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ASU Concert Choir, University
Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble present spring choral concert April 18
April 14, 2010
The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in
Jonesboro will present
the ASU Concert Choir, University Singers Men’s and Women’s Choirs, and
the premiere of a new Vocal Jazz ensemble in a performance that will
also feature the graduate conducting recital of Patrick Manes. The event
will be held on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. at Riceland Hall, Fowler
Center, 201 Olympic Dr. The choirs will present music from several
different styles in their final performance of the 2009-2010 concert
According to ASU director of Choral Activities, Dr. Dale
Miller, this performance will introduce the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, a new
group founded and directed by Kyle Chandler, assistant professor of
music and coordinator of music education for ASU. The Concert Choir is
accompanied by staff accompanist Brian Henkelmann, and the Men’s and
Women’s Choirs are accompanied by senior vocal performance major Willie
Sullivan. The concert is free of charge and the public is cordially
invited to attend.
vocal jazz ensemble, an eight-person auditioned group,
will perform the well known swing standard "Fly Me to the Moon" as well
as "But Beautiful" featuring various soloists with lush ensemble chords.
They will also "create" a vocal improvisation song and explore
asymmetrical meter within the jazz idiom in "Mo-Dot." The singers are
Kari Rickman and Christopher Orr of Jonesboro, Renee L. Smith of
Houston, Texas, Jessica Baldwin, Jeremy Carter, and Jay Shepherd, all of
Paragould, Susan Hulett of Mountain Home, and Kate Smith of Wynne.
The University Singers – Women’s Choir will be conducted
by Dr. Miller and graduate conducting assistant Janet Tullos in
selections from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Tullos will lead the
group in “O Bella Fusa” by Orlando di Lasso, and Dr. Miller will conduct
“Ascribe to the Lord” by Rosephanye Powell, “When I Hear Music” by
Michael G. Martin, and a women’s barbershop setting of “I Will Follow
Him” arranged by Tedda Lippicott.
The University Singers – Men’s Choir will be conducted by choir
president Nick Robbins, Patrick Manes, and Dr. Miller. Robbins will
lead the group in “Zion’s Walls” by Aaron Copland, and Mr. Manes will
conduct the barbershop tune “Please, Mr. Columbus” arranged by Don Gray,
Jack Baird, and Dave Wallace. Dr. Miller will conduct “Good Fellows Be
Merry” by J. S. Bach, and an arrangement of “Scarborough Fair” with
additional accompaniment by senior guitar majors Jay Shepherd and John
The Concert Choir will be performing “MISSA BREVIS
(Salzburg Mass) for a cappella choir of mixed voices” by contemporary
composer Richard Burchard and “Sanctus” from the CORONATION MASS by W.
A. Mozart under the direction of Manes, in partial fulfillment of his
requirements for the master of music in performance—conducting degree.
Additional pieces by the Concert Choir will include “Honey in the Rock”
by Jonesboro composer and Nettleton High School choir director Jonathan
Adams, conducted by Tullos, and “Scendi dal Paradiso” by Luca Marenzio,
conducted by Dr. Miller.
Dr. Miller will also conduct the concert finale which features all
members of the University Singers – Men’s and Women’s Choirs and the
Concert Choir. The combined chorus will perform the patriotic setting
“From Sea to Shining Sea,” arranged by Maurice C. Whitney, which will be
accompanied by Henkelmann on the organ and Sullivan on piano.
Members of the ASU Women’s Choir include Hannah McQuay, Becky Morrison
and Anna Ganong, all of Jonesboro, and Katie Matney of Trumann, first
sopranos; Suemone Chirstian of Bryant, Beth Dial of Malvern, Tamera
Griffin, Dena Mueller, and Samantha Sanders, all of Jonesboro, and
Melissa Jackson of Pine Bluff, second sopranos; Meagan Conley, Jordan
Farris, Jana Waters, and Abbie Ganong, all of Jonesboro, Madison Kuebler
of Searcy, and Savanna Traylor of Mountain Home, first altos; and
Michelle Byrd of Pine Bluff, Elizabeth Rountree of Hot Springs, Sloane
Simmons of Jonesboro, Lauren Turpin of Trumann, and Miranda Weaver of
Rector, second altos.
Men’s Choir singers are
Courtney Hostler of Pine Bluff, Jay Shepherd and Cody
Steele of Paragould, Blake Watters of Mountain View, and John Yerger and
Craig McAlister of Jonesboro, first tenors; Nick Robbins of Manila,
Christopher Orr of Jonesboro, Steven McCloud of Chicago, and Antwon
Staton of Little Rock, second tenors; Zac Adams of Piggott, Romero
Harper of Wynne, Matt Morgan of Jonesboro, Toan X. Tran of Viet Nam, and
Kale McDaniel of Jonesboro, baritones; and Adam Earhart and Patrick
Manes of Bryant, Ethan Pugh of Paragould, Jacob Kelley of Jonesboro, and
Drew Warren of Manila, basses.
The Arkansas State University Concert Choir members are:
Katie Fischer of Jacksonville, Becky Morrison and Kari Rickman of
Jonesboro, Jessica Baldwin of Paragould, Anna Ganong of Jonesboro, Katie
Matney of Trumann, Erin Reagan of Munford, Tenn., and Janet Tullos of
Cabot, first sopranos; Renee L. Smith of Houston, Elizabeth Dial of
Malvern, Melissa Jackson of Pine Bluff, Hannah McQuay of Jonesboro, and
Kate Smith of Wynne, second sopranos; Katherine Richards of Osceola,
Suemone Christian of Bryant, Jordan Farris and Jana Waters of Jonesboro,
Paige Harris of Benton, Madison Kuebler of Searcy, and Michelle Shotwell
of Manila, first altos; Susan Hulett of Mountain Home, Megan Bishop and
Katie Cole of Paragould, Michelle Byrd of Pine Bluff, Elizabeth Rountree
of Hot Springs, Sloane Simmons of Jonesboro, and Lauren Turpin of
Trumann, second altos; Wesley Hooper of Harrisburg, Courtney Hostler and
Kyle Plunkett of Pine Bluff, Cody Steele of Paragould, Blake Watters of
Mountain View, and John Yerger and Craig McAlister of Jonesboro, first
tenors; Jeremy Carter, Nick Robbins of Manila, Christopher Orr and
Willie Sullivan of Jonesboro, and Chris VanBrook of Hoxie, second
tenors; Ray Fromme of Highland, Ill., Romero Harper of Wynne, Fla., and
Kale McDaniel and Taylor Woodruff of Jonesboro, baritones; and Gabrien
Brown of Newport, Patrick Manes and Adam Earhart of Bryant, and Jacob
Kelley of Jonesboro, basses.
For more information about the concert or ASU music, please feel free to
contact the choir office at (870) 972-3841.
Concert Choir in front of the main altar after their performance in the
Vatican in Rome. Photo courtesy of the ASU Department of Music.
(L-R) Back: Katherine Richards, Jordan
Ferris, Sloane Simmons; Front: Hannah McQuay, Madison Kuebler, Megan
Bishop, Katie Cole, Kyle Plunkett during a performance at Chiesa di
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome.
Photo courtesy of the
ASU Department of Music.
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