Texas Tech University

Matador Singers to Perform Veterans Day Concert

James Hodgins

November 10, 2015

Texas Tech men’s chorus will host a concert of patriotic music.

WHAT: The Texas Tech University Matador Singers Veterans Day concert will pay tribute to those currently or formerly in the U.S. military and will feature patriotic and related music. Conductors of Matador Singers are Richard Bjella, director of choral studies, and Ryan Person, a graduate teaching assistant.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12)

WHERE: Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech School of Music

WHO: The Matador Singers was established in 2000 as an auditioned choral ensemble for all male students who enjoy the camaraderie of choral singing.

The chorale gained substantial recognition performing in numerous events at the university and throughout the community. In addition to regular appearances on the School of Music choral concert schedule, this ensemble has opened the arts season for the College of Visual & Performing Arts; sung at numerous Techsan Memorial Services and Alumni Association dinners; done outreach for middle school male singers and local retirement communities; and, for a number of years, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner”at athletics events. The ensemble performs a variety of musical styles, including classical works, spirituals, folk songs, barbershop, jazz standards, opera choruses and spirit songs. 

The 35-member group supports the university as a fine choral ensemble singing unique arrangements of artistic, accessible and entertaining music. This mission as “singing ambassadors” for the university is gaining success and recognition for this organization.

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CONTACT: Richard Bjella, director of choral studies, School of Music, Texas Tech University (806) 834-6430 or richard.bjella@ttu.edu