October 25, 2017
The Texas Tech University School of Music will host a concert featuring the University Choir and the Women’s Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 28) in Hemmle Recital Hall. The choirs will present a program full of meaningful poetry and memorable compositions. The concert is free and open to the public.
Alan Zabriskie, director of choral studies, alongside graduate conductors Ryan Person and Minji Kim, will lead the University Choir. Person and Carolyn Cruse, associate director of choral studies, will conduct the Women’s Chorale.
The University Choir will perform religious texts set by choral composers. The program will feature selections by Halsey Stevens, Aaron Jay Kernis, Johann Sebastian Bach and Anton Bruckner. The choir will also perform “Flight Song” by Kim André Arnesen in honor of the victims of recent tragedies across the U.S.
The Women’s Chorale performance will include pieces with collaborating instrumental musicians. The choir will be joined by oboe and flute for Z. Randall Stroope’s “Psalm 23.” The performance also will include a religious chant attributed to Saint Hildegard von Bingen, arranged by Tarik O’Regan
Person will lead the Women’s Chorale in the premiere of Stacy Gibbs’ arrangement, “Plenty Good Room,” as a part of the Women’s Choir Consortium Commission. The choir, alongside cello and tabla, will perform David Brunner’s piece, “All I Was Doing Was Breathing.” The Women’s Chorale will close the concert by honoring the victims of tragedies through Andrea Ramsey’s setting of the poem “Truth.”
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.