WBU School of Music sets annual Scholarship Concert for Saturday

April 8, 2015

PLAINVIEW -- The Wayland Baptist University School of Music will present its annual choral scholarship concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, in Harral Auditorium.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students of all ages. Proceeds benefit the Wayland Friends of Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets may be purchased at the door with check or cash.

Between performances, the Friends of Music will announce the results of the annual scholarship competition and present the first recipient of the newly established Friends of Music Endowed Scholarship. The Wayland Music Faculty will also honor the recipient of the annual Culpepper Award for Civility and Servant Leadership.

Wayland Singers Chorus, a non-auditioned choir made up of students from majors across campus, will present music written by modern day composers, utilizing text and musical styles from earlier time periods.  The theme of their portion of the concert is, “Where God is, there is Love.” The chorus is directed by Dr. Debra Buford and accompanied by Mrs. Jennie Hsu.

The International Choir, directed by Dr. Hyung Chae and accompanied by Dr. Richard Fountain, will present a portion of its tour concert shared last month in Los Angeles. The concert theme, “Hope, Faith, Life, Love,” prevails throughout each selection. Megan Robinett, a senior from Lubbock, serves as student conductor for both choirs.

The concert will culminate with International Choir performing John Rutter’s “Gloria” with orchestra. One of the most popular contemporary choral composers who is from Great Britain, Rutter’s career is comprised of large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children’s operas, and music for television.

The “Gloria” was commissioned by the Voices of Mel Olson, and first performed on May 5, 1974 in Omaha, Neb., and conducted by maestro Rutter on his first visit to the United States. The work is scored for brass, timpani, percussion and organ. It is in three movements that are identified as exalted, devotional and jubilant respectively. The International Choir is honored to welcome home a distinguished group of IC alumni who will sing the “Gloria” side-by-side with current members of the choir.