Wayne State College

'Evening of Choirs' Blends Inspirational Repertoire with Guest Appearances

Published Wednesday, October 5th, 2022

Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Ley Theatre.

An Evening of Choirs compliments inspirational repertoire with guest appearances Thursday, Oct. 27, at Wayne State College. The 7:30 p.m. performance in Ley Theatre is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed. To view the livestream, go to www.wsc.edu/watch-live. The program will be accessible by selecting the event from the Music Events list at www.wsc.edu/music.

Dr. Matthew Armstrong, associate professor of music, directs four WSC choirs for the concert. Lyrica, a treble choir, shares selections by African American composers and music from the “Justice Choir Songbook.” Fortis, WSC’s new tenor/bass choir, provides repertoire for low voices, including barbershop harmony.

The Chamber Choir presents traditional literature and songs from “MJ,” the award-winning musical about Michael Jackson. The WSC Concert Choir sings music prepared for their Nebraska Music Educators Association performance as well as African American spirituals.

This concert also spotlights faculty and staff solos, guest conductors, and guest accompanists. Faculty appearances include Dr. Karl Kolbeck, clarinet, and Matt Clegg, tenor. Shelly Armstrong, staff accompanist, serves as collaborative pianist. WSC students Jacee Wiesen of Staplehurst, Neb.; Abbie Bloom of Laurel, Neb.; Derrick Skinner of Papillion, Neb.; Wynter Fulsaas of Oakdale, Neb.; Daniel Oldenkamp of Wayne, Neb.; and Haley Richstein of Bellevue, Neb. are guest conductors. Haley Richstein is also guest accompanist.

For more information, contact the WSC Department of Music at 402-375-7359.