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Department of Music
to present Winter Choir Concert

Feb. 5, 2007--The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the Concert Choir and University Singers Men’s and Women’s Choirs in a Winter Concert Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The ASU choirs will present works by John Rutter, Eric Whitacre and others. The choirs will also reprise many of the selections from the Jan. 30 Gospel Benefit Concert. The Winter Concert will feature the graduate conducting recital of Justin Register. This recital is in partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Music Performance, Conducting.

The ASU choirs are under the direction of Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities, with assistance by Mr. Register, and accompaniment by Priscilla Noyes and Luca Strazzullo. The Men’s Choir will perform “Loch Lomond,” arranged by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and conducted by Mr. Register, “Absolve Domine” by Peter Cornelius, and “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl. The Men’s Choir will close their portion of the program with the spiritual, “I Hear a Voice a-Prayin” by Houston Bright, and a barbershop-style arrangement of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” arranged by Joe Liles. 

The Women’s Choir will present “This Little Light of Mine” by Ysaye Barnwell, “Good News” by John Helgen, “Alleluia” by Paul Basler, “Will You Join the Dance” by Neil Ginsberg, and “Laudamus Te” from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” conducted by Mr. Register. The University Singers will present “Grumble Too Much” by Ruth Elaine Schram. 

The Concert Choir’s portion of the program will feature “Gloria by John Rutter, a 17-minute work conducted by Mr. Register, and accompanied by an instrumental ensemble of other ASU students. Also on the Concert Choir’s program will be “i thank You God for most this amazing day” by Eric Whitacre, adapted from e.e. cummings’ poem by the same name. The Concert Choir will end with a Moses Hogan spiritual arrangement, “Elijah Rock.”  

Personnel for the choirs includes Cassie Black of Searcy, Kristi Freeman of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Whitney Tucker of Wynne, Angela Jackson of Naylor, Mo., Pat Register of Florence, Ala., Tiffany Mitchell of Springdale, Elizabeth Schug of Paragould, Katina Warren of Wynne, and Mandy Walker of White Hall, first sopranos; Mollie Black of Benton, Stelicia Christian of Bryant, Katie Fischer of Jacksonville, Amy Isbell of Jonesboro, Renee Porter of Kingwood, Texas, Crystal Stormes of Goobertown, Casey Wilburn of Lexa, and Katie Willeford of El Dorado, second sopranos;  Lauren Bridges of Marmaduke, Tiffanie Holland of Bryant, Summer Duncan of Mountain Home, Brittany Howard and Rebecca Trimm of Paragould, Alix Meacham of Ash Flat, Christy McCarroll of Rose Bud, Sarah Moore of Dexter, Mo., and Abby Craft, Terrica Edmonds, and Mary Hannah Johnson of Jonesboro, first altos; Jessica Crociata of Tampa, Fla., Kristyn George of Jonesboro, Lisa Gray of Brookland, Savanna Hailey of Paragould, Susan Hulett of Mountain Home, Serita Mahone of Forrest City, Ka’Shiea McDaniel of Wynne, and Kimberley Toots of Little Rock, second altos; Maurice Butler of Wynne, Josh Dennis of Springfield, Mo.,  Galen Perkins of Bartlett, Tenn., Devin Rivas-Martin of Salina, Kan., and Rusty Shields of Osceola, first tenors; Michael Coles of Augusta, Ben Light of West Ridge, Derrick Moore of Forrest City, Justin Register of Huntsville, Ala., Chris Thomas of Earle, Dustin Sullivan of Kennett, Mo., Ryan Williams of Keo, and Craig McAlister, Lance Patterson, Willie Sullivan, Matt Vardell, and Lance Yerger of Jonesboro, second tenors; Greg Eberhard of Harrisburg, Andrew Kjorlaug of Paragould, Skyler Mays and Douglas Turner of Cherokee Village, Derrick Palmer of Brinkley, Nick Robbins of Manila, Timothy Smith of Wynne, Matt Ryals and Brandon Stroud of Jonesboro, baritones; Gabrien Brown of Newport, Shane Gregory of Jonesboro, Perry Harper and Jonathan Trail of Paragould, Edmond Hampton of Fort Smith, Patrick Manes of Bryant, and Josh Wilcoxson of Kennett, Mo., basses.

The concert is free and open to the public.  Please call the choir office at 870-973-3841 for further information.

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