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Department of Music presents Concert
Choir in Winter Concert, Sunday, Feb. 17
Feb. 7, 2008 --
The Department of Music at Arkansas State
University will present the Concert Choir in their Winter Concert on
Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall, 201 Olympic
Drive, Jonesboro. The concert is free and open to the public.
To celebrate Black History Month, Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral
activities, has planned a concert which will feature selections of
spirituals by American and European composers and other compositions by
African-American composers. Selections will include Moses Hogan’s
arrangement of “I Got a Robe,” Allen Koepke’s setting of “Wade in de
Water,” Anders Paulssen’s edition of “Deep River,” featuring senior
vocal music education major Patrick Manes on soprano saxophone, Houston
Bright’s composition “Lament of the Enchantress,” conducted by Justin
Register, graduate conducting assistant, and Jack Halloran’s arrangement
of “Witness.” The choir is accompanied by Priscilla
graduate piano student.
Two additional groups will be represented on the afternoon
program. ASU is hosting the state auditions of the National Association
of Teachers of Singing, so four ASU vocal
soloists will present numbers that they will sing in the auditions later
in the month of February. Willie Sullivan will sing the aria
“L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra” by Francesco Paolo Tosti, and Rebecca
Craft will perform “The Red Dress,” an art song by Ricky Ian Gordon.
Both Sullivan and Craft are students of Matthew Carey, assistant
professor of voice. Students representing the studio of Julia Lansford,
associate professor of voice, will be Renee Porter and Crystal Stormes.
Ms. Porter will sing “A Heart That's Free” by Alfred G. Robyn, and Ms.
Stormes will perform “Amorosi miei giorni” by Stefano Donaudy. The
students will be accompanied by Joy Sanford, pianist.
The final group of singers on the concert was
selected by audition to represent ASU at the Southwestern Division
conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Feb. 20
- 23. These students are learning eight numbers to perform with other
collegiate members of ACDA in Kansas City,
and will sing a selection from “Spirit Suite,” by composer Mark Hayes.
The ASU singers are Kari Rickman of Jonesboro, Crystal Stormes of
Goobertown, Tiffanie Holland of Bryant, Jeanie Clements of Batesville,
Justin Register of Huntsville, Ala., Willie Sullivan of Jonesboro, Nick
Robbins of Manila, and Patrick Manes of Bryant. All eight of the
students are vocal music majors.
Personnel for the ASU Concert Choir include
Whitney Tucker of Wynne, Angela Jackson of Naylor, Mo., Pat Register of
Huntsville, Ala., Megan Throesch of Pocahontas, Tiffany Mitchell of
Springdale, Crystal Haralson of Paragould, and Kari Rickman of
Jonesboro, first sopranos; Mollie Black of Benton, Katie Fischer of
Jacksonville, Renee Porter of Kingwood, Texas, Crystal Stormes of
Goobertown, Amy Darnell of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Katherine Richards of
Osceola, Rebecca Craft of Jonesboro, Katie Willeford of El Dorado, and
Melissa Jackson of Pine Bluff, second sopranos; Lauren Bridges of
Marmaduke, Tiffanie Holland of Bryant, Abby Craft of Jonesboro, Sarah
Moore of Dexter, Mo., Summer Duncan of Mountain View, Helen Ward of
Little Rock, Jeanie Clements of Batesville, and Lisa Richards of
Osceola, first altos; Jessica Crociata of Tampa, Fla., Savanna Hailey of
Paragould, Susan Hulett of Mountain Home, Kimberley Toots of Little
Rock, Kristyn George of Jonesboro, and Lacey Griggs of Paragould, second
altos; Josh Dennis of Springfield, Mo., Michael Coles of Augusta, Rusty
Shields of Osceola , Elliott Andrews of Russellville, John Yerger of
Jonesboro, and Fletcher Teague of Hamburg, first tenors; Kyle Berry of
Austin, Ark., Justin Register of Huntsville, Ala., Dustin Sullivan of
Kennett, Mo., Craig McAlister and Willie Sullivan of Jonesboro, Jeremy
Carter of Paragould, Adam Rigney of Blytheville, and Wesley Hooper of
Harrisburg, second tenors; Patrick Manes of Bryant, Derrick Palmer of
Brinkley, Nick Robbins of Manila, Skyler Mays of Cherokee Village,
Andrew Piggott of Tampa, Fla., Josh Lovett of Hamburg, Mark Parsley of
Malvern, and Sam Osborn of Paragould, baritones; Gabrien Brown of
Newport, Brandon Stroud and Jarvis Brodie of Jonesboro, Jonathan Trail,
and Blake Markum and Jordan Nealy of Paragould, basses.
Please call the Department of Music’s choral music office at (870)
972-3841 for additional information.
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