The Chorale concert on Sunday, April 15, marked the final call of director Rod Urtel. Rod had been with the chorale since 1991, first as a singer, then moving to director in 2005. Included in the program for his final concert is a heart-felt ‘thank you’ from all the members Rod has influenced over the years:
The many members, past and present, of the Minnesota Valley Chorale want to take this opportunity to greatly and publicly thank Rod Urtel for the decades of service to the choir and there by the community at large, making the Mankato area a better place to work and live. Rod first appeared on the Chorale roster in the fall of 1991, not only was his name listed in the tenor section, he was also the section leader-music. He served in the capacity of section leader until the spring of 2005 when he stepped forward to replace Dennis Marsolf as artistic director. Rod has continued to make the Chorale a place to have fun and to also make some serious music, including but not limited to compositions by:
Pachelbel, Dickau, Rutter, Verdi, Gabrieli, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Vaughan-Williams, Bernstein, Hassler, Parry, Handel, Bach, Barnum, Fauré, Lauridsen, Whitacre, Mozart and Brahms.
Rod runs a great rehearsal keeping in mind and respecting the singers’ time and how quickly the time flies, in rehearsal and until the next performance, successfully taking the choir further than it thinks it can go. He has provided both the singer and patron with good performances and learning experiences, picking literature that is often described in grand terms.
Rod continues to be easy to work with and is the ‘poster child’ of graciousness. We are saddened to see him turn in his baton and are glad that he will be returning to join the tenors in the fall. Thank you Rod for what you have done and brought to the MVC…twenty– one years…a great run…and we’re not done yet! Thanks Rod.