Choir Festival

Concert Choir Acclaimed for Outstanding Performance at MACJC Choral Festival

Recently, Coahoma’s concert choir represented the institution well after attending and performing at the annual state choral festival in Meridian, Mississippi with about 10 other community colleges from across the state, including Jones County Junior College, Pearl River and East Mississippi Community College.

Concert Choir Acclaimed for Outstanding Performance at MACJC Choral Festival

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

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Fri Mar 1, 2019

CCC at Choir Festival

Recently, Coahoma’s concert choir represented the institution well after attending and performing at the annual state choral festival in Meridian, Mississippi with about 10 other community colleges from across the state, including Jones County Junior College, Pearl River and East Mississippi Community College. At the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, Coahoma performed three engrossing selections: “Indodana” by Michael Barrett & Ralp Schmitt; “Ezekiel,” as arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs; “And He Blessed My Soul,” composed by Anita Watkins Stevens.

This year, the MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges) State Choral Festival was hosted by the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Choir and featured15-minute on-stage sets on Day One of the festival. With approximately 800 participants split into two mass choirs, the students performed a concert on the following day of the conference, singing selections perfected in rehearsals led by two guest master clinicians; Hilary Apfelstadt, Ph.D., director of choral activities at the University of Toronto in Canada and Donald Trott, Ph.D., music professor and director of choral activities at the University of Mississippi.

Kelvin Towers with medal“There was a lot of hard work and preparation for the performance which was gratifying in witnessing things come full circle,” Towers said. “The students and choral directors from other community colleges all complimented our choir and expressed how well they enjoyed our performance.”

Towers said that University of Toronto choir director, Apfelstadt emailed him at the close of the conference saying that she had never witnessed such a moving experience. Trott also sent him a congratulatory message of approval.

“In working with mass choir, our students received top notch choral instructions and technique from high caliber clinicians from across the country,” Towers explained. “By studying in this sector, it gave the students an opportunity to experience music from a collective mass front. By attending the MAJC State Choral Festival, it allowed us to see and hear other choirs from across the state and differentiate our uniqueness and competence.”

Towers has also recently received a medal of honor from Mayor Chuck Espy and the Clarksdale board of commissioners for his musical service to the community. He was honored alongside nine other outstanding individuals as a ‘Modern Day Champion.’