's work is being performed this month by an organization whose members have strong UA ties.

The Arizona Repertory Singers will perform Grant Jahn’s contemporary mixed choir rendition of "O magnum mysterium," among other works, during a series of concerts.

"I usually focus on instrumental works and instrumental compositions," said Jahn, a UA School of Music sophomore who also plays clarinet and piano. "I just worked on it on the side not even knowing it would ever be performed."

Jahn began working on the piece last year. And it's not the first time a professional organization has performed his work. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra has done so as well.

"I love the idea that music can express what words can't," he said. "With composition, it really is those raw feelings that you are conveying."

The 50-member Arizona Repertory Singers will perform Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Benedictine Monastery, 800 N. Country Club Road; Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. also at the Benedictine Monastery; and Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road. Tickets are $15 and are available online.

Jahn, who was born and raised in Tucson, has seen the ensemble perform since he was a child – his father, Jeffry A. Jahn, is the director. 

The a cappella choral ensemble originally formed as the Arizona Recital Choir at the UA School of Music in 1984, said Jan E. Sturges, the Arizona Repertory Singers operations manager and caregiving coordinator for the UA Life & Work Connections. Also, dozens of current and past members have UA degrees.

Among them, Sturges noted, are: Jeffry A. Jahn earned his doctorate in musical arts and has led the ensemble since he was a UA student; Helen S. Schaefer is a founding board member; six singing members are currently UA employees or working on advanced degrees; and, all told, members and their families hold about 35 UA degrees.

"The organization itself is a great opportunity for people who sing and who sing well," Grant Jahn said. "The members share their gifts with the community in a completely non-selfish way. It's a great volunteer group and I encourage everyone to go." 

Photo credit: Lyn Sims for the Arizona Repertory Singers; portrait by Ray Mansouri of Silhouette Photography 2011

Contact: Jan E. Sturges, the Arizona Repertory Singers operations manager and caregiving coordinator for the UA Life & Work Connections, 520-626-4770 or sturgesj@email.arizona.edu.

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