The Marion Madrigal Singers formed in 1976 under the direction of the choral director at OSUMarion. Upon his departure, Carol Becker assumed leadership. After studying music at Heidelberg College and Western Reserve University, Becker taught music in public schools in Mentor, Shaker Heights, Bratenahl, and Marion City Schools. For the last eighteen years, she has taught private vocal and piano lessons from her home. She has performed as a soprano Soloist for the Messiah, played several roles in musicals at the Palace Theater in Marion, and has sung in many churches.
The term “madrigal” comes from a type of secular music first composed in Italy during the 16th century. Themes of love and nature predominate this a cappella style, which consists of 4-6 parts that are sung independently from each other. This type of music was typically enjoyed by the upper class nobles after formal dinners. Madrigal singing saw a rapid spread in popularity throughout Europe and England, but it became less prominent for two centuries before seeing a resurgence in enthusiasm during the twentieth century.
The Marion Madrigal Singers have performed throughout the state of Ohio, including the Delaware Arts Festival and the Delaware Arts Center, Renaissance Fairs, as well as regular appearances at Marion Music Club programs and local community functions and parties. USCL Director, Kathleen Whitt, has been with the group for over 25 years and looks forward to sharing this musical style with a new generation of music lovers. For more information contact the Library at 419-294-1345.