March 01, 2012
Choir to present ‘Day and Night’ concert
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
Monica Bertrand, soprano, music education senior
Laura Neal, alto, vocal performance graduate student
Spencer Rumsey, alto, English education freshman
Rebecca Carmack, soprano 2/alto 1, music theory and composition senior
Nick Covey, tenor 2/baritone, music education junior
Carlyn Zimmerman, soprano 2/alto 1, assistant conductor
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
Nick Cistola, tenor, music theory and composition sophomore
Marla Schultz, alto, musical theater freshman
Sarah Cole, soprano 2/alto 1, alto, musical theater freshman