Lee University To Host Annual Honor Choir

Friday, January 31, 2014

Approximately 150 high school students will be on the Lee University campus to participate in the annual Honor Choir on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8. Each member of the choir was selected by a high school director to represent their school on the collegiate stage. 


The event will culminate in a performance Saturday at 3 p.

m. in the Conn Center. In addition to the Honor Choir, the Lee University Choral Union, conducted by Dr. Cameron LaBarr, will perform several pieces for the high school participants and audience.

 

The students will rehearse choral music under the direction of School of Music faculty Drs. William Green, Cameron F. LaBarr and Jonathan Rodgers. The students are grouped into a men’s and a women’s choir to study, rehearse and eventually perform the selected choral pieces, with the entire group coming together for a mixed choir experience.

 

Green is a professor of choral music, conducts the Lee University Chorale, and serves as Dean of the School of Music. Green is active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician. He has presented workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Central America and Israel, and most recently conducted Lee’s Festival Choir at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

 

LaBarr joined the Lee faculty in fall 2011 as an assistant professor of choral music and director of Choral Union. LaBarr was recently awarded a fellowship to attend and participate in the Salzburg (Austria) Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders. LaBarr was selected as one of 50 attendees from a pool of candidates from around the world.

 

Rodgers, who joined the Lee faculty in fall 2013, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music in Church Music and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Samford University. While at Samford, he studied conducting with Milburn Price. As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Rodgers has been guest speaker and presenter at the Chicago National ACDA and Mississippi MENC/ACDA conferences. 

 

The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

 

For more information, contact LuAnn Holden at lholden@leeuniversity.edu or423-614-8259.


Local Young Artist Will Attend Interlochen Arts Camp

Hannah Eitzen, 16, of Hixson, has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, a summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12.  Ms. Eitzen, the daughter of Juanita Eitzen, will study music at the Camp and perform with the World Youth Wind Symphony.  Ms. Eitzen is a junior with a 4.0 GPA at Soddy Daisy High School. She is an active member ... (click for more)

UTC's Dr. Richard Brown Inducted Into Tennessee 9-1-1 Hall Of Honor

Dr. Richard Brown served as the first president of the 9-1-1 Tennessee Emergency Number Association, established in 1985 after the passage of the Emergency Communications Act.  The not-for-profit corporation fostered the “technological advancement, availability and implementation of a universal 9-1-1 emergency telephone system by promoting research, planning, training and ... (click for more)

State Attorney General Says Case Was Argued Well To Let States Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III said the state's position on same-sex marriage was argued well before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. He said, “Associate Solicitor General Counsel Joe Whalen did an excellent job arguing the case. He represented well the State of Tennessee, poised and articulate as he was when he successfully argued the case before the Sixth ... (click for more)

DA Tells Dalton Jury Cell Phone Of Skyy Mims Was Found At Murder Scene

District Attorney Bert Poston told a jury in Dalton on Monday that the cell phone of Skyy Mims was found at the scene of the murder of convenience store clerk DK Chaudhari. He said Ms. Mims carried out the robbery in order to get Lotto tickets that she hoped would bring her money to finance her budding musical career. He said she took 80 "$500 A Week For Life" tickets. The ... (click for more)

The Heart Of A Teacher Makes A Difference - And Response (2)

In less than four weeks, I expect to be one of 216 graduating seniors from East Hamilton School. One could say all possible variables help a student rise to the highest levels in school; but a student is more than his environment or genetic code. He is a mixture of his own propensity and dedication to academics, coupled with a systemic team of mentors who give their all as a student’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Is This Barbarian?

The Tennessee Supreme Court upheld a curious decision on what defines a “whistleblower” last month, saying you can’t blow the whistle on your employer if he’s the only one who hears the whistle. No, you’ve got to go to someone other than the perpetrator which not only makes sense, but appears to heighten one’s chance of success. What is much more curious is why somebody didn’t ... (click for more)