Members from Regional High School Women’s Choirs to Perform in Mass Concert at Baylor

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May 8, 2015

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WACO, Texas (May 8, 2015) – Members from eight regional high school women’s choirs will gather for the 11th Annual Women’s Choir Festival Concert at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in Baylor University’s Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

“Sometimes these singers are not given as much attention because of their age or perceived skill level, so this is an opportunity to celebrate women in song and recognize that a women’s choir is a specialty choir,” said Michele Henry, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s music education division and associate professor of choral music education in Baylor’s School of Music.

“We want to acknowledge the time they’ve been spending all year long working. It’s a rare event.”

For the past 11 years, Baylor has extended an invitation to regional high school women’s choir members to come to the university and participate in a day-long festival and mass concert.

“The women’s choir singers will show up in the morning and spend the day with us learning music they’ve never seen before,” Henry said.

The visiting singers will be instructed by Baylor choral music education students in a workshop setting, practicing the pieces they will perform collectively later in the day. This year, more than 300 visiting singers are expected to participate.

“The girls will also get a tour of campus, eat in a dining hall, interact with Baylor students and receive a great T-shirt,” Henry said. “Because it didn’t happen if there wasn’t a T-shirt, right?”

At 5 p.m., everyone will come together to perform in a festival-style choir with three soloist. Typically, the visiting singers are accompanied by Baylor student performers, but due to the delayed timing of the event, only high school choir members will perform. This event was originally scheduled for March 5, but postponed due to weather.

“People should come to support these singers and their skill and talent. They should also come to support the Baylor student teachers who taught them the music and to come and see what it sounds like for high school singers to walk in and go from zero to performance level in a short period of time,” Henry said.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Glennis McCrary Music Building is located at 110 Bagby Ave. in Waco.

For more information, please contact Michele_Henry@baylor.edu

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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