University Singers prepare for trip to New York with concerts in Woodward and Alva

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University Singers prepare for trip to New York with concerts in Woodward and Alva

Students in the University Singers, Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s premier choral ensemble, will be performing their New York City Kick-Off Concert on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodward Arts Theatre and Jessie Adams Cultural Centre, 818 Main Street, and Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Alva First United Methodist Church, 516 Church Street. The concert will feature the same rundown as the group will be performing in New York March 15-19.

Dr. Irene Messoloras, assistant professor of music and director of the ensemble, said the concert will consist of a variety of repertoire ranging from renaissance to contemporary. Composers include Anton Bruckner, Claude Debussy, Jake Runestad and Ethan Sperry.

“The University Singers are excited to present their NYC tour,” Messoloras said.  “Rehearsing on average of 12 hours a week, the choir will perform a wide variety of music. Our goal is to showcase the versatility of the group, as well as inspire our audience by maintaining the highest level of performance, mental focus and artistic musicality. We are honored to serve as ambassadors of our school, community and the state of Oklahoma.”

The New York City trip will consist of a variety of performances, beginning March 17 at 8 p.m. the Singers will take the stage at Carnegie Hall, and on March 18, the ensemble will perform at the United Nations.  The students also will have the opportunity to see a few attractions while in New York City, including the 9/11 memorial, the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Opera, where the University Singers will see a performance of “Lucia di Lammermoor” by G. Donizetti, and more.

The University Singers include: Austin Anderson, Beaver freshman; Scott Bartley, Enid senior; Erica Bertram, Havilland, Kan., sophomore; Rachel Carter, Alva freshman; James Faulkner, Hooker junior; Joshua Faulkner, Hooker senior; Aaron Ford, Cheyenne senior; Naicee Gugelmeyer, Hardtner, Kan., sophomore; Shayna Hamilton, Vici junior; Erin Hopkins, Fairview junior; Dalton Imberi, Woodward freshman; Bryce Lewis, Alva junior; Chance Mayhall, Ponca City freshman; Kenneith McIntosh, Del City junior; Isilei Ofiu, Anchorage, Alaska, junior; Alexandria Skinner, Burkburnett, Texas, junior; Adriana Tibbetts, Beaver freshman; Lauren Turner, Woodward senior; Cynthia Watkins, Laverne freshman; Riley Wiebener, Alva senior; and Morgan Biaggi, Boise City junior.