Women's Choral Festival at Baylor Helps to Fight Breast Cancer

Oct. 26, 2010

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2010 Texas Collegiate Women's Choral Festival this month will be part of a nationwide effort to combat the disease by raising funds, spreading awareness and celebrating the bold spirit of survivors.

The event will be Saturday, Oct 30, in Mary Gibbs Jones Hall of the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. on Waco's Baylor University campus.

Entitled "Sisters Singing for Sisters," the festival is hosted by Baylor University and welcomes women's choirs from six other institutions: the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University, Texas Woman's University, Mary Hardin-Baylor University and Texas State University. About 400 singers will participate.

Sigrid Johnson of St. Olaf College will conduct a festival workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a massed concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. The Baylor University Women's Choir will be directed by Dr. Lynne Gackle, associate director of choral ensembles.

Survivors of breast cancer will be asked to stand, and they will receive pink roses or carnations. On stage, each singer will wear a small pink ribbon in remembrance of those who struggled with the disease but are now deceased.

Audience members may contribute for an offering, with proceeds to go to the Susan G. Komen fund and the Texas chapter of the American Cancer Society.

"In addition to the wonderful music sharing that we will most certainly have, this is a way to 'bond' our ladies in a common endeavor that transcends the music and touches the spirit, not only of those in the audience but of each other as well," Gackle said.

All activities of the Texas Collegiate Women's Choral Festival are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call Dr. Lynne Gackle at 254-710-3654.

Contact: Terry Goodrich, Assistant Director of Media Communications, (254) 710-3321

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