WCU to present two concerts during High School Invitational Choral Clinic April 18-19

The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present two free concerts as it sponsors the High School Invitational Choral Clinic on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19.

The concert on April 18 will take place at 8 p.m. and will feature the University Chorus, WCU Concert Choir, Catamount Chamber Singers and Electric Soul.

Robert Holquist, WCU director of choral activities, will direct the choir and chorus; Bruce Frazier, Emmy Award-winning music editor, conductor and composer who holds Western’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship in Commercial and Electronic Music, will direct the Catamount Chamber Singers; and Jon Henson, assistant director of athletic bands, will direct Electric Soul. Accompanists for the choral groups are Megan Gillette and Patrick Thomas.

“This will be a concert of great variety of choral literature, from sacred classics, to opera, to spirituals, pop and jazz,” said Holquist.

The “Clinic Concert,” on April 19 will take place at 4 pm. The performance will begin with opening selections by the Concert Choir of Fred T. Foard High School of Newton. The guest choir will perform under the direction of Dustin Ousley, and some selections will include “Zum Gali” and “City Called Heaven.”

Those selections will be followed by a presentation of the Faure’s “Requiem,” accompanied by Bradley Martin, director of WCU’s music theatre program, on the organ. The chorus for that selection will be the Fred T. Foard choir, the WCU Concert Choir and selected students from the choral programs at Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville under the direction of Ron Vannoy and Bernadette Watts, and from Rosman High School under the direction of Cynthia Smith.

Both concerts will take place in the recital hall of the Coulter Building and are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the WCU School of Music at (828) 227-7242.