Troy University vocal ensembles to perform state music education conference

Posted: Thursday, 15 January 2015

TROY - Two vocal ensembles from Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will perform next week during the Alabama Music Education Association (AMEA) State In-Service Conference in Montgomery.

The Troy University Concert Chorale and the University's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, will take to the stage of the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Jan. 23.

AMEA, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education, promotes the advancement of music education through professional development, curriculum support and advocacy. The organization is made up of public, private and post-secondary music educators, as well as private instructors and provides educational opportunities for its members and music students throughout Alabama.

"Both groups submitted recordings and were judged in a blind audition and subsequently were chosen to perform," said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, director of university choirs and professor of music education. "It is highly unusual that two groups from the same department within a university would be chosen to perform at this event."

The jazz vocal ensemble frequency will perform at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in a concert titled "Travels: Our Vocal Jazz Journey." The performance will pay homage to vocal jazz ensemble standards and to current arrangers that have worked with the ensemble since its founding in 2009.

The Concert Chorale will perform at 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 23, in a concert titled "The Ancient and the Eternal: Invocations and Remembrance." The concert will include standards by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens and Hogan, as well as more contemporary compositions. Two pieces by Eric William Barnum will be featured, including "Confessions," which was commissioned from Dr. Barnum in 2011. Montgomery cellist Katerina Juraskova will join the Concert Chorale on the Barnum selections with accompaniment especially written for the occasion by Tyler Arcari, a 2014 TROY Master of Science in education, instrumental music graduate.

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