WT Choirs to Perform Songs Ranging from Classical to Modern Pop in Upcoming Concert 

Chip Chandler

WTAMU Choir. Photo by Rik Andersen

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]  

 

CANYON, Texas — Three West Texas A&M University choirs will present an array of musical styles at an upcoming concert. 

The choirs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the Canyon campus. Admission is free. 

“Our students have been working on a variety of pieces, which have been chosen particularly for their musical growth,” said Dr. Sean Pullen, associate professor of music and director of choral activities. “The choral department is committed to educating students in diverse styles, and the selection of music from Franz Schubert’s ‘Des Tages Weihe’ to Dave and Jean Perry’s arrangement of the Spanish folksong ‘Un poquito cantas’ is reflection of that commitment. 

The Collegiate Choir, WT’s large mixed choir, will open the concert with “Jubilate Deo” by Vicki Tucker Courtney, “Dixit Dominus” by Antonio Vivaldi and arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen, “Der Tanz” by Schubert and arranged by Russell Robinson, “Simple Praise” by Craig Courtney, traditional Haitian folksong “Wangolo” arranged by Ruth Morris Gray” and traditional spiritual “Wade in the Water” arranged by Russell Robinson. 

The Chamber Singers, a small mixed ensemble, will perform “Ach, arme Welt” and “O süsser Mai” by Johannes Brahms, Jamaican folk song “Come Back, Liza” arranged by Gwyn Arch, “Dawn” by Eric William Barnum, “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper and arranged by Carsten Gerlitz and “After You’ve Gone” by Turner Layton and arranged by Kirby Shaw. 

Codi Hittson, a senior from Amarillo, will be featured as a soloist on “Come Back, Liza.” 

The Chorale, WT’s flagship choral ensemble, will perform, in addition to the Schubert work and Spanish folksong, “Alleluia” by Fredrik Sixten, “Z dawna dawnego rzeceńka ciecze” by Kazimierz Serocki, “Even When He Is Silent” by Kim André Arnesen and “There’s Gonna Be a Homecomin’” by Kyle Pederson. 

“As I developed this program, I was pleased to arrive at one which includes so many styles from our choral history and from around the world,” Pullen said. 

Fostering an appreciation of the arts is a key tenet of the University’s long-term plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World , which will be fueled by the historic, $125 million One West comprehensive fundraising campaign. 

  

About West Texas A&M University 

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, a Hispanic Serving Institution since 2016, boasts an enrollment of about 10,000 and offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 40 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 14 men’s and women’s athletics programs.

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