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Eduardo Azzati Named Director of the Allentown Symphony Chorus

Eduardo AzzatiBethlehem, Pa., April 19, 2013—Eduardo Azzati, artist-lecturer in voice and conducting in the Moravian College Music Department, has been chosen to be the director of the Allentown Symphony Chorus. Azzati, a member of the music faculty at Moravian since 2008, is the director of the Women’s Chorus at the College.

The Allentown Symphony Chorus, now in its formation stages, is the Chorus in-residence of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and its main role will be the preparation and performance of major choral-orchestral works. A four-year plan has been laid out that includes Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Orff's Carmina Burana and Vaughan-Williams' Sea Symphony.

As the Allentown Symphony Chorus director, Azzati will be responsible for preparing the chorus for those major works and other projects. Previous collaborations between Azzati and the Allentown Symphony include the participation of our own Moravian College Women's Chorus, which Azzati directs, in the performance of a work by Fauré and the preparation of the chorus for a semi-staged performance of the opera Carmen.

Azzati has been working alongside Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Diane Wittry and Donna Fritchey, ASO Operations Manager, in the design and planning of the new Allentown Symphony chorus. Auditions will take place in the summer and fall of 2013. Membership in the chorus is open to talented, skilled and experienced choral singers. Opportunities for paid section leaders, assistant section leaders and choral scholars for advanced area college music majors are also available. For more information visit www.allentownsymphony.org/LearnAboutUs/AllentownSymphonyChorus.aspx"

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.