Grant Richards of Belfast is among the 20 vocal music and music theater students from Nazareth College's Music and Theatre and Dance departments selected to sing backup at Josh Groban's upstate New York tour stops at the Palace Theatre, Albany, N.Y., Saturday, Oct. 3; the Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 6; and Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Nancy Strelau, associate professor in professional practice/auditions and instrumental coordinator/orchestra conductor in the Nazareth College Department of Music, also will join Groban on stage as a violinist. Strelau is serving as vocal contractor for the tour appearances.

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