March 01, 2012

Choir to present ‘Day and Night’ concert

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Concert Choir offers a preview of the concert it will present at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Regional Conference.

The preview concert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at St. Francis Xavier Church on Poplar Street in Carbondale.

The program selections cross a wide swath of time, with music from the Renaissance through modern times, including contemporary composers.  Choir conductor Susan Davenport said the program the choir will present is called “Day and Night,” with the two segments of the performance highlighting those two concepts.  The choir will also premier a song by composer Chen Yi.

The ACDA conference is in Fort Wayne, Ind., March 7-10.  The SIU Carbondale Concert Choir has the final performance, a position Davenport considers an honor.  The ensemble will perform at Fort Wayne’s First Presbyterian Church at 10:45 a.m., following the Cincinnati Children’s Choir.

Davenport explained that the choir received its invitation to perform at the conference based on an audition recording.  This recording, she said, required the ensemble to send samples of performances from a period of recent years.  This ensures, she said, that the selected choirs maintain traditions of musical excellence rather than capitalizing on a single good year.  SIU Carbondale has a strong tradition of public performance, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and a cultural tour of China.

Chen Yi, the composer whose work the choir will debut, is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She holds a Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and past fellowships from such prestigious institutions as the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The choir’s accompanist is Lee Yun Xim, a graduate student from Singapore.

Members of the SIU Carbondale Concert Choir, listed by hometown, are:



Nick Lambert, bass, theater senior


Adrienne Stockley, choral conducting graduate student


Anna Luxion, soprano, music theory and composition junior


Josh Kimball, tenor, musical theater sophomore


Kameron Kilzer, soprano, music education sophomore


David Dillard, bass, assistant professor of voice; Tannaz Pourboghrat, soprano 2/alto 1, musical theater freshman


Austin Clark, bass, choral conducting graduate; Rachel Dunning, soprano 2/alto 1, musical theater freshman


Morgan Isaiah, alto, vocal performance senior


Andrew Smith, bass, music business senior


Tanya DeLeon, soprano, musical theater junior; James Richardson, bass, music business senior


Laila Abdo, alto, biology and liberal arts music junior


Ivan Matias, tenor, music theory and composition sophomore


Drake Caraker, tenor 2/baritone, music business senior; Allison Spiller, alto, music education junior


Andrew Copeland, tenor 2/baritone, vocal performance freshman


Rachel Brashier, alto, music history and literature graduate student


Hannah Sinclair, soprano, liberal arts music sophomore


Leah Clark, soprano 2/alto 1, liberal arts music and sociology senior


Nathan Staub, bass, music education senior


Jeremy Holmes, tenor, music education senior


Ellis Henley, tenor 2/baritone, music education junior

St. Charles

Monica Bertrand, soprano, music education senior

St. Jacob

Laura Neal, alto, vocal performance graduate student


Spencer Rumsey, alto, English education freshman

Villa Grove

Rebecca Carmack, soprano 2/alto 1, music theory and composition senior

Willow Springs

Nick Covey, tenor 2/baritone, music education junior


Carlyn Zimmerman, soprano 2/alto 1, assistant conductor


La Grange

Chris Probus, tenor 2/baritone, vocal performance graduate student


Madalyn Mentor, soprano, vocal performance graduate student


Elizabeth Meyers, soprano, vocal performance junior



Robert Graham, tenor, vocal performance and choral conducting graduate student


St. Louis

Nick Cistola, tenor, music theory and composition sophomore


Fort Worth

Marla Schultz, alto, musical theater freshman


Sarah Cole, soprano 2/alto 1, alto, musical theater freshman