University Singers invited to perform at national conference in Nashville

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University Singers invited to perform at national conference in Nashville

University Singers

The University Singers: (Front row, from left) Alexandria Skinner, Erin Hopkins, Isileli Ofiu, Drew Faulkner, Dalton Imberi, Shayna Hamilton, Anna Tibbetts, Kenneith McIntosh, Riley Wiebener; (second row) Cynthia Watkins, Bryce Lewis, Naicee Gugelmeyer, Erica Bertram, Morgan Biaggi, Aaron Ford; (back row) Grant Lee, Rachel Carter, Joshua Faulkner, Austin Anderson, Chance Mayhall, and Lauren turner will perform as a 21-voice ensemble in Nashville, Tenn. Oct. 28, lead by Dr. Irene Messoloras (front, middle).

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s 21-voice ensemble University Singers was invited to perform as one of only 10 groups at a national music conference in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 8 a.m.

The performance, which will take place in the Ryman Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, will be part of an In-Service Conference for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  The conference features performances by top ensembles from across the nation, music workshops, clinics and reading sessions.  According to the NAfME website, the conference is intended for music program leaders, administrators and teachers looking to improve upon their techniques and teaching methods, as well as collegiate members looking to begin their career in the music field.

Dr. Irene Messoloras, assistant professor of music and director of the University Singers, said the choir has been rehearsing 11 hours a week to prepare for the conference.

“Students prepare music through individual work, sectional work, as well as with the full ensemble weekly,” Messoloras said.  “We are excited to perform great music for thousands and in the process represent Northwestern and our community.”

In addition to the honor of performing at a national conference, the Singers have been in the local spotlight as well.  On Sept. 22 the Singers were featured on the KFOR News Channel 4 segment “Is This a Great State or What?” by Galen Culver.  The news segment praised the student choir and the progress it has made as a group in order to receive opportunities to perform away from campus.

The news segment can be found on KFOR’s website at or on Northwestern’s home page at

The University Singers who will be performing in Nashville, their hometowns and classifications are as follows:

Austin Anderson, Beaver sophomore; Morgan Biaggi, Boise City junior; Drew Faulkner, Hooker junior; Joshua Faulkner, Hooker senior; Naicee Gugelmeyer, Hardtner, Kan., sophomore; Shayna Hamilton, Vici junior; Grant Lee, Clinton freshman; Chance Mayhill,  Ponca City sophomore; Kenneith McIntosh, Del City junior; Isileli Ofiu, Anchorage, Alaska, junior; Alexandria Skinner, Burkburnett, Texas, junior; Lauren Turner, Woodward senior; Riley Wiebener, Alva senior; Erica Bertram, Haviland, Kan., sophomore; Bryce Lewis, El Reno junior; Rachel Carter, Alva freshman; Erin Hopkins, Fairview junior; Adrianna Tibbits, Beaver sophomore; Dalton Imberi, Woodward freshman; and Cynthia Watkins, Laverne freshman.

To learn more about Northwestern’s music programs and other programs within the Fine Arts Department, please contact Messoloras at (580) 327-8692 or