Freed-Hardeman University will again be represented at an honors chorale program at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Students Parker Pearce, Greenfield, Missouri; Jacob Mosley, Rogers, Arkansas; Jacob Dowdy, Gadsden, Alabama; and Summer England, Hebron, Kentucky, have been selected to be part of the Young Adults Honors Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall Feb. 4. The performance, which will be held in the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage, will be the culmination of several days of intense rehearsals with Dr. Eph Ehly, conductor.
The Young Adult Series challenges next-level musicians to further their skills, network with other talented musicians, work with renowned conductors and ultimately participate in an advanced Carnegie Hall performance. When not rehearsing and performing, the selected singers will be able to explore opportunities in music, experience the best of New York City arts and get to know other musicians from around the world.
Ehly is a highly sought-after choral conductor/clinician. He has conducted more than 80 all-state choirs and more than 600 festival ensembles. He has appeared in 48 states, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and various countries throughout Europe. He is retired from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ehly has received numerous teaching and performance excellence awards and grants, including the Missouri Choral Directors Association Luther Spade Choral Director of the Year Award and the AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award.
Students will receive their music a few weeks before the New York rehearsals and work to learn the works well in advance of the trip. Accompanying the students on their trip will be family members, friends and the FHU music faculty. “Just as last year, the students’ diligent hard work resulted in this opportunity. They represent not just themselves, but also the many outstanding students we have at Freed-Hardeman. We’re looking forward to many more opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments of our students in the fine arts programs at FHU,” Dr. Richard England, professor of music, said.
Students and faculty are seeking to raise support for the travel costs and workshop expenses. The cost to participate in the Carnegie Hall workshop is $1,500 per student. In addition, hotel, food and airfare costs must be raised. Total cost of the trip will be approximately $10,500. Those interested in assisting students make this trip can learn more at https://dreams.fhu.edu/project/8415. “We hope many will consider supporting these students as they pursue this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” England said.
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