MHS Advanced Chorale to perform with Grammy Award-winning singer

Muskogee High School Advanced Chorale will perform Sunday at Northeastern State University's Vocal Music Festival, New Year's Song.

Muskogee High School Advanced Chorale will perform with Grammy Award-winning singer Daniel Belcher this Sunday.

The performance, 3 p.m. Sunday, will be part of New Year's Song Vocal Music Festival at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. General admission is $10, or $5 for students and senior citizens at the door.

The concert also will feature the NSU University Singers.

Belcher sang in a recording of the opera "L'Amour de Loin," which won a 2018 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. Belcher's repertoire of more than 70 roles included parts in "Little Women," "Angels in America" and as Andy Warhol in "Jackie O." He has performed with the Houston Grand Opera. He has performed in such music capitals as Paris, London, New York, San Francisco and Berlin.

MHS Choir Director Teresa Pointer said the MHS Advanced Chorale will open the performance. The Chorale is a 46-member auditioned choir of students from ninth through 12th grades.

Pointer said Sunday's performance will be "great publicity for our group." 

"It's also going to be great for our students to be on the NSU campus, to become familiar with the music department," she said. "It also will be wonderful for them to be able to hear this fabulous guest artist."

Pointer said NSU choral conductor Dr. Jeffrey Wall invited the chorale.

"He likes to invite different groups from around the area to get the kids on campus and familiar with his program," she said. "He has actually come and worked with the kids several times. He is familiar with us that way."

Wall said he had worked with the Chorale to prepare them for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association conference.

"It seemed like a natural step to invite them to our campus," he said. "Selfishly, I hope to recruit some of these singers to our university vocal music programs."

Wall said he is impressed by Chorale members' work ethic "and willingness to cognitively engage in the communal act of making music excellently."

Pointer said the Chorale will perform "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal," Ivo Antognini's "Alleluia," and Z Randall Stroope's "I am Not Yours."

She said Stroope came to MHS in December to work with the Chorale on the composition.

The Chorale earned a Sweepstakes Award at the Owasso Choral Contest last fall. In January, it performed at Tulsa's Holy Family Cathedral as a selected honor group at the Oklahoma Music Educators Convention. In April, the group will travel to St. Louis and compete in the WorldStrides Choral Contest.

The NSU University Singers is the premier touring choral ensemble at NSU, Wall said. The group "represents the most skilled singers on campus."

If you go

WHAT: New Year's Song, Vocal Music Festival 2019.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Northeastern State University Center for the Performing Arts, 605 N. Grand Ave., Tahlequah.

ADMISSION: $10 general admission; $5, students and senior citizens. 

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