WBU, Lubbock Christian choirs to join for concert event

Release Date: April 3, 2008

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University’s Wayland Singers and the International Choir will participate in a department of music first, teaming with the Chamber Singers and Praise Choir from Lubbock Christian University to offer a combined concert in Harral Memorial Auditorium on April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The groups will perform Mozart’s “Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 339” with a complete orchestra. The group will perform at Wayland on April 17 then perform the same concert at LCU’s McDonald-Moody Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on April 24.

Admission to both performances is free and open to the public.

“This is an opportunity for two smaller schools to give our students a chance to perform a major work in a large ensemble with orchestra,” said Dr. Scott Herrington, professor of music and director of choral activities at Wayland.

The concert will feature the choirs individually as well as a joint collaboration. Each of the four choirs will perform two selections then join together for Mozart’s Solemn Vespers.

LCU choral director Dr. Philip Camp approached Dr. Herrington with the idea of joining the schools’ choirs.

“I’ve seen some choral performances at conventions and such that were a result of two colleges merging,” Camp said. “I started looking and realized that we probably have a lot in common. In terms of the way we are organized and affiliated with respective churches and size of schools, it looked like it might be an interesting endeavor.”

Camp said the concert will be a great opportunity for the students to not only perform a major work with a full orchestra, but also to benefit from seeing what the other school is doing within its program.

“There are some great benefits from seeing what your neighbor is doing,” Camp said. “Artistically it brings more creative expression to each school when we see what we are all doing.”

Dr. Herrington said if all goes well, the groups hope to make this a regular occurrence, combining for a concert every two or three years.