News - Local High School Choirs Join Greenville University Choir for “Gospel Mass” April 29

Local High School Choirs Join Greenville University Choir for “Gospel Mass” April 29

Local High School Choirs Join Greenville University Choir for “Gospel Mass” April 29

The Greenville University Spring Choral Concert, titled “Let All the World In Every Corner Sing,” will take place Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in Whitlock Music Center. Both the Bond County High School Select Choir and the Highland High School Madrigal Singers will join the Greenville University Choir and Chamber Singers in performing selections from a variety of cultures in diverse musical styles. The featured selection will be a combined performance of St. Louis composer Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass.

The Highland High School Madrigal Singers is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 20 singers who perform mainly Renaissance music and participate in various community events in the larger St. Louis area, including the annual St. Louis Festival of Lights. The Madrigal singers perform at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and host their own annual Madrigal Dinner every December. They are directed by Andrew Gibb-Clark, who holds a bachelor’s of music education from Greenville University and a master of music in choral conducting from Western Illinois University.

The Bond County High School Select Choir is an auditioned group that performs locally throughout the school year.  In addition to school concerts, the choir can be seen caroling on the Greenville square during the Come Home for Christmas celebration, supporting the Humane Society by performing at their fundraiser dinner "Puttin' On the Ritz for Fritz" and singing at the annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser concert. They participated in the Greenville University Choral Festival in February.The Select Choir is directed by Megan McPeak, who earned her bachelor of music education and master’s in teacher leadership from Greenville University. She is a member of the Greenville Choral Union. She and her husband, Matthew, live in Greenville with their children Caitlin and Andrew.

Since its founding in 1927 by Dr. Robert W. Woods, the Greenville University Choir has attained a widespread reputation for performing sacred choral music of the highest quality. Performance credits include concerts with professional ensembles such as the Boston Camerata and the Kingsbury Ensemble, as well as invitations to sing at the Illinois Music Educators Conference and the American Choral Directors Association’s Central Regional Conference. The Greenville Choir regularly joins with the Greenville Choral Union for concerts of larger choral-orchestral works such as Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and the annual Christmas performance of Handel’s Messiah. During their current 91st Concert Season, the Choir performed throughout the Midwestern United States during a 10-day spring concert tour. An international tour is planned for 2019.

Conductor Jeffrey S. Wilson received a bachelor of music in piano from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He earned a master of music in choral music and a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wilson has served as conductor of the choir since 1996.

Greenville University is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school with more than 1,200 traditional undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion students. Founded in 1892 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, the university is located in Greenville, Illinois, 45 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.

For more details about the concert, or further information about Greenville University and the Greenville Choir, call the Music Department Office at (618) 664-6560 or visit www.greenville.edu

This story was published on April 09, 2018




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