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Big Opportunities to Come for University Chorale

Big Opportunities to Come for University Chorale

By Sara Owen, Managing EditorPhoto by Sara Owen

In March 2015, the UNCP music department’s University Chorale will be performing with the Fayetteville Symphony in Fayetteville and Pinehurst.

“We are excited,” said Dr. Jose Rivera, a professor in chorale music education.

The collaborative performances will take place on March 20 in Fayetteville and March 21 in Pinehurst at concert halls. Dr. Rivera said the chorale will perform at a few elementary schools before March 20.

“This is something we want to continue to do, to keep performing in the community,” he said.

The University Chorale was asked to perform by the Fayetteville Symphony, he said, and that it is a great opportunity. They have also been invited to perform again in 2016.

Performing with the Fayetteville Symphony will benefit the students in the University Chorale, according to Dr. Rivera.

He said the students will get to perform “great works with a symphony,” and it is important because this does not usually happen for a small university.

“I’m excited because of the exposure the university gets with a collaboration like this,” he said.

There are 57 students in the University Chorale. Many of them will also perform in upcoming shows such as the Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 5 and Civil War Songs and Stories on Feb. 10, 2015.

“We got to continue to bring great music to the community at large and feature the vast talent of the musicians that come to our university,” he said.

Around 25 students from the University Chorale gathered outside Old Main on Nov. 11 to sing for a video holiday card to be sent out in December.

The Christmas lights were lit for the first and only time before the ceremonial lighting of Old Main on Dec. 2.

The students sang “Carol of the Bells” by Peter Wilhousky multiple times for the video camera.

Photo by Sara Owen. The University Chorale performs outside Old Main on Nov. 11 for their video Christmas card.