Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

The Grinnell Singers, a 45-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 20-25, in churches in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Houston, Austin, and Dallas, as part of a spring break tour.

The Grinnell Singers’ concert repertoire will span six centuries, with selections from Renaissance England and 19th-century Russia to contemporary music from England and America, gospel-styled music, and folksongs. Directed by Professor of Music John Rommereim, the Singers’ tour schedule will include:

Mar. 20, 5 p.m.: Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Mar. 21, 7:30 p.m.: Oklahoma City St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th (at Robinson), Oklahoma City, Okla.

Mar. 23, 7 p.m.: Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark Dr., Houston, Tex.

Mar. 24, 7 p.m.: St. James Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd., Austin, Tex.

Mar. 25, 7 p.m.: Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, Tex.

The singers will also perform a “home from tour” concert with guest conductor Simon Carrington on Sun., Apr. 17 at 2 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, on the Grinnell College campus.

The Grinnell Singers, known for their innovative and adventurous choral programming, have premiered more than 20 choral works in the past five years, under Rommereim’s direction. Rommereim is active as a composer, singer, and scholar whose work is centered in the areas of Russian choral music and early music performance. Each year the choir presents concerts across the U.S. and has traveled to Estonia, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey. The group has also been invited to perform at two regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.