Eric Feuerborn

Two Chickasha Choirs Join Forces For Spring Concert

Friday, March 12, 2010

 

Two Chickasha choirs will help sing in spring on April 6 as the USAO Concert Choir and the Chickasha Middle School Honor Choir join forces to present a Spring Concert April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel at USAO.

 

The free concert will feature contemporary art and popular music selections as well as ethnic and folksong arrangements, said Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music at USAO and conductor of the Concert Choir.

 

The CMS Honor Choir is scheduled to present Dona Nobis Pacem (a traditional Latin Hymn), True Colors and Remember My Song.

 

The USAO Concert Choir is scheduled to perform contemporary music by John Rutter, Joseph Martin and Eliza Gilkyson. "The choir also will present a rousing rendition of the traditional folksong, What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?"

 

Together the choirs are scheduled to perform Look At The World -- scored for adult and children's choirs with piano accompaniment.

 

The CMS Honor Choir is an auditioned treble chorus comprised of students in the sixth through eighth grades. Several members of the choir recently participated in the Circle the State With Song choral festival in Norman.

 

CMS Honor Choir member Rebecca Willoughby was named to the Oklahoma Music Educator's Association All-State Children's Chorus. She performed with the all-state ensemble in January in Tulsa.

 

Crystal Wyatt is the director of the CMS Honor Choir. Candy Bell assists her.

The USAO Concert Choir is the major choral ensemble at USAO. It consists of both music majors as well as non-majors who enjoy singing. The choir performs annual concerts each fall and spring on campus.

 

The Concert Choir was a part of the USAO Festival of Arts and Ideas on Africa in March. The group performed traditional African folksongs with ethnic percussion instruments.

Crystal Wyatt and Deborah Johnson, an adjunct instructor in music at USAO, will serve as accompanists for the concert.