The Department of Music at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will present the UAFS Chorale and Women’s Chorus in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3900 Grand Ave.
This annual concert, which is open to the public, is titled ECCO, or Eclectic Choral Concert Opportunity, and features a wide array of choral music presented by the two choirs.
According to Dr. Rager H. Moore II of Prairie Grove, UAFS director of choral activities, “ecco” is an Italian word that can mean “here” and “there,” and this year’s concert offers music from all over.
“The concert will feature original compositions by native Arkansas composer Michael Simpson and by current Arkansas composer and UAFS student Katrina Brandli,” he said. “In addition, there will be music from Venezuela, Africa and Russia -- literally, music from the around the world.”
Moore added that both the audience and the choir members enjoy the musical sounds that result from Grand Avenue Baptist Church’s acoustically flattering hall.
“We choose the music specifically for this venue,” Moore added, “both for the acoustics and because it gives our students the opportunity to work with instruments available at the church.”
Students performing in the concert include:
Alma: Greg Bowles, Sonya Daniel and Micheal Phan, Chorale; Dani Howard, Women’s Chorus; and Elyse Stogner, Chorale and Women’s Chorus.
Barling: Brittany Christian, Women’s Chorus.
Fort Smith: Hunter Freeman, Charles French, Fernanda Minden, Taylor Schmidt, Terri Smith-Leins, Ben Thrasher, Lauren Upton and Ethan Womack, Chorale; Nancy Carpenter, Liz Carter, Sarah Edgmon, Christina Glenn, Tee Le, Hannah Martin, Amber Neal, Stephani Nhouimanh, Janet Renwick, Emily Robertson and Brenda Ross, Women’s Chorus; and Katrina Brandli, Alisha Garland, Adrienne Gibson, Abby Hobbs, Lucero Parga-Salas, Ashlea Sexton and Chelsey Smith, Chorale and Women’s Chorus.
Gentry: Kaylin Cripps, Women’s Chorus.
Greenwood: Walter Harrison, Chorale; Jesse Watson, Women’s Chorus; and Hannah Jones, Chorale and Women’s Chorus.
Harrison: Ellie Miller, Chorale.
Hot Springs: Corby Smith, Chorale.
Humboldt, Kan.: Paul Vernon, Chorale.
Jacksonville: Andrew Jeffers, Chorale.
Jonesboro: McKendreah Brodie, Chorale.
Magazine: Katie Hammonds, Women’s Chorus.
Mansfield: Kayla Bridges, Women’s Chorus.
Mena: Amber Lane, Chorale and Women’s Chorus.
Menifee, Calif.: Michelle Leonard, Chorale and Women’s Chorus.
Mulberry: Ginger Jones, Women’s Chorus.
Muldrow, Okla.: Austin Calvillo, Chorale.
Pocola, Okla.: Jessica Dodd and Charles Goff, Chorale.
Poteau, Okla.: Josh Scroggins, Chorale; and Kirsten Binns and Moriah Hayes, Chorale and Women’s Chorus.
Prairie Grove: Stephanie Blakemore, Women’s Chorus.
Roland, Okla.: Courtney Hicks, Women’s Chorus.
Rudy: Justin Dowdy, Chorale.
Sallisaw, Okla.: Matthew Eggert, Chorale.
Shreveport, La.: Nicole Bonk, Women’s Chorus.
Spiro, Okla.: Domanique Johnson, Women’s Chorus.
Van Buren: Cameron Bruso, Phil Furney and Jessica Utz, Chorale; and Rachel Nye and Kalyn Tounzen, Chorale and Women’s Chorus.
Wilburton, Okla.: Stephen Thornton, Chorale.
For more information, contact Moore at 479-788-7543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.