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ASU Choirs to perform in combined
concert on April 17 at Fowler Center

April 11, 2006 -- The choirs of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present a Spring Concert on Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, featuring all three of the choirs at ASU.

Conductors for the event include Edmond Hampton, president of the University Singers Men's Choir; Justin Register and Carolyn Smith, graduate conducting assistants; and Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities.

Ellen Philpot, adjunct professor of music, and Priscilla Noyes, senior piano major from Dexter, Mo., will accompany the choirs.

The Men's Choir will begin the program with a performance of “The Soldier's Chorus” from Charles Gounod's Faust, followed by “Auxilium meum” by Gaius Dressler, “Dirait-on” by Morten Lauridsen, and the King's Singers arrangement of "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel. The men will end their portion of the program with a barbershop arrangement of “I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World” arranged by the Boston Consort.

The Concert Choir will perform a few selections from the recent European tour, including “Sicut cervus” by Giovanni Palestrina and “Troeste mich wieder mit deinem Huelfe” by Johannes Brahms. “Totus tuus” by Henryk Gorecki, “Lithuanian Song,” a Polish folk song set by Frydryck Chopin, and “Piping Down the Valleys Wild” by Stephen Chatman, featuring Dr. Dan Ross, professor of oboe.

Following a brief intermission, the feature presentation of the evening will be the University Singers Women's Choir. In the first performance of the spring term, the group will sing “Dies irae” by Z. Randall Stroope and “Duo seraphim clamabant” by Luis de Victoria. Dr. Miller will direct “Mi lagnero tacendo” in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Serenade” by Franz Schubert, featuring Smith as mezzo-soprano soloist, “Hosanna” by Knut Nystedt, “Little Tree” by ASU composition major and former Women’s Choir member Carly Gorman, and “Witness” by Kirby Shaw, featuring soloists Lisa Gray, Mollie Black, and Crystal Stormes.
The program will conclude with three barbershop style arrangements for women “Mr. Sandman” by Bertha Bradley, “Yesterday” arranged by Renee Craig, and “Swing Down, Chariot” arranged by Sweet Adelines International.

Members of the choirs include: Kristi Freeman of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Karen Graham of Mayflower, Angela Jackson of Naylor, Mo., Pat Register of Florence, Ala., Krystal Story of Camden, Jamie Thompson of Rison, Cassie Black of Searcy, Mandy Walker of White Hall, Mollie Black of Benton, Priscilla Noyes of Dexter, Mo., Renee Porter of Kingwood, Texas, Elizabeth Schug of Paragould, Crystal Stormes of Goobertown, Kristin Walker of North Little Rock, Casey Wilburn of Lexa, and Katie Willeford of Monticello, sopranos.

Other members are April Brannum of Cardwell, Mo., Megan Duncan of Searcy, Lisa Gray of Brookland, Tiffanie Holland of Bryant, Brittany Howard of Paragould, Rachel Beavers, Rachel Warnick, Mary Hannah Johnson, and Carol Ann Segraves of Jonesboro, Erica Carter of Marion, Christy Fudge of Newark, Kate Puckett of Wilson, and Carolyn Smith of Huntsville, Ala., altos; Maurice Butler of Wynne, Josh Dennis of Springfield, Mo., Drew Dowdy of Paragould, Galen Perkins of Bartlett, Tenn., Derrick Moore of Forrest City, Rusty Shields of Osceola, Willie Sullivan, Craig McAlister, Matt Vardell, and Charles Winfield, all of Jonesboro, Christopher Mitchell of Trumann, Justin Register of Huntsville, Ala., Ryan Jackson of White Hall, and Christopher Thomas of Earle, tenors.

Additional members are Greg Eberhard of Harrisburg, Perry Harper, Andrew Kjorlaug, and Jonathan Schug, all of Paragould, Patrick Manes of Bryant, Skyler Mays of Hardy, Derrick Palmer of Brinkley, Nick Robbins of Manila, Jón Stevenson of Little Rock, Edmond Hampton of Fort Smith, Ewald Kirschner of Vienna, Austria, Lance Lewallen of White Hall, Willie Perry of Memphis, Tenn., Josh Wilcoxson of Kennett, Mo., and Keith Westbrook, Michael Davis, John T. Hays, and Jason Mendell, all of Jonesboro.

The concert is free and the public is invited. Please call the Department of Music at 870-972-2094 for further information.


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