Mozart's "Requiem" at MTSU Sunday

Oct 22, 2021 at 09:34 pm by WGNS

(MURFREESBORO)  Middle Tennessee State University vocal students will be in the spotlight Sunday, Oct. 24, when the MTSU Schola Cantorum and Middle Tennessee Choral Society blend their voices in a special performance of Mozart’s haunting final work, “Requiem.” 

The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 24 in Hinton Hall inside MTSU's Wright Music Building, located at 1439 Faulkinberry Drive. Guests must follow MTSU's mask and other health safety requirements inside the venue. 


Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and younger and are available online at and at the door. MTSU students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with current IDs. 

Raphael Bundage, a professor of vocal performance in MTSU's School of Music and the Choral Society’s music director/conductor, is guiding the MTSU-community performance of the beloved classical composer’s final work. 

A nobleman commissioned the piece for a requiem mass to commemorate his young wife’s death. Mozart was working on it when he died suddenly in 1791 at age 35, and a colleague completed it the following year. 

This fall’s concert features 14 student soloists, all voice majors at MTSU: 

  • Alex Baldwin, a junior tenor from Manchester, Tennessee. 
  • Allison Benoit, a senior soprano from Germantown, Tennessee. 
  • Hannah Blankenship, a sophomore soprano from Murfreesboro. 
  • Miya Burt, a junior alto from Cordova, Tennessee. 
  • Haylee Casper, a sophomore alto from Smyrna, Tennessee. 
  • Anna Cooper, a senior soprano from Murfreesboro. 
  • Seth Finch, a senior tenor from Murfreesboro. 
  • Jaedyn Heil, a junior soprano from Murfreesboro. 
  • Jesse Lowery, a sophomore alto from Columbia, Tennessee. 
  • Tyler Middleton, a senior bass from Maryville, Tennessee. 
  • Dakota Paschel, a junior bass from Knoxville, Tennessee. 
  • Cameron Roberts, a sophomore tenor from Knoxville. 
  • Logan Stewart, a sophomore bass from Clarksville, Tennessee. 
  • Julie Webster, a senior soprano from Lynnville, Tennessee. 

The Schola Cantorum comprises MTSU’s best upper-division vocal majors and graduate students. The internationally recognized Choral Society includes top student vocalists alongside outstanding singers from the surrounding community. 

A preview of their work, available at, features the groups performing Mozart’s “Kyrie” and “Gloria” in a 2017 concert. 

The Middle Tennessee Choral Society also has scheduled its annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Murfreesboro’s First United Methodist Church at 265 W. Thompson Lane.  

Tickets for that concert also are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and younger and available online at and at the door.  

For more information on this and other concerts in the MTSU School of Music, call 615-898-2493 or visit and click on the "Concert Calendar" link.  

For details on joining the Middle Tennessee Choral Society, contact Bundage at or 615-898-2849. 

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