Published Monday, January 16th, 2023
The Honor Choir concert features high school students from Nebraska and Iowa. Participants have been selected for Honor Choir by audition.
High school students from Nebraska and Iowa perform during the Wayne State College Honor Choir concert at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Ley Theatre. Admission is $5 for adults with free admission for children 12 years of age or under. The concert 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.
The concert features a treble choir and mixed choir. Participants are selected based on audition. Throughout the day, participants study technique and practice repertoire in preparation for the concert. The treble choir is conducted by Lyn Bouma, retired Omaha Central High School choir director, with accompaniment by Stephen Bouma. The mixed choir is conducted by Dr. Matthew Armstrong, WSC choir director, with accompaniment by Shelly Armstrong, WSC collaborative pianist.
Treble choir repertoire includes the historical “O Lovely Peace, with plenty crown’d” by George Frederic Handel; a new composition of “Ave Maria” by Stephen Bouma; and the contemporary harmony “Warrior” by Kim Baryluk. The mixed choir sings the percussion-driven “Kuimba Nafsi Yangu” by Jacob Narverud; the celebratory “To Sing Once More” by Craig Courtney; and the 1924 jazz standard “Everybody Loves My Baby.” “In dat’ Great Getting’ Up Morning,” an African American spiritual arranged by Jester Hairston, is the final selection with both choirs and Matthew Clegg, WSC vocal instructor, as soloist.
For more information, contact the WSC Department of Music at 402-375-7359.