Chorale travels to Jacksonville, Fla. to attempt "choral suicide"
Just before Spring Break, the Tennessee Tech University Chorale embarked on a 5-day trip to Jacksonville, Fla. to perform at the annual Southern Division American Choral Directors Association convention.
While away, the University's premiere choir sang as members of the Collegiate Combined Chorus, collaborating with choirs from the University of North Florida and Georgia State University, with accompaniment from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for the convention's final performance.
The performance included works composed and arranged by musicians from the mother country, Great Britain, such as the royal coronation anthems "Zadok the Priest" and "I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me," and the 40-minute cantata "Belshazzar's Feast."
The Collegiate Combined Chorus took direction from maestro Simon Halsey, conductor of the London Symphony Chorus and 3-time Grammy winner, for the convention's final performance.
His choice to perform the final piece, "Belshazzar's Feast," was described by Dr. Craig Zamer, director of Tennessee Tech Choral Activities and Program Chair for the convention, as "the most challenging piece I've ever handed the ensemble to prepare and perform." Additionally, Halsey admitted to the combined chorus during one of the convention's rehearsals that the task of performing the piece was "choral suicide."
After completing over 15 hours of rehearsal during the convention combined with additional previous preparation, the Chorale performed a combined set of five works in roughly an hour and a half for fellow singers, choral directors, and the general public at the Jacoby Concert Hall.
The Chorale's participation in the convention drew regional visibility to the University's choral program while potentially opening doors to opportunities and experiences in which the program aspires to achieve.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More The Oracle News Articles
Recent The Oracle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR THE ORACLE NEWS
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST THE ORACLE NEWS
RECENT THE ORACLE CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Boomers Find Reason to Celebrate With Vacations
- Shave Strokes off Your Golf Game -- Without the Eraser
- Stay Cool With a Ceiling Fan as Stylish as It Is Functional
- Have a Blast With the Family This Summer, but Stay Safe
- Chiropractic Careers Are on the Rise
- Choosing the Right Home Health Care Agency
- Pop the Champagne Diamond for Your Seasonal Fashion...
- Managing Pain: Are You Reading Your Medicine Labels?
- Does Your Garbage Want to Be Recycled?
- You Can Quit