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DWU music department selling perfect stocking stuffer

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Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas? The Dakota Wesleyan music department has just the thing – a compilation of its greatest hits on CD.

The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music has created a CD with its best choral and bells recordings from 2014 through 2018. The CD is on sale now for $10 at the DWU Campus Bookstore and is available for purchase at DWU choir and bell performances.

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“Sing On!” contains 24 tracks from past performances by the Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Singing Scotchman, Women’s Chamber Choir (now called the Dakota Dynamics), The Highlanders and Wesleyan Bells. The CD contains both live performances and recorded sessions.

Though this is not a holiday CD, its collection of choir and audience favorites make it a great gift this Christmas. Some of the selections include “St. Louis Blues,” “Eye of the Tiger,” “What Wondrous Love is This?” and “Gloria” from “Missa O Magnum Mysterium.”

Dr. Clinton Desmond, director of choral activities at DWU, said that the original plan was to release a CD from 2014-2015 but after some deliberation the department decided there was not enough material.

“Over the next few years, we painstakingly sifted through five years of live recordings to select the best performances from all of our choirs and bells,” Desmond said. “We had a lot of selections to choose from, but we eventually narrowed it down to the 24 tracks currently on the CD. We are extremely proud of the work of our students and feel that this recording is an excellent retrospective of the quality of musical ensembles at DWU over the past five years and a testament to a renaissance in the music department.”