College Choirs Captivate Audience in Traditionally Held Choral Music Festival

Regional HBCU choirs joined Coahoma Community College in an evening of musical entertainment at the annual Choral Music Festival. The campus rang with sweet-sounding vocals when soloists added flare to concert pieces, complementing the choristers with melodious wails.

Kelvin Towers, director of the Coahoma Community College choir said, “Each choir featured a more diverse repertoire this year! This festival is so special to our community because many of the constituents have attended or at least have close ties to the HBCU family.”

College Choirs Captivate Audience in Traditionally Held Choral Music Festival

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Thu Nov 8, 2018

Regional HBCU choirs joined Coahoma Community College in an evening of musical entertainment at the annual Choral Music Festival. The campus rang with sweet-sounding vocals when soloists added flair to concert pieces, complementing the choristers with melodious wails.

Kelvin Towers, director of the Coahoma Community College choir said, “Each choir featured a more diverse repertoire this year! This festival is so special to our community because many of the constituents have attended or at least have close ties to the HBCU family.”

The Coahoma Community College choir, the host choir of the musical, led the lineup with harmonious numbers—“For God so Loved the World,” “He’s Got the Whole World” and two other songs.

The Jackson State University choir, directed by Loretta Galbreath, Ph.D, followed up in African garb to channel the rich culture of the motherland. The vocalists began their set with “All Creatures of Our God and King.” They rounded out their last thematic selection with enthusiasm and the accompaniment of conga drums. Gestures and beats from the two drummers garnered crowd participation in which attendees maintained a steady clap. Mississippi Valley State’s chorus, led by John Weiss, Ph.D, incorporated instrumentalists—a saxophone, trombone, clarinet and percussion player to perfect their choral sound.

Skilled vocalists of the Rust College A’Cappella choir showcased their mastery of intricate, rhythmic note patterns in song selections without the assistance of any musical instruments. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir, under the direction of Jerron Liddell, conquered the stage in robes of their school colors, black and gold.  The vocalists sang concert pieces as well as a memorable gospel selection that got the crowd moving—Kurt Carr’s “Great God, Great Praise.”

To close out the concert, all five choirs joined together in harmony for the final selection, a choir arrangement of a traditional hymn titled “Even Me.” The rendition was composed by Elizabeth Codner and William Bradbury.

 

To view photos from the event, click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmtfnqsr

To watch the event in its entirety, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht1v8I2YXPg