Three choirs will come together on UTC’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall stage on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. UTC’s Women’s Chorale and Men’s Chorus will be holding their annual spring concert, and will be joined by Dade County High School Choir. This event will take place at UTC’s Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St., and is open to the public. Admission is free.
Highlights of the evening will include Pablo Casal’s “Nigra Sum,” Robert Edward Smith’s “The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee,” Aaron Copland’s “Zion’s Walls,” and Two Schubert Songs, “Die Zwei Tugendwege” and “Bardengesang” by Franz Schubert. The evening will culminate into all three choirs joining together to sing “Stomp Your Foot” by Aaron Copland, “Shall We Gather at the River?” by Robert Lowry, and “Harmonia Mundi” by Laszlo Vikar/Sean Deibler.
Lee Harris has served as head of the UTC Music Department since 2003. He is an associate professor of Music, teaching Ear Training, Elementary Music Methods, Women's Chorale, and Graduate Music Education courses. Prior to arriving at UTC, he served as the Music Institute director at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts. He is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály approaches to music education and directs the Kodály Institute at UTC, which he established in 2000.
Rebecca Atkins joined UTC’s Music Department as an assistant professor of Music Education (Choral) in the fall of 2013. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, and earned her M.M. in Choral Conducting at Missouri State University. She served as assistant instructor for the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas during her Doctoral program and as the Teaching Assistant of Theory and Ear-training at Missouri State during her Master’s program. Dr. Atkins performs with the Conspirare Symphonic Choir, and serves as clinician and adjudicator for area choirs and competitions.
Gabrielle Haston, a Rossville native, has taught at Dade Middle School and Dade County High School for the past five years. An alumna of UTC, she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007, and is a certified Kodály music educator. She also received her Masters in Secondary Education-The Arts last summer. Mrs. Hastens’ choirs have consistently scored Superior or Excellent at many local festivals, and she is actively involved in her local church choir and orchestra, as well as the junior high youth group.
For more information call the UTC Music Department at 425-4601 or visit http://www.utc.edu/music/projects/performances.php