TROY - Nearly 200 students representing 17 high schools from Alabama, Georgia and Florida will take part in the seventh annual Southeastern United States Honor Choir Jan. 17-18 at Troy University.
Guest clinician for the annual event is Dr. Randall Hooper, Director of Vocal Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Hooper conducts the University Chorale, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, University Singers and the Chamber Singers while overseeing the master's program in choral conducting and teaching undergraduate courses in conducting and music education.
Dr. Hooper earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas State University, the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Baylor University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining Texas A&M-Commerce, Dr. Hooper held similar positions at Tennessee Tech University, Georgia State University and taught high school choral music for 11 years in Texas.
Participants will be involved in rehearsals with Dr. Hooper on Friday and Saturday morning, leading up to the Honor Choir Concert at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Claudia Crosby Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Honor Choir participants will also hear performances from Troy University ensembles, including the Concert Chorale, the Collegiate Singers, frequency, the Gospel Choir, and tour the Troy Campus. Scholarship auditions also will be held on Friday and Saturday.
TROY music faculty providing leadership for the event include: Dr. Larry Blocher, Professor of Music and Director of the John M. Long School of Music; Dr. Diane Orlofsky, Professor of Music and Director of University Choirs; Dr. Catherine Allard, Principal Voice Teacher and Conductor of the Troy University Opera Ensemble, the Women's Madrigal Ensemble and the Collegiate Singers; Dr. Christi Amonson, Assistant Professor of Voice; Dr. James Brown, Assistant Professor of Choral Music; Dr. Jacquelyn Adams, Adjunct Voice Instructor; and, Becky Bush, Adjunct Accompanist.