Carnegie Hall gala to honor Fred Waring

University Park, Pa. — Shawnee Music Press, founded by Penn State Distinguished Alumnus Fred Waring, will celebrate its 70th anniversary on June 6, with a gala at New York's Carnegie Hall. The special concert will be held at 8 p.m. and will showcase the talents of award-winning choral composers, arrangers and artists from around the country in a performance of some of America's best choral works.

Distinguished Concerts Singers International (DCI), comprising auditioned choirs from around the country, will perform at the event. Under the direction of Conductor Laureate Timothy Seelig, DCI will perform well-loved numbers, including the  "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful" and "Swingin' with the Saints."

Tickets for the performance can be purchased through the DCI New York Box Office, (212) 707-8566, ext 307. For more information, visit 

Waring (1900-1984) was a popular musician, bandleader and radio-television personality, sometimes referred to as "America's Singing Master," whose legendary show choir and orchestra, The Pennsylvanians, dominated the Big Band era. Waring served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1957. The Fred Waring Collection, known as Fred Waring's America, is a unique part of the Special Collections Library at Penn State University Libraries.

Fred Waring’s America is located at 313 Pattee Library, University Park, Pa., and is accessible during regular business hours. Research inquiries are encouraged, and many materials are available for use by music educators, researchers and community groups. For more information, call (814) 863-2911 or e-mail

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Last Updated November 18, 2010