Orpheus Singers announce new director, fall concert

The Orpheus Singers, a town-and-gown chamber choir established in 2012, has named Nathan Glocke as its new director.

Glocke, who teaches general music and choir at Mount Nittany Middle School, received an undergraduate degree in music education and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Penn State University, where he worked with Dr. Christopher Kiver, the founder of the Orpheus Singers. Between earning his degrees, Glocke also taught elementary and high school music in Chicago, where he also sang professionally for four years.

The Orpheus Singers will begin their fall season with a concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church, State College. The concert is free; donations to support the choir will be accepted at the door.

The singers will be performing “Love and Lamentations,” a concert of choral works by Renaissance composers Josquin and Tallis, 18th-century American composer Williams Billings, contemporary composer Stephen Paulus, and more.

“This is a very talented group of wonderful people who happen to be very gifted singers,” Glocke said. “While the ensemble has only existed for a short time, their reputation of wonderful music making is impressive. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be a small part of the Orpheus singers and follow in the footsteps of my friend and mentor, Dr. Christopher Kiver.”