Published Thursday, January 25th, 2024
The Honor Choir concert features high school students from Nebraska and Iowa. Participants have been selected by audition.
High school vocal students from Nebraska and Iowa will showcase their talent during the Wayne State College Honor Choir concert Friday, Feb. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Ramsey Theatre, located in the Peterson Fine Arts Building. Admission is $5 for adults with free admission for children 12 years of age or under.
The concert features a treble choir and mixed choir. Participants were selected based on auditions from more than 50 schools. Throughout the day, students study technique and practice repertoire for the concert. The treble choir is conducted by Abby Sheppard, a vocal music teacher at Sioux City East High School. The mixed choir is conducted by Dr. Matthew Armstrong, director of choral activities at Wayne State, with accompaniment by Shelly Armstrong, Wayne State’s collaborative pianist.
Repertoire includes “Heartland” by Gary Fry, a contemporary piece written in the style of pop artist Bruce Hornsby; “A Farewell” by Matthew and Shelly Armstrong with text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and “The Call” by Iowa composer Adam Orban with text by George Herbert. The choirs join tenor soloist Dr. Matthew Clegg, vocal instructor at Wayne State, for the finale selection, the famous 19th century Italian piece “Funiculi, Funicula.”
For more information, contact the Wayne State Department of Music at 402-375-7359.