University of Charleston Choir to Host Spring Concert

Title: University of Charleston Choir to Host Spring Concert
Location: Riggleman Hall’s Erma Byrd Art Gallery at UC
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Description: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The University of Charleston Concert Choir and University Singers will present their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. The event will take place in Riggleman Hall’s Erma Byrd Art Gallery on UC’s Kanawha City campus.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted for the African Children’s Choir and Music for Life Centers. The students adopted a member of the African Children’s Choir at the beginning of the school year and are supporting a 17-year-old boy from Uganda in following his passion for singing. So far this year, the choir has raised nearly $1,200 from various concerts on top of a monthly $50 donation from the choir members.

The concert will last approximately 90 minutes and will feature music from the United States, Europe, and Africa. Secular and sacred works by composers Hovland, Telemann, Lennon, Schonberg, Rutter, and many others will be performed by the 25-voice choir.

The University of Charleston Concert Choir is comprised of some of the UC’s finest students who audition for a place in the choir. Formed in 1994, the UC Concert Choir began with only 12 singers. The choir presents several concerts throughout the academic year and tours annually. The University Singers were formed to fulfill a need for a small performing group that would be available on short notice. They sing an even wider variety of music than the UC Concert Choir, including vocal jazz and arrangements for Rocapella and the Kings Singers.

Dr. Joseph Janisch is the director of choral activities, assistant professor of music and chair of the department of humanities at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W.Va. He also conducts the Concert Choir and University Singers and teaches courses in music education, and the humanities. Dr. Janisch received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University, a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Ashland (Ohio) University.

Janet M. Brightbill, the accompanist for the groups, has been an accompanist, piano teacher, and church pianist for many years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Charleston. Presently, she teaches piano at Bible Center Christian School and is a piano instructor at the University of Charleston. She accompanies the UC Concert Choir, University Singers and WomenSong.

The 2012-13 academic year marks UC’s 125th anniversary as an academic institution. UC was founded in 1888 as Barboursville Seminary, renamed Morris Harvey College in 1901, moved to Charleston in 1935 and was renamed the University of Charleston in 1978.

Date: 2013-04-21