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CCC hosts HBCU choral festival featuring over 300 voices Nov. 1
CLARKSDALE – A rare musical celebration featuring six choirs and more than 300 talented voices from regional Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be featured during Coahoma Community College’s upcoming Fall Harvest Festival Celebration.

CCC hosts HBCU choral festival featuring over 300 voices Nov. 1

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Oct 21, 2015

CLARKSDALE – A rare musical celebration featuring six choirs and more than 300 talented voices from regional Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be featured during Coahoma Community College’s upcoming Fall Harvest Festival Celebration.

Organized and sponsored by CCC’s Lyceum committee, the annual choral festival is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 in the Pinnacle. The public is invited to attend the free event, which will features choirs from Jackson State University (JSU), Alcorn State University (ASU), Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), Rust College, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Vesper Choir and CCC.

According to CCC Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities Kelvin Towers, each choir will give a 15-minute performance before coming together for a final presentation featuring Richard Smallwood's “Praise Anthem”, under Tower’s direction.

“Each one of these choirs is an outstanding attraction; their selections will include classical repertoire along with jazz and gospel-like traditions,” Towers said.

According to organizers, the JSU choir will feature 40 singers; ASU’s choir 50 singers; MVSU’s 70 singers; Rust College’s 40 singers; UAPB’s 66 singers; and CCC 40 singers.

“Coordinating performances for five choirs traveling from many directions is a major task,” said Rita Hanfor, CCC Lyceum assistant chair.

“This will be our 4th consecutive year sponsoring this event and each year the audience and fellow choral directors have encouraged us to continue this tradition,” added Yvonne Stanford, CCC Lyceum chair.

Towers said the event is not only a treat for the community, but the students as well.

"The students from various colleges really look forward to this shared experience as they get to meet each other and hear the sounds that typically ring from each school's music hall," Towers said. “We hope the public will take advantage of this rare opportunity.”

For questions or for more information about this event, contact CCC Lyceum Chair Rita Hanfor at (662) 621-4144 or rhanfor@coahomacc.edu