Published Tuesday, January 18th, 2022
Each day of Honor Choir festivities will culminate with a finale concert. Each concert will take place at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5.
High school students from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota schools blend voices with Wayne State College students during the 2022 Honor Choir Festival on Friday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 5. Throughout the two-day festival, participants study technique and practice repertoire in preparation for two finale concerts.
Friday’s concert, featuring the Treble Honor Choir and Mixed Honor Choir, takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Ley Theatre. Saturday’s concert, featuring the Music Theater Honor Choir, is also at 4:30 p.m. in Ley Theatre.
Admission is $5 for adults. Student admission is free. Both concerts will also be livestreamed. To view the livestream, go to www.wsc.edu/watch-live.
The Treble Honor Choir, conducted by WSC adjunct instructor of music Claudia Dvorak, presents repertoire replete with texture and joy. Featured selections include the lively “Come to the Music” by Joseph Martin, the powerful and inspiring “I Believe” by Mark Miller, and the hopeful spiritual “Elijah Rock” arranged by Rollo Dilworth.
Ariel Merivil, Minister of Music for First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Neb., conducts the Mixed Honor Choir. Musical selections include “Jenga Imani Yako” by Israel Kagaruki which encourages perseverance in the face of hardship, the jubilant spiritual “Rise, Shine” arranged by Marques Garrett, and the triumphant gospel “Little David Play on Your Harp” arranged by Rollo Dilworth.
The Music Theater Honor Choir is conducted by WSC Director of Choirs Dr. Matthew Armstrong. Repertoire covers “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia, a sojourn of discovery and truth; “No One is Alone” from Into the Woods, a powerful ballad about connection and empathy; and the retrospective on life “30/90” from tick, tick…Boom! arranged by WSC staff accompanist Shelly Armstrong.